Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Jade

Jade
9 x 12 acrylic on wood panel
Available in my Etsy shop

     As I have mentioned before, I have been trying to be a little more controlled with my colors.  You know those paintings that draw you in because the palette is just so pleasing?  That's what I aimed for here.  A portrait with a simple background is the easiest way for me to do this vs say a landscape with lots of parts.  I used  THIS portrait by James Whistler as a guide at the beginning of my painting.  I was wanting to capture the colors he used...lots of grays and yellows and that wonderful grayish-green in the background.  However, her clothing went sort of minty green, but I really liked it so I left it that way.  It was more of a pale blue before, but as my background turned more green, so did the dress.

     I hope you are having an amazing week.  We have been enjoying our sunshine and temperatures in the 80's, but for some reason, there is a chance for snow tomorrow. ?????  Kansas is weird that way, but this is extremely unusual.  Our trees are just now waking up!

11 comments:

  1. I like the controlled portrait but the hint of whimsy in her polka dot dress....maybe she is trying to bust out! xox

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  2. I like how you look for inspirations from the great painters. The dress and background are so harmonious and her expression is especially pleasant too. Excellent!

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  3. Hey, nothing wrong with minty green! Fun to start with a portrait but then make it your own:)

    High eighties and snow? Goodness!

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  4. I LOVE this painting and your inspiring exploration of art through the masters! Simple or complex your paintings are wonderful - sometimes you just have to do both - a portrait one day - and a landscape the next! I love them all!

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  5. fabulous!!! I just love the folk artiness of your paintings .. timeless♥♥

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  6. I agree with Myra, I love your art, the color is perfect, I think you got what you were aming for

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  7. Love this piece! She does look like she's got a secret - love her smile, the colors - just everything about it!

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  8. The weather is really going from one extreme to the other ! Jade is absolutely beautiful, love her little smile , the colors and the flowers in the background.

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  9. She looks great. Loving this style of painting my friend.

    Hugs~

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  10. I really like Jade and how you captured her. You just keep delving deeper and deeper and pulling out all kinds of amazing pieces. Very lovely.

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  11. Jade is very precious! I hope you're having a great week ;o) The sun is shining here and everything is turning green ;o)

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