Fall Portrait


Here is Fall, just as we come to the official close of the season. You many recall my  Winter  and  Spring  portraits. I’ve only Summer to go, and the Four Seasons will be available as prints.

Below you can see the progression of the face. Nothing fancy, just using the brush tool in Photoshop to act as a real brush, accomplished with layers and changes in opacity.   You can see that I was playing with the idea of birds, but decided to keep the portrait very simple. I may fuss with Fall a little bit more.    Thank you to my beautiful model.


Comments on: "Fall Portrait" (80)

  1. Beautiful! & interesting to see the stages.

  2. Wow! Elena, this is so good. I love it! Beautiful. Happy new year to you and yours 🙂

  3. Wonderful,amazing ,catchy , graceful !

  4. Lost Creek Publishing said:


  5. Elena this is amazing, you are so talented. She is so beautiful she looks otherworldly.

  6. artblablablablog said:

    Oh my elena! She is EXQUISITE! She glows, and is nothing short of amazing! The work on the neck piece is gorgeous and almost looks like it could fly, like a group of wings knit into a scarf.

    • Thank you Christina! The illumination from the monitor helps her out a bit. The collar is constructed of a lacy leaf that I found out back and scanned, then reassembled as the collar you see with the aid of PS filters. That is photo manipulated, as well as the back round, but the portrait is a digital painting. Glad you like her:)

  7. Wow! Just wow! The way you capture personality is amazing. Thanks for sharing the progression of your finished painting. Love it!

  8. Oooooooo I am running out of superlatives Elena.. this is just magnificent, the tones, the form, the story, her hiar especially and I agree with Karen she is a very beautiful model..

  9. you amaze me every time i visit. unbelievable!! i need to commission you to draw my portrait!!

  10. Wow! Love it! So beautiful.

  11. Superb composition The progress sequence is fascinating. Will make sure my son sees this one. 🙂

  12. settleandchase said:

    Elena! It’s just amazing, this, stunning work!

  13. Totally awesome work!!!

  14. INCREDIBLE!! The skin, the hair, the scarf….amazing!!

  15. Stunning. You captured the wind, the leaves, the birds, the coolness of fall in such an amazing manner.

  16. By far your best work yet. Both the painting and your model are stunning. Well done!

  17. This is quite spectacular. I love how you provided the progression. Very nice!

  18. Beautiful work 🙂

  19. Simply stunning!

  20. LOVE!! –where is that button??

  21. exiledprospero said:

    She has hair worthy of a goddess.

  22. Magnificent, it’s breathtaking! You are very very talented. Bravo. 😆

  23. Absolutely brilliant! Such a great image. And it’s so interesting to see the process.

  24. an absolute beauty!

  25. Splendid portrait, dear Elena! You are truly very talented! Congratulations!
    Big hugs always with love, Stefania! 🙂

  26. amberafrica said:


  27. I can feel the breath-taking wind! And the WordPress snow really tops it off… 🙂 Thank you so much for bringing so much beauty into this world, Elena!

  28. Luminous and wistful…hair, leaves, eyes, skin…very Fall, indeed! Beauty and pain and nostalgia are autumnal emotions here, too.

  29. really wonderful!

  30. Holy cow! It’s hard to believe that’s not a manipulated photo. Just amazing. And her features and expression are just stunning. Just a hint of melancholy, perhaps? Amazing skin. Wow!

  31. This is a terrific portrait oozing personality. The eyes, mouth, skin and hair are all magnificent.

  32. Wish there was a “really really really like” button.

  33. Fantastic portrait! Very beautiful

  34. so beautiful dear Elena, this is great. Thanks and Love, nia

  35. Wow! The swirling essence of the season in complete and utter gorgeousness.
    I am constantly amazed by your vision and ability, Elena. And yes, your model is beautiful!

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