Experiments In Oil#2

c3 copy

Thanks for all your thoughtful and kind comments on experiment #1.

Onto experiment #2.: Experiments #1 and #2 have photo challenges in common,  even though this surface is not shiny. These colors are somewhat brighter than the original and playing in PS didn’t get them right.  No glazing here, the paint was applied fresh but thick with medium.

I say, “meh”.  So far I’m confirming that the way I usually work, seems to work better for me.  I’m going to have to paint this model in my old tried and true fashion,  because I just haven’t begun to do her justice.

Tomorrow, oil experiment #3

Comments on: "Experiments In Oil#2" (59)

  1. Her gaze and expression are so haunting. I adore your paintings and very much appreciate the time and effort you put into explaining some of the details behind your process, thank you so much Elena!

  2. Maybe the photo, but the forehead tones stand out a bit starkly. I Like the hair treatment but maybe at odds with the skin a little. Saying that, though, its a nice composition and says what it says.

  3. Beautifully done!

  4. Even though it is a beautiful painting..I kinda like the first one better! *sniff* – that’s me sniffing while tearing because I can now add “I know a few really talented artist”! (I just won’t tell people we haven’t actually met and stuff! LOL!)

  5. Still, a very-very beautiful portrait. The shading to her cheeks is right where my eyes are drawn. Lovely work, Elena.

  6. Superbly painted – it is the mouth and eyes that exude amazing expression – as though the lips are just on the verge of moving – a suspended moment.

  7. There is a change of balance of interest compared with the first example. In the first portrait I was strongly attracted instantly to the character, and only then to how the picture had been made. In the second portrait I am much more aware, at an early stage, of the painterly process

  8. This is another brilliant piece of work – love the portrait! It’s your style and use of color from her hair texture and blends, to flesh tones – wonderful combinations. Her face is haunting – it stays with me, you have a unique ability to zero in on emotion and mode. Such a beautiful quality in an artist ~

  9. Absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Great work. Fascinated me. Thanks and Love, nia

  11. I think what you have is a very different kind of mood to your usual style. This is still a great painting.

  12. It’s an arresting image. Meh or not, I’d hang it.

  13. Jane Thorne said:

    It’s the way you have captured her expression that captures me…so beautiful Elena x

  14. I like this one but I liked the contrast of light and dark more in the first one. I’m looking forward to seeing the third!

  15. Really nice. Thanks for the explanations on how did you paint it. I love experimenting. I cannot wait until the next post!

  16. Great work, Elena. Yes, colours are a tad brighter in this one. Especially on the forehead. Really looking forward to #3!

  17. Looking forward to seeing the third experiment.
    I have a slight preference for this one, but also liked the darkness (?) in the first attempt.

  18. This is great! You’re much too hard on yourself, Elena!

  19. She’s wonderful but I like the pose, eyes, and skin tones better on experiment no. 1. Can’t wait to see experiment no. 3.

  20. Elena, this is more than amazing! I just can’t turn my eyes away from it!
    Looking forward to seeing your next masterpiece.

  21. This is much more like your style, and common with your watercolor.
    Something puzzling me was, are you going to give an experimented work on PS =
    computer print-out or reflecting back to the painting and give the painted one to
    your client (who commissioned you) ?
    Any how I wait to see another experiment.
    (You know, I’m very interested in to see the process of creation) 😉

  22. This is stunning!

  23. Gosh I think your work is so very good that I find it impossible to find anything worng with any of it frankly!

  24. Well I’m holding my comments until I see more! This one she seems so fragile!

  25. This is sensational, Elana. Beautiful work, as always. Color and lighting much cleaner on this one than #1, but they both carry their own amazing energy.

  26. One of the things I love about paintings is how the brush strokes suggest an almost photographic reality without being anything near photographic in their rendering. It is all illusion.

  27. Elena, loving the experimenting. You are brave to show the works that you don’t consider to be successful. It’s very generous to expose for the sake of the lesson. You are a born teacher!

  28. You have some serious talent!!!

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