Sunday, January 4, 2009

DSFDF Portrait Swap - Christine

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10"x 8" Oil on Ampersand Gessoboard

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are having a good new year so far! I want to thank all who visited my blog last year and especially all your comments. That feed back helps to keep me going when I get discouraged or when I just need that one positive word to assure me that I'm on the right path. So thanks from the bottom of my heart!

This portrait is the latest challenge from that amazing Atlanta artist Karin Jurick. Her "Different Strokes From Different Folks" blog offers artists a chance to paint from a photo that she provides once a week, and a week later we post our painting on her blog. For the end of the year challenge we were to send in a photo of ourselves and Karin paired us up (randomly) with another artist's photo to paint.

This is my mystery artist and she has painted from my photo. It was fortunate for me that the photo that I was given was excellent. It provided an interesting angle and dramatic lighting that was very challenging. The angle gave me a struggle with the getting the eyes just right. They appear to be different sizes due to the angle and furrowed brow, but I think I finally achieved a convincing likeness. Check out the site to see the 130 artists that participated. The portraits have been posted as they come in and the final ones will be in by Wednesday.

Thanks for stopping by!

32 comments:

rick nilson said...

what you finally come out with is always amazing. Do more.

Debbie said...

Marilyn, Portraits are so challenging, and you've done a wonderful job!! Just beautiful!!!! Rick is right, you should definitely do them more often. Has your portrait been painted by someone yet for the dsfdf portrait swap?

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Marilyn, this is absolutely stunning. I think Christine will be ecstatic when she sees it!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Marilyn, I agree with Camille...this is a really stunning portrait, with beautiful color...bravo!

Teresa said...

WOW! This is gorgeous!!! Beautiful work!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Your mystery artist is very beautiful and you have given her a great gift with your lovely portrait.

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

So beautiful. I know that she will be so happy with her portrait.

Edward Burton said...

WOW! Gorgeous portrait - extremely well done!

christine said...

Hi Marilyn — Wow! I am humbled and delighted with this portrait! Thank you so much! I love the rich colors you used and the masterful way you dealt with the strong lighting.

I encourage you to continue with portraiture. You have a true gift.
Christine

Vern Schwarz said...

Hi Marilyn, this portrait is absolutely wonderful. Your choice of colours and attention to detail...eyes, have made this piece a winner. Also, great self portrait in pencil.

Barbara Pask said...

This is just beautiful

Pat Burns said...

Wow! Ditto on everyone else's comments. This portrait has such life!

Marilyn M. King said...

Wow, I'm so humbled by all your kind words! What encouragement! Thank you all.

It especially means a lot since this is the second portrait I've done and the first was a double portrait with the heads only about 3" tall. I'll get more practice when I complete my self portrait next. You all are making me think about taking on some commissions! lol

Isn't Karin great to give us all this opportunity to explore, grow, meet other artists, and gain exposure?!

Sheila said...

Wow....paintings like yours are why I had begun to follow DSFDF. Your use of light and placement of color are inspirational!

artbyakiko said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the contrast created by the light.

Erika Nelson said...

Perfectly executed! The textured hair and brushstroke along base of the neck are as compelling as the understated lit area. The playful palette invites you into the piece!

Debbie said...

GOOD GRIEF, Marilyn!!!!!!! This is absolutely STUNNING!!!!!!

Vern Schwarz said...

Okay Marilyn, after a potrait like this, it's comments like," this is only the second portrait that I've ever done", that make people go off and just kill themselves. Are you kidding???

Bill Brauker said...

Oh my, you have done an absolutely wonderful job with this. It is so good. Bravo!

dominique eichi said...

I just love the fluid brushstrokes you have.
What a wonderful portrait.
I love the last comment of Vern ha ha :) ....He's right !!

VanDerHoekArt said...

Stunning! Really really beautiful! I'm so glad to have found you through Karin's blog. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Marilyn M. King said...

Thanks again Different Folks!

Sandrine said...

WOW!WOW!WOW!

Jennifer Young said...

Well, all I can do is echo everyone else's sentiments! I am so impressed. Yeah, I think you're ready to take on some commissions right now. Well done indeed and a great way to kick of the new year!

Pete said...

Marilyn,
I really like the cool, blue/purple shadow colors that you used. They're very effective. Stunning piece!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

r-e-a-l-l-y nice job

Victoria on Okinawa said...

Love this painting and the way the light is cast. Truly beautiful and I love the way catch just right her turn of face and her eyes. Wow! only your 2nd portrait, fantastic work!

Johnnie Sielbeck said...

Stunning! This is wonderful - bravo!!

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Marilyn
I found your work on different strokes and checking out your blog I found it very much to my liking.
Please allow me to follow your work in the future.
Kind Regards
Trevor

Marilyn M. King said...

I appreciate all your comments! Thanks so much for visiting and please come back.

adebanji said...

This is a great portrait!

Theresa Rankin said...

I have been wading my way a little at a time through all the marvelous portraits....and to me, yours is exceptional! Excellent use of color, you were right about the angle being difficult but you have pulled it of so well. Your dramatic lighting and values are all spot on! This is truly a pleasure to look at.