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« on: April 17, 2009 05:57:03 PM »

or rather.....when you ONLY have a month to paint.

I have had very little time to craft lately because I've been trying to get a painting done.  I actually got a commission!

The YWCA in Grand Rapids contacted me to ask if I could do a painting for them for a special ceremony.  They didn't decide until quite late what they wanted to do so the amount of time I had to paint was VERY limited.  That means that I've been painting pretty much every waking moment for the last month in order to complete the painting on time.

It's oil on archival board and is 18" x 24".  Unfortunately, all I have are crappy photos of it.  I'll probably make arrangements to have it scanned when I pick it up in the fall to do a final varnish coat on it.





Personally, there are a LOT of details I would like to adjust and I would have liked to get more glazing done on it to soften up colors but because the building took up SO much time I couldn't do much else.  I was LUCKY that I managed to get this much done.

There is also only so much exciting stuff you can do when you are required to put in three portraits AND a building.  I'm not entirely pleased with the composition, but it will work for its intended purpose.

So......what do you think?  Did they waste their money?
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2009 06:12:16 PM »

Far from a waste of money! I find the sky a bit weird/looks "cut out," that would be my only real criticism on it.  Well, the people are a little off, but since you said you didn't have time to "soften" the shading that makes sense. I looove the building.  I don't even know why, but the shading on it and the window and all, it's awesome.
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2009 06:29:36 PM »

No, they didn't waste a cent.  You did a phenomenal job!
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2009 06:43:09 PM »

Far from a waste of money! I find the sky a bit weird/looks "cut out," that would be my only real criticism on it.  Well, the people are a little off, but since you said you didn't have time to "soften" the shading that makes sense.

I agree on the sky, although in person the people don't end so abruptly.....they blend more in to the sky than what this shows.  I think if I'd had time to do a wash over the entire painting and then pick out some of the light highlights it would have been just about right.

The shapes of the people are pretty dead on from the photos I have (the lady on the far left has a droopy right eye), but the trouble I had was that the photo of the lady on the far right is an OLD tin type with very little detail & the lady in the center was a black and white photo.  They wanted the lady on the far right to be in sepia, the lady in the middle in sepia with SOME skin tones peeking through and the lady on the left in full color.   I would have liked to adjust the darks and lights a bit more so that the tree ladies were more similar in contrast, but I guess I did alright with what I had.

My least favorite part is the jacket of the lady on the left.....ick, just ick. 
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2009 07:24:24 PM »

I think you did a great job and far far far better than probably most of us could do!  Cheesy

But I do hope they paid you a pretty penny for it, especially for the amount of time you had to crunch it into! 
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2009 08:58:05 AM »

It's wonderful! Shocked 
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2009 06:14:55 PM »

The only thing I found a little off (NOT THAT I AM AN EXPERT) is that on the two right portraits the lighting seems to come from the right. On the building and the left portrait the lighting comes from the left. It makes it seem a little less cohesive to me. Maybe it was intended that way, or I just don't know what I am talking about.
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« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2009 09:29:29 AM »

The only thing I found a little off (NOT THAT I AM AN EXPERT) is that on the two right portraits the lighting seems to come from the right. On the building and the left portrait the lighting comes from the left. It makes it seem a little less cohesive to me. Maybe it was intended that way, or I just don't know what I am talking about.
I agree, but to change the lighting on the photos I had to work from would have taken far more time than what I was allowed.  I would have REALLY liked to work from life or at least from photos I'd taken myself, but unfortunately, two of the ladies are deceased and the painting is apparently a surprise gift for the third so it wasn't possible at all.
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