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Friday, June 29, 2012

Paint Party Friday & Summer of Color

Yay it's Friday and I have a painting to share for Paint Party Friday and well as an entry for the Summer of Color.  I started this painting about this time last year and while I mostly liked it, I wasn't happy with her expression- she looked angry where I wanted her to have an air of contemplation about her.  
So when I saw that this week's ice cream color challenge was Baseball Nut (a flavor I've never heard of BTW;)) and the colors were raspberry, vanilla and cashews, I thought this would be a perfect time to finish her plus use her as an entry for the Summer of Colors!
I added more shadows to her face and changed her mouth and eyes a little.....
 and here she is from before.....
 I might do a little more tweaking or maybe I won't....I kind of think she's finished now- what do you think?
I'm off to visit my friends at the parties now- won't you join me?
TTFN
Stephanie

26 comments:

Pointy Pix said...

she's beautiful! I love the composition of this. it puts me in mind of a scene from a movie where theres an old haunted house where strange things happen!

craftattack said...

She is really gorgeous! Hugs, Valerie

Kristin said...

xo!

Netty said...

Beautiful and magical painting and those fingers are awesome. Happy PPF, Annette x

Gloria said...

I really like this! Her hand is excellent, too! I like the changes and the colors you ended up with. Good entry.

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

This is magical work Stephanie. Beautiful, i like it.
Lovely greet and nice weekend
Marja
(marjascreativity)

Jo Murray said...

She has a very engaging look. Love the palette.

Joanna said...

She's great! Her gaze is really intense.

See you at next week's SOC!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Gorgeous warm neutral colors!
Wonderfully expressive!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Alicia C said...

she definitely looks very mysterious! love her

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

I like the tweaked version... she looks much happier, though I did kind of like her with the attitude...xx

Kat Sloma said...

I definitely like her now! She is wonderful. Happy PPF!

Nora CG said...

I DO like a lot her expression. I think she is gorgeous and your work is totally awesome!!

Diana Taylor said...

Simply beautiful - a wonderful painting with so much feeling and expression - you don't need to do another thing - perfect as she is!

Ginny said...

I really would like to know more about her and what is going on inside her head. Her hands are beautiful. I would love to have them.

NatashaMay said...

Beautiful portrait! :) Love the look in her eyes.

minnemie said...

Beautiful. Dramatic shadows. I think she is finished!

kat said...

Hello Stephanie, she's really great, she looks very determined, there is a real aura about her, wonderful piece!

Giggles said...

Good job Stephanie, I think she's finished! I love how you actually took her from mad to pensive!! Excellent!! Thanks for sharing...I love see those before and after shots...Not sure I could change up the emotions like that! I get what I get it seems!! Inspirational!! Thanks!

Hugs Giggles

Tracey Potter said...

The addition of colour to the face and hands really enhances this piece and adds warmth and attention/focus, nicely done. It's a fine line between finished and over done, one of the hardest things is knowing when to stop. To me this painting is finished.

Lynn Richards said...

Such a great painting. It evokes strong emotions!!
xo
lynn

Kat W said...

Wonderful & so interesting to see how you changed. I wish I could sit beside you and learn as you paint. She now looks intense and beguiling to me. Superb & evocative.

Kat Xx

Caz said...

I think she is amazing!!

JansArtyJunk said...

Stunning artwork.....you did an amazing job with this weeks colours!! Jan x

Skylar Magazine said...

I don't mean to sound like I'm copy-catting JansArtyJunk, but stunning was the first word to come to mind when I saw these. I think both versions are fabulous. The one from before is kind of eery, yet cool at the same time and then you kind of get to see a different side of her in the after photo. I really admire this girl in the painting, she seems like she would be kind of a feisty woman, who knows what she wants. That's my kind of peeps.

Anyway, I'm Sarah, I just started following and I really admire your work. I am an art lover, I've always wished I had skills like yours, but I didn't get that gift unfortunately, so I'm glad that there are people like you in the world for me to admire.

This is wonderful blog!

Sarah
http://skylarinc.blogspot.com/

ger chouinard said...

Stephanie ... I LOVE her just the way she is now ... very mysterious ... wish I knew what she was thinking ... well done!