Thursday, April 9, 2009

"Happy Eyes"



















6 X 6 oil on masonite SOLD

This is my submission for James Parker's Windows
To The Words ART
site. I want to develop a more
painterly style so I forced myself to stay fast and loose
on this one. The last portrait I did for WTTW lost a lot
of it's impact because I allowed myself to fall back into
the bad habit of focusing on the subject rather than shape
and values. As a result, it was way too tight, and then for
some unknown reason (laziness?) I completely gave
up when it came to her clothes. I feel like this one is much
more representative of the subject and "alive", flaws and all.

18 comments:

Vern Schwarz said...

Lovely girl, lovely painting. I like your bold strokes here, they give the piece a fresh, unforced look.

Cathyann said...

it is fresh and I can't believe you did it so well so small! I haven't finished mine yet...but soon...Good work, Gwen!

L.Holm said...

Gwen, this is fantastic! Sometimes fixing perceived flaws can kill a painting. I can "fix" mine into the ground. This is absolutely fresh and vibrant! Great work!

Cheryl Anderson said...

Gwen, I really like this. Wonderful drawing and paint handling. What a great expression!

Megha Chhatbar said...

Gwen..U did a fantastic work..:) Her eyes and smile are so natural..Love it!
Megha
Art on Sketchbook

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

She is gorgeous, Gwen. The skin tones look so natural and the hair is just wonderful with interesting colors. GREAT job!

Edward Burton said...

Very beautiful painting, Gwen! Wonderful bob with her expression.

James Parker said...

And, Gwen....It is alive and well and she looks absolutely super. Her "Happy Eyes" are smiling and you are linked. Thanks so much for a beautiful artwork.

Sheila said...

What a great expression. A combination of either subdued happiness or of knowing a special secret. I love your sense of humor and skill in painting the last piece too! hugs.

Angela Elledge said...

Gwen - your loose painting style is a success; great work and painting loose is so hard on a small size format, at least for me. Also, I really enjoyed your still lifes right below!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Gwen, you did a great job on Maggie's daughter! You met your goals of keeping it loose and fresh...well done!!

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

I like the hair on her left side. Nice painting.

Deborah Ross said...

Gwen, this is a face that just makes you smile to look at it. I love the looseness and the composition. Your work is joyous. I especially like your dogs.

Jerry Points said...

Gwen...your paintings are fresh and alive with color. I see you are following Carol Marine and Karin. They are both great with brush strokes, and Carol in the last year is even more abstract. Lost edges are critical. And, the key is paint, paint, paint.

Maggie Mayer said...

This is beautiful Gwen. You really captured her! Great Job!

laurens.paint.palette said...

oh i love love the colors in this portrait! you did a lovely job!!

Dean Grey said...

You got a nice facial expression on this one, Gwen.

I also like all the colors used for the skin and still managing to make it look natural.

-Dean

Annie Salness said...

I came to comment on Diana (DSFDF) but scrolled down and saw this....very nice! Made me smile! You did a great job of capturing her smile. Oh, and I like Diana too! :)