Thursday, January 17, 2013

LITTLE BOY BLUE AT FOUR DAYS OLD



NOTES

The year is still young, so I thought to show you
my first attempt of painting a baby, 
one of my grand children,here "Four Days Old." 
Last year Sept. he went to Kindergarden, 
and did not want to go back home!

The measurements with babies are different -
their heads are 1/5th of their height. 
 shadows give form to the face 
and make the cheek and forehead look larger

The color of the "Little Boy Blue"
 was still very red at the time, and his limbs long! 
He's laying on a round green inflatable pillow.
which was a perfect backdrop
 for the fiercely red of the face. 

When attempting a new subject 
I often venture out in pastel. With this  painting medium,
which is like colored chalk sticks (am not referring to light colors)
I use my drawing skill as a safety blanket :)

my next new venture would be to paint a child 
between 6 and 12 years old


LINKING with
ABC-B 



36 comments:

  1. I love all the details, especially the folds in his skin and lots of beautiful dark hair. What a lovely portrait!

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    1. Thank you! Actually a baby like this, is easier to capture than one with a perfect complexion, etc."_

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  2. A wonderful keepsake Jesh - you are very gifted.

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    1. Thank you, Valerie, Am glad I painted it then with him in front of me. Would be so much harder, to paint from a pic!

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  3. I love the shades you used for his skin, and you captured that spiky baby hair perfectly.

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    1. Bee, thanks for visiting here! Enjoyed reading all the comments you got about the irritating titles:):)
      I exaggerated the features of the spiky hair and the red face, and am glad I did, for that disappeared with the following years:)

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  4. Not having seen the child, I think you did an excellent job. I love art, especially oils. I have several and a few watercolors. I did not paint them.

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    1. LV, am glad you mentioned this. I'll go to your blog to give you a direct lnk to my oils:)

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  5. Hi! Beautiful!! I've come to your delightful blog from Beverly's Pink Saturday ~ Now following you, my Dear!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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    1. Hi Ann, thank you for your visit, and the follow! I'll visit your blog soon:)

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  6. Your painting in watercolor is awesome. Portraits are so difficult. Good for you, I love this sweet baby.
    xo. Jeanne

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    1. Thank you for visiting me. Did you see it is a pastel? They have the pencil-like strokes a watercolor doesn't have. Visit you soon:)

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  7. A wonderful painting! So easy to guess an approximate age for this little one! Love the hands and the amazing facial expression!

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    1. Gemma, thank you for your kind comments -those were all the things I wanted to come accross. Have a great week:)

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  8. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing today. I posted a little Blue too. Come by and visit.
    Have a wonderful week,
    Sherry

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    1. Sherry, thank for visiting! I'll visit you soon:)

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    2. Meanwhile I visited you, but haven't been feeling well till today, sorry for the delay! Thanks for visiting me here!

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  9. There is nothing sweeter than a new baby!

    Leslie
    abcw team

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    1. Yes, and this was an easy baby -their first one -always very special!

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  10. Thanks for being part of the ABC Wednesday meme. Yes baby pictures and paintings are always sweet.

    Please make sure to post the Post URL rather than the complete blog

    PhenoMenon, ABCW Team

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    1. Phenomenon, does it make a difference? At my blogs it's always the newest pic.
      Have a great weekend!

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  11. Beautiful! You did a wonderful job. Do you take a picture first and go from there, or did you do the main part when he was asleep? I sure wish that I could draw.

    Kathy M.

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    1. i started when he was asleep and finished at home with his photo -so it's like I would do a landscape painting. I like it when people ask specific questions!

      Do you know that drawing is practicing blood, sweat and tears? Most artists would say it's 98% practice and 2% talent, so actually anyone could become an artist (and many do in their later years of life)

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    1. Claudia, thanks for visiting me here, and commenting! Always welcome to answer any questions:)

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  13. Muito expressivo, gosto da técnica. Beijos, feliz green day!

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    2. Thank you, with pastel (chalk) I do many layers over each other to get the color I want:)

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  14. Seu neto é lindo e sua aquarela também! Beijos!

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    1. Maria, this was my 5th grandchild, and by then I felt comfortable to draw and paint a baby:) Thanks for your visit!

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  15. Lovely work.

    Gorgeous.

    Have a great weekend.

    Fiona

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  16. Fiona, thanks! I thought you probably don't get many green pics like this:) Hope your weekend is wonderful!

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  17. This is awesome. I studied art and never could get a good grasp on working in pastels or watercolors. You did a terrific job!
    Happy weekend!

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    1. Jackie, don't give up!Remember, 95% practice and 5% talent? Hope that whatever yo dream of, you will pursue!

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  18. A lovely pastel portrait, it is said that baby portraits are the most difficult to paint to get the look of a baby. You have done it very well.

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    1. Thank you Joy! Am happy you like it:)

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