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Saturday, 16 March 2013

The distinguished Mr Forbes

© Sharon Whitley

I help to judge a monthly challenge on a site called Paint my Photo (link to site in right hand bar) - the challenge this month is to paint a portrait from a selection of the wonderful photos posted to the site.  I was drawn to a photo of a gentleman called Mr Forbes who lives on the island of San Salvador in the Bahamas.  The original photo is by Li Newton - I enjoyed this so much I think I'll be trying more watercolour portraits ! I used a very limited palette of Ultramarine Blue and burnt umber with a touch of burnt sienna in places.

Oh and before I go WELL DONE WALES WOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!


15 comments:

  1. As I said on facebook, your portraits are wonderful, and yes you should do more of them. This chap has so much character in his face. Oh, and Wales were just plain lucky!!!! ha ha

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  2. That is one super portrait Sharon. I've never seen one quite like it with that limited palette. Good for you!

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  3. Stunning Sharon, your talents are evident as you get superb results in all subjects

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  4. This is a stunning piece of work. You have created a portrait full of character and life. Beautiful use of limited palette.

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  5. This is portrait is absolutely beautiful and definitely my favorite!! (I'm sure I've said this before!) VERY painterly..and love those blues!!!

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  6. An excellent portrait and beautiful watercolour!

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  7. Doesn't get any better than this. !!!!
    Perfect. !!!
    BJ

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  8. Well done Sharon! Look at the character in that face!!!

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  9. Best you've done Sharon, love it... you are right you should do more portraits. The limited palettes works well. I am doing nudes with 2 groups this week and I use only Ub, burnt sienna and possibly a touch of translucent orange...

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  10. Hello Sharon,
    What a great painting you've made. So fantastic to see how you've done this. Really amazing!!
    You must have be a lot of work to get this. My compliments!!

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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  11. I like much the original approach to painting this portrait, and the result is amazing! It's great you let the pigments do their job and let it be. Which has always been the hardest thing for me to do - give up control :)

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  12. Fab work Sharon. Great palette choice. I really like the granulation on the forehead shadow area. Things like that make the painting unique.

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  13. A fantastic portrait and love the simple but elegant palette chosen!!

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  14. I was meaning to comment earlier on this piece when it jumped out and smacked me about the face when it apeared the side of my Blog. Brilliant Sharon

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