Monday, December 8, 2008

Marius

Another portrait in watercolour. This one I'm quite proud of, as I stopped before I fiddled and overworked it.

I love painting these guys. He was also in Greyton and came to fix some plumbing job whilst I was house and dog sitting. He and his workmate (colloquially known as 'handlanger') sat on the edge of the verandah in the winter sunshine fiddling and fixing whilst I took photos. Marius has the gentlest of faces I've seen for a long time - such a gentle soul, and I tried my best to capture that. I am currently doing an oil of him as well and will post that when it's
finally finished - no 'painting a day' in this neck of the woods! Not just yet, anyway.



16 comments:

Dianne Mize said...

Bravo! You really caught the life in his eyes.

Dianne said...

This is a truly stunning painting, Liz! I love watercolour portraits and you can do them so well.
When you take the photographs, do you suppress the flash?

Carol said...

Brilliant painting Liz although from what I have seen of the oil it is even better!!!!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all you lovely people. Di, at the moment I'm having tremendous problems with photographing the paintings. Carol showed me how to turn off the flash which is essential. Also I find the best time to take the photos is at about 6am in that lovely diffused summer morning light. After that, it's too bright. Maybe someone else can give us a tip or two on photo techniques!

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

You should be proud - it is a nice piece. Like the way you handled the hair.

Marian Fortunati said...

How DO you do this? This is terrific!

Suzanne McDermott said...

Good for you for stopping in time. Looks beautiful.

Art with Liz said...

Onpainting.wordpress I've finally figures out how to include you on my list and I can now access your site through my site list. Thank you for your comments - coming from artists such as yourselves it's great praise!

Art with Liz said...

Marian, you ask me difficult questions!! I don't know. As I've mentioned before, I'm new at this game and don't know all the do's and dont's of painting and sometimes I just get lucky. Thank you so much for your comments.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Suzanne. Coming from you that really makes my day!

Barbara Pask said...

Very nice painting and what an interesting subject to paint.

Sharon Wright said...

Love this even more, the colours and amazing eyes. Great achievement.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Barbara for the compliment and for visiting my blog. He was such a nice person, so gentle, that I was almost compelled to paint him. I will post the oil during this week - just a few tweaks.

Art with Liz said...

Sharon, praise indeed coming from you. Thank you very much.

laura said...

Beautiful light on Marius's face, which is lovely, so open and frank. I love yesterday's portrait also--the gestures of the hands compliment her contemplative look.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

this is a great painting. Full of personality!