Monday, January 12, 2009

Marius

A month ago I posted a watercolour painting of Marius, the plumber who lives in Greyton. I wrote then that I would post the oil I was doing of him in "a few days". Well, those few days turned out to be more than 30, but here he is.

In this one I think I captured more of the kindness and gentleness that emanated from him. It all came from the eyes - and how I was tempted to fiddle to get them 'just that bit closer' to what I wanted to convey. I stopped myself doing that, and in r
etrospect, am quite pleased that I did. Any thoughts on that?




16 comments:

Cathy Gatland said...

He does look so kind and gentle - it is all too easy to overwork the eyes, well done for resisting - a lesson I need to remember!

Sheila said...

Your portraits are so wonderful. I feel I really get to know the person by the care you take in his expression.

rachelsstudio.com said...

Wonderful work! Greyton looks very kind indeed. And thank you for your post on my blog! I'll add your blog to my list too : )
~Rachel

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Liz, what a beautiful portrait. I love the colors.

Ajay Patil said...

Liz , your portraits are wonderful. I would visit often to check whats new here

sanjeev joshi said...

hi,twenty 20,why?
Frankly i lked your watercolour painting of the same person.I thing its a very personal choice...

Judybec said...

Nice job on this portrait! I think you stopped at a perfect time. It looks great!

Art with Liz said...

Hi Cathy, thanks so much. Maybe living in a village like Greyton encourages the kind and gentle souls - he really has one of the nicest faces I've seen in a long time.

Art with Liz said...

Hello Sheila - don't you just love this blogging! I think it helps when you know the person - it makes it easier somehow. He was so quiet and gentle just sitting there on the stoep doing his plumbing thing.

Hi there Rachel, thanks for visiting and thank you for the comment. His name is Marius and he lives in a tiny village called Greyton which isn't even on the map!

Thank you so much Peggy. I really love doing portraits and I've started on doggy ones now.

Art with Liz said...

I'm glad I discovered your blog Ajay. Thank you for returning the compliment and I will be watching for your work as well.

Hi Judybec - thank you so much. The temptation to carry on is sometimes irresistible!

Art with Liz said...

Hi Sanjeev! Left the cricket comment to last. Now really, is 20-20 cricket???? Ok, I know, we really played quite horribly. Don't know what the selectors were thinking - maybe trying out new talent? I think I'll only watch the IPL 20-20 from now on!

Thank you for being upfront about the watercolour vs oil. I honestly think that I too like the watercolour better, but I did enjoy doing this one.

Jo Ann Elig said...

Hi Liz, I like this portrait. It has so much personality showing through in his face and the colors are vibrant.I don't think you can compare this to your watercolor. Each has a different quality. Thanks for the comment on my blog.

Art with Liz said...

Hey there Jo Ann, thank you for that. You're right, they are both different and I guess I should just see it that way.

Susan Martin Spar said...

Liz...in answer to your question..I think you made the right decision. Most often we say the most with the least and you have accomplished that here. I love dropping by your blog to get a bit of "southern sunshine". We're so cold and rainy here right now and you're like a big shiny ball of warm light!

Art with Liz said...

Hi there Susan, thanks for visiting and saying such nice things, about my painting and my blog! I wish I could share some of this heat (yes it's HOT) with you, but your turn will come and then it will be my turn to complain about the cold!

Dianne said...

Dear Liz,
This is definitely your genre! You seem to be able to capture the essence of the person, your portraits are wonderful. Looking forward to visiting your exhibition. Congrats on selling your cricket painting - you are so proficient in both watercolour and oil!
Love Dianne x x