Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Meagen Mendoza - Latin American Dancer

This is a beautiful American dancer who said I could paint one of her pictures.

Her name is Meagen Mendoza and if you love dancing and dancers, click on her name to see the original photograph from which this was done.

I hope I have done you justice Meagen, and thank you for letting me use the pic.


Again, I had trouble photographing this painting, but Dean from Deano's Den has given me many tips and this one is to thin down the darks.  I didn't have this info in time for this painting, but will certainly give it a try in the future.  Thank you Dean. 


22 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

Meagan is beautiful, Liz. In all honesty, I really like the dark background as it is. I love that deep and rich green and it plays beautifully for setting both a mood, a tone, and makes the dancer herself the focus.

Prabal said...

The spontaneity of the brush is very evident out here. That is causing me to perceive movement when I see the painting. Great work.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Liz, I must agree with autumnleaves. Beautiful work!

Pam Holnback said...

I really like the skirt and it's contrast w/ the background.

Charlene Brown said...

What a wonderfully vibrant painting! I had a close-up look at your brushwork in the enlargement, and am in awe of your apparently effortless (how could it be?) spontaneity...

sam said...

Lovely pose, some great colours in the background too)

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Liz, you did wonders with this! The fabric is just beautiful!

Marian Fortunati said...

How fun to try to capture that lovely face and lively movement! LOVE that red swirling dress too!!

Art with Liz said...

Hi Autumn Leaves - thank you. I also like using paint as is without thinning it down, but maybe I'll try it just once to see how it goes.


Thank you so much Prabal.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Carol, both for the lovely compliment and for the visit.


Gosh Charlene, that is so kind of you! I must admit the painting does look better in its bigger format - maybe I should put in close ups!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Pam. I deliberately used green tones for the background to try and set off her dress a bit more. Glad you think it worked!


Sam you are so kind. I thought she made a terrific model, even in photographic format.

Art with Liz said...

Hi there Saundra - I had fun with the dress!


Ah Marian, so nice of you! I know it's a photograph, but I'm getting to the plein air!

Rosemary said...

Liz, you captured Meagen's joy in dancing! This is beautiful - love the swirling skirt and the highlights on her hair! Great job!
I like the background too!

Becky said...

Love that red dress! I think you did her justice!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Hi Liz! I'm back from my trip and saw your comment! Thank you so much! My cousin was thrilled to have her portrait!
This is a beautiful painting.The colors are vibrant and you've shown movement beautifully!
Regards

Gary Keimig said...

I like the way you used your colors in this piece. Also loved the way you handled the challenge piece with your use of charcoal.

James Parker said...

Liz...I think you did justice..actually, a super job. The swirling dress is just great. Stop by my blog for a cup of egg nog. :-)

Sishir said...

Superb!!
Honestly speaking I like the painting more than the Photograph, it's more expressive.

Sharon Wright said...

Fantastic energy, and red and green.....well you can't go wrong can you. It i magnificent!

Gary said...

You have captured energy and motion with a sense of atmosphere. Well done indeed

Mineke Reinders said...

This is beautiful Liz. I love the color contrast, and the shimmer in the background is wonderful and very lively. I don't know if you should change your darks...

Dean H. said...

This is a fine looking painting, Liz. And the darks photographed very nicely just as they are.
If the darks were really thick and textured, the resulting photograph would be full of reflections.