Thursday, March 4, 2010

Zoë

This is my friend Wendy's daughter, Zoë.

What an absolute delight to paint this picture of her.  She was so unaware of the camera, concentrating on what someone else was saying - I always think that these are the best photos to paint. 

Zoë is about 6 months younger than my grandson and an absolute delight.  Highly intelligent and so quick - a typical Leo!  This painting of her is a gift to her Mom.

 

It's been so hot here that my art room has turned into a sauna!  Hence the week gap between posts.

In one of my previous posts, I put up a charcoal sketch of a horse skull.  Wonderful artist Carol Horzempa left a lovely comment on my blog saying that it reminded her of Georgia O'Keeffe.  Strange, I thought.  Then the next Friday, the skull's owner, Barbara, brought in a photostat copy of the Georgia O'Keeffe painting and it was almost exactly the same!  It was the first time I'd seen the painting - luckily Barbara's skull was a bit battered and bent so you can see the differences.  Just to prove that there was no copyright infringement, here is another sketch, done from a different angle, of the skull.

34 comments:

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

that turned out beautifully!! well done....what talent!

ciao bella

Dean H. said...

Liz, Wendy will no doubt treasure this gift! Excellently done...very sensitive!

I heartily agree about the unposed photo!

Anthony Duce said...

The vantage point for the painting is great. Wonderful painting...

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Beautiful girl, and beautiful painting. Liz, you are amazing!

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Liz, You are just amazing with portraits! I admire all you do! This is a gift that I'm sure will be treasured! Way to go proving it was YOUR sketch!! You go girl!!

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Oh Liz, a beautiful girl and a wonderful, sensitive painting.

Manon Doyle said...

hey Liz,
What a beautiful portrait of Zoe. You can feel how sweet she is.
i love her name. I was going to name my daughter, Alex, Zoe but i got talked out of it. I wish i would of kept it.

Diana said...

Lovley portrait. I find the three quarter view the most beautiful and the most difficult. Fantastic job!

Megha Chhatbar said...

Zoë is so innocent! A wonderful painting as always Liz! Her eyes, hands and expressions are well painted...I loved this one!

Prabal said...

Zoe is a delight.. And as you said because she is unaware of the camera it makes for a kodak moment. :) And you have done extremely well to put her onto canvas.

Sadia Hussain said...

A precious gift! and you've captured Zoe's innocence perfectly!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Carmelina - I did enjoy it.


Dear Dean, thank you so very much. I really appreciate this comment coming from you.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Tony. It was the best of a whole bunch.


Carol, I am bowled over by your compliment! As you know, I think you are one of the best, so I so appreciate this.

Art with Liz said...

Special Saundra, the feeling is mutual. You are an inspiration to us all and I thank you for your lovely words.


Thank you so very much Peggy!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Manon. She is really a cutie who knows her own mind. An unusual and rather lovely name, isn't it.


Gosh Diana, whenever someone says this or that is difficult, I think, oh no! I didn't find it too bad, but then I didn't know it was meant to be difficult - ignorance is such bliss at times!! I do find noses difficult though! Thank you for your lovely comment.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Megha. I love painting eyes - they tell you so much about the person, don't they! Funnily enough, I also enjoy painting hands!!


Wow Prabal, what a nice thing to say! Thank you.

Art with Liz said...

Dear Sadia who does the most amazing work, thank you for your lovely words.

sam said...

Lovely girl, well painted, I agree with you about the photo, much better not to have them looking at the camera)

rob ijbema said...

very sensitive liz
beautifully done!

AutumnLeaves said...

Liz, this portrait of Zoe is truly beautiful. I know your friend is going to be thrilled to have this treasure. Love the skull drawing too. I have seen this skull drawn in one of my art books and I remember wondering what type of animal from whence it was derived. Glad to know it was a horse. (I tend to land on these thoughts and have a hard time shaking them until I know! LOL)

Arti said...

Delightful portrait, Liz; you are awesome! I see that I am late here in awarding you the sunshine award as you already are having it.Just wanted you to know that you are my choice,too!

Charlene Brown said...

I must admit, I'm quite envious of your incredible ability to protray all these beautiful people you know. You mentioned it was a delight to paint this lovely girl -- it shows! Loved your Georgia O'Keeffe story too...

Caio Fernandes said...

lovely work ... i adored the color's combination !

kathleen.artkat.hebert said...

What a lovely mood you captured. It speaks volumes.

Celeste Bergin said...

beautiful portrait!

jyothisethu said...

zoe is beautiful...
beautiful execution of color, composition etc...
you have successfully captured the innocence on her face...

Art with Liz said...

Hello Sam and thank you.


Thank you Rob - I so appreciate that coming from you.

Art with Liz said...

Dear Sherry, thank you so much and I am glad the mystery of the horse skull was cleared up (for both of us!). Wendy loved the portrait, by the way.


Wow Arti, thank you so much and thank you for the Sunshine Award. I took the liberty of giving it to everyone who follows my blog, so it's yours from me as well!

Art with Liz said...

Don't envy me Charlene! I absolutely am so struggling with landscapes, it's frightening! You have them down perfect! But thank you for your lovely comment.


Thank you Ciao Fernandes for both the visit and the kind words. I really appreciate it.

Art with Liz said...

From a teacher and great artist like yourself Kath, I thank you for your wonderful comment.


Thank you so much Celeste.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Sethu - I'm so glad you like it. I have seen your portraits as well and they are really beautiful.

Michelle said...

Beautiful work Liz...very sensitive and sweet! It will be a treasured gift.

martinealison said...

Belle peinture crée avec amour...

Becky said...

What a beautiful girl! Great job on this painting.