Sunday, February 7, 2010

BLEEDING HEART: FINAL VERSION COMPLETED!



















I think this painting is finished.  At least I am finished messing with it.  I was surprised I was able to make some major changes, repositioning the eye on the left significantly.  Gesso is magic stuff!  I have posted the finished painting along with the previously published start to show the difference.  I struggled with the eyes on this one.  I don't think they are perfect but are close enough,  I was able to shorten the nose and change the mouth so that all the features seem to work together in a natural way. I also had to enlarge  the dangling hand and lengthen the finger on the supporting hand.  

I do like how the patterned paper comes through in different areas.  I attempted to have a looser feel to the painting by leaving some of the drips.  Overall, I like this painting.  I was ready to cover it up and totally start over, but the encouragement from many of the comments helped me to work through the problems.  I want the next one to be in a much looser style.  I have it planned in my mind's eye.  It will be fun to see how close I get to my intention.

16 comments:

Last Cup Of Coffee said...

I think it's wonderful!

Celeste Bergin said...

It is superb!! I love the texture and the hearts are tender.

cinner said...

I love your work, every time I come by I think how beautiful and how talented. Have a great week.

Kathy said...

I'm so glad you completed this painting because it's one of my favorites of yours!! I love all the corrections you made and the subtle way you wove the heart designs into the painting. It's truly wonderful.

meera said...

textures and values!!! -- beautiful as always

Jeanette said...

This is a beautiful portrait. I like it a lot. I love the hearts showing through, its perfect.

jgr said...

Awesome! Thank you for the inspiration.

Mary Sonya Conti said...

so hard to capture the "reflective pause" moment within the textures. You've done it beautifully.

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Dorothy said...

Good Lord that is a great painting! Bravo....the combination of texture and portraiture is so very interesting,attention holding and modern. I love it.
Dorothy

jane ferguson said...

Despite all the difficultiesyou had .I think this one has come out really well .You look so much softer .It has quite a different mood.

Shae Adele said...

I think the eyes are perfect!
Great piece!

RHCarpenter said...

Gorgeous!!! I've missed a lot being gone a while.

Anita Davies said...

I agree...wonderful portrait

Stan Kurth said...

You are an amazing artist! I've been looking at your work and I am so very impressed.

I was at the Phoenix Art Museum last Saturday and had an opportunity to get up close to a "Chuck Close" (haha) and I was astounded. Your work also has that macro/micro aesthetic.

Ann Christine Dennison said...

Fantastic! Your technique is unusual and this is a powerful portrait!

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