Friday, April 27, 2012

Portrait of a Girl with a Bird



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Portrait of a Girl with a Bird, 9x12 canvas paper and acrylic

My girl with a bird is finished at last! And, I couldn't be happier with the way she turned out. In the world of Barnum's Winter, I imagine this shy and gentle lady sneaking away from the crowded parlor of her parents' estate to seek the more melodious company of the aviary, singing quietly in a silver toned warble with her feathered companions. She's a timid thing though, so if you'd like to hear her, you must be sneaky and hide yourself behind a fountain or bush to listen secretly.

16 comments:

  1. Totally beautiful and loving your delicate hands......magical. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  2. Congratulations on finishing!
    I love her wide-set, expressive eyes and the lovely tranquil bird.
    Such a beautiful painting!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  3. beautifully painted...lovely detail. hppf.

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  4. So beautiful, love it....a sad character though.

    Hugs Giggles

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  5. Really like her-just staring straight at you.

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  6. Adorable and delicate image. saludos

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  7. OMG, she is just beautiful, and you paint hands more delicately than i've ever seen anyone else do... i love your style. i always look forward to coming here for a visit. Thank you for sharing. xoxo

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  8. She is so pretty and delicate. What size is she?

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  9. So pretty! Lovely original style!<3

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  10. I just love your work! It's beautiful!! Happy PPF!

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  11. I absolutely love that color background! Plus the painting is amazing. If you don't mind me asking, what did you mix with the cerulean, I assume from your interview, to get that?

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  12. Kate, if you mix cerulean, red (cadmium med.), and yellow (cadmium med.) in pretty equal portions, you get a nice brown -- mix a bit of this in with more of the blue for the shadowy bit (you might have to cut back on the yellow if it's looking too green). Mix less of it in with a touch of white for the lighter bits. All of it was applied in about 6 or 8 really thin, watery layers. The lightest parts also have the thinnest application of paint, so you can still see some brightness from the canvas underneath. I think I did the last layer in pure cerulean just to get it a bit more vivid.

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