Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Letter (wip?)

Like quite a few of you, I've just finished (maybe finished?) painting from what I consider is a masterwork. The artist was Mary Brewster Hazelton and her painting of The Letter is one of my favorites. 
 I started with a grid for this one and, it seems to me, I was on a better track with the face at the start than the finish. I must have wiped her face off at least a dozen times. Mine looks more like her slightly younger cousin. In my defense (a lame defense,) I was painting on a 11x14 canvas and the original is on a 38x32. I was using a magnifying glass at the end to capture her face but her face is only about an inch and half so..... I'll stick to that as an excuse. I am quite happy with how I captured Mary's color pallet (I was using an article from The American Art Review as a reference) but the dress in the Askart pic seems to be greener. And yes, I certainly see my other mistakes; I should have moved the figure over at the start so the table wasn't too wide, the shawl color ( I admit I liked it too much to change it) and her hands are too far apart. And then there's her face... It's a sweet face, doncha think? I could attempt just the face on another canvas, right?
But other than that....I had a blast painting her! And isn't that what it's all about? Ah, the learning....ever learning curve.
Cheers all! And God's peace.


  1. I really think you did an amazing job ! Not a photograph but your own personal touch , well done !

  2. WOW!! This is amazing work Karen!! Your patience is an inspiration to me because I would have given up way before. I think you won in the end despite the mistakes that you see, I don't see any. I do agree though that art is an ever learning probably wouldn't be so much fun if it wasn't. We all love a challenge.
    Cheer and God's Peace to you too. : )

  3. This is your masterpiece. A beautiful painting. I use a grid for complicated painting too. Love this one!

  4. It is great to see your progress!
    Karen: Your work is awesome!

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  5. Thank you all and Sue, I will certainly visit you.


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