1.06.2009

The Portrait


5"x7"
acrylic on canvas

This is my current entry for Karin Jurick's weekly challenge. I debated about posting this painting. It was hard for me. I always struggle with wanting to get a painting "right", whatever that means! And sometimes I have to stop working on a painting even when I don't think it's "right" because I don't know what else to do. Those are the times when my basement studio feels very lonely and I miss having input. But I am so very grateful to have the library down the street and so many online resources to refer to. I painted this portrait while watching "Dave the Painting Guy." David Darrow is an excellent portrait artist who generously invites anyone into his studio (via Ustream) to watch him paint.
The learning and the struggle is part of the journey and I do appreciate it, but I also look forward to the day when I can just paint and it feels "right".

19 comments:

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Annie, I cannot thank you enough for doing such a beautiful portrait of me. You flatter me, and I love it! I was soo lucky to get such a talented artist assigned to me, I must remember to send Karin a thank you for that.

I will anxiously be checking the mail and I will also be following your blog faithfully! Carol

John Vander Stelt said...

Thanks for sharing from the heart. I can identify with your feelings about "getting it right". I tend to overwork things sometimes, and it is hard to post less than my "best" on the blog. Nice job on the portrait!

Sheila said...

Love your DSFDF portrait. It's so warm and you received the ultimate compliment from the subject herself! I just love the way the painting goes from light to dark. awesome.

CONRAD said...

Thanks for letting us know about “Dave the Painting Guy”
I too struggle with painting
I t looks like you did quite a nice job
Love it

hissnhowl said...

What a beautiful portrait! You did a wonderful job. I'm a big "Dave the Painting Guy" fan too:)

dominique eichi said...

What a beautiful portrait, I know we are our worst critics but I hope you can tell from our comment that we are fans of your talent.
Thank you so much for sharing your struggles because I can relate to this also, please keep posting and joining in DSFDF.

Edward Burton said...

Beautiful job with the portrait, Annie! It radiates a positive energy. I think we all experience those times when we get to that point on a painting where we just have to say "well, that's as far as I believe I can take it,". On a more positive note, it sure is nice to see our paintings in Southwest Art Magazine!

**Robin** said...

Hi There,,Your art is fantastic..I added you to my http://robinmead.stumbleupon.com/
account..great exposure too..!! have agreat day..Robin

Vern Schwarz said...

As a different set of eyes, I'd say you "got it right". There are a lot of very confident brush strokes here, that make this a great painting. Looks like Carol agrees! Well done.

Bill Brauker said...

Loved the portrait. You stopped at a good time. That is always the hardest part for me too. I am a regular watcher of Dave's show. He is so good and if you want to learn about portraits, he is the guy.

Annie Salness said...

Thank you all for your positive and encouraging comments! And thanks to Karin for her help in creating this community of artists and friends!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Good job on this! Your boots, too!

Carol Horzempa said...

Your brush strokes and painting style is really fresh. Well done! Great work, you should be proud!

Hillary said...

That's a great picture. You're talent on facial details is really coming along.

Eve's Daughters said...

wow- how exciting to see how many people are following your blog and commenting on it! Nice job...

artbyakiko said...

Annie, what a beautiful portrait!! You have done a great job on this.

Anonymous said...

I'm a FANnie.
You're a FANnie.
Wouldn't you like to be a FANnie, too?
This is sweet to witness, my friend--K

Edward B. Gordon said...

fantastic !

Heather said...

K cracks me up!! I'm a FANnie too! (In case you weren't sure by now.) So proud of you.
As a non-artist it's nice to hear your perspectives. It also astounds me to hear of your uncertainties at times because I stand in awe.

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