Saturday, January 3, 2009

Painting Us Different Folks

This was the DSFDF year end portrait challenge
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Click Here To See How I Painted It.
Watercolor--140# Acid Free Watercolor Paper.- 12" h x 8" w

18 comments:

Kathleen said...

I really like the angle of the head and the background treatment.

Bill Gavin said...

Kathleen-- Thank you. I enjoyed your music. I wonder if my messy space is worth $25 bucks. :)

Edward Burton said...

Really nice portrait, Bill!

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Bill, another graphics person! I am semi-retired, try to paint every day...still do the occasional web site or marketing materials. What a great way to get into fine art!

karen williams said...

Bill, you did a great job! Thanks for your feed back, this was a challenge for me, but I really did enjoy it. I am glad you like the results. It is on a 12x24 canvas. If you would like to exchange portraits I would be up for it. Karen

dominique eichi said...

Great movement and nice portrait.

Carol Feldman said...

Lovely, fresh watercolor! Love it!
Super cool demo. How in the world did you do that??

Bill Brauker said...

Great work on this one. Not being a watercolor person, I am always amazed at how a good watercolor artist does it, when I see one as fine as this.

VanDerHoekArt said...

This turned out really beautifully! I really like your expressive brush work. Very nice!

Bill Gavin said...

Thanks Ed!


Vici--Thanks, I finished it around 2:00 am. The best thing about that time is –the phone doesn't ring.

Karen W., send me an e-mail with your address.

Dominique--When I paint or draw, I try to have the shapes relate to each other.

Carol--Trust yourself.
I made a Flash file of the images I shot. I shot the painting each time I dried the paper. I look at it now and think, why did I paint that. I wasn't really thinking--just doing. :)

Bill B.--I too am coming out of a deep sleep...stay awake!

Bill Gavin said...

Kim-- Thank you. Good luck with Attrition II--Attrition is very nice.

Theresa Rankin said...

Absolutely beautiful work!! I love the angle of the head and the free strokes!

Kathleen said...

Bill - thanks for visiting... your studio cant be messier than mine! and $25 IS $25 ;-)

Bill Gavin said...

Theresa - Thank you.


Kathleen - Karen said--2009 is the time to get better organized and I will!

Victoria on Okinawa said...

Love the freshness and lightness of this portrait. Complementary color usage really makes it shine. Lots of energy expressed in the strokes and expression.

Bill Gavin said...

Victoria-- Thank you for your comment-I got lucky. I too haven't quite got the right settings for my scanner. I just can't get the vibrant colors to totally come out. The best images seen to come from shooting outside on a sunny day.

Tom Pohlman said...

Allright Bill... where the heck is your painting for this weeks challenge??? No pressure- right?! ha ha I had it in my mind that I wasn't going to participate this week- but something just struck me and I belted it out.

This portrait is awesome! I have not messed around with Watercolor all that much- but this is so vibrant and fresh- it makes me want to try! Very nice! I look forward to seeing more of your work- Tom

Bill Gavin said...

Ok Tom--I got the hint. I'll get on it tonight when thing are quiet.
Thanks for your comments.