Thursday, October 3, 2013

i can see finished from here: "a tattered hat future"

" a tattered hat future" (11.5"X20.5")
i put what i think are the final touches on this portrait of a young african boy. i didn't like the hard straight edge on the dark shape in front of him at the bottom of the painting. so, i lifted out some of it. the hat needed some work especially the tattered, frayed edges and holes. and i needed to darken some of the shadows in his clothing. the hand was only started when i last left off so i completed the painting of that. lastly, i thought that the upper left corner needed a splash of color so i added a spatter of manganese blue and teased it out a bit with the brush, finger, and spray bottle. the consequence was that i got a nice little organic dash of blue with a little run down the side, which i liked. so, i am declaring this finished unless i see something else while it hangs for a few days on the studio wall.


4 comments:

  1. Bob this is really top notch. I love the skin tone and that it appears so rich without being too strong. The background on the "right" side of the painting is particulary beautiful as is the light area on the left. And that little blue spot adds the perfect touch. Great work!

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    1. thanks so much, dena. it's funny what one likes about one's paintings. frequently it's the the smallest things. like that splash of manganese blue which is what i enjoy the most. however, i must agree with the rest of what you wrote!

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  2. These last additions of colors have added to the perfection of this painting, the little patch of blue in the top left corner is really a great new detail , you didn't know until it was there , that it was necessary :-) Have a nice weekend.

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    1. thank you, jane. glad you like the blue splash!

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