Sylvia, 12x12

Sylvia, 12x12" Pastel on sanded paper

The Portland Plein air & Studio Painters' group has a couple of winter projects underway to keep our skills up during the colder months. One in particular, the Portrait Challenge, is a fun one because each participant is paired with another willing artist to act as the model. This is Sylvia, my partner, in all her glorious color! We met a couple of weeks ago at a Starbucks coffee and sketched each other and talked about art for nearly 3 hours. This is what I have so far and I hope she is not offended by the garrish color! I realize that the monitor is nowhere close to realistic color, so hang with me on this one! As you look at it, squint your eyes to help mix the colors. That bright orange somehow changes to a flesh color when you simplify your vision. Try it!

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Blogger Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Nice job, Brenda! I recognized Sylvia right away. The color and cropping gives the portrait a modern feel. Good job!

1/4/09, 5:23 PM  
Blogger Miki Willa said...

This is really exciting, not only because of the colors, but the composition, as well. Another great painting.

1/5/09, 8:19 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Thanks, you two, for your nice compliments on Sylvia. I've gotta thank her for her patience with me on this portrait! Hoping she sees the similarities!

1/5/09, 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Brenda,
Sylvia was the first person I plein air painted with. Looks like you captured her.

1/12/09, 9:46 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Thanks Maeona,
When I was a newbie at Plein-air, Sylvia and I met at the Jenkins' Estate to paint. She was new to the area and wanting to connect with artists. And that she did!

1/12/09, 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just wondering around and found your partner project. You did a great likeness and such color spark!

2/16/09, 6:47 AM  

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