Friday, 6 February 2015

Is it finished?

I have had this image from Alex Lee Johnson saved for a while and as I am having an urge to paint portraits at the moment I decided to give it a go..the reference was a monochrome... my favourite sort of image which then frees me for the not quite sure if my composition works as I have chosen to do quite a harsh abrupt bg while keeping her image soft and enigmatic. I have used 1/4 imperial Bockingford rough and colours are

Raw sienna
Cad Red
Cobalt Blue
Winsor Violet

I am not sure if this is finished or if it needs some creative cropping but I have enjoyed doing it and may decide to have another go but bigger 22x15 (half imperial)...

I quite like the stylised look as it is but wonder if the abrupt edge is a bit jarring?


  1. Love it Judith.............and am so afraid of commenting cos what do I know.........but......the first thing I thought after wow was....wonder if she is going to cut it down??? so maybe a wee bit of fading at the hand side???

    1. Yes I think I might cut it down you are right I think Val!!

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Catharina... think this one is going to divide opinion!!

  3. I tried twice, so here is my 3rd.
    don't crop it - it is the white space that adds so much intrigue to the painting. Let the viewer add his/her details. Her expression speaks to that.. Great work!

  4. Like seeing a new subject , great colour choices ,


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