Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Audrey Hepburn and baby.



Audrey Hepburn and baby.
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The painting is now finished, I don’t know if I’m happy with it or not.
I have tried to create a sense of movement with the baby being pulled up from the poverty towards the light.
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The background is distorted there is more behind Audrey than in front. This is like the horizon in the Mona Lisa. Leonardo painted a reality that is difficult to see and even harder to paint.
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I have painted across the folds of the drapery this works better than painting up-and-down with the direction of the material.
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Both faces are mostly monochrome like a fresco painting. I like this but I think the shadows should be darker on both faces. It must have been the camera flash that made the faces to bright and also gave the baby funny eyes.

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7 comments:

Wanda said...

I love Audrey's face... absolutely perfect.

The paiting moves me.

ChrisJ said...

I do like your painting, but since you draw attention to it, I think maybe the faces could be a little darker -- and the hair. Especially the boy's hair. But honestly, what do I know about these things?! I nearly always end up over doing my pictures. (Remember I'm definitely an amateur, so I shouldn't even comment.) Hope you do another step by step painting like this. It's a fascinating process.

Pris said...

Nick, this is lovely!

Janice Thomson said...

Well done portraiture Nick though you might have a point in regards to at least darkening Audrey's face a tad. Love watching your progress on these.

SandyCarlson said...

Kudos to you! This is great. Both faces are so sensitive--past and future together. Wow.

Sandy said...

Wonderful painting!!

Sandy said...

Nick, I'm so curious about your love of Audrey Hepburn; painting her.. Is there a story to this somewhere on your blog you could lead me to?