Thursday, March 19, 2009


The model was standing on a platform and looking up (don't know how she could do that for 3 hours!), with lighting from below--so a very different painting experience yesterday.

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Dar Presto said...

she looks great. well done!

brian eppley said...

You've nailed the light. You're a multi talented artist!

Loriann Signori said...

Wow, beautiful Jala. I love the contrast between the green, the red/orange and the deep umber in the hair.

Paula Villanova said...

I love this point of view...very different and unexpected.

Marian Fortunati said...

I love how you captured the colors in her skin and the darks so well!

Another gorgeous vignette, Jala!!

Samartdog said...

Of all your portraits, this might be my very favorite. Don't know why yet; it just is.

Edward Burton said...

GREAT job, Jala! That's a tricky perspective to get and you nailed it. Very dramatic lighting - beautiful.

Jala Pfaff said...

Dar - Thank you! I was very pleased with it too.

Brian E - Thank you! However, I don't do landscape. :)

Loriann - Thank you. Yeah, that green area (which of course is richer in person), when I put it on, it just made my eyes and brain go "ooooohhh...."

Paula - Thanks. Yeah, when I walked in (late) to the room and saw her towering over us standing on the platform, it was like...Oh my god, how am I going to paint this?

Marian - Thank you. I used a lot of Terra Rosa and yellow ochre light for the skin in this one, and really liked the colors it gave. And I even used black in the back of the color, hair, and eyelash line. I almost never use black for anything.

Sam - gracias. Funny, but it's The Husband's favorite, too, and one of mine as well.

Edward - Thank you. I exaggerated the drama somewhat and liked how it turned out.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Jala, you have a special way with portraits. I use to fret about getting a good spot in class and inevitabley I would have to work around a 'bad' angle which gave me some real nice learning experiences!