ACRYLIC painting 30" wide 40" tall x 1.75 " deep on gallery wrapped canvas. I am trying to recycle some of my old canvases --- especially abstract pieces -- by painting black and white images on them similar to this. Although I prefer oil right now, this was done in acrylic so I could enter it into an acrylic only show! All my work is done freehand with no grids, projectors or mechanical aids which means I some skew certain parts of it, but I kept pretty true to the original photo!

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Comment by Pat on December 16, 2018 at 4:44am

Nice Jean.

Comment by John Andreou on December 16, 2018 at 1:05pm

Nice work - the only thing I would suggest is to put a bit of shadow under her feet so she doesnt look like she is floating - its darn good art though for sure 

Comment by John Andreou on December 16, 2018 at 1:08pm

Your figure drawing and eye for detail is immaculate Jean.  It impressed me 

Comment by Kathy Orrell on December 16, 2018 at 8:59pm


Comment by Kathy Prendergast on December 17, 2018 at 1:55am

Love this; what a great idea to combine abstract with realistic representational art, esp. the black and white image that provides such good contrast. I actually thought when looking at the thumbnail that it was a collage with a black and white photo cutout. The painting of the little girl is very proportional and accurate; I would have found that difficult, esp if working from a small photo as a model.

Comment by Jean Cormier on December 17, 2018 at 5:44pm

Thanks to all for the encouraging comments!  This one will also be going to my 33 work exhibit at the Polk Museum of Art January 2019-April 2019-the Exhibition Director wanted to see what I was currently working on and fell in love with this-as you can see it's still unsigned so but it is just about completed!  I am still in shock that they want to feature my art!

Kathy - on something like this, I sketch out the outline in white chalk, then use charcoal to get a bit more detail, the spray with fixative.. It is easy to remove before the fixative  and correct or paint over. When working from photos I will turn the photo upside down or sideways so the face or hands or outfit is just a series of shapes to my eye, not actual objects. I also paint my canvases a midtone grey so I don't start on a scary white surface! jean

Comment by Paul Dodd on December 17, 2018 at 6:31pm

A lovely  piece  of work and congratulations  on your art show its well earned.  Although its only in the towns library i have to find 45 to 50 paintings  for a show in the begining of February for four weeks, so far i have 15 to 20 selected so i might have to have a few all night painting  sessions

Comment by Angela Harrison on December 17, 2018 at 8:59pm

 I like the figure painted in black,grey and white as it represents the image in an unique way incorporating coloured background so as to create a feature which is likened to a photograph, real and engaging to view! 

Comment by Joyce Findlay on December 27, 2018 at 12:12am

great idea to rejuvenate an older painting..I love it.....I am continually updating, repainting..sometimes I feel  a little bad when someone says...oh I loved that......painting...and I have to admit I painted over it.  I also don't like to use any artificial means or aides when I paint or draw, I just want it to be my creation, and sometimes it takes a while to get it right, but it's a lot of fun trying....The joy for me is in the creating....did I mention I love color as well....

Comment by Ms. Karen Klinger on December 29, 2018 at 10:57pm

reminds me of the Little Debbie cakes I like to eat


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