Friday, December 4, 2009

Sophia WIP 2...

After many distractions, I have finally found time to try and work on Sophia.  This is not the final, but I hope I am getting close.  Wanted your comments.  I still need to pull grass up around birch tree and perhaps darken the shadow beneath Sophia.  Perhaps a bit of work on her hair as well.  Thanks in advance for helping me.

Hope you are all having a wonderful December.


  1. You seem to know perfectly well what to do. Sophia looks charming. It is the colour of the tree trunk behind her that bothers me; it's not natural, it should be more greyish. But you're the painter, you know best.
    Good Luck with it!

  2. Beautiful picture. I agree with Duta somewhat. I find that Sophia and the tree compete for attention in the picture --- and I'd much rather focus on Sophia. But I love the composition of the painting.

  3. Duta,

    Thank you for your review. I agree, the tree bothers me as well. It needs to recede to make Sophia the major focal point. It is a weeping birch tree and is really white and almost black in its markings. Perhaps I need to redefine it as a totally different tree. I do appreciate your help and I will post the final so you can see it. Have a great day!

  4. Sandy,

    Thanks for helping me. I know there is something not right and you have both picked up on the same thing. When I paint I sometimes have difficulty stepping back to really see what is happening. I value you guys since you look from a fresh approach. Have a great day and thanks!

  5. Coni, I like your blog (your art, your photography, your writing) so I just signed up as a Follower and added you to my favorite blog list. Thought I would come here and comment on your last question to me on Sophia. She does need more color in her features. Lips can be deeper pink (not brilliant red) Use the squinting method and your instincts and go for it. Reassess all areas for values and shapes and just make the adjustments with tenderness, not timidness. Her face with its sweet smile actually is the finite focus so you need to bring it into our consciousness as we view it by strengthening it. Hope this makes sense?
    Have a great Christmas, Ruth from NH


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