Art Pearls

My journey in search of pearls through painting and drawing

Archive for April 2009

Young Peasant Girl After Harmaloff

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Finally I managed to complete the portrait of the young peasant girl. It is obvious that the girl in my painting look more like an young lady. Well I tried and this is the best I could come up with. I really enjoyed painting this portrait.

Young Peasant Girl : A study After Alexei Harmaloff
9″ x 10″ 140# cp watercolor paper
Portrait # 22


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April 28, 2009 at 3:06 am


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This painting is done after the DSFDF online challenge.

Update later today : I tackled this painting putting my portrait painting on hold. It is something I usually do not do. But considering the fact that I already missed on the past few DSFDF challenges, I thought I better get this out of the way.

Acrylic, 6 x 12 inches on Strathmore Acrylic Paper
Reference Photo by Karin Jurick

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April 16, 2009 at 1:34 pm

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Portrait : Young Peasant Girl WIP

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I am currently working on this portrait, which is after the work of a Russian classical painter Alexei Harmaloff(1848 – 1915). The original reference image is :

The original painting is oil on canvas. I am attempting to do it in watercolor but I do not want it to resemble original painting exactly. It is more like a loose study of the portrait. I need to do a lot of improvement before I can call it final. I think there is a slight inconsistency as to the direction in which the subject’s eyes is looking at. I am taking it easy and not be a stickler with such details.

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April 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm

First Anniversary Celebration Winner Announcement

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The winner is 4. That is miel!  Congratulations Miel! I will contact you soon!  I am thankful to all other commentors who participated in this offer. Do not feel bad because I have another one coming up soon for the first blog-versary. To be fair, I have to exclude miel from that. Hope you are okay with that miel.

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April 10, 2009 at 5:31 am

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First Anniversary Celebration

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You are seeing my first sketch that started my one-year journey in drawing and painting. To celebrate this milestone, I offer to do a portrait in pencil drawing of yours or your loved one – only one individual either way. If you wish your identity be under wrap and is not interested in your image being displayed in this blog, do let me know! Please do know that I will be using your photo to do this. I will do it on a 9 by 12 inches heavy-weight drawing paper and will mail it anywhere in the world.

Leave a comment on this post and a way to get hold of you if your name does not link back to your blog. You are welcome to say why you love painting and what medium you like. You have until midnight Friday
April 10,2009 (Central Time Zone in U.S). The comment will be numbered as they come in. Repeated comments from the same commentor will be disregarded. Or, you can make my job easier by not posting a comment the second time. I will draw a name using to generate a random number for me.

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April 6, 2009 at 4:28 am

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At the Beach

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I started painting this way after the deadline for submitting the image for the DSFDF online challenge. I personally think the composition is too plain and boring. I feel that there is something amiss. Maybe, you need to add more figures to this scene. The painting was challenging since I have never painted a beach scene before.

9 by 12 inches on 140# cp watercolor paper

Reference Photo by Karin Jurick

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April 4, 2009 at 12:05 am

Posted in figure, watercolors