Monday, May 17, 2010

Masai portrait - finished



The Masai woman's portrait is complete, give or take a tweak or two.

I'm happy with the outcome and yes, the beading did make me a little crazy at times, but without it the portrait would not have the same impact. I took an easel shot to give a better idea of size and to see it at a more appropriate distance.



I've gotten a lot of positive responses to it which is wonderful.  I think the lighting and colour against the black paper create impact that draws the eye to it.  Your eyes always come back to it in the studio. I've had requests for prints and cards with this image and will look at that possibility.  I have some other paintings that need to go the print route and have been tied up with other things but will make the time to get that ball in motion in the very near future.

This is a larger portrait, a bit larger than life filling a full 19 x 25 sheet. I still call it the Masai portrait as I haven't thought of anything more inventive at this stage.  Secretly I call her 'Betty Beader'...  Here's a cropped view for those who like to see the intimate details and strokes that make up the portrait.



Now on to other paintings and drawings waiting in the wings!

20 comments:

Valerie Jones said...

STUNNING! Absolutely stunning, Jeanette....

Billie Crain said...

Jeanette, you've outdone yourself! This is a triumph. Looking at the closeup you posted I can see the blues and greens(?)and other more subtle colors you used in this and love it even more.:)

Diahn said...

Oh, Jeanette - it's absolutely brilliant. I just think you've taken this one to a whole new level.

Everything - from the intricate beadwork, to the shine on her nose and lips is just stunningly well portrayed...brava!

*applauding madly*

Sandy Maudlin said...

Ahhhh...to look at this for a long time...YES! Just beautiful.

Rhonda Bartoe Tucker said...

I have been watching this one. You've really created an absolutely beautiful piece of art. Congrats!

Lolli072 said...

Just... amazing. Can't say anything else about it. I can't stop gawking! lol

Ola Fumilayo said...

I'm agog. I'm so attracted to this piece. It strikes a chord.

Robin Neudorfer said...

Incredible! The beadwork is stunning. Love the crop. I think you need to do the whole tribe.

jane minter said...

stunning jeanette...had to come back to see it finished

Susan Liles said...

Perfect!!! So beautiful, the lighting is just wonderful!

Nithya Swaminathan said...

Fantastic portrait Jeanette! The beads are jaw droppingly fabulous. Bravo!

sue said...

Just stunning!!

sorry if you've told us before but what brand of coloured pencils did you use here?

Jennifer Rose said...

that is gorgeous :D really well done!

Jeanette said...

Valerie, thank you.

Billie, its always interesting to see the colours that make up the optical illusion our eyes provide. Thanks for your support.

Thanks Diahn, I loved the lighting on this from the start, so it was always interesting to work on.

Sandy, thank you. Its good if it makes people look closely.

Rhonda, thanks, I'm glad you enjoy it.

Lori, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Ola, I'm glad it creates a response in you. Connections to art are what makes it worth doing.

Robin, thank you. The whole tribe! Well perhaps a couple more, just not so many beads next time.

Jane, thank you.

Susan, thanks. The light is really what makes this piece appealing I think.

Nithya thank you. The beads were a challenge, but worth it.

Sue, thanks for commenting. I used Derwent Coloursofts for this with a touch of pastel towards the end as I had run out of tooth on some sections of the paper.

Thanks so much Jennifer, glad you enjoy it.

vivien said...

stunning!


I liked it at an earlier stage with lots of lost edges and only some of the face floating in darkness too

Ann said...

Amazing and stunningly beautiful!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

There is no doubt that this is a very fine work. Congratulations.

Robyn said...

Congratulations, Jeanette, it's a stunner!

tracywall said...

Yes amazing!
The composition of the highlights and the head shape draw me in; the beads keep me looking.
Bravo!

Jennie Norris said...

All I can say is WOW! This is one of those truly "special" pieces that stand out among all others. Brilliant!