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Monday, September 13, 2010

Little Girl and the Butterfly


This is my niece, a chirpy ten year old. She has a shy smile that I love to bring out on paper.I have tried working in layers on her face this time, hoping to achieve the right skin tone-but  the choice of colors for the butterfly went wrong, as it now seems merged with the wall...should have used lighter colors on it :(

watercolor on paper, 16"x12"

29 comments:

  1. The light and shadows are very good. But the expression and the way her hand is positioned is too good. I had not even noticed the butterfly until I read your post..

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  2. Beautiful Arti! Her eyes are so well done, and her hand position adds such charm and sweetness :)

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  3. The face is beautiful, the shy smile does show through. The butterfly if developed further would take away from the main focus, the face of the girl.

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  4. Arti, don't fret over the butterfly as sometimes they blend in with their surroundings. I recently photographed a butterfly on my sunflowers and he was supposed to be black and had such reflection from the flowers he was yellow toned. Your painting is lovely and I bet she loves it.

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  5. What a sweet smile ... I also like the butterfly, you're too self-critical!Lovely work

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  6. The child like innocent face has been captured so beautifully. That is most important.

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  7. I like it a lot. She is a beautiful young girl...

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  8. Hi Arti,
    You made a very beautiful portratit, i angoyed the hand directin the attention to the face! Very effective. Extremely well done!

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  9. It is a very sweet portrait. The butterfly doesn't bother me at all, I think we are our own worst critics:)

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  10. Hello Arti

    I came across your blog and I have been looking at your paintings and drawings which show an artist of great skill. Keep up the good work

    Ray

    http://triboy57.blogspot.com/

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  11. What a beautiful and delicate concept. Nice job Arti!

    Blessings!!

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  12. the soft texture of the skin is painted beautifully! like the shadows and the hair and the shy smile, which you wanted to capture! niece painting is nice!

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  13. Prabal and Crystal, the credit should go to her, for the sweet expression and the position of her hand ; she gave me that pose :) In fact,she just sat looking at my feet smiling shyly as I photographes her.I added the butterfly later!

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  14. Thanks Tony , Carol and Giada, I feel much better now:)

    Asit thanks for ypur cmment.She is indeed a pretty little woman!

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  15. I am Glad to see you here again after such a long time, Mariano.

    Thank you Sandy...

    Thanks a lot, Joe and Anand.

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  16. Thank you Carrie , coming from you, the appreciation means a lot to me!

    Hey Ray, welcome to my blog ( and my world!)hope you enjoy your visits.Thanks for the sweet comment.

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  17. Beautiful portrait. The eyes are so expressive & the innocent smile is also captured very nicely. I believe you have justified with the portrait.

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  18. You are too good with portraits Arti, loved your work a lot. I so happy to find your blog
    :)

    Sarika
    http://watercolordaily.blogspot.com

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  19. A very tender moment. The butterfly needs more value and then it will pop out. I know this is hard to do with watercolor as it can go to mud if you are not careful. The secret is to be sure the paper is totally dry between layers.

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  20. This is a gorgeous painting - Your niece has such a nice smile !
    very beautiful Arti - love it !!

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  21. The child's tender quality is reflecting in your work, the skin tone you have achieved is perfect, but I do think the burnt sienna of the butterfly is making a nice impact against the gray..I am sure your niece is thrilled and she would love to pose for more :-)

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  22. A beautiful portrait of your niece, Arti! Her expression is so good and even the butterfly looks good to me :)

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  23. Thank you, D.D.

    Welcome here, Sarika.

    Stan, I am yet to do that- I am a little impatient while painting in layers!

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  24. Hi Padmaja.. thank you for the inputs:)

    Thank you Ramesh, and Ajay .

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  25. You've certainly caught her shyness Arti! She's gorgeous.

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  26. Arti,
    I love the excitement on girl's face. She is smiling and glowing from inside when looking at the butterfly.
    What a great subject for a postcard or a book :)

    thank you,
    Irina

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  27. such a lovely portrait, i just do not have any words to express myself ... very beautiful

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