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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pastel Portrait of a Little girl in White Dress

Soft Pastels 12"x 16"
This is what I have been busy doing lately- a portrait of my lovely little niece.She is a hyper active three year old and you almost never catch her sitting still! Her mom clicked a picture of her in one such rare moment -and finally I got one to paint!Well she looks like a very quiet little girl here, but looks are deceptive :)

27 comments:

  1. This one is beautiful Arti and your niece is really cute!!

    I just want to ask you something..."What does self-taught artist actually mean?" You're such a wonderful artist. I'm an absolute beginner and I'm really BAD. But recently, I've developed a deep interest in painting, especially watercolours. Can I really paint nicely if I practice regularly with dedication (Of course internet helps a lot!)? I've just started and If I try to paint according to my imagination it turns out to be a disaster...:)
    Please reply...Thanks!:)

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    1. Dear Tarang Sinha, I hope you don't mind if I interject a comment here. I have wondered about Arti's phrase 'self-taught' as well. I think it means that she's humble even though she's a stunningly talented artist. I believe she's discovered many artistic techniques on her own that are usually taught in classes and she certainly has an uncommon dedication to her art. These two things have carried her a long way.

      Here comes some unsolicited advice: You should revel in letting your deep interest in painting take you where it will. Don't worry about your level of skill compared to anyone else. You've already said that you can see your own improvement as you work at it, so let your joy lead you.

      Too much judgement, especially early in the process, can kill art. Someone once said, "Don't think. Just do." Was it Yoda?

      Okay, I'm done lecturing now. Carry on.

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    2. Hello Tarang. Julie is a wizard with words- she has put it in such a beautiful way that I don't really need to add much… being ‘self taught’ means you are your own tutor, you need to find your own mistakes and correct them ,and work on improvement with each artwork. At least that is what I do. That said,Julie is right in saying that being too critical in initial stage can kill your art; you should make a start and let your art take shape.This journey may be long but it will be full of joy, I assure you.

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    3. Thank you so very much Julie & Arti!!

      I'll keep the advice (Unsolicited?...NOT AT ALL!! I can keep reading such kind of advice...:))in my mind and I'll keep practicing no matter how bad I am:) (Maybe I can be featured in 'Artist of India' someday...:)

      Pleasure talking to you!! Thank you!:)

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  2. And Arti, I love this work. The way she's holding her hands is spectacular!

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    1. Thank you Julie, I loved her pose and she looked angelic in that white flowery outfit.Glad you liked it!

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    2. Yes, I also liked the way she's holding her hands and how skillfully you've painted this...:)

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  3. she is adorable and so beautifully and lovingly painted!

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    1. Thank you Suzanne- painting someone you know (and love)can always be intimidating...but I am happy with the results.Glad you liked her -she is adorable.

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  4. so beautiful and so accurate play of light and shade.. fantastic.

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    1. Thanks a lot :)I like to play with light in all my portraits.

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  5. She is so beautiful, Arti! I just adore her dress.

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    1. Thank you Sherry, she is cute and I chose this picture for that dress only:)

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  6. You did an amazing portrait of your niece, Arti. I love this piece.
    Her skin tones are perfect...and I love the pattern on her dress.. So
    beautifully done!!!!

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    1. I am happy it turned out well, Hilda- you never know when you are painting your loved ones!Thank you.

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  7. What a beautiful girl, Arti! ANd you have portrayed her perfectly. I can even see in her eyes that energy waiting to burst out. :)

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    1. Yes you are right, Kathryn..I don't know how she managed to hold this pose long enough to take a decent picture! :)

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