Sunday, December 13, 2009

DSFDF PORTRAIT & MY 100TH POSTING

6x9 oil on canvas


So much to say, I've been overwhelmed with painting commissions, but cannot post much until after Christmas; however, I can post my DSFDF portrait painting. I was VERY intimidated when I first received my photo and then literally just threw my hands up in the air, and remembered it's just paint. Slowly my intimidation turned into fun, and I hope the end results show that I enjoyed myself through the process. I do not know who this fella is, but if you recognize him, please let me know!

Yesterday I had the most wonderful day. I met a fellow blogger and now friend, Ann Rogers, for an afternoon of drooling over the most spectacular plein air paintings. After a couple of hours of oohing and aahhing, we had lunch together and continued our conversation about the gallery exhibition and everything else we could possibly visit about...this may surprise you, I am a talker and so is Ann, there was never a moment of silence throughout our visit. Thank you Ann for a delightful afternoon!!

For those of you in the Dallas area, I would encourage you to see Southwest Gallery's Outdoor Painters Society exhibition (open through January 4th) and for those of you not in the area, here are some of the Texas artists I greatly admire, please take a look at some of these sites, you will not be disappointed!

John Cook

This is only a sampling of the artists whose work we viewed, but definitely these are some of my very favorite Texas artists. In addition to all of these links, here's another one for you: Outdoor Painters Society, there you will see all of the members and their incredible works. Ann, thanks again it was a wonderful cold, wet, and rainy Saturday to meet a new friend and talk art!

Thank you so much for visiting and commenting; I truly appreciate your visits, take care!!

50 comments:

Ruth said...

Angela, when you see your portrait published, you'll find out who your compatriot is. Interesting. Think he submitted a pose that would take contemplation by the recipient of his photo. YOU did a wonderful interpretation. Perfect.
I, too, had the same reaction to my photo --wondered how I could make it exciting and not just a repro of a photo. Still contemplating, but have some ideas working in my head.

How neat that you have access to such a wonderful "show". You and Ann had to have had MUCH in common. You both are outstanding artists. Ruth

Carol Nelson said...

Angela, what a fun portrait you made from an equally fun photo!!!! I love the cropping and I'm sure this will be one of the stand out portraits of the group.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

I LOVE this Angela, it is evident that you had fun...what else could you do with such a fun reference photo...the crop adds so much too...kudos!

nancy elstad said...

I love what you did with your portrait. Very nice.

AutumnLeaves said...

Wow, Angela!! This is fabulous, truly!! I am so excited to see how you've taken this photo and made it your own and I can see that this chap looks quite interesting and fun! Love your portrait!!

Barb Hillier said...

I love the way you cropped this and nailed the expression. Beautifully done!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Angela, so different from anything I've ever seen you do...and so very exciting...your painting is better than the photo...it's marvelous...pat yourself on the back for me since I live way too far away to reach that far...keep up the challenges!!!! APPLAUSE!!!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Angela, I am really impressed. This is Great!

Sandrine said...

Awesome work. Great job. Love it.

Barbara Pask said...

I love the way you cropped this. It does look like a fun image to paint and I bet the young man will love it too.

Gwen Bell said...

Oh, Angela! This is magnificent! Just had to laugh out loud. I can tell you had a great time with this and you've done such a wonderful job. The exaggeration of the already exaggerated pose is delightful!

Thank you for the heads up about the Gallery. I'll have to check it out and the artist's links.

dominique eichi said...

Wow, what a fun pic and rendition. I just love everything about it. Perfect cropping

Edward Burton said...

Excellent job with the portrait, Angela - love the way you cropped it.

sam said...

Great painting Anglea, yes I agree with everyone else the cropping really adds! Some fantastic work on the southwest gallery website youve linked to)

Vern Schwarz said...

Angela, you nailed this painting. I find the photo interesting, and you have added to that with a great crop.

Ann Rogers said...

Angela, This is so "over the top perfect"! Bet your new artist friend thought he was going to stump you with his whimsical photo...ha...not a chance! You have really nailed this challenge..great entry!

Also such a lovely and informative post about the show, thanks for sharing a special day with me!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

This is a tuff one and you did a great job.
I love the cropping.

conniep said...

That was a challenging pose, but love what you did with it. It does make you chuckle when you see it;-) Good job

maria kovalenko leysens said...

You handled the portriat so well. It is an attention grabber and fun!

Maggie Mayer said...

Angela WOW, this is very inspiring! Great job!!

Marilyn M. King said...

I love what you have done with this challenging young man's photo. You have managed to make him look quite mysterious. Great job and excellent work!

Kerri Settle said...

I love the crop! A challenge indeed - but you pulled it off so well!

Millie said...

I really had a good laugh seeing your rendition of that pose. It is just...perfect!

Alice Thompson said...

Angela, You and Ann seem like so much fun. Two Texas ladies on the art scene. You handled this quirky awkward portrait pose so smoothly.

I took a good look at your pieces and I have to say that you express emotion/expression beautifully.

Amanda Carder said...

This is wonderful!! One of my favorites I just love the composition!!

Karen Hargett said...

Angela you did a wonderful job on this portrait. I love it!

James Parker said...

You did an excellent performance with the portrait. The pose he chose is somewhat unusual, but I think you did super. My victim is unknown to me also...and her pose is also somewhat awkward. I hope I do even half as well with mine as you did with yours. Drop by my blog for a mug of eggnog. Happy Holidays!!!

Pattie Wall said...

Interesting photo and way more interesting painting! Angela, you painted such an intriguing composition of your subject. Nice job!

artbyakiko said...

I really love this portrait. Excellent cropping and the expression is just awesome!

daniel stender said...

Hi there, :) I believe you painted a picture of me (and did a great job with it!) I really like your interpretation of my photo (sorry about that btw) I was worried the camera distortion and irregular expression might cause difficulties, but it looks like you didn't have any problems :)

p.s.- due to my tendency to procrastinate, I still need to paint your portrait, but hopefully i'll start it in the next few days and post progress- here's my blog:
http://stuckdan.blogspot.com/

Tracie Brown said...

what a trip. LOL! his funny pose had the perfect makings for a really interesting portrait - combine that with your wonderful style and you have a lovely work of art!! well done.

Kari Tirrell said...

That was a challenging pose, and I love the way you handled it. Perfect!

Carol Horzempa said...

Angela, your portrait is my favorite! I love your daring approach and cropping! Too take a photo with such an expression and exaggerate it even more is very impressive! I'm sure this artist will love it!

Connie said...

Hi Angela - this is great; design, cropping, brushstrokes, everything! Wonderful likeness - it just makes me smile when I look at it!

Angela Elledge said...

Thank you all so very much. I know how busy everyone is and I really appreciate all of you taking the time to comment. I have so enjoyed visiting your portraits and really look forward to those that have not been posted, yet.

I'm so glad Karin chose to do the portrait exchange again, I had lots of fun with it last year and could not wait to get this year's photo. As I said in my original post, this photo because of its exaggeration/distortion intimidated me in a very big way. As with all of Karin's DSFDF images, usually they are not something I would choose to paint, but she sure does get me (and us) out of our comfort zone(s)...and I am thrilled to be pushed because I certainly don't push myself near enough.

Daniel, thank you for identifying yourself, I had no idea who you were, and thanks for the fun picture. I'm looking forward to seeing your interpretation of me!
:-)

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Wow. For someone just on their 100th post you have a zillion followers! Lucky you to meet a fellow blogger - I find when I meet blogging friends I'm never disappointed! I think we're just a fun, kind of like-minded group!
Your DSFDF portrait is awesome! I, too, was so worried, then I just started whacking away at it and it went fast!

Lauren Maurer said...

I love it! Very clever pose, very clever portrait!

Bobbi Heath said...

It's all been said before, but you really nailed this one! It so looks like Dan in his photo and you did him one better with the great crop. Thanks so much for stopping by others blogs, I appreciate your comment. I am so glad I joined in on this challenge, it has been such great fun.

julie davis said...

I like your comment that "it's just paint!" I have to settle myself down that way sometimes. It turned out well--love the compositino because it suits the quirky nature of the expression.

Arti said...

This is very good portrayal, Angela.

Kaylyn said...

Angela, You did, as everyone has noticed, a great job with this character. I applaud him for thinking like an artist while taking the photo, as well!

L.Holm said...

This is marvelous, Angela! Whimsy and humor and beautifully done. What fun! Congrats on your 100th posting. I'm grateful to have 'met' you through blogger this year, and gotten to see your wonderful work (and photos of long horns!) Wishing you and family a Merry Christmas, and fabulous 2010. xoLiz

Dean H. said...

Great job, Angela!! You have really infused this portrait with excitement and what I feel as a sense of humor.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

James Parker said...

Angela...your subject did indeed, leave you with a full palette of potentials...and possible problems. But you did Ma-a-ahvelous, my dear. I'm down in Burnet, the bluebonnet capital of Texas now, and hope to get with you and Nancy and Gwen and others this year. Merry Christmas and stop by for some Holiday Cheer.

Violetta Smith said...

This is one of my favorites.Cropping, colors, brushwork just brilliant.

Mitzi Easley said...

I join the other... great job Angela! You handled the crop so well and the color choices are inspired. Well done!

About Stephen said...

Great job, Angela. Wonderful likeness and the cropping is terrific.

artbymj said...

Just wanted to let you know that after a quick scan of the 180 DSFDF portraits, yours is the one that caught my attention. Something about the way you painted your artist is so whimsical and enchanting. Love it. Hopefully, I'll get the chance to go back and see more, but wanted to tell you "bravo"!!

Chelsie Brady said...

one of my favorites! What a fun portrait this must have been. It is really exciting to look at. I love your style!

Lisa Daria said...

I love how you chose to crop into this, makes for a far more interesting composition, I don't think I would have thought to do this, but with your posting of the photo and your painted solution, I hope to consider this in the future.