Monday, December 29, 2008

Mystery portrait

The Different Strokes blog challenge this time was quite interesting. We submitted a photo of ourselves to Karin and she paired us with someone else. She sent us their submission and we were asked to paint it. So, I don't know who this lady is, but she is painting a picture of me! The photo was washed out without much depth, so I decided to give the painting more. I started with a bright red surface and left some of that color showing through. I wanted to have the focus of the piece more about the red undertones and green contrasts than her bright blue eyes, so I hope that doesn't offend. Anyhow, enjoy! And watch for the painting of me here.

Mystery portrait
Oil on board

Photo submitted by mystery woman


Torrie Smiley said...


Your painting is lovely~ You are a talented and gifted painter. You have done a beautiful portrait and you captured my love of red! I still have a few days to go on my pastel portrait. I hope you will be as pleased with yours.


Torrie Smiley said...

I love the picture you sent in~ I am not really a portrait artist and do very few of them, but the drama of your picture was perfect for me. I will send you a note when I post the painting. I did not start painting until "late" in life~ I was 43. I envy the fact you have started young and have so many years to continue to paint!

Torrie said...

This is a very nice painting, Chelsie.

You did get a good subject she is quite attractive. I always thought she looked like an ostrich.

Vern Schwarz said...

Chelsea, I've been looking at this wonderful portrait you did for a couple of days, and I now think I know what it is telling me. Based on reading Torre's blog and her comments, I think you've captured her spirit and personality beautifully. Interesting how we can get a feel for a person just by looking at them, but that's not always the whole story is it.

Victoria on Okinawa said...

Chelsie, I really admire that you took this photo and made the portrait your own, it is so expressive and vibrant. I love the texture in it too.