Monday, September 21, 2009

Painting done!!

Well, friends, the commissioned piece is done and Joanne really likes it! It is a portrait of beautiful Joanne and her wonderful and unusual cat, Zigsa.

Because Joanne is a very talented illustrator (you can see her wonderful pieces on her blog), I was a little nervous about doing this painting for her. Ok, whom am I kidding? I was a lot nervous, but still when it came down to drawing the sketch and painting the final piece, I got so into the process that I forgot all about the nerves and just enjoyed it.

I did have a photo of Zigsa, but no photo of Joanne, just a wonderful elfin self-portrait she did of herself. I knew about her wavy hair, the color of it, the green of her eyes, and her bangs. I just went with that and hoped I'd somehow capture her look.

The first iteration of it had a solid dark blue background because I wasn't sure how much texture Joanne would like. Also, it seemed pretty busy already, so I didn't want to overload it. But Joanne was wonderful and said that she'd prefer one of my "halos" around the figures and some circles in the background. So, I got to play and really enjoyed that! I also added some light molding paste to the background to give it some texture.

I love it! Joanne loves it! What do you all think?

P.S. I know I said I'd blog about an award I received and will still do so. I also was interviewed on a blog today and will post about that as well. So much going on! Tonight, I'm in a little bit of a time crunch, so I'll bid you farewell for now. When I get a minute later, I'll visit all your inspiring blogs!!


  1. I am so happy Silke. I really love it.:)
    I can't wait for the painting to arrive, so I can frame it. The portrait looks like me, even though you did not have a photo!
    Can I put it on my blog as well and show it to everyone?
    Best wishes,
    Love Jo.x

  2. Thank you, Joanne! :) Yes, please put it on your blog. I have to say, it might be my favorite painting so far... Love, Silke

  3. Oh Silke - I love it too! Really gorgeous. I love the way you painted her hair, the eye colors, and the background effect is great.
    Just lovely!

  4. Hi Silke! What a lovely and fun commission piece to work on! She turned out beautiful and Zigsa has the cutest expression! Wonderful work! Creating from mainly imagination is always a blast! Have a great week!

    Lisa :)

  5. great job, silke!! i can't believe that you didn't have a picture of joanne, and still did such a fabulous likeness of her! and that little zigsa is so cute!! :))

  6. What a wonderful piece Silke! You rock!
    Can't wait to read the article too!
    thanks for stopping by!

  7. You are very brave to do a portrait based on description and the fact that Joanne likes it is a testament to your impressionistic abilities.

    Silke, yesterday, I tried to paint a woman and I had the most difficult time. You know what I did? I checked out your blog and your women! At any rate it was definitely not a day for human figure painting. I ended up starting another aspen grove painting.

    Thank you for your comment on my blog. I felt sad when i read about your mother passing away at a very young age. I am sorry.

    Haha! You can be my sister! I have five other sisters and then there's Bella and manon so now you too! We will have a blast. I will adopt you! But are you sure you want me? HAHAHAHAHAHA! my daughter rolls her eyes sometimes and my son, just smiles at my antics. I am the lucky one. Thank you Silke.

  8. Silke I am loving these female portraits you are doing! This last one has oodles of goodness shining out of the eyes! Just beautiful!

  9. Zigsa is just darling and I'm not a cat person. What a wonderful painting, I love how their eyes match.

  10. Look so peaceful and happy. Just make myself relaxed by looking at your painting. Great work!

  11. Silke, no problem. Just give me what you are eating on your avatar! Hahhahaah!

  12. Congratulations on this commission!! It is beautiful. I really love Zigsa!!

  13. Very beautiful painting Silke! I love the colors, the background!

    Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog! xoxoxo

  14. Hi sweet,
    Oh my Silke, it is so wonderfull, the most beautifull face, and love the whole set up with the little cat, it is fantastic, in colors and all, and you are a master.
    Hugs to you, Dorthe

  15. Oh this is beautiful Silke! It is so wonderful to see that you have your very own special "Silke-touch" in your pantings. It looks like you really manage to paint what you feel. Love this one, and the cat is marvellous! Hugs, Annika

  16. The portrait is great!

    It has been fun tonight catching up on your travels.

  17. She's beautiful! Love all the colors and her expression is so soft. Drop by today for my give away celebration! Hugs, Lynda

  18. Beautiful work, Silke! I love the kitty cat, too! Hugs, Diane

  19. Hi Silke!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I appreciate your comments. I love your work! You seem to like painting women just like I do. I'm!

  20. Silke, if you go to my site to the post Bowls...and in the comments I was asked about my technique. I describe it there.

  21. This is absolutely stunning Silke - I love her!! That kitty is gorgeous too - well done - hope you feel very proud with what you have achieved - she is one lucky woman to have such a wonderful painting.

    Take care

    Sarah xxx

  22. Absolutely delightful!

  23. Love your portrait! I always smile when I see your art : )

  24. I love this painting Silke. I love your portraits. But the Joanna painting is alive with spirit, very nice.
    I am doing well and I hope you are too.
    Love and hugs
    Good luck in the giveaway!

  25. This is a lovely painting. I can see why you were nervous about this one. Painting a portrait of someone who you've never seen before? Not even a picture? A true testament to your talent.

  26. Ohhh it is beautiful! Thanks for the kindnesses dear. Blessings.

  27. Hi Silke! Very beautiful painting, I love the cat and her hair, specially, but love it all together.

  28. Oh, Silke, she is just wonderful! I'm sure Joanne DOES like her! And probably her kitty does too ;-).
    I do love the background and think the little swirls add a lot to the whole look, actually. I'm glad you had such a gracious and lovely lady for your first commission. An auspicious beginning, I would say! Here's to many more!

  29. Ok, this is going to be a long one. Ready?

    First of all, GORGEOUS painting! The colors are divine, and I love the light blue halo against her orange hair. The way she and her cat are tilting their heads toward each other is beautiful. What a great painting!!!

    Secondly, congratulations on the award. YAY! You deserve every single award!

    Thirdly, OMG! Loved your interview. What???? You've only been painting for 5 months??? WHAT????? Holy freaking cow! I am so in awe of your endless talents. And how romantic that you met Daniel on your very first day in the states. Awwwwwwwww! Love that.

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  31. Hi Silke,
    Congratulations on the award and all the lovely feedback you have received about this painting.:)
    You deserve all the praise, people have given you!
    I have now done my post with the portrait.

    I also think it is very romantic how you met Daniel. Very best wishes to you both.;)

  32. Silke the painting looks cheerful. I love it.

    Thank you for the love you have given me dear friend.

    Love Renee xoxo