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!!

33 comments:

  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

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  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

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  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!

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  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!

    Hugs,
    Lisa :)

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  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!! :))

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

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  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.

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  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!

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog! xoxoxo

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  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

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  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

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  16. The portrait is great!

    It has been fun tonight catching up on your travels.

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

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

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  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 obsessed...lol!

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  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.

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  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

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

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  23. 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!

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  24. 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.

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

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

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  27. 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!

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  28. 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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  30. 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.;)
    Jo.x

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

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

    Love Renee xoxo

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