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: Finally, after two Years, the portrait of my wife is finally done...


nektarios
02-06-2017, 08:38 PM
I finally finished the oil painting portrait of my wife that I started two years ago! I have to admit, it has been quite a learning experience... This is my first portrait and my goal was to learn and apply as much as I could from Rembrandt's technique -- even though I knew I would never accomplish 100% what I aimed for. Wetcanvas helped me a lot in that journey, and I want to thank everyone for their great advice and helpful tips. I experienced many challenges along the way, such as, a melting Maroger medium and having then to switch and adapt to a new medium like the Venetian Medium. It's not perfect, but at least it met my vision to a large extent. I would greatly appreciate your comments, and any constructive criticism is very welcome.

This all started when I first visited the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., back in July of 2013, and I saw a painting by Rembrandt. It's hard to put in words what I felt but that painting impacted me enough to want me to start oil painting using his technique.

Here is the full resolution picture:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154128249831990&set=pcb.101541283 11381990&type=3&theater

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jan-2017/1964354-2017-01-29-5DM4-883_WetCanvas.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jan-2017/1964354-2017-01-29-5DM4-883_WetCanvas2.jpg

Thank you!

Cheers,

Nektarios

PS: It took me so long as I only paint on weekends and not every weekend...

just
02-06-2017, 08:54 PM
The link doesn't work. Load it to this site.

nektarios
02-06-2017, 09:26 PM
Sorry here is an image link that works:

http://www.nektron.com/Nektarios_Painting_Anna_2017.jpg

TatyanaShurtz
02-07-2017, 07:45 PM
I think this is a very good portrait, especially as a fist experience. Nice light and shadows distribution, The face is looking lovely and technically is just slightly off (the right eye placed a tad too high). The hand looks perfect. The fold on the fabric of the sleeve possibly needs a little work on. Good impression overall, good job. Is it oil?

nektarios
02-07-2017, 09:11 PM
I think this is a very good portrait, especially as a fist experience. Nice light and shadows distribution, The face is looking lovely and technically is just slightly off (the right eye placed a tad too high). The hand looks perfect. The fold on the fabric of the sleeve possibly needs a little work on. Good impression overall, good job. Is it oil?

Thank you! Appreciate the good words and constructive comments. Yeap, it's oil, and I used the Venetian Medium. I realized the thing about the eye, but not sure I have the energy to correct at this point. :plain:

abt2k15
02-08-2017, 05:04 AM
the rendering was done pretty nice. now you just need some more knowledge about how stuff works ( i.e. f.e. where does cloth fold and why etc ).
the impasto adds some nice texture, values are in the right place like i said - i really recommend to get some drawing fundamental practise so you
can build up the sketch a bit better before the rendering.

nektarios
02-10-2017, 10:34 PM
Thank you for your good words and advice! Will certainly do as you suggested to improve myself...