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‘Hanging A Painting’ completed. 1 October 2015

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Hanging A Painting

I am immensely grateful to a follower on Twitter who told me they thought the shoulders were too broad and the legs too short for this woman.  I get so involved with my work, I can’t always see errors that are glaringly obvious to anyone looking at the painting for the first time.  So I pass on another tip for what it is worth.  Always, if you can, get someone else to peer over your shoulder at your work. A fresh pair of eyes is always good and first impressions are usually correct.  Constructive criticism is always helpful (so my tutor used to tell me….)

I had already made the arms smaller than from the original photo, but could now see more work needed doing and I have altered them accordingly.

The reason the legs looked short to this viewer was that I had got so involved in painting the hair that I was adding more and more brushstrokes, hence an overlarge head of hair and little legs!  I have taken away some of the hair and now feel happy with the result.

A little more fine tuning of the paintings and I was done.  I will not be putting my paintings into another work for a while as I am too impatient for such detailed work.  It was a compromise trying to get not too realistic a finish to these paintings and then overworking them.

This painting is now sold and going to a good home which is great.

I now finally have a Facebook Business Page called just Miche Artist.  Have a look and please ‘like’ the page ….if you do that is.

www.michewatkins.com.

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COMMENTS: 7
  1. September 30, 2015 by Leslie Meeks Reply

    A beautiful painting.. your work is phenomenal.

  2. October 01, 2015 by Magdalena Reply

    Stunning!!! I like it very much… Keep up with a good work 😉

    • October 01, 2015 by michewatkins Reply

      Thanks so much for the support. I so love painting the female figure but it’s never easy !

  3. October 04, 2015 by davidjrogersftw Reply

    Terrific painting, Miche. You are very wise to welcome and benefit from constructive criticism. It shows your seriousness of intent as an artist, and also your self-confidence.

    • October 04, 2015 by michewatkins Reply

      Not sure about the self confidence part David, but yes I am completely serious about my work. I much enjoyed your recent blog by the way and will reply to that separately just now. As long as criticism IS constructive, it has to be good and I have been lucky so far in only having one ‘troll’ on Twitter. Thanks for the feedback.

  4. October 04, 2015 by davidjrogersftw Reply

    Miche, it does take self-confidence and strength to be able to take criticism and recognize that it is constructive. But if it is not from a knowledgeable source or if you consider it, but disagree, you are the ultimate judge of your own work.

  5. October 04, 2015 by michewatkins Reply

    Yes but we artists are a thin-skinned lot and although we can disagree with a comment, it can still hurt. But I am getting better at dealing with that…and it was only one troll after all!

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