Thursday, October 28, 2010

Molly in Italy

Molly is a very good family friend who decided to do some traveling after finishing university. She worked for awhile in England, then Italy, and now she is in Australia. She took some great photos and put them on her blog and told me I could us some as reference photos. I don't normally like to use photos unless I have experienced the scene in person, but I may take a vicarious trip with her once in awhile. 
I need lots and lots of practice when it comes to painting people. I liked this image of Molly in Venice, in front of an old wall with graffiti. It was challenging to portray her shaded with the wall behind her in sunlight.
Sorry about the likeness Molly, its the best I can do! We miss you!

9 comments:

Last Cup Of Coffee said...

this is a great painting! hey cj 'dee-caffinated' - too much?

Carol Schiff Studio said...

CJ, You have done a beautiful, flowing figurative work. It may or may not be a good likeness, but it is a good figure!

Mary Anne Cary said...

Nice Catherine, something different for you. Shows your diverse talent! Very simple striking portrait!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Beautifully painted, Catherine! I m sure she likes it :)

shirley fachilla said...

Like the way you pushed her to the side, such an interesting composition.
And I agree, don't know about the likeness having never met her; but love your figurative style.

Carmen Beecher said...

Great job, Catherine. Love the composition.

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Who cares about the likeness. You only have to worry about that when someone is paying you. Ha. This piece has a voice that speaks out clearly. LIke it a lot.

Gwen Bell said...

Great job Catherine! The limited palette works beautifully. I also really like the graffiti in the background...gives it a young edge that goes perfectly with young Molly.

Molly said...

OH MY GOD!
I love this Catherine! I can't believe you painted this- I wish I could see it in real life!
Coolest thing ever!
Thank you!!!!!