Revised painting of my Dad... much better!


I worked on this painting for 4 hours today while teaching. I worked from two photos I took of Dad's sitting. I like this version of it much better than where I left off yesterday. I can see discrepancies, but my sister, Mom and Dad have proclaimed it 'right on', so I'm stopping right there. The folks are all packed and ready to go for an early morning flight back to Idaho. We're really going to miss them here.

16 comments:

theresamillerwatercolors said...

Dear Susan: you are indeed an excellent portrait painter! I love the kind face of your dad, thank you for sharing! Theresa

artbymj said...

I think you've captured his likeness wonderfully. I can only imagine how special this time must have been for you and your dad. He must be so proud!! Don't you feel when you paint someone you love, each stroke is a memory, a blessing, a stroke of love?

Dar Presto said...

this is beautiful!

Barbara Pask said...

Susan, This is perfect. You are so talented and lucky to be able to paint your dad. I'll be watching for your video you did while you painted this. Barb

Professor J said...

This is lovely, Susan. I can see the ornery twinkle in your Daddy's eye.

johnnie said...

Great job, Susan! You really captured his likeness and I like it much better after you softened his expression and toned down the cad red in your first version.

I wish I had painted my father. Painting friends and family can be tough: I think this one is wonderful.

p.s. we don't mind your 'big ol' hair' in the videos, love to see the next one

Susan Carlin said...

Thank you, Theresa, MJ, Dar, Barbara, Prof.J.(Karen) and Johnnie- I appreciate the encouragement and compliments very much. Just got my folks off on the plane this morning. It's going to be pretty quiet around here now.

indiaartist said...

Lovely portrait.

Susan's Scribbles said...

Wonderful portrait. What a special project to paint.

Takeyce said...

Wonderful, Susan! Your dad must be so proud.

J A Baker said...

A very good job! I like the second version better myself. The original just didn't have the spark of life that the second one does.

Having been fortunate enough to meet your Dad, I think you captured him perfectly!

Regina Calton Burchett said...

You are just so good - there's nothing else to say. And how wonderful for both you and your father to share this experience!

Regina Calton Burchett said...

But you changed the picture behind him, right? Or is this one of those "find the differences" photo comparisons?

Susan Carlin said...

Thank you indiaartist, Susan, Takeyce, Judy and Regina. Hey, Regina, the picture behind him is a digital picture frame with my portrait portfolio playing as a slideshow. It freed up some space my regular portfolio took up in the gallery. Pandigital from Walmart. I like it a lot.

Lost In Wonder said...

Beautiful portrait.

GoneFishin said...

I'd love to see how you change a painting from the first version to the second or final version. Would love to know your thoughts as you go about it.

The first version of your dad resembled him (very much), BUT in the final version you captured his spirit. I believe this one is the only one where I know the person. (We've met Patty, but don't know her like we know your dad).