Monday, December 28, 2009

End of year challenge

This is my portrait for the Different Strokes blog end of year challenge. It measures 9"x6" and was really fun to do. I hope I captured this lady's likeness...I'll wait and see, since I have no idea who my mystery portrait person is....I'm going to wish everyone a Happy New Year, because I'll take the rest of the week off and get ready to start off with regular postings again in January. Thanks everyone for all your positive and encouraging comments throughout the year.

30 comments:

Mary Paquet said...

Wonderful, Annelein. The mystery artist should be pleased with this piece. I especially like the looseness of the lower part of the painting and the abstract shapes in the background, which suggest walls and a skylight to me, but what they are is not important. They help create a very strong design.

Robin Roberts said...

Very nice. I like how loose you have kept your work while still capturing a likeness to the person. I think. I guess there is only one person who would really know. Well, maybe more. Great job anyway. I also like the rest of your blog. Good to see a nice mix of sketchbook fun and studio work.

RR

Candy said...

This is lovely.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

I love what you have done here. The entire painting is a visual feast!

Christian Cazalla said...

Hi Annelein, Composition, colours, lights and the looseness are beautiful. This is a great work!!!

maria kovalenko leysens said...

Just a beautiful portrait!

Delilah said...

Who ever she is this is a wonderful work of art.

Lori Margulies said...

This portrait is beautiful! I love the rich colors and the light. I also love the drips and the background composition. With the hat and color palette it has a country feel.

NoNo said...

You captured wonderfully!Your fresh strokes make for a exciting image.
Saludos!

L.Holm said...

Very pretty, Annelein.
Hope you had a Merry Christmas, and all the best in 2010! Liz

AutumnLeaves said...

She is so beautiful. You did such an amazing job. I love watercolor portraits such as this!

Vern Schwarz said...

What a lovely portrait Annelein, I'm sure she will be thrilled.

Gwen Bell said...

Fantastic job! I find it amazing that you can keep it so loose and yet get such a wonderful likeness. She's going to love it!

Sumabokemo said...

What a lovely watercolor portrait! She'll love it I'm sure.

Werner said...

Hallo,
wunderschön wie du Deine Farben mischt.

Viele Grüße und einen Guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr wünscht Dir
Werner

Kim Ratigan said...

Gorgeous Annelein! Love the colour, the light and especially how you always control that loose, wash of watercolor into such a wonderfully readable visual image. I always have to paint so tight!

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

Lovely portrait. Like your looseness.

dominique eichi said...

Yea, what a wonderful piece Annelein.

A Brush with Color said...

Happiest of New Year wishes to you, Annelein! lovely! I'll look forward to more of your lovely work in the upcoming year.c

Carol Horzempa said...

I admire anyone that can do a portrait in watercolor and in a loose style such as yours. Beautiful!

SYLVIANE said...

a lovely portrait, congratulations!

Julie Bloch said...

Beautiful portrait. I loved the use of color. Great job

Cindi said...

beautiful, loose and colorful!! fantastic portrait

Arti said...

Great style, lovely portrait! I love this.

LuAnn Dunkinson said...

Beautiful portrait. I really love the looseness of it, and your use of color.

Annelein said...

Thank you all! What a fantastic response to my portrait...I love the DSFDF blog and all the "assignments". Thanks for checking in....

Millie said...

The portrait you rendered is so lovely. I love all the colors and the light and dark are fantastic.

LeAnn Whitacre said...

Love it! So light and summery! Makes me want to try watercolors again...you make it look effortless. Your other work is beautiful, too.

Bobbi Heath said...

Yours is a beauty in a field of few watercolors, very painterly. Love your blog, especially the drawings and sketchbook entries. I wish more people would do them!

Ruth said...

Hi Annelein,
An absolute delightful rendering. It's such a pleasure to wander thruout your painting and register all the nuances you produce. Love it. And, this happens in all your paintings. Unique and wonderful style you have.
Now that this challenge is over, it's been fun to connect with the mysterious subject each of us received, eh? Sorry to see that it's gotten too big of a job for Karin to keep up with. Will have to look for an equally challenging blog to join. Do you have any suggestions?
This quote reminds me of you and your work which makes us happy:
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." ~Edwin Arlington Robinson