oil painting 3… pensive girl

melancholy

melancholy…

My third oil painting to share. I am reasonably pleased with this one… in a couple of weeks flaws that don’t bother me at the moment may become too annoying but for now I am enjoying the satisfaction of completing the painting course and making some progress.
I like the idea of telling a story with a painting so in the future, I will think about setting and props when I paint someone. Here, I tried to create a mood with colour and the girl’s expression.

oil on canvas 14″x18″
(cc) 2012 Hilary Farmer

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4 Responses to “oil painting 3… pensive girl”

  1. It looks like she’s made a tough decision or had some really bad news… definitely catches the mood.

    • Yeah, the teacher wanted me to paint her “happier” but when people pose for a long time they usually don’t have a big grin on their faces… anyway that’s how I saw her.
      As usual, the photo isn’t great :-( It’s hard to photograph paintings!

  2. Hilary, I really like this, you have done a terrific job with the figure and hands. But it is her face that pulls me in: for me, she has an air of resignation: she knows difficulty lies ahead, but she is certain of her decision. great job! – Les

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