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Title: George D Smith
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 05, 2017, 08:08:23 AM

So here’s part 2 of my Mark Hopkins commission. George D Smith is the man who actually built the hotel. So they want a portrait of him, too for the hotel museum. Yes, another black and white photo - ugh!! They’ve said he can be more colorful than the first portrait.

So - any thoughts on background, suit and tie colors? I’m thinkng a cobalt or cerelean Blue for the background, a light gray suit and either a blue or red bow tie. Would love some of your ideas!!
Title: Re: George D Smith
Post by: njnjgirl on October 05, 2017, 08:59:39 AM
My first thought was a blue background, but ultramarine, grey suit with navy tie....just my thoughts....good luck but I know you will ace this one.
Title: Re: George D Smith
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 05, 2017, 09:23:14 AM
I’m thinking now the ultramarine background might be best. So you’re correct, Mary Lou! A bolder color to compliment the green of the other one. And a navy tie with yellow spots and stripes
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Post by: KathyKuz on October 05, 2017, 05:08:54 PM
Sharon:  I do think you have another challenge. Can"t wait to see your process in painting this.
Title: Re: George D Smith
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 05, 2017, 05:26:35 PM
Thanks Kathy. I bought the 300lb paper today and sketched him. Tomorrow I’ll mask and will do the background this weekend. The hotel agreed about the ultramarine background (good call, Mary Lou!), the light gray suit and the navy and yellow tie. Just as before, I’ll take this one step at a time. Probably will do the clothing next, than the eyes and the face for last.
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Post by: Annie. on October 05, 2017, 05:49:48 PM
Blue suit always go, but research what blue was in fashion in the years this photo was done.

I will PM you the reason I am saying that.
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Post by: EmmaLee on October 05, 2017, 06:06:18 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing this one in motion. I know you'll do great!
Title: Re: George D Smith
Post by: njnjgirl on October 06, 2017, 05:00:01 AM
Can't wait to see this one started Sharon. 
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Post by: Val on October 06, 2017, 07:39:21 AM
Let's get painting!  :painting:
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Post by: dennis on October 06, 2017, 11:20:14 AM
 O0
Title: Re: George D Smith
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 06, 2017, 02:22:26 PM
 :thankyou: everyone! I so appreciate your support and enthusiasm for this project - makes me more confident to proceed. I'll post the sketch and masking tomorrow...stay tuned!
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Post by: Gita on October 09, 2017, 01:06:38 AM
I am very curious to see the process of this portrait, Sharon!
Title: Re: George D Smith
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 12, 2017, 10:19:06 AM

Mr Smith is sketched and masked! Next step - the background!
Title: Re: George D Smith
Post by: Val on October 12, 2017, 02:38:24 PM
 :yippee:        :painting:     :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:     :painting:
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Post by: Happychappy on October 12, 2017, 03:58:22 PM
Sharon, you provide us with such excitement just watching as your masterpieces unfold. As I said before, it is like a puzzle, so darned interesting and I love it.


Patricia
Title: Re: George D Smith
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 12, 2017, 04:51:14 PM
 :thankyou: Val and Patricia! ANd I’m so fortunate to have all of you be open to my sharing these paintings step by step!
Title: Re: George D Smith
Post by: linley.plester on October 12, 2017, 09:39:50 PM
Everybody else has said it all, but if I don't write something I won't get notifications as the portrait unfolds!  And I don't want to miss out. So: GO SHARON! My foot is tapping with impatience for the next installment.
Title: Re: George D Smith
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 13, 2017, 04:18:28 PM

You’re adorable, Linley!!
Here’s Mr Smith with the background color. I first put down a layer of French ultramarine, but it was too bright. So I mixed in indigo to the blue and put that down as a 2nd layer - and voila!!
Title: Re: George D Smith
Post by: Win on October 13, 2017, 04:43:27 PM
Yay , I love watching your paintings unfold  :yippee:, Im sure another winner is on its way  :)
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Post by: linley.plester on October 13, 2017, 06:55:49 PM
That background looks like leather... the sort that is on top of Roll-top desks. Beautiful. :painting:
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Post by: Gita on October 14, 2017, 02:43:20 AM
Classy background, Sharon! I share Linley’s impatience, too. Looking forward to the painting’s progress...
Title: Re: George D Smith
Post by: KathyKuz on October 14, 2017, 04:55:32 AM
Sharon:  The background looks good.  My favorite dark blue background in watercolor is Ultramarine blue and Paynes grey.  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: George D Smith
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 14, 2017, 01:51:38 PM
 :thankyou: Win, Gita, Linley and Kathy! And I’m off to Puerto Vallarta Monday for a week so we’ll all have to wait to see how it unfolds!!
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Post by: Val on October 14, 2017, 06:40:57 PM
I’m off to Puerto Vallarta Monday for a week so we’ll all have to wait to see how it unfolds!!

 :whistle:   Really?   ^-^           
Title: Re: George D Smith
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 18, 2017, 07:36:18 PM
Yes really, Val! I'm working on some other paintings for a show I have on Nov 9th...hope to post one tomorrow that I've almost completed. I was missing PV so much - we had a rental cancellation this week in our condo so I took advantage of a free frequent flier ticket to pop down here. It's beautiful weather - the perfect place to paint! And I'll be all primed to work on Gerald when I return!
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Post by: Happychappy on October 19, 2017, 04:14:23 AM
Enjoy the break Sharon.    Patricia
Title: Re: George D Smith
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 19, 2017, 06:09:27 AM
Thanks Patricia. Is so nice to be back on the beach in my happy place!