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Sacgal/Sharon

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on: September 15, 2017, 04:02:12 PM

I've been commissioned to paint two portraits for the Mark Hopkins Hotel Museum - and I'm trying not to freak out! The first is of Mark Hopkins - and here's the reference photo I get to work from. Ugh! I've also attached my initial sketch. This is 16x20. Before I begin to mask and paint would love any advice from my PB friends. I'm thinking to go with a bankers green for the background. Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom and/or encouragement. I've been procrastinating on this for awhile and must now start!
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Cheers,
Sharon


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Reply #1 on: September 15, 2017, 04:09:23 PM
Oh, Sharon, what an honor to be asked to do it, but also what a challenge.

I have no advice except to say keep telling yourself, "I can; yes, I can."

aloha

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Reply #2 on: September 15, 2017, 05:12:58 PM
Sharon, banker's green sounds great for the background. Remember you are the background queen  and you will do an outstanding job of  this portrait, of that I am certain.  Can't wait to see the finished portrait.  Patricia

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Reply #3 on: September 15, 2017, 10:44:32 PM
 :thankyou: Mea and Patricia. I think I'll start with masking the whites and then doing the background. Maybe after that the rest of it will flow better. Just trying to figure out what colors to paint his clothing!
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Sharon


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Reply #4 on: September 16, 2017, 02:51:18 AM
Congratulations on this commission Sharon.  :clap:

a greyish beige colour perhaps ?
Win


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Reply #5 on: September 16, 2017, 04:01:41 AM
How wonderful to get this commission!  For his clothing, I think black or perhaps dark blue.  I found this page that describes how Victorian men dress.  http://www.victoriana.com/Mens-Clothing/How_to_Dress_Like_a_Victorian_Man.html
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Reply #6 on: September 16, 2017, 05:29:27 AM
Wow, Sharon. I can't wait to see this in action! I have no doubt that you will do great!
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Reply #7 on: September 16, 2017, 08:52:54 AM
Congrats on the commission, Sharon.

As I examined the photo, I was surprised to see the shadows under those hooded eyelids. Since you mentioned the green background (which sounds like a good idea), I presume you'll be painting this in color. I think if you take your time, you'll be fine.
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Reply #8 on: September 16, 2017, 02:55:46 PM
 :thankyou: Win, Mysti, EmmaLee and Susan! I really appreciate all of the encouraging words. Mysti - what a sweetheart you are to send me the link to the Victorian mens suits! Thank you for that! And yes, Susan - I'm painting this in color...and I've been given lots of leeway on this. But I agree, taking my time will be the key. And I think the suit is tweed - maybe brown with a black collar. The ascot/tie around is neck is a bit confusing to me...Today, I'll just do my masking...tomorrow the background...
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Sharon


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Reply #9 on: September 16, 2017, 05:07:40 PM
Sharon: Congrats on your commission. What a challenge.  Your sketch looks good.  I like the idea of bankers green for the background.  Good luck. :clap: :clap:
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Reply #10 on: September 16, 2017, 06:01:49 PM
Great news  :clap: :clap: :clap:

There is no need to freek out.  You are perfect for the job.  Just take a deep breath and approach it as a fun challenge... like one of the classes on PB.  Then step back and critically appraiser your work, or get a more objective critic from trusted PB members.  If it is good go forward, i.e. frame and deliver.  In the unlikely event that it is truly not good... just take 2 breaths and do it again.

Wish you build confidence... you are a GREAT artist.

All comments are with love.  :1hug:
Cheers, Annie
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Reply #12 on: September 17, 2017, 02:11:46 PM
Thank you Kathy, Annie and Teresa! It's wonderful having the support of my pb froends. I'm taking deep breaths and will pace myself. Masked off the whites today. Glad everyone agrees about the green background  - will paint that tomorrow. Love that photo, Teresa - thanks for finding it! Hope I can get it right the first time. I bought 300 lb paper - not cheap but I know it won't buckle!!
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Sharon


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Reply #13 on: September 18, 2017, 09:51:43 AM

Masking and background are done! I think I'll work on the jacket collar next - probably black. I'm thinking a gray for the jacket itself. Also Trying to figure out what colors to use for the skin. I know - one step at a time!!
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Sharon


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Reply #14 on: September 18, 2017, 11:04:19 AM
Sharon,

The background green is a very soothing shade. 

I usually have an awful time getting good greens.  I just ordered the  chromium green oxide in both oil and watercolor because it looked so good in Tezza's (Terri) painting. Anxious to try it.

aloha

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