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Halle by Barbara Fenker

by Barbara Fenkner
(United States/Bellevue/Wa)



Halle is my first attempt doing a portrait of my granddaughter.

I was challenged especially by her hair. I think I used raw sienna, rose and cobalt blue. I have not uploaded a picture before so sure hope it goes through! If I goof it up...my apologies to all.

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Feb 07, 2009
Manganese blue
by: Barbara

Mary Ann...Thank you so much! I think I used some manganese too. I see where I overworked it to the point of no return also. The eyes should be softened too. I will move on. B

Feb 07, 2009
by: Mary Ann

Barbara, You said you used Cobalt blue in the hair. I would suggest Cerulean blue, as Cobalt, when mixed with other colors gives a grayish secondary color. I couldn't really tell from the image how gray it might be. Remember when painting faces, that we have lots of blue, green, and lavender in our skin tones. Also you could try Cobalt blue Hue by Holbein. It has no red in it and makes beautiful secondary colors when mixed. Take a look at my page on color mixing on this site. Mixing Colors
This will explain why some colors work and some don't.

You are brave to paint your grandchild. I have never gotten up the courage to paint mine, and two of them are teenagers now!

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