Many young women came to me in the past wanting a special photograph for the special man in her life. I remember this young woman. She was not the “posing machine” as was a previous young women I mentioned, but she was lovely. The hat added a little interest for a few of the shots and selected it as my reference photo. During the original photo shoot. I used drapes of sheer gold and white for the background, but that wasn’t consistent with my vision for this painting. In fact, I had a really difficult time determining what the background for this painting would be. The painting itself was very complex and time consuming. I wanted the background to be easy. I had something in mind but it didn’t work, my colors were just too warm. Only when I layered cooler blue/gray/violet tones was I pleased and she stood out all the more. The few wisp of the lightest paint color reminded me of wings. They had not been painted as such – just an accidental gift, but became he basis of the name for the painting. Now that it’s two days after I finished the painting, I see something that needs to be corrected. It’s. always like that, and I will do so. Hope you enjoy. Thank you for viewing. Winifred
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Winifred Makes Portraits Paintings Sizzle
It is no secret that I love to paint and I am also considered a versatile painter. I can create paintings in a variety of painting styles. Some of these images you will love, some you may not. That is fine – the idea is to create and personal paintings which you, your family or your clients will love in your personal style.
In several of my online galleries, you will see some beautiful but pretty traditional painting styles. I have created this post to show you some ways I have ‘ramped’ it up a bit, including one painting from imagination and a couple of portrait paintings with patterns at the very bottom. I can hardly believe how many “hats” I have painted. I love to paint women in hats. Even my painting from imagination included a hat. Alas, you might have guessed, I wear a sun hat everyday of the Summer if I am in the sun.
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I hope you enjoy the images which follow. Thank you. Winifred Whitfield
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Lady on a Pillow
Mysterious Lady with Veil
Lady of Gold – Painting from Imagination
Don’t Spill the Martini
Flower in Her Hair
Lady with Umbrella
The Picture Taker
Girls Got to Have Fun
Flowers in Her Hat
I also enjoy Making and painting with Patterns in Painter. The following are a couple of examples.
Lady with Pearls
Thank You! Winifred
Corel Painter 12.1 – Fun Painting
I thought I would try something different. I am a huge fan of playing and experimenting. To do so even with the “camera running” is even a greater challenge. This is painting from imagination, just quickly putting the brush down as the image comes to mind. If course the video speed was increased fur entertainment value. I hope you enjoy. Winifred
Painting Italian Street Scenes 2
Focusing on Perspective
I chose this image to paint. It has strong leading lines and a lovely outdoor cafe.
I simplified the structure as shown in the diagram below.
Determining the horizon line is not scientific but one was chosen along
A vanishing point was also identified.
This is the final painting.
Expressive Brush Strokes
I have been creating beautiful portrait paintings for my clients for many years now. However, I have been very conservative with my brushstrokes. My clients have tended to want a more smooth look in their painting – or perhaps that was simply my projection. I think I will begin to veer away from this from time to time. Skin will always be smooth but I can create greater expressions within other aspects of the painting. The following is one such example. The response to this painting has been very favorable. Ultimately, I want to make my clients “thrilled” with their portrait and I will always stay with in their comfort level.
Create “Flower Girl” Portraits in Corel Painter or Photoshop
Creating Flower Girls
You have seen my “flower girls” posted in a previous blog. I made this video to show you how to create them. It is quick and easy – unless you choose to paint them as I did. But for this video, I chose to do a non painted demo just to show the technique. I think you will find it interesting – I hope you will enjoy.
Concept Artist Inspired Image
Allow Your Creativity to Soar
This was my painting yesterday.
Where does it all come from!
I like it. It’s fun. Actually I was inspired by some of the concept artist – illustrators who design for games and other animation. This was my twist on it.
Can you believe even that the necklace was painted. No photo here. I have great brushes which do not come with Corel Painter – which allow me to create a painting like this – brushes created by David Gell
I never fully envisioned this. I just start with the sketchiest of an idea and keep putting one foot in front of the other following my inner guide. If I had known what I was doing from the beginning, it would not take so long.
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Merry Christmas from Winifred
I wish you a very Merry Christmas or a happy holiday in whatever form you celebrate it. I wish your spirits to experience joy and celebration. As we look forward to 2012 we leave behind the challenges and opportunities of this year in anticipation of greater joy and creativity for the year to come. It will be as we make it. Whether you spend the holidays alone, or with friends or family, our happiness lives within us. I wish you peace. Winifred
Creating Warmth and Mood with Color and Light
Color harmony, warm tones and light help to create mood and beauty.
This is a painting I created recently with what is probably my favorite color palette.
I love gold, brown and red tones.
There was no cloning involved in creating this image, not even a vase of flowers to look at. I just opened Painter and started to paint. I painted a background . I then painted the other elements of the bouquet on layers – all the while envisioning direction of light. Strong composition is always important.
During our workshops we will discuss the importance of these elements in creating a pleasing painting. Happy Holidays. Warmly, Winifred
An Average Day in NY
Perhaps there is nothing really average about any day in New York. First I met a new friend at the new Dream Hotel on 16th ST. I has been open only 6 months. It is a “boutique hotel” and the decor is just stunning. I wanted to view his rug samples – i am going to design a line of high end contemporary rugs.
Then we went off for a great lunch followed by a preview an upcoming art auction at Christies Auction House. WOW!! I could have been at a museum. One of our favorites if not the favorite was a Keith Haring print. It was a large piece, had a real story to it and very powerful graphics. I didn’t attend the auction a couple of days later – but HE GOT IT!!!!!
Then I went to the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink. It is very near Christies Auction. Such a beautiful day – somewhere between cool and warm. It was delightful to see the skaters.