Two paintings

Just wanted to share these new paintings with you. Both paintings were rendered on 18" x 24" canvas. They are both alla prima paintings completed within 4 to 5 hours of work. Your feedback is always appreciated. Thanks. 
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  • They're great, @Leo2015. I especially like the second one. The diagonal composition is very effective and the brushwork reminds me of Sargent. 
    Leo2015joydeschenes
  • 4 to 5 hours of work??? Impressive!
    On my easel that’s 4 to 5 weeks of work! ☹️ I’m always impressed with people who are able to paint quickly! I’m also jealous of that loose brush stroke you have mastered… Someday!!!
    Nice job! 
    Marshall
    Richard_PLeo2015
  • The second painting is my favorite.  The pose, the expression and brushwork is excellent.
    Leo2015
  • 4 to 5 hours of work??? Impressive!
    On my easel that’s 4 to 5 weeks of work! ☹️ I’m always impressed with people who are able to paint quickly! I’m also jealous of that loose brush stroke you have mastered… Someday!!!
    Nice job! 
    Marshall
    Agreed!
  • Your style is very natural and unforced.   These are excellent.
    Leo2015
  • 4 to 5 hours of work??? Impressive!
    On my easel that’s 4 to 5 weeks of work! ☹️ I’m always impressed with people who are able to paint quickly! I’m also jealous of that loose brush stroke you have mastered… Someday!!!
    Nice job! 
    Marshall
    I think after 4-5 hrs I may just have gotten round to making some reference marks, and started to mix some colors. Outstanding paintings, especially given your timeframe. I too am very impressed with #2. 
    buchmarshallLeo2015
  • Lovely paintings.  For someone to know you have replied to them, you need to put an @ sign before their name.
    Leo2015
  • so much done in just 4-5 hrs.. thats remarkable and the paintings are beautiful...and thank you for the detailed explanation above... the handling of the whites are very good too something i struggle with.
    Leo2015
  • I love both. I like how you have a variety of edges on both paintings, bold brushstrokes on the dress (2nd one) and correct values. 
    Really good job Sir! 
    Leo2015
  • @anwesha, thanks. Yea, white can be tricky and it can get muddy so easily. Like I mentioned above, I try to put things down in flat masses and then work whatever details in to them, usually with simple strokes to suggest a pocket or a wrinkle. I try not to paint the shaded parts of white fabric too dark because it tends to lose the lightness and begins to look heavy, especially if it's in sunlight. 

    @Marinos, thanks. I suppose artists treat their edges in whatever way they feel helps the overall look of their pictures. A simple set of rules might be: Fade the edge where the form gets lost in shadow. Leave it a bit sharper if the edge is in bright light especially in the focal points of the painting. You can blur them out somewhat as you move away into less important areas. As you gain experience you tend to fuss less about edges, and they kind of fall into place all by themselves. Hope this helps. 
    Marinos_88GTOanwesha
  • @Leo2015 really love your handling of the fabric in both paintings but mainly the chair in the second. Thank you for sharing. 
    Leo2015
  • I love the play of sunlight and eyes in the second. You can't but look to the white, but then she's looking at you. I love the bold use of cool and warm on her face. Then where the image collapses into bold, abstracted brushstrokes up close.
    Leo2015
  • @Abstraction, thank you, happy you like it. 
  • I find these beautiful @Leo2015 especially the second painting! It looks both spontaneous and perfect balanced. 
  • The second painting has a beautiful play of warm and cool color done with fine brushwork.  It bothers me that her feet are cut off.
  • edited December 2021
    @JerryW, thanks! 

    @PBarrie, thanks. Yea, that bothered me too but I was working from a photo and somebody cropped part of the feet off. I could have invented the rest but I wasn't aiming to create a ''picture" per se. It was done more as a study. I liked the way the light fell on the model and felt challenged to paint that effect. 
    allforChrist
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