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Sunday, December 15, 2013

The eyes have it...painting the windows to the soul!

Like many portraitists, I usually begin a painting by starting with the eyes. It is most important to get them just right so I won't continue a painting until I am satisfied them. You can see from the image below that I have done the exact opposite in this case.  Since this painting is large for my standards,  I had to work my way down the painting as opposed to working from the eyes outward to prevent smudging of the black pastel. Now wouldn't that be a disaster!  
I hope you enjoy following the progress of this wolf painting. Please share if you like!


  1. Another fabulous painting Colette. I too prefer to start with the eyes as I can't bear looking at 'empty sockets' lol.

    Will you get this finished before Christmas do you think?

  2. Thank you Sue! The empty socket look is another reason I too like to begin with them. My plan is to complete him before Christmas...

  3. It notes that this paintin going for a good progress,and also any pictures seems to going bad but finally improve the result.

  4. I, as well start with the eyes...
    this painting is coming to life already, Colette!!!

  5. Thank you Marc and Hilda! I have finished the eyes and will post shortly!