Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"Song's Portrait"

I have completed my painting project: Song's Portrait. This is my gift to my dear wife Song for her birthday today. This is my first time painting a formal portrait. The size of the painting is 24" x 30". It took me five days to paint. For the first two days, I knew what I was doing. I did her face and got the likeness. However on the last three days, I have exhausted my knowledge and skills. So I painted intuitively. I did her hands, hair, and dress. I really had a hard time painting her hands. I have not painted many hands, so I have used almost two days just for the hands. I finally got it. I am pretty happy about this portrait effort. If you are interested in my process, please check: Song's portrait painting steps.

14 comments:

Emiliya Lane said...

This is FANTASTIC !!!!!

Lorraine Shirkus said...

You should indeed be very happy. It is very alive and resonates. I really appreciate your honesty in stating your struggles—very reassuring to those of us who fall short of getting "there," that it's a process. I'm sure Song must love it.

Karen Robinson said...

This is fabulous, really fabulous. It is hard to believe it is your first time doing a formal portrait as it speaks with such confidence and authority. I love it. Thank you also very much for posting the steps.

Peter Barker said...

Brilliant portrait and brilliant painting Qiang! I love the paint handling on the white blouse, especially against the dark background. Bravo!

Kirk Witmer said...

WOW! Well done Qiang! Having met Song on several occasions I can attest to this being an excellent capture of her likeness.
Will Johnathan be next? :)

Shane Conant said...

Fine Job Qiang! Did Song sit for the whole time?

J Hardison said...

Amazing work! Love the different steps of the painting you shared. Thanks!

brushwork said...

Wonderful painting! You are amazing!Thanks for all your pictures of your paintings. I love my painting that I bought from you in VT.

Fay Fisher

Jo Castillo said...

This is wonderful! So full of life and expression. Song will be delighted. Wow! Thanks for sharing your work and efforts.

Jerry Stocks said...

The painting is beautiful and so is your wife. I know she is thrilled with her birthday present. You are a very talented artist and how nice that you could use that talent to do something so nice for your lovely wife.

Bonnie said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Amanda Bilson said...

Wow! This is an absolutely stunning portrait. What a lovely gift for your wife. You are so talented. Thank you for sharing.

Sue Foell said...

Keep painting portraits! Love it!

Connie Nobbe said...

This is so gorgeous! I am amazed! I'm sure Song is excited!