Blue Lady

Blue Lady by Karen Gadient, 2014

Before we went out of town, I began playing with abstract portraits. I wanted to create something heavy on brushstrokes, with only a hint of actual portrait. Didn’t work; I kept adding lines. Sooooo, I kept the brushstroke layers that were the original sketches and worked them in. The results were what you see above.

Just an experiment, but figured it’d be fun to share! Haven’t yet decided if I’ll offer prints of these portraits, but will update when/if I do.

Blue Lady. Nope, not from a photo. Offset layers. Individual layers done in Corel Painter. Blending modes added in Adobe Photoshop.

An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it. — Paul Valéry


Filed under Art, Color, Creativity, Digital Artwork, Ideas, Painting, Portrait, Sketchbook

24 responses to “Blue Lady

  1. Is Corel Painter easier to learn than Photoshop? You do beautiful work with it.

    • karengadient

      Thanks. 🙂 If you’re used to Photoshop, Painter might be overwhelming. It’s not easier or harder, but different. Painter mimics traditional natural media and offers more interaction with brush and canvas. For me, it’s a lot more like real painting, only without the mess, fumes, and drying time. It’s not a photo editor like Photoshop, if you’re looking to also do that.

  2. paintandpolaroids

    Really good!

  3. Very lovely. There’s something very calm and serene in the painting.

  4. The blue and her visage is very calming!

  5. I like this one. The hair is so imaginative.

  6. Your blue lady has a kind of 60’s quality to it, and she looks very peaceful! 🙂 Is she anyone in particular? I haven’t dared work on faces in the small amount of art I’ve done, but I like the simple features in this, maybe I should try something like this first. I think I’ve avoided faces in case they are so terrible I never paint again!! I’m better at flowers and trees!

    I like the quote – very true of a lot of famous artist especially. Paintings come out again and again to be repainted or retouched. I have heard of some artists having a real problem with ever believing it’s finished and never stop fiddling with it, to the point that they feel they’ve ruined it. Must be stressful if there is a perfectionist/obsessive compulsive thing going on in their mind. If I had that, I think I’d avoid all creativity all together – nothing would ever be truly finished – aaaahhh – horrible thought!! 😀

    • karengadient

      Funny, she was modeled after a friend’s mother that I knew back in the 70s. Close enough to the 60s, I suppose!

      I painted people for years. Until I got downright tired of it. I tried too hard for realism and that honestly sucked the fun out of it. So, I’ve been experimenting lately with styles and tools and ideas… and it’s become much more fun. Like writing, if you take yourself too seriously, the work suffers (or you dodge it for easier tasks).

      • Yes, that is very true! I love realism too, but if it doesn’t come out very easily it can turn the whole creative process into a chore, which in itself kills creativity. I’ve only done one abstract painting, and I finished it very quickly compared to another one where I tried for a more realistic look, and it was more fun to do.

        And I get what you’re saying about the writing, oh yes, the times my brain tries to tell me to go and tidy or clean something is very suspicious!! I could be taking myself too seriously maybe – I’ll have to watch that! 😉

  7. I see you have been busy. You’ve posted a lot since I last visited. I especially like this one.

  8. Outstanding talent, i enjoyed your work – fabulous!

  9. I’m pleased you’ve started doing some portraiture. You are really very good at it. I like how you are establishing a bit of a style here with the way you do your faces.

    • karengadient

      Thanks, Iain. I’m enjoying portrait work again. It’s more enjoyable when not a comissioned piece with specifics, but whatever I’d like to create.

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