Larry’s Girl

Larry’s Girl by Meg Lyman

16×20″ Oil on Masonite

Here she is… as finished as I can manage. Another nice thing about oils is that I can fix anything later on, so critiques are welcome! I think the contrast on her skin isn’t high enough, but I’m afraid I’ll ruin it if I do anything. I already tried darkening it and nearly botched the whole thing. Maybe I’ll go back after I’ve done a few weeks of nice, predictable pencil work.

It’s too big to fit on my scanner, so I photographed it with my snarky digital camera. The color’s pretty good but the contrast and detail aren’t quite right.

I’m not sure what to think of it, but I’m glad it’s finished. *whew*

12 thoughts on “Larry’s Girl”

  1. Looks great! I really like how the robes came out. I’ve been “noodling” with mine (albeit slowly, due to the lack of Cobalt Drier), and I still havent quite gotten them to look right.

    I’m almost afraid to get into painting her armband… ;)

    I think you’re right about the skin contrast. It looks good on the face, but her arm looks slightly flat. Beyond that, though, everything looks terrific. The detail in the sky and the trees are awesome.

  2. Looks great Meg! I agree, the contrast on her body reads a bit flat but I’m sure you can alter that later.
    That sky is incredible and I love how you’ve handled the folds in the fabric, awesome work!

    Will you be trying out more pieces in oil in the future?

  3. Hey Meg,
    I knew you would do a wonderful job finishing your up, and you did. I agree with the others about the skin. the dark areas definately could have gone darker to give it more contract and shapel. Also, the whole right side of the cloth could have used some more rounding. Nothing a few glazes could fix. Overall, you have done a super job. :)

  4. I love the soft tones of her face, and the delicate shadowing under her chin. Gorgeous sky, too. Really nice work Meg!

  5. Thanks, everyone!

    Glad to see y’all agree about the contrast. I could have ignored my own advice, but I can’t ignore all of you!

    Before I forget, here’s a link to Kelly’s Larry’s Girl, so you can see what others in the class did:

    Erik, I can’t wait to see yours finished!

    Rita, I’ll definitely be doing more in the future. In fact, I just laid out a cityscape of Chicago on canvas that I plan on doing in oils.

    Kasey, thanks very much!

    Kelly, thanks for the suggestions. I’ll get on that ASAP.

    Lisa, thanks! The nice thing about oil is I can glaze the skin darker without losing those delicate shadows.

  6. Hey lady,
    Nice work on your painting. I agree with everyone of course. But I just wanted to let you know I stopped by and it looks really great! I so wish I hadn’t of missed that class!!!

  7. Hey Tammy!

    Thanks for visiting. I wish you hadn’t missed it either! Next time, right?

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