Friday, November 12, 2010

GETTING AN EDGE


Photographer Eugene Wong
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  I've have been so excited about posting my artistic impression of this photograph since Eugene shared it with me. He was traveling in Xian, China and got separated from the tour group and went into a back room of a terra cotta factory where a man was finishing a piece of furniture. During this time of year kids were out of school for the summer so she wasn't actually doing her homework but rather the studies were given to her by her parents to try and get an edge up and be ahead when school reconvened. As he told me, apparently only 71% of high school grads go on to higher education and it takes two incomes to send your child on. The lighting in this image immediately struck me as it gently lit the young girl's hair. I could invision this as a great piece of art. I hope you agree. Let me know your thoughts...click the comment link below. I love getting feedback from you. 


34 comments:

Linda Bell said...

Oooooh, Andrea! This one made me catch my breath when I saw it!!! It's absolutely stunning. Truly exceptional. I love the way you painted it - wonderful brush strokes and a perfect blend of cool and warm colors. You should enter this in a competition!

Ralph said...

Excellent use of color transition and background. It sets the mood similar to an old master's style painting with a wonderful timeless subject.
Classic!

Karen B said...

Great image Andrea

Susi Lawson said...

Gorgeous Andi! Would make a beautiful canvas!

Carrie Woeck said...

Very Nice Andrea
Really shows great focus on her studying.

Marcia said...

Lovely, Andrea. You captured the moment. Well done.

Dad said...

Great job, on a great subject!

Nelda said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Connie Y said...

I love this. Just love it!

Linda Bell said...

I LOVE how you painted this, Andrea!

Anna Stingley said...

Beautiful Portrait Andrea!

Zaf N said...

"Great work Andrea! I especially like the red sandals. They seem to me the focal point of this painting. Although the back light reflecting of the page brings attention to the little girl's face."

kirk said...

Beautiful painting! So much about it that I like! Where to begin? Colors, textures, subject matter, background and those red sandals! Wow! Very cool!!

Tim ONeil said...

"Andrea-very nice!"

Meg said...

love it!!

Hilarie said...

Very appealing. I like the look with the crosswise strokes as if it were painted on a board with a palette knife

Richard R said...

This is very painterly and intriguing image

Patricia said...

This is a fantastic piece, the scene has such a great story-telling quality. I love your splashes of colors, in your loose style of painting this, so very painterly looking and great job on the lighting focus.

Barb said...

This is lovely, Andrea. I'm partial to people in the midst of life paintings

Stasha said...

I love your painting of young girl: her studying, her dedication, her spirit and total focus to her study.
Your painting is inspiration of human spirit.

Eugene said...

Hi Andrea, well done!! just imagine how all this happened I separate from my group, happen to get this shot at that moment, search craigslist see Ralph post for a lense that I don't need but such a deal, I meet him he answer all my dumb questions about nikons, and I ask if it's ok to send him a picture I was proud of. all things happen for a reason

Eugene said...

Hi Andrea, well done!! just imagine how all this happened I separate from my group, happen to get this shot at that moment, search craigslist see Ralph post for a lense that I don't need but such a deal, I meet him he answer all my dumb questions about nikons, and I ask if it's ok to send him a picture I was proud of. all things happen for a reason

Julie A said...

Really Nice Painting!

Carlos said...

Beautiful piece Andrea. love the cool/warm diffusion with the turquoise and gold. Very effective/C

Rick said...

Love the old painterly feel to this image. Love the colors and the background and your wonderful use of brushstrokes.

George B said...

Andrea-Fantastic use of Painter. Great blending and brush work

Sarnoart said...

I just love the image. You've captured the child's single-minded concentration on her efforts wonderfully. Really expert use of light on the subject and shadows throughout. The background blending is superb

Tuxxon said...

I too like the sense of 'concentration' that is conveyed.

Washed said...

Once again, another beautiful piece.

WHILEY said...

As an oil painter who swithed to corel this peice of work shows me I've still much to learn. Beutifull mood and I love the canvas texture.

RicRad said...

Superb color palette Andrea. The balance of elements are perfect

Anonymous said...

this is one of my favorites too!
love ya sis

Diana Sparks said...

I only just saw this painting. Megaditto to all of the above. It's exquisite!

JohnS said...

Love it, one day I hope to be able to do as well