Thursday, May 20, 2010

Facebook Find

This is the third painting I've used a find on Facebook as inspiration. The first couple of images were of friends. This lovely daughter of a "friend" is someone I've never met and are friends because of Mafia Wars, Cafe World or one of the other games I play on Facebook. I could not resist her three year old carefully bringing up that cup to drink her pink lemonade at her "Tea Party". Lindsay generously allowed me to paint her beautiful daughter Leah.


8x10 oil on board

49 comments:

Kathy said...

Adorable!! I've gotten to the point where I can identify your paintings before I see your name. That's a good thing! An identifiable style is the envy of most artists. Your love of blue and dynamic brushwork is impactful.

Cathyann said...

That is a neat story and a great job on the painting, sheila. You caught a look of mischief in her eyes.

Starr said...

adorable! were you grinning like an idiot while you painted her?... I would be :)

Lori Bonanni said...

Sheila, Great job! She is such a cutie! Great brushwork and colors.
I still haven't tried a portrait hopefully soon I will get up the courage to....

Anthony Duce said...

Very cute. Like the combinations of colors against the blue too.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Cute, well done, great colors and your finger prints are all over.
It is Sheilas style! No need to check the name.
Love it!

Dana Cooper said...

Leah is such a cutie Sheila, I love how she is engaging the viewer with her eyes looking over the cup!

Manon Doyle said...

She's beautiful, Sheila!! I saw her on fb but thought I'd come to your blog and comment!! I love everything about her!! You are a very talented lady!!!

dominique eichi said...

You captured the careful attention when kids try not to spill. So well done.

LindaHunt said...

Great painting! You did such a wonderful job capturing her innocent nature and sweet gesture. Enjoyed the narrative.

sam said...

Youve really got an eye for these things Sheila, such an engaging piece and quite fun I think too)

AutumnLeaves said...

This is such a delightful painting, Sheila! Your work is just always so stunning to me, such a strong style you have and awesome subjects. This one is no different!

Judy Mackey said...

Beautiful painting! The painting evokes a story.

Michelle said...

You really captured her sweet face! Love the all blues too!

Lindsay Prescott said...

Sheila, I can not get over how amazing this is! Thank you so much for painting this portrait of my daughter, I will cherish it forever!

Carrie Griesemer said...

Sheila, I love how you handled her hair and even the fork on the table. Looks like this was a fun one!

Julie Hill said...

how sweet!

Mary said...

Sheila, this painting is irresistible--you have captured the careful moment and the child's personality. The composition, palette, and brushwork are excellent. I enjoyed catching up on all your lovely work from the last time I visited and particularly liked "Sauna" and "Wait". You are able to invest spaces and objects with amazing poignancy.

Nancy Medina said...

Wow this is wonderful Sheila. YOu always make me smile cutey. I have to start following you on Facebook!!!!

Krista Hasson said...

Beautiful Sheila, you have such a way with capturing expressions

Pat Koscienski said...

Great job, Sheila. She's adorable.

Celeste Bergin said...

what a clever idea to paint from facebook! This pose is sweet--you did an outstanding job!

Rosemary said...

She's wonderful, Sheila! You really captured a mischievious
gleam in her eye - bet she's going to blow bubbles in that lemonade! What a great job - the blue really sets off the blond curls! Love it!

-Don said...

OUTSTANDING! Gotta love your brushwork - especially in her hair.

-Don

Art with Liz said...

A beautiful little girl! And a great painting of her.

James Parker said...

Good grief, Sheila, this is great!!! You seem to get more and more accomplished with each new piece...and this one is just superb.

Pattie Wall said...

What a cutie Leah is - it's great when you can use the internet and FB to find these jewels! You did a wonderful job on this one, Sheila! You have captured that special little girl's teatime experience!

Vern Schwarz said...

Congratulations on this one Sheila. You did a wonderful job.

r garriott said...

Aaaaahhhh!!! You're too fast! I can't keep up! This is a Fantastic little portrait! Very striking... I'm guessing you started on a dark canvas, the little bits that peek through give a strong, graphic cohesion to the image. The hair has a wonderful painterly quality. Her expression is captured so perfectly.

And I love the palm trees with the pinkish sky, too!

Gwen Bell said...

Adorable! Love the way she is peeking over the cup and your treatment of her hair.

David Larson Evans said...

I'm impressed you did a wonderful job.

Mary Anne Cary said...

Really nice, love the colors!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Wow, Sheila, you really got the 'glint' in her eye - her fun expression - that's incredibly hard to do! Perfect. AND yet another (maybe now the only) use for Facebook!

suzanneberry said...

Another amazing job! She's adorable Sheila and a great story!

Hellenne said...

Jyouzu!

Mary Paquet said...

Beautifully done, Sheila, with those luscious strokes that tell me it is your work.

You put me to shame with your SJ Airport piece. I went traveling and don't have much to show for it!

Trevor Lingard said...

Hi Sheila
This is a very tender painting.
You have captured much character.
Kindest Regard

Nicki said...

Hi Sheila,

I haven't been by for awhile and you have been busy! i love this portrait. I am sure your acquaintance is thrilled to have an original portrait done of her daughter. Nice job... I especially love your treatment of her hair.

Nicki

L.Holm said...

I love this! Wonderful work, Sheila.

Anonymous said...

Extraordinary !!!

Dean Grey said...

This turned out great, Sheila!

You captured her playfulness perfectly!

The blue background is lovely as is the bright green-blue of her shirt!

-Dean

tonypetersart said...

Great idea borrowing subject matter from facebook! The piece looks good.

Marie Theron said...

Simply amazing, Sheila!The image is so alive!

Paula Cravens said...

Terrific character, strong brushtrokes and nice composition. Well done, Sheila.

Eva said...

This is such a wonderful painting. You captured the the moment so well. I've been tinkering with faces, but nothing worth posting online.If I painted one this well, I would have :O)

Gary Keimig said...

Great project Sheila. She is a real cutie and had to be fun painting. You did a great job on her.

Sheila Estep said...

So Cute and Adorable! it sure makes me smile :-)

Linny D. Vine said...

Beautifully painted, Sheila. It shows that you enjoyed creating this one!

Joan Breckwoldt said...

I'm so happy I've rediscovered your blog, this is a delightful painting. It made me smile today!
Joan