Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday!

Glasses are an interesting element to paint in a portrait, but not many people look good in half glasses, in my estimation. No one really "rocks" a pair of half glasses.  I don't think even Benjamin Franklin really pulled it off.

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Portrait practice, oil on 9x12 canvas panel

14 comments:

Casey Klahn said...

That's why he invented bi-focals, apparently.

A good portrait here, nonetheless. You are the consistent one.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

There's always a teacher or librarian vibe to those kind of half-glasses. I feel the sudden urge to be "shhh"ed or at least sit up straight and double check my sums.

I can really see your attention to all of the planes and subtle changes of light on the face.

Linda Popple said...

Beautiful portrait, Celeste!!

suzannepaints said...

So true! I think I look good in my half glasses because I can see good! I know it's a misconception as well as an error in Standard American English. Your model looks half-decent shall we say. I love the shadows.

cohen labelle said...

This is a really lovely portrait with wonderful presence! It grabbed my attention immediately!

Jan Yates, SCA, Canada said...

wow-and sorry but never mind the glasses- her expression is absolutely riveting!

Maritza said...

Con o sin gafas, tu resultado es magistral...
Se ve una dama muy intelectual (y creo mal genio!)
;)

Abrazos miles.

art2cee2 said...

Your subject looks fine in the glasses. Nice work! Just yesterday I had my photo taken for a wholesale club and I just had to take my glasses off. I can see perfectly in a distance but close up, need those progressives. I hate them...oh I already implied that. Doing portraits years ago I was always instructed to remove the glasses from subjects. I always felt (if they always wear them) it would'nt be a perfect likeness.

Dave Starr said...

I like the stern look you captured. this looks lke my mother and I'm not kidding.

Dave Starr said...

googled it, Franklin did invent bi-focals! I didn;t know

-Don said...

Oh, I beg to differ. I ROCK my glasses, sister!

Nice job working with them in this portrait. Aren't they fun to paint? I just love the shadows glasses make and the way they distort the face behind them.

-Don

Harry Kent said...

Wow, this a stunning piece of work, Celeste!! Love the lost edges contrasting with the sharp focus on the eyes. A portrait filled with character.

conservativelybohemian said...

This is gorgeous and you've sure pulled off the half glasses in this painting. Love her expression. Reminds me of a glaring librarian, "Shhhh!"

Jane said...

This reminds me of myself when I look at the television...need those glasses, but luckily no one can see it :-))

Great portrait!