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WIP Alexander and Kelly

19 December 2008 55 comments

A couple of months ago I took a series of photos of my son and his girlfriend...hoping to finish the never ending portrait of them...

so the other day I finally started on the portrait (again) I'm hoping to finish it by the end of January...

Oil on Belgian Linen


55 comments: to “ WIP Alexander and Kelly so far...

  • Mariuca 20.12.08


  • Mariuca 20.12.08

    he he hopefully I'm FC! :)

  • Mariuca 20.12.08

    Oh so this is ur son! Handsome fellow! :)

  • Mariuca 20.12.08

    He is so lucky to have a painter as a mom! :)

  • Mariuca 20.12.08

    I am sure u will finish this one by end Jan...and in ur new home too YAY! :)

  • Mariuca 20.12.08

    I dunno if u noticed but there is something seriously wrong with my TC widget Kim! :(

  • Mariuca 20.12.08

    It is showing all my old commenters, even you are off the list boo hoo! :(

  • Mariuca 20.12.08

    I am trying to fix it, so hopefully all will be okay in Mariuca's world later tonight. :)

  • Mariuca 20.12.08

    Wishing you, C and ur son a happy weekend! :):):)

  • Lynda Lehmann 20.12.08

    I know when you're finished with this, they will spring to life off the canvas. Even with your progress so far, you have already captured the spirit of youth!

  • Anonymous 20.12.08

    not that I know so much about art and stuff, but that's a pretty good looking portrait for something that's unfinished. looks artsy, sorta.

    guess it's all in the eye of the beholder.

    what's left to do? add color and tones?

  • Amy Lilley Designs 20.12.08

    Kim, Alexander looks so much more mature even from the last painting...very statuesque young man you have there...and Kelly, well, she's simply gorgeous...I love this painting...

    Snowing...going to get at least 10"...making soup, nuzzling in w/ the boys and the kitties...:)))

  • Anonymous 20.12.08

    can't believe these are not finished yet - they look so lifelike already Kim...wish I was half as good as you are in drawing/painting

  • Speedcat Hollydale 20.12.08

    I just love coming here and being able to share your artistic progress. I have also found a new adoration for the arts with your posts.
    This portrait is giving out a different vibe than previous ... I'm not sure what it is. (yet)

    Aloha fro SpeedyCat!
    Just wanted to say that since it is frozen here and nice there because you are hanging upside down

    ha haaaa!

  • Anonymous 20.12.08

    Wow it looks amazing as it is I can't wait to see the finished result.

  • Kim 20.12.08

    hello Mariuca..
    you're FC here :))
    my comments and my TC widgets are both playing up...
    I'd say it's a problem with the source....
    thanks for your comments on the portrait...
    hope your weekend is great one :)

    hi Lynda
    I'm much happier with this composition..
    it seems to fit the format of the canvas so much better than the last one..
    ah yes they do look youthful don't they :)
    have a warm weekend :)

    hi Sauekraut
    still a way to go with the blacks..whites and grays..
    no colour as this will ba a monochromatic..
    thanks for your kind comments :))

    hi Amy
    yes Alexander will be 19 at the end of this month...they don't stay teenagers for they eh?
    snow!!!...brrr...sounds like you will be having a warm and cosy weekend... and a lovely white Christmas .. :))

    hiya Pearl
    how are you going...
    are you all set for Christmas?
    thanks for your comments on the portrait... :)

    hello Speedy..
    I'm glad to have you over to visit..
    this portrait is quite different to Daphne's..
    thought I'd try a different approach with this one...
    not sure where it will go either :)
    hey enjoy your ice...
    we've had a bit of a cool snap over here which should make Christmas pleasant ...although they've predicted 29 o for Christmas day :)
    have fun with the snowballs :)

    thanks for your kind comment Gemma...
    enjoy your day :)

  • John M. Mora 20.12.08

    This looks very very very promising, Kim, and it is great to see it again and how you have tended your vision.

    Merry Christmas.

  • Anita 20.12.08

    I remember the first portrait I saw you doing of your son and daughter - its fascinating seeing how they grow up. He is certainly a very good looking boy - takes after his mother!

  • Anonymous 20.12.08

    hi Kim, how you doing?

  • Anonymous 20.12.08

    mariuca chop first!

  • Anonymous 20.12.08

    Happy weekend to you

  • Anonymous 20.12.08

    love the potrait

  • Anonymous 20.12.08

    doing it so well and pretty

  • Genevieve 20.12.08

    I love the style and feel of this, kinda reminds me of circa late 1980's feel.Perhaps because of the way they're dressed. Simply Love it~

  • Mariuca 20.12.08

    Oh yay! I am the FC for this post woo hoo! :)

  • Mariuca 20.12.08

    Oh u too having probs with ur TC widget Kim? Oh then it must be blogger as LJ and I suspected yesterday. Anyway, I guess we'll just have to wait and see. :):):)

  • Mariuca 20.12.08

    Happy Saturday to you Kim, I am cooking again tonight he he! Back to the kitchen now, see ya later. :)

  • Anonymous 21.12.08


    I wish you Yuletide Joy and A Blessed New Year together with your family.

    Happy Holidays!

  • durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit 22.12.08

    Hello Kim,

    They make a very handsome couple.

    Your son Alexander has a very intense expression,and Kelly has a forward looking one.

    They look so young but appear like they can't wait to grow and mature. I would agree with Lynda, ypu have captured the spirit of these young couple. Congratulations. :-) -- Durano, done!

  • The Muse 23.12.08

    "finish" it?
    ok...if you say so!
    (I like the edginess of it~in its current can't wait to see the finished work) :)

  • Anonymous 23.12.08

    Fabulous, they must be thrilled at that.

  • Mariuca 24.12.08

    Dropping off some love for KIM, especially since MPG is here today! :):):)

  • Mariuca 24.12.08

    Hope u're having a nice relaxing day. Christmas is a day away! :)

  • Kim 24.12.08

    thanks John :)
    a Merry Christmas to you and your family too :)

    thanks Anita... :)
    they've certainly grown up haven't they...
    and still my favourite subjects to paint ;)

    hi TH..
    packing and some shopping today...
    I can't believe it's Christmas eve already !!
    are you all ready for Christmas ?

    thanks Genevieve.. :)
    I decided on a role reversal with Kelly in a tie and Alexander with the scarf...and you can't beat black and white IMO :)

    hi Mariuca...
    hows the cooking going?
    I'll be looking out for photos of your yummy Christmas feast ;)
    I still have shopping to do :0

    hi Windmill
    thank you..
    Christmas greetings to you and your family :))

    hi Durano
    thanks ...
    you have summed up their expressions well :)
    happy Christmas Eve to you :))

    hello Muse..
    it was very tempting to leave it at this stage..
    and yes I think edgy is a good word for it...
    have worked on it further now ;)

    thanks Cooper
    they're pretty happy with it so far...:)

    ah yes Mariuca..
    lovely to see MPG here today :))
    haha relaxing...not yet..
    I hope you are ;)

  • Anonymous 24.12.08

    hi Kim yeah its christmas eve, and we are going to have dinner at home.

    its much cheaper than eating out.

  • Anonymous 24.12.08

    if eating out at restaurant will cost $90 per adult. That is too much even though the food is very nice. I think the money can be used for groceries

  • Anonymous 24.12.08

    Kim, my grandfather in Gold Coast australia

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  • Mariuca 25.12.08

    Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas from Mariuca!

  • Anonymous 25.12.08

    hi Kim, Merry Christmas, hows your day

  • Anonymous 25.12.08

    we plan to go out dinner later on

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  • KML 26.12.08

    Happy holidays to you and your family, Kim.

    Hope you all have a healthy, happy new year too!

  • Anonymous 26.12.08

    I love it, Kim, another one of your spectacular works :-)

    All the best with your move.

    Wishing you and the family a wonderful Xmas!

  • John M. Mora 26.12.08

    Merry Christmas - I hope you are warm and well and locating a new residence near lake and trees.

  • shea holliman 26.12.08

    I love this portrait.
    and Merry Christmas

  • Mariuca 26.12.08

    Dropping EC here on Boxing Day, happy weekend Kim! :)

  • Mariuca 26.12.08

    Oh I also brought you some yummy Christmas fruit cake ho ho ho! :):):)

  • Anonymous 27.12.08

    happy weekend to you

  • Anonymous 27.12.08

    you know its weekend... :)

  • Anonymous 27.12.08

    its sunny here

  • Mariuca 28.12.08

    I'm here too, dropping off MPG! Internet is quite slow tonight, what's new right? ;)

  • Mariuca 28.12.08

    Thanks for all the yummy goodies u sent my way. I am having coffee now with the chocs..divine! :)

  • The Muse 28.12.08

    Hello Ms KIM :) Thank you much for your lovely blog visit :) filled with good wishes and the ooo and ahs over new grandson...LOL...I believe I am going to have use caution, lest he become spoiled ...LOL

  • parker41 13.1.09

    hi kim
    this is really gr8 post, how u day

About The Author
Kim Barker is a Visual Artist (Diploma in Art and Graduate Diploma in Education). She is also a fully trained Reading Recovery Teacher. She has taught RAD (Royal Academy of Dancing) and Cecchetti Ballet Syllabii. Kim also manages the Top Artist' Directory and PoeARTica as well as her blog laketrees She lives with her family on the Eastern Central Coast of Australia. Follow Kim at laketrees on Twitter for updates and news