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Portrait of Kelly

13 November 2007 33 comments

Gouache on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
90cm x 1m

On the Easel
on the easel

Alexander and Kelly

My son...Alexander asked me recently if I would
paint a portrait of Kelly (his girlfriend).
It's Kelly's birthday this month......
Alexander took some great photos and I used these as reference.....

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Lynda Diane Jackie Kelly Fruity Lyn Mville Kellypea Life Cruiser Boyd Lisa Leigh Cooper Renny Sue Pearl Deborah blueblue Ev


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  • Lynda Lehmann 13.11.07

    Wonderful portrait of Kelly and handling of the guache, Kim! I think it's an achievement to paint a portrait in this medium and still achieve subleties!

    She's a pretty girl. I like her hair short!

    And I love your HUGE easel!

  • Anonymous 13.11.07

    Fabulous portrait, Kim! What a golden, sun kissed couple they are :) and what a terrific present!

  • Jackie 13.11.07

    Wow absolutely fabulous. You are so very,very good. I would love to have one of these but my childhood was not one filled with many good memories. So that is why I haven't entered yet. I do keep remembering a Christmas and a red wagon, but not much else. So please don't think that I have ignored this. Your work is fabulous and what you are doing with this contest is fantastic!!

  • KellytheCulinarian 13.11.07

    What a beautiful portrait! It wasn't until I was in high school that I ever met another Kelly!

  • Fruity 13.11.07

    Always wonder how you manage to paint it so life-liked. You really have an eye for that. How long did you take to paint that?

  • Lynda 13.11.07

    stupendoulsly perfect... you are more than gifted... what a nice honor to your son's girl, he must be thinking long term??? hahaha... beautiful work, just beautiful... blessings and take care...

  • Anonymous 13.11.07

    Too cool, JB.
    As an FYI, I'm up for adoption.

    Fantastic work, JB! The two kiddos look healthy in this season's tans, too.

  • kellypea 13.11.07

    How gorgeous! I love everything about it. A very pretty girl with a great name ;)

  • Anonymous 13.11.07

    Wow! What a cool portrait, just the right youth touch too :-)

    Such a wonderful birthday gift - now you may have to do his for her too....*giggles*

  • Kim 13.11.07

    thanks Lynda
    the gouache is a fragile medium....and I have to make sure that I use a really good quality fixative.....
    haha the easel was a birthday present and I love it too !!!!

    thanks so much...
    Kelly and Alexander will love your description of them Diane :)

    thanks Jackie....
    perhaps you can submit a Christmas story or photo from your recent past....
    thanks for your lovely comments :)

    thanks Kelly...
    I always think it's a bonus to have a name that stands out....I've looked it up...

    The boy's and girl's name Kelly \k(el)-ly\ is pronounced KEL-ee. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and its meaning is "descendant of Ceallach". Transferred use of the surname. Originally an Anglicized form of the ancient Irish Gaelic name Ceallach, possibly meaning "bright-headed", "strife", or "church, monastery".
    interesting that it can be a boy's or girl's name ......
    Kim is the same...I went to school with another Kym who was a boy....

    thanks Fruity
    a lot of it is in selecting the right photo.......and most of this painting was painted upside down
    It took me about 3 days (about 12 hours) allowing for procrastination :)

    thanks so much Lyn
    I thought it was a lovely gesture on Alexander's behalf and Kelly is really happy with it :)
    thanks for your lovely comments...
    have a great day :)

    haha ... thanks....JB...
    they do look healthy don't they....
    now tell me what does FYI mean ?

    you're right Kelly
    great name....great gals...
    seems to me that Kelly is getting her fair share of "Kelly" visitors :D

    thanks Captain....
    funny you should mention that ...
    I started off painting Kelly's portrait to match a portrait of Alexander that I did at the end of last year...but he looks older now.....
    I'm still working on the 3/4 length oil portrait of him ...which I'm hoping to finish before his 18th birthday on November 30....

  • Anonymous 13.11.07

    For Your Information = F.Y.I.

  • Anonymous 13.11.07

    Unbelieveable Kim. I'm around a quite a few professional portrait artists and I have not seen anyone do such a masterful job on each and every subject. Your are so inspiring. I would love to see this one in person. I love how you made it both beautiful and fun. It is hard to make a painting fun and not too silly but you have done it! I could go and on but I'll hush!:) Wow!!!

    My fiancee loves it as well! She said Wow!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kim 13.11.07

    haha MA ...
    count yourself adopted :D
    I'll send out the airfare pronto...

    hi Boyd
    thanks so much to you and your fiancee :)
    I always try to create a portrait that I would be happy to hang in my own that's usually how I measure my style...
    you're right this is a fun portrait and I couldn't help smiling when I was painting this one....Kelly was a dream to paint :)
    have a great day and happy painting....

  • Lisa Lorenz 13.11.07

    Hi Kim, Oh wow....Kelly's portrait is just smashing! You captured her masterfully! She looks so pleased and Alexander looks so proud. I really love the palette you used. I agree with Diane they are a beautiful golden sun kissed couple!

    ps...I am still in awe over my two portraits here in my bedroom! I will cherish them FOREVER! have a great day mate xoxoxo

  • Lisa Lorenz 13.11.07

    Hiya Kim, me again...I was very touched to see the sydney painting there hanging over your computer! xoxoxox Its so cool to see your art work in a freinds home! :)

  • Anonymous 13.11.07

    Hi Kim I think Alex is a little younger than that his birthday is 30th December.How would I know that????? But then I even guessed FYI!!!!! My brain still seems to work a little!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kim 13.11.07

    hiya Lisa
    I love having your Spectacular Sydney over my desk.......I think I picked just the right spot for it eh....
    and you're so right about seeing your artwork in friends homes.....
    sorta like adopting them out isn't it ?
    have a great day too and happy painting mate :)

    howdy Mum.....
    thank goodness you have your wits about you.....I don't know where November came from.....
    but then I'm just his Mum haha :-X
    ps thanks for the translation too :P
    I certainly won't forget FYI

  • Anonymous 14.11.07

    Wow, that is amazing! I bet she loved it, what a special present.

  • Kim 14.11.07

    thanks Leigh
    yeah ...Kelly was very pleased with it....
    I just have to give the portrait a coat of fixative and it's finished :)

  • Anonymous 14.11.07

    Spectacular portrait in a difficult medium. Portraits are an absolutely
    one of the most fabulous gifts I bet she is bowled over by it.

  • Kim 14.11.07

    thanks very much Cooper :)
    I know my Mum absolutely cherishes the portrait that I painted of my Dad...and she has told me often that it is so much more than a photo....
    I think knowing and seeing Kelly IRL has made a huge difference as I was able to put Kelly's bubbly personality into the portrait :)

  • Anonymous 15.11.07

    Just Fabulous Kim - thanks for sharing and for the invite.

  • Kim 15.11.07

    thank you Renny...
    thanks for dropping by... :)

  • Sueblimely 15.11.07

    A great portrait again Kim. Having had the honor of seeing one for real, I can appreciate your talent even more. (The portrait that Kim did of me arrived this week, folks). You did not have such a pretty young model as the one of Kelly either :-)

    I have had WOW, who did that reactions, from all who have seen it though. I was pleased to be able to boast that it was done by a real artist - which I was told was stating the obvious.

  • Kim 15.11.07

    thanks Sue...
    I'm glad you like it and I have pinched myself to check that I'm real ..haha....and not just a figment of my own imagination :D
    will pop over to see how your new blog is going...have a great day !!!!

  • Anonymous 15.11.07

    figment of your own imagination? :) I have wondered if you are real or some angel too Kim :) thats really a very beautiful portrait indeed... Kelly and Alexander do look good together :)

  • Kim 15.11.07

    thanks for your very sweet compliments Pearl....
    have a sunny day :)

  • Anonymous 16.11.07

    Kim, another amazing job on your work for Kelly's portrait! One lucky girls, I'm sure she was thrilled :-)

    They make a great looking couple!

  • Kim 16.11.07

    thanks Deborah
    I'll pass your compliment on to them :)

  • this 20.11.07

    She is one lucky girl...hope you all have a wonderful birthday celebration together.

  • Kim 21.11.07

    thank you Blue Blue..... :)
    have a wonderful day :)

  • One Wacky Mom 28.11.07

    Kim, your son is soooooooooooo handsome! And the portrait of her is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!

    You are absolutely amazing. When it's time for me to get a portrait are the person my friend!

  • Kim 28.11.07

    thanks Ev...
    you still have time to enter the Christmas competition ;)...the closing date has been extended until the 21st December :)

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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