Thursday, December 17, 2009

" CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT "


8 x 8 Pen , pencil & watercolor

Well here we are a year later doing the Different Strokes From Different Folks Christmas portrait exchange again. We were given a picture of an other artist participating, so I am painting her and she is painting me. It is a surprise for both of us. For this one I have to admit I was influence by Alice Thompson with her decorative flair she applies sometimes to her work. My subject has the most beautiful green eyes so my decision to make her sweater green also was easy.
Please go check out all the entries so far with their actual pictures on U-Tube
I truly enjoyed doing this piece I hope my subject likes it too.

50 comments:

Maryanne said...

Hi Dominique - I love your take on this portrait, the monochromatic and the design elements -- nice job.

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh Dominique! This is so beautiful! I do so love the green eyes and green sweater! Her expression is fabulous too. So very well done!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

I love what you did with this Dominique, though you borrowed an idea, it is uniquely yours...well done!

Michelle said...

Beautiful AND Fun! Wonderful job Dominique!

Angela Elledge said...

Very, very nice, Dominique. I think your subject has a little twinkle in her eye and I love the way you made the background twinkle with her. Love the yellow green, as well.

artbyakiko said...

You've done a great job! Her beautiful green eyes really stand out.

Edward Burton said...

This is absolutely wonderful, Dominique. Great job!

Pattie Wall said...

Love the flair you gave your portrait! Very special and lovely!

dominique eichi said...

Maryanne,
AutumnLeaves,
Dana,
Michelle,
Angela,
Akiko,
Edward,
Patty,
Thank you all so very much for your comments they are much appreciated.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

This one came great with Dominique's special touch.

Terri Buchholz said...

Very nice, you clearly started with a strong drawing and then capped it with the striking green eyes and sweater. Very whimsical!

Candy said...

Dominique, this is very nice! I'm sure she'll be very pleased when she sees herself. I also want to thank you for mentioning Alice Thompson. I had never seen her work and just popped over to look at an owl that she did. I loved it!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

This is magical, Dominique! I love it.

Avocaken said...

Hi Dominique. Wasn't this "end of year" challenge fun? I found DSFDF just after the deadline last year so I didn't participate. I don't know if I would have had the courage then!

Folk like you & the other kind DSFDF-ers have given me the freedom and strength to participate. THANK YOU for being so nice to me.

Happy holidays!
Ken B.

Rishi Kapil said...

Hi Dominique , Like your unique style.Its beautiful .

Christine MacLellan said...

Dominique, This is such an interesting piece! It is like the subject has a secret she is holding. A lot like the challenge. I think your portrait piece is great and really speaks to the viewer.

Cindi said...

dominique.. your recipiant is going to be so excited to see this.. wonderful combination of colors and and holiday cheer!!

have a wonderful holiday season!!

dominique eichi said...

Irit,
Terri,
Candy,
Claire,
Avocaken, it's all good.
Rishi,
Christine, it's a secret don't tell !
Cindi,

Oh THANK YOU to all I love your comments. = )

Chartan said...

Love those eyes! this is so very celebratory..

Tracie Brown said...

LOVE IT!! It has a mystical, magical quality about it... and such great expression in her face! very beautiful dominique.

dominique eichi said...

Chartan,
Tracie,

Thank you both for your kind comments.
Merry Christmas to you

Gwen Bell said...

Terrific job, Dominique! Love the way you only put color in her sweater and eyes. Very creative and I love that cool background!

Alice Thompson said...

This is stunning Dominique. I knew the moment I saw it that it was your work. You have a unique line that I first noticed in your rendition of Karin's Jack. That "decorative" background is all you Dominique. Your blog has a history filled with that style you refer to as "doodles".

dominique eichi said...

Gwen,
Alice,

Your both are so very kind thank you. I appreciate so much this artist's fellowship we have in DSFDF.

Vern Schwarz said...

Dominique, what a wonderful sketch. I love the background which ties in so beautifully with her lovely green eyes and matching sweater.

dominique eichi said...

Thanks Vern ............... =)

Carol Horzempa said...

Dominique, I always recognize your style, it is so unique! I love it...the green eyes, matching sweater and background are wonderful! You really captured her expression and I'm sure she will love it!

Carol Nelson said...

A great way to emphasize her green eyes - make green the only color in the piece. Very creative, Dominique.

dominique eichi said...

CAROL........
CAROL.......

the angels singing..........

Thank you you two I appreciate those lovely comments...... : )

adebanji said...

She surely has a twinkle in her eyes. Very simply done with great effects!

maria kovalenko leysens said...

I can tell you had fun with this one. It is a happy piece. Nice job!

dominique eichi said...

Adebanji,
Maria,

Thank you both...........Merry Christmas =)

Manon Doyle said...

What a terrific exchange!! Love the portrait!!

Thank you so much for your comment today!!
I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!!

manon

L.Holm said...

You are so creative! I love the drawing and vivid color, decorative designs and wonderful expression you've captured.

Merry Christmas and blessings in 2010, dear Dominique! xoLiz

James Parker said...

Dominique...this is a treasure, and I'm sure your subject will be tickled. Your talent and creativity makes this simply enchanting.

Essay said...

Thanks for sharing, your blog is worth reading, nice post. Keep it up.

dominique eichi said...

Merry Christmas everyone thanks for your comments

Mitzi Easley said...

Hi Dominique - I love this portrait - it jumped off the screen - her expression, the color choice, and your 'dancing strokes.' Your creativity makes us all better! Happy New Year!!

dominique eichi said...

Mitzi,
Thanks for the nice comments and Happy New Year to you.

raji said...

Love the whimsical background. I need to check out Alice's work. Your approach to portrait is also unique. I may try something like that in the future.

Sharon said...

Such a unique way of facing this years dsfdf challenge, using just the color green with the rest of the drawing and the way you did the bg is wonderful!

dominique eichi said...

Raji,
I will look forward to your interpretation. THanks for your comment.

Sharon,
It was a fun project. Thanks


HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL

Dean H. said...

Thought I had commented on this days ago...sorry.
Your portrait looks great, Dominique! Love your style and the fitting background!

Anonymous said...

Hello Dominique, Thx for your comment. I think the entries of this challenge have a high level in general. What I like about yours is that you paid attention to the background. It's something that almost everybody forgot, but it gives the portrait an extra dimension. Happy New Year ! Luc Schuddinck, Belgium.

SYLVIANE said...

Beau travail, Dominique, bravo!

dominique eichi said...

Dean,
Luc,
Sylviane,

Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Greatly appreciated

Nicole Horn-Fakher said...

Hello Dominique,
your realisation is very nice, especially the green eyes. It gives her a very individual charm.
Wish you a good new year.

dominique eichi said...

Nicole,
Thanks for your stop and comment I appreciate it.

Steve Husted said...

I thought this was a nice, unique take on the portrait challenge. Really stands out.

William Cook said...

This is great. Love the green and the background.