Monday, 4 July 2011

The Alphabet Paintings: N

When I first saw this photo, I thought the Native American would make a lovely painting for the Alphabet Series.
But the more I looked, the more it seemed to me, the portrait would be more powerful in pencil.

So I present to you.. N is for Native American Indian... called Nantan, which is Apache for Spokesman

Nantan


34 comments:

  1. Dear Pat,
    Wow...I'm in awe...your work has amazed me. Very dramatic face expression, dignity and wonderful drawing skills. Congratulations!!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  2. Thanks, Sadami.
    He has a great feeling of dignity, I feel :) xx

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  3. Pat, it is definitely much more powerful as a sketch. And thank you, on behalf of Bruno, for the compliment!

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  4. Thanks, Kathryn - he does have a feeling of power about him, more so in pencil :) xx

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  5. A good choice and well executed Pat. I think the use of colour would have detracted from your pencil skills.

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  6. Thanks Beryl. There are some portraits cry out for pencil. Nantan was one such :) xx

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  7. I think pencil was a good choice! A wonderful portrait!

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  8. Nantan! Just brilliant Pat. I love to see your pencil sketches and this one is awesome!
    Thanks for visitting Pat and I hope you're well.
    Hugs
    June xx

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  9. Thanks June. Glad you like him :)

    We're all fine here xx

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  10. I found your site from Michaels and I'm glad I did. I love this drawing of Nantan. Very powerful.

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  11. I only just got to see this thanks to stupid google/firefox cacheing I think. I first thought "Aha, N for Navajo" - wrong Michael! Beautifully drawn Pat - he looks like a wise, kind warrior.

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  12. Very nicely done Pat. It's unusual to see an Indian with white hair! I love the weathered face :0)

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  13. Hello John and welcome.
    Glad you enjoyed the portrait :) xx

    Oh Michael, you made me laugh - I hadn't even thought of Navajo! I did want him named though - and Nantan, I like :) He does have an air of kindness about him, you're right! xx

    Thanks Sandra - comes to us all girl.. me too :lol: I think the white hair adds gravitas. xx

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  14. Such a fierce and proud face, very very well sketched. xx

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  15. Ah. I believe in the power of graphite too! It's so stunning when its all shades of gray and white. And it gives your native American the reverence that he deserves. This is a great piece! Congratulations!

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  16. Love this Pat. Wish I could draw this well. :)

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  17. What an interesting portrait. I like Nantan for his dramatic and proud expression. Well done, Pat.

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  18. Another lovely portrait. I can feel the character of the person here..

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  19. Wow he is amazing Pat--I was just talking to Calvin about asking you to do a native american painting for a christmas present for his parents. winkie, winkie wink.....
    Love your paintings but you know that!!

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  20. Oh Pat, he is wonderful and such a proud man
    Elsbeth xx

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  21. Its amazing how much detail you can get just with the shades of a pencil, lovely drawing.
    Love to Missy give her a hug from me ;)
    Have a good week
    See Yea George xxx

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  22. A good choice Pat. It is a strong portrait. It's beautiful.

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  23. Once again Pat AMAZING, when I saw N and the picture I thought Navajo...I have a huge interest in Native Americans of all tribes but Navajo are my passion (having met some in Arizona) I have a real passion and admiration and also sadly a sense of sorrow. When you meet them in person their faces capture mnths years generations in theie expressions and I see that in your beautiful picture xx

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  24. Thanks, Katherine.. he does feel more powerful in graphite, for sure.

    Thank you Ann, you're very kind xx

    Thanks Tito. He has a great expression :) xx

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  25. Thanks, Prabal. Glad you like him. xx

    Thank you Sharon.. I know you have a few of my paintings - I'm glad you find my pencil work amazing too :) xx

    Thanks, Elsbeth - he does cut a proud figure :) xx

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  26. Thanks George - glad you and mum like him . Consider Missy hugged :) xx

    Thanks, Renske. He does have a lot of strength in that face. xx

    Thanks, Lynne. You know, when I saw the photo, there was no attribution of tribe. I picked the Apache name because I knew its meaning - and it began with N :) He does have a quality of long suffering etched in every line. I'm glad you think the picture is beautiful xx

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  27. That pencil portrait is very striking. I really like it

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  28. It looks so amazing in pencil! His face shows so much life in it. I would be curious to see it painted though. Would you lose all those wrinkles? And what about the fine details in the feathers? Just wondering aloud...

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  29. Pat wonderful choice, plus a graphite strength. The theme is also strong, loved it!
    A big hug!

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  30. Thanks Ann. :) xx

    The pencil does seem to give him more life - I think its because you concentrate more on the features with pencil, Tonya. I don't know if that would be lost in painting - or just more colours to distract your eye.
    xx

    Thanks, Nil. Glad you liked him xx

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  31. Pat you have a very good hand for pencils, your portrait is very soft and at the same time very strong, expressive. So beautiful! Congratulations, dear friend!xx

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  32. Thanks, Anamaria!
    My hubby said the same thing - soft yet strong. So glad you liked the portrait :) xx

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