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That Look by hank1 That Look by hank1
Dry-brush Watercolor
14 x 11 "
1989

How do you describe the expression of this girl?

My own thoughts: It's not anger. Is it boldness? Aristocratic? Arresting, haunted eyes. Inward-looking even as she looks outward at the world.

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From insightful comments about the expression of this girl, I've decided to post them:

"Uncompromising" (thanks to dangel88.)

"Commanding"

"Assuredness"

"Decisive" (thanks to Jenny)

"Purposeful" (thanks to osyris)

"Contemplation"
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sparkeyboy09 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
She looks like shes intrested in what shes looking at but not THAT intrested,kind of aloof,beautiful colours robert.beautiful picture.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Mark,

Good point, "kind of aloof".

Thank you for the compliments.

Robert
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vanVlietArt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
Hi Robert, I was looking at this piece at auction and struck by the subtle texture. Very nice. It appears to me that she is wearing a wool coat. How beautiful you have rendered it. I feel the pursed lips and strong gaze give this girl all the moxie one could ask for.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Gordon,

Thank you very much.

And by the way I'm reducing my prices at auction. Please pass that information to whomever you might know who has an interest.

I get as close as I can to the original, but can't show on the web the subtlety of that wool coat nor the (boasting here) incredible hair that I consider my trademark. Who can render hair as I can?

Robert
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vanVlietArt Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
It is true Robert. Your work is exceptional in many different ways. You know I appreciate not only the result, but work both mental and physical that goes in to each one.
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carlosmonteiro Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007   Traditional Artist
what can i say.... great ! beautifull !
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Carlos,

You have said it, and I thank you.

Robert
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City-Builder Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
You appear to have mastered the Drybrush technique to the same degree Wyeth has. It's an amazing portrait and the subtle quality of the light makes the somewhat complex look on het face all the more expressive.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Stefan,

Thank you.

Sounds like you had a most inspiring trip.

Robert
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sk3tchbook Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
Very Wyeth-esque, probably due to the dry-brush. Really lovely.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.

Yes. The dry-brush. One can get carried away with it. In "That Look" I restrained myself, but look at this!

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sk3tchbook Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
I see what you mean. I like the abstract design, though.
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eStrix Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Elena,

Thank you very much.

Robert
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eStrix Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome!
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WJSolha Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007
Wonderful, wonderful work.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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bluebird1949 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
contemplation , decisions to make , and i want to make the right one

that is what i see in her eyes

thank you
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hank1 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Sherr,

Thank you.

Robert
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bluebird1949 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
your very welcome
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Verdokai Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
Myself, I feel as if she's just been crying, or close to, and if she just decided to stop. And stopped.

Brilliant, as usual.

/Jenny
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hank1 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.

I can see that. You see her past ("just been crying") and her present ("decided....And stopped."). That she's been crying or suppressed it is palpable in her expression.
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osyris Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
Calculating. :)
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hank1 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I think you're right, but I suspect not in the way you mean. Do you mean "shrewd or cunning, esp. in a selfish way; scheming" (Webster's)? I don't want to go into the problem with this definition in its inclusion of the word "selfish", especially if you see the way Webster's defines "selfish". However, "calculating" stems from "calculate" which means "to rekon or determine by reasoning, evaluating, etc; estimate, judge". This is where I think you're right. To reason, evaluate, estimate and judge means to have a purpose in mind.

Thank you for leading me to that.
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osyris Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
I say the book definition is a little bias. Similar to the negative aura of terms like "consequence", this word should be given a natural definition. I interpret the term to mean "anticipating or planning for future events through deliberate observation or awareness of one's environment and/or surroundings".
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Aprilart Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful painting, Robert! I would say she has the look of assuredness. :)
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hank1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
April,

Thank you. You are right.

Robert
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StJoan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
commanding.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.

Robert
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StJoan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure
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dangel88 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing, such a great watercolour. I would say that expression is quite unreadable and it reminds me much of the look my teachers used to wear. Really fantastic picture though.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.

You've got me thinking.

Sternness. I think that's the look my best teachers had. Yes there is that. Now, sternness is a form of the concept "uncompromising".

An individual who is uncompromising is one who is self-confident. In that sense, sternness is a virtue not an evil attitude.

Robert
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dangel88 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. She looks cute with that expression all the same. X3
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