Le sourire by Colombe  Cambourne

Oils & Oil pastels on canvas.
I wasn’t happy about the way the paintbrush was not blending the colours together the way I wanted, so I used my fingers to do the job. The result is a bit too soft, too smooth to my liking, but that’s how it turned out, almost by itself. What more could I do?

Huiles et pastels gras sur toile.
Je n’arrivais pas à bien mélanger les couleurs avec mon pinceau, alors j’y ais mis les doigts! Le résultat est un peu trop satiné, un peu trop lisse à mon goût, mais c’est arrivé tout seul. Que pouvais-je faire d’autre?


  • JaneAParis
    JaneAParisover 6 years ago

    So beautiful. Smiles from Jane:-)

  • Hi Jane and thank you!

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • MinoYasue
    MinoYasueover 6 years ago

    So cool! Her expression is so lively!

  • Thanks Mino. This is from a photo and it’s easy to capture an expression for my painting, because it doesn’t change on the picture…

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetover 6 years ago

    Magnifique sourire, indeed !…..
    Tu as fort bien réussi les dents avec les gencives. Là, on voit bien que ce n’est pas un dentier !!!!!
    Bravo aussi Birdie, pour le reflet sur son visage, très bien fait et aussi l’éclat dans les yeux : tu vois que tu y arrives avec les petits points blancs ..!
    Je reconnaitrais ton travail entre mille tu sais….BIzzzzz

  • Ah les dents….. j’avais fait tomber en plein milieu, une goutte de peinture marron… J’adore la peinture à l’huile parce que tu peux rectifier toutes les fautes que tu fais.

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Estelle O'Brien
    Estelle O'Brienover 6 years ago

    This is a differet style colombe…love it! Bisous xx

  • Bonjour Estelle, well it looks like I’m falling into realism….. and I don’t want to! Hopefully, as I get more confident I’ll be able to loosen up. Biz

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • cheetaah
    cheetaahover 6 years ago

    oh wow, what a clear, clean, beautiful skin, lovely painting. xoxooxox

  • Hi Jasmin and thank you. As I was saying to Estelle, I’m softening curves and colours when I don’t really want to, but it’s all part of the experience I guess.

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightover 6 years ago

    I use my fingers half the time, when painting all my watercolours – moving the paint and spreading the water, to create a less solid look.
    This is a nice look , smooth yes, but with an attractive subject, that is no bad thing.

    C’est magnifique sourire!

  • Colin, merci beaucoup!
    It’s interesting what you say about using your fingers with watercolour, you would have to work really fast, but I had a look at the results and I think your paintings are wonderful.
    Thank you for your comment and thoughts…

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightover 6 years ago

    Thank you very much, merci beacoup, mon cher!

    I just finished my latest one today, and it nearly killed me! Fiddling with it, ruining it …trying to get it back again!…. and finally – just leaving it, taking a quick photo and uploading!


  • Alison Cornford-Matheson
    Alison Cornfor...over 6 years ago

    What a gorgeous portrait! The light and shading is beautiful. I found you by way of your lovely sister and I can see the talent runs in the family :)

  • Hi Alison! Thank you very much for this very encouraging comment.
    Isn’t Corinne so talented? She seems to be able to whip up some drawing or watercolour in no time at all. It takes me ages to work on my stuff! As you can see we have a very different style. Now I’m going to have a look at your work.
    A la prochaine!

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Pinkham
    Pinkhamabout 6 years ago

    Letting the paint do the talking, that’s a good idea. A beach girl without the wrinkles. I like this a lot.

  • Colombe  Cambourne
    Colombe Cambo...about 6 years ago

    Hello “Pinkham”! I don’t know if she’s a beach babe (looks more like Barbie to me) but she’s too perfect without wrinkles. I want to paint her again with very definite strokes.
    Thanks for your comment.

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