My First Portrait

My First Portrait
Rendering Of Milkmaid
This one is a copy of “The Milkmaid” by Raja Ravi Verma. This is my first attempt at drawing a portrait. It was a great learning experience. The rest of her came naturally, however her face was not easy. It started off as a completely different person. The face was slightly broader, the skin darker and eyes and lips more defined. Then as I changed the shape of her face, lightened her skin, changed the shading and made the eyes and lips less defined she transformed into a very different person. My daughter commented on how she looked so much older when I first started painting her and how she got younger with me playing around with the colors and shades. She does not look like the original painting by Raja Ravi Verma… in his painting she looks much younger and has a different feel to her. But I think I like my milkmaid the way she is.

~Painting by Mahasweta Mitra – May 2010
Copy Of “The Milkmaid” By Raja Ravi Verma.

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I refer to my paintings as creations from stillness. I have found the best thing I can do as an artist is to get out of the way and let life paint what it wants to paint. I get inspiration about what each painting will be, and then, bit by bit, the general sense of it fills in, but that all comes from stillness, too.

6 Comments on “My First Portrait

  1. Lovely painting, Shweta. Are you painting with acrylics? If so, you do an amazing job with blending colors…very hard to get such effects with acrylics. I like your milkmaid better than the original. 🙂


  2. Wow.

    Her eyes reveal the beauty of her soul and the innocence of her nature.

    She has a mysterious alertness and vulnerability about her that lures the audience deeper within.

    Thank you for continuing to share this precious gift. It’s beautiful.

    Matt 🙂

  3. Thanks Matt.
    Yes there is something about her eyes and face that is haunting.
    The more I see her, the more mysterious she gets. 😀

    Thanks for your kind words.

  4. Thanks Hemanth.
    Funny how the eyes don’t see typos at times… I have been calling it Milkmaid by Raja Ravi Verma, and writing Raja Rajiv Verma. Need my eyes checked.:-D

    Appreciate your input. Thanks.

    Fixed it.☺

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