Sunday, October 5, 2008

Treasures in the Water - Original Pastel

Today Susan Carlin painted from a Wet Canvas photo reference on Ustream and several of us who watched decided to paint our version too. You can see mine as well as the others on Susan's blog soon - be sure to check them out.

I had a lot of fun painting this pastel with all the colors of the sea. I hope you enjoy it too.

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15 comments:

Barbara Pask said...

Oh Karen, this is just lovely. You are amazing. I painted it tonight too, I have to look at it a bit to decide if I like it. It was a tough photo to paint, hard to see details.

Karen Hargett said...

Hi Barb - thank you so much! You are way to kind. I decided not to keep all the dark values except in the very center. As I told Susan, when I saw the reference photo I knew how I wanted to paint it so went with that instead of going directly by the photo. I'm glad you like it. I'm pretty pleased with it since it is really close to what I had in mind - that always makes me happy.

I can't wait to see what you have done.

Dianne Mize said...

Karen, this is absolutely stunning. You've handled it so sensitively and with such quiet nuance. I love how you've reflect the light off her back and the subtle gradation of cool in the distance to warm up front. Wow!

Karen Hargett said...

OMG Dianne you have made my day! Thank you - I appreciate your comments so much. I love working on velour - I'm sure that had much to do with the outcome of this painting.

Marsha Robinett said...

Karen, this is precious...one of your best yet. It has such feeling and emotion. You've out done yourself here...your composition, the way you interpreted the color, and captured the light. Pastel is definitely your medium. You should be very satisfied with this piece

Karen Hargett said...

Marsha, thank you so much! I really enjoyed painting this one. It feels like I'm back home from a long trip. I am very happy with this one and very happy to say I think you are right - pastels are definitely my medium. Thank you again for your wonderful comments.

Sylvia Jenstad said...

Wow ... I agree this is amazing... really cool

Karen Hargett said...

Thank you Sylvia and thanks for dropping by - I appreciate it.

Hi! I'm Grace said...

oh! what a beautiful painting :)

Karen Hargett said...

Hi Grace - thank you very much. Thanks for taking a look.

Alina Chau said...

beautiful!!

Dean said...

Great job! Wonderful control of edges.

Karen Hargett said...

alina chau - thank you so much. You do some awesome work yourself.

Dean - you don't know how much I appreciate your words! Thanks!

Regina Calton Burchett said...

This looks wonderful, Karen - Excellent job!

Karen Hargett said...

Regina somehow I missed your comment - sorry! Thank you so much for the compliment. I'm glad you stopped in.