Monday, April 13, 2009

Proud Rooster - Original Pastel


Proud Rooster
9 1/2" x 8 1/2" (24.2cm x 21.6cm)
Pastel on Velour
$75 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US
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I love chickens and roosters. They are fascinating and fun to watch. There is something about their movements that are different from small birds. They come in such a variety of colors and types of feathers too - I think they are just unique birds.

I've been wanting to do another rooster lately and found a reference photo on Wet Canvas that I liked and decided to paint it. I was worried about the background on this one at first. I was afraid it was too busy. I was getting too detailed with it at first so I ended up turning it upside down to put in different shapes, darks and lights and then turned it right side up to put in the grasses - I think it worked.

James 1:17
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

9 comments:

Sheila said...

I double that "it works" and raised an "Awesome" on this painting! I must try that velour format! I do that upside down thing to but only for shape, now you taught me I can do it for color and contrasts too! (*duh* on my part)

I absolutely love the way you captured that rooster "whatcha looking at" eye....

Karen Hargett said...

Hi Sheila - I'm glad you think the background works too ;-). I love velour I hope you try it.

Regina Calton Burchett said...

This is really good, Karen - wonderful fresh colors and depth!! I love how you did the background too - not overpowering, but definitely not fading away - a part of the whole.

Marsha Robinett said...

This is really nice, love the hint of blue in the grasses. Your pastels have such a distinctive soft style to them...the white feathers and tiny flowers, superb.

Karen Hargett said...

Regina thank you! You spurred me on to get something done. I'm glad you like the background.

Hi Marsha - thanks so much. I like the hint of blue too and I wanted to pull some of his color into the grasses. I appreciate your comments a lot!

Pattie Wall said...

Karen, your composition 'ROCKS' on this rooster. Very nice!

Karen Hargett said...

LOL - thanks Pattie! You made my day! I haven't been able to visit too many blogs lately but hope to catch up soon and see what you have been up to. Thanks again!

Holly Zemak said...

Karen - I love your Rooster! The color of the background adds to the whole piece. And you captured the shine of the feathers on the neck so well.

Karen Hargett said...

Hi Holly - thank you so much! I really enjoyed working on this one. I'm glad you stopped in.