Showing posts with label Wildlife. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wildlife. Show all posts

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Eastern Bluebird - Original Pastel ACEO - Windows to the Words Challenge

Eastern Bluebird
2 1/2" x 3 1/2" (6.4cm x 8.9cm)
Pastels on Velour
$40 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US
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Gosh I haven't painted in quite a while! It always is a little intimidating to get back in the swing of painting when I haven't done anything for such a long time so I thought I'd just play for my first one back.  This is a little ACEO card, only 2.5 x 3.5 inches, perfect for this little bluebird. They are such bright and cheerful birds, you can't help but smile when you see them.  When I saw James Parker had a challenge on his blog Windows to the Words and this little bluebird was on the top of the lists of reference photos I had to participate. I may end up doing all the birds - we will see.

Psalm 5:3 (New International Version)
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My Entries for Austin Pastel Society Annual Juried Member Exhibition

The Austin Pastel Society is having their Annual Juried Member Exhibition with Juror and Judge Claudia Seymour.  Each member could send in up to three images.  I submitted these three:

There is some stiff competition! To say we have some very talented artists in this group is an understatement. Whoever is selected, their art will hang in the Corridor of Art from March through May. We will find out who has been accepted in February.  So. . .here's hoping I make it!

James 1:4 (New International Version)
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

First Pastel of 2010 - Yellowstone Wolf - Original Pastel

Yellowstone Wolf
8" x 10" (20.4cm x 25.4cm)
Pastel on Velour
$125 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US
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Here is my first pastel for 2010. I took the reference photo for this painting when I was in Yellowstone in 2008. I was mesmerized by the wolves at the Grizzly and Wolf Center. Their howl isn't at all like a coyote's shrill "yip" of a howl, which I have heard often, but more melodic and soft - almost haunting. It was beautiful! If I ever get the chance I want to go back to Yellowstone - it was a trip of a lifetime for me that I'll remember forever.

Psalm 11:7 (New International Version)
For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe 2009 has all but come and gone! So much has happened this year – not all of it good – but there has been more good than bad and even in the bad times there were blessings to be had. That counts for something. I do have so many blessings to be thankful for and just like The Fledglings I’m looking forward to seeing what 2010 brings.
My list of resolutions is long this year so I won’t bore you. My prayers are that we all we have year of good health, happiness and prosperity.
I look forward to sharing my paintings with you, reading your comments and visiting your blogs. Happy 2010!

Philippians 4:13 (New International Version)
13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Primal Scream - Pastel Original

Primal Scream
14" x 11" (35.6cm x 28.0cm)
Pastel on Velour
$300 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US
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To see more of my work please visit my website Karen Hargett Fine Art

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

THE DRAWING . . . details & notes

Camouflaged was inspired when a Killdeer laid her eggs near the edge of my driveway last spring. I was closing the gate one afternoon and saw the Killdeer doing her injured bird act and decided she must have a nest nearby. Little did I know it was right at my feet until I looked down! Her nest was so well camouflaged that when I looked away and then looked back down again I had to really search the area to find it.

I immediately took several pictures of her nest and watched and waited anxiously for the day they would hatch in hopes of catching a few pictures of those little birds on the run. We had a brief cold spell last spring that brought with it sleet and snow but the Killdeer and her eggs made it through fine and I worried for nothing. I did miss the hatching though, much to my sadness. I was glad though once I saw they had hatched I didn’t have to tip toe around the area of the nest and gate for fear of crushing them.

Killdeer don’t make much of a nest – just a little indention in the ground with a twig or two and a few pebbles to spruce up the place. I observed both the male and female birds sitting on the eggs. Once they hatch and their down dries the little Killdeer are off and running catching their food and following mom around learning Killdeer things.

An interesting bit I noted when doing this drawing is if you squint your eyes and look at the surrounding rocks and pebbles you can see why the markings are the way they are on the eggs and why they are so well camouflaged. The dark markings resemble the dark negative spaces between the rocks and pebbles making it hard for predators to spot them. God certainly knew what He was doing when He created the Killdeer and gave them the wonderful ability to camouflage their nests. Amazing!
The original drawing is available at this writing. Limited Edition prints are available too. It is 10” x 14”. One of the things I especially like about this drawing is the way the edges of the drawing are “outside the box” and spill over on to the border of the paper giving it a really natural feel. If you are interested in purchasing the original or a Limited Edition print, more information may be found on my website.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Fledglings - Ready for Flight

I've finished the Fledglings tonight! At least I think so. As usual I'll let it sit for a day or two before calling it finished. I really like how these little sparrows have turned out - very sweet, soft and a little anxious to see what is out in the world.

Tonight I worked on lights and darks mainly on the tree branch and pine needles. I wanted more depth than I had last night so that means putting light against dark and warm against cool. Pine needles can be rather shiny and I've tried to give them a little light reflecting off of them to describe the shine. I did go in and darken the entire left side so it would feel more in shadow than it was in my early post. The other thing I worked on was the bark on the tree - more darks were added for shadows to describe the roughness.

I'm anxious to get this one matted and framed - I think it is going to look really nice.

If you are interested in purchasing The Fledglings or any of my other drawings please let me know. You can go to my website at

Monday, April 7, 2008

The Fledglings - Almost Finished

I worked some more on the fledglings and they are almost finished. You can see that I have been busy adding layers of color in the background, tree and tree branch covering all of the sand color velour. It has given it a totally different atmosphere don't you think? I wanted the background to be soft and have a misty feel about it.

My goal for this was to give us the idea that this branch was a little safe haven for the fledglings - at least for the moment.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

The Fledglings

It's spring - flowers are blooming, the grass is growing, birds are busy making their nest and soon lots of little birds will be out of their nests and taking their first flight like these little fledgling sparrows.

I like the composition because they aren't facing you so it makes it a little different view than normal. I have imagined they have probably flown for the first time from their nest and landed on this branch. It's as if they are looking out on this big, old, world, a little apprehensively, knowing this isn't like the comfort of their nest, but taking it all in, getting the courage to test their wings and fly again.

I'm still working on the sparrows, mostly the second one right now. Still adding layers of color - trying to get the look of the feathers just right. Fledglings have that combination of fluffy feathers they have as nestlings as well as their new adult feathers - so I really want the viewer to know - these birds are out on their own for the first time.

For this one I'm using all my pastels, Conte sticks, Carbo-Othello pencils and my soft Rembrandts. It's on velour sand colored paper and is about 14" x 11".

There is still more to do on this one so check back.