Monday, August 11, 2008

New Painting!

After watching Susan Carlin paint on Sunday afternoon on ustream and getting a great "pep talk" from her I decided to pick up my brushes once again.

Susan was painting a great looking dog. I didn’t try that - sorry. Instead I thought I’d try to paint some pool balls as a gift for a friend at work who will be retiring after 29 years. She plays pool a lot and from what I understand she is very good. I had at first thought of doing them in pastels but then decided this might be a good one to try painting and if it didn’t turn out I would still have time to turn out a quick pastel.

I'm actually excited about this one - it doesn't look half bad so far. I had at first started focusing in on the highlights - there were some pretty cool, detailed, highlights but then took a deep breath and just did a full brush stroke instead and I was OK with how it looked! I'm not finished - I need to get the shape and sizes of the balls correct - especially on the second row - but was so pleased with how it is going I thought I'd share.


SharonWrightArtist said...

Love this subject...a chance to use brilliant colour...fabulous!
Thank you for your visit and kind comment. I really enjoyed painting the dog and I think it shows.

Karen Hargett said...

Hi Sharon - thanks so much for stopping by. Yes the pool balls are perfect for vibrant color. I'm anxious to get back home and work on them some more.

I think you are right too - it showed you enjoyed painting the dog. I think that comes through on your paintings and why I like them so much.

Susan Carlin said...

Why, Karen! I'm so darned PROUD of you. This really is looking great and your friend is going to flip. Yes, please do share the finish with us, ok? Hearty applause!

Dianne Mize said...

Now, you're cooking with propane! Way to go.

Karen Hargett said...

Thanks Susan! I worked on it more last night - getting the size and shape of the balls right. That is harder than it sounds but I'm getting there. I'll share it as soon as I'm finished. Thanks!

Hi Dianne - thanks for stopping by and for the encouragement.