"Everybody knows a work of art takes at least an hour!" Lucy to Linus, (Peanuts)

FineArtViews Painting Competition - Twice in the Fav 15%

http://canvoo.com/boldbrush/badge/13203 three times selected for FAV15%, Fine Art Views Bold Brush Painting Competition

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Heather's Sister

Nicole in the Rose Trellis oil 16"x16"
Here is the other entry to the Blossom competition. I've posted Nicole before but some of my newer followers may not have seen her. I so appreciate everyone's wonderful comments about
my work and it is very motivating! I never expected to find so many other talented people out there who would be interested in what I'm doing. I love following all of you also even though I
don't comment all the time - if we commented on everything none of us would have time to paint!
Regardless of the outcome of this show I'm trying for the support from all of you is enough! Who needs a jury full of strangers to give us the vote of approval when friends, old and new, are so warm, helpful, considerate, and just plain fun?
Meanwhile, I have to get back to my Black bear, the one who keeps breaking into our property - a real cutie who is having trouble with overstaying his welcome. See my FaceBook page for pics. Or maybe tomorrow I'll post one here. It has also been suggested to me that I should do his portrait as I have a pretty nice shot of him up our big fir tree. Hmm. Maybe I will.


  1. Karen - I'm so glad to find your blog and beautiful artwork. You sound like a woman after my own heart and I really appreciate your attitude.

  2. This is unreal! Your work is so crystal clear that it looks like a photo. Are you using oils or acrylic? The flowers are gorgeous and the light and shadows are perfect.

  3. I just came by way of Kelly's Art Journaling...and I'm so thrilled to meet with you! your work is so darling, so perfect...so well done!


    Come on by, if you have a minute to visit with me as well...It is such fun meeting up with fellow artists here in blogland, isn't it!

    Ciao Bella!!!


  4. Thanks everyone so much! Healing Woman, the work is in oil paint. I spend an inordinate amount of time on a single painting as a rule. I take lots of reference shots and work from life when I get a chance. If you were to see these pieces for real (not in photos) you would see the brushwork...I don't actually paint in a "photo realist" style, which is what some artists do, the goal being to not allow any of the hand work to show at all.

  5. Hi Karen..this is a very enchanting piece..she has a wonderful spirit about her..and your floral magic is very inspiring! Shine on!

  6. Well Karen, its a stunning painting. I love the way it is composed, Nicole is framed really nice. I also love the colours, the glow on the skin is fantastic. A very warm painting)

  7. Thanks, Sam. I really appreciate this coming from you as I admire your painting very much! I worked really hard on those skin tones...kept redoing and refining until I got it right...through gritted teeth!

  8. It is just gorgeous Karen. I love the glow on her face. :) And good luck with the bear! Yikes!! I'll be waiting for his portrait. lol!

  9. Wonderful Karen! I love every detail
    The look in her eyes and her hair and the light
    and cast shadow...
    Very beautiful!

  10. I have just discovered your blog and what a beautiful vision you create through your art and posts. Wonderful realism with natural colors and expressions. I look forward to visiting again!

  11. Welcome, Lori! Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comment. I looked at your blog and am very intrigued by your digital creations. Hope to hear from you again!

  12. Hi Karen,
    It is always such a pleasure to see what you have been working on in the studio. I must say this one nearly knocked me off my chair.

    Nicole is fantabulous! In my humble opinion, you have managed a perfect composition (even in light of the rules we artists love to break).

    Nicole's skin tones are so natural and I especially enjoy the reflection of the roses off her left chin and neck. Superb, really. I applaud you.

  13. Thank you, Sandy! I spent a long time working out the composition, stewing about it, and wondering if I was, indeed, breaking too many rules, but in the end I am happy with it. The reflection in the trellis was so beautiful that day on Nicole's skin! Capturing it was a real challenge.
    I had to use a lot of yellow/green, not a usual appealing skin colour but it works well with the complement of the red roses. I will see if I can post a close up since several people have noted the skin tones.

  14. Beautiful work, Karen. The greenish/yellow highlights on the face make this special. Of course, the flowers are incredible too!