Monday, November 16, 2009

"Belle"

5 x 7"
oil on masonite
sold

You would know I don't normally paint figures like this young woman - frankly, it isn't something you would usually see while walking through a city. I happened to be in Washington Park, in Charleston, watching some plein-air painters - and a local artist, Rhett Thurman, had arranged for a model to pose for her. Wishing I had my paints with me, I could only wonder how I would approach this. As goofy as it sounds, with a photo as my guide, I pretended I was in the park and just went for it - staying as loose as possible.




15 comments:

Anne Marie Propst said...

Karin, this is breathtaking. Love it. What a beautiful rendering.

Regina Calton Burchett said...

Beautiful backlighting and I love your strokes - it all ties together so well!

Carol Anne Brown said...

Stunning. I always appreciate your great facility with figures and confident brushwork, but this piece is, well, stunning.

Jo Castillo said...

Very exciting and full of light. Sigh......

veredit said...

Absolutely wonderful!!!

Mystey Artist said...

love the lighting! cool!

AutumnLeaves said...

This is a truly beautiful painting, Karin. I am not quite sure why, but I am reminded of Renoir as well. Simply gorgeous and I love how you have caught the sunlight in the umbrella skin.

n. rhodes harper said...

She is beautiful. Luscious brush work.

rahina q.h. said...

quite delightful Karen, the loose brushwork is excellent here. r.

Ellen said...

Such incredibly beautiful light!

Barbara Andolsek Paintings said...

This is a brilliant piece of work!

Dean H. said...

Exceptional, Karin!! This stands out in a crowd!

kaycrain said...

This one's a beauty, Karin. The light is wonderful.
love it.

Balaji said...

Superb!!! The lighting is just amazing.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

It's beautiful, because you know what you're doing and how to get there even if you aren't on scene.