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 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......

isabella kramer - veredit said...

Absolutely wonderful!!!

Liquid &Tunsie said...

love the lighting! cool!

Autumn Leaves 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.

Anonymous said...

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

Ellen Burkett said...

Such incredibly beautiful light!

Unknown 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 Venugopal 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.