Saturday, April 5, 2008

"By George"

9 x 12"
oil on masonite

When I was asked to do a painting for an upcoming show at 16 Patton, titled 'Contemporary Visions: Portraits & Still Lifes', I knew I would sway to the subject of portraits rather than the latter. And whether I was persuaded by watching the 'John Adams' series (which is incredible) or my reverence for Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington, (formally known as the Landsdowne Portrait) - it seemed like a great opportunity to paint this piece.

Please click here for a larger view.


Dianne Mize said...

Oh goody! I get the first comment. I couldn't help but giggle a bit when I saw this painting. So typical in human gesture, and you've given it a lively, clear, wonderful interpretation. Love this piece!

I have several dozen daily painter blogs bookmarked, but only 4 or 5 I actually visit every day. Your's is one of those.

Alison Stewart said...

Karin, you really do justice to the grandeur of the original painting (and that opulent frame!) as well as creating a gorgeous Jurick original.

Barbara Pask said...

Wonderful painting as always. You mentioned still lifes, I'd love to see you do one in your style.... Barb

Justin Clayton said...

I love this painting Karin. It's such a great lesson in composition... all lines including George's arm leading to the girl. Very nicely painted.

Love the title too:)

Georgia Nagle said...

This reminds me of our trip through the Louvre. Your painting may show her looking at the plate on the frame but to me I think she is a picture framer also studying the beautiful craftsmanship of another century. Right?

gargashow said...

Very beautifull work

Anonymous said...

Like the painting. That poor woman is going to have an aching back.

Linda Lucas Hardy said...

I did not realize until I saw this painting how clean, clear and colorful your paintings are. I must have been asleep all the other times I was looking.

Several months ago I watched the video of you laying out your palette and was thrilled, in fact I nearly jumped and shouted, when I heard you said you used more than the 'sacred twelve' colors. One would think they were the law and the law was etched in stone. (I just got back from a demo so this is fresh in my mind.)

And I think of the manufacturers who go to all the trouble to make a array of gorgeous colors...wouldn't you think they know students out there are discouraged from using them. Yes of course it's good for beginners to start with a limited palette but it grows beyond that.

Anyway I started painting in oils again after not painting for 25 years or so and you bet, I have some the most amazing colors that I cannot wait to use.

Thank you Karen, you are an inspiration.

Lane said...

I love your work!

Pete said...

I'm enjoying the John Adams series too and am inspired to do some "old, old, school" type of stuff too! I couldn't carry it off as well as you though!