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water girl
04-20-2013, 07:26 PM
It has been a while since I've posted. I'm about ready to frame this one. For some reason, the shadows on the eggs and the cast shadow on the bowl look very, very blue on my monitor. They are not so IRL.
I frequently stop by Home Goods, looking for inspiration. I'm painting this one for the huge county fair juried art show. When I saw the ceramic chicken on a shelf, the wheels began to turn. When I spotted the chicken bowl, it all came together.
This is an 11 X 14 on La Carte. I've used Unison, Rembrandts and a few pencils. C & C always welcome. Thank you for looking!


pastel lover
04-20-2013, 09:26 PM
Awesome work, Karen! A winner for sure. Love the comp, reflections, subject... just everything.


04-20-2013, 09:35 PM
Beautiful painting. Pam ( Home Goods fan also)

T Porter
04-20-2013, 09:44 PM
Sharp lines and very vibrant, nice work with all the detail! The shadow colors look fine on my end.

Good luck at the fair.

04-20-2013, 10:21 PM
The shadow colors look fine to me too Karen. This is fantastic, I love the subject, really neat. Those reflections are fantastic, and the dark background really makes the whole thing work. What a beautiful glow, great painting!

04-20-2013, 11:44 PM
Karin, i knew i would be in for a treat when i saw your name. This is super. The shine of the ceramic is wonderful and the reflection also. The eggs are great and the shadows look fine to me.

04-21-2013, 01:22 AM
You are so gonna blow the socks of people when they see this at the fair. It's as perfect as Mary Poppins, I love it. What kind of frame will you be going for?

04-21-2013, 02:38 AM
yes, it's a global question: which came first?! I'm sure your painting will be the first at the show :)
Unbelievably skillfull, with a great idea. Congratulations!
By the way, the shadow colors look perfect on my laptop.

04-21-2013, 04:07 AM
Beautiful ! Love the reflects on the table and the colors of your composition.

04-21-2013, 04:17 AM
Really stunning! Must be the winning painting! A masterpiece! How long did it take to complete the drawing?

04-21-2013, 04:30 AM
That's truly a stunner Karen.....


04-21-2013, 05:14 AM
Very well done. I really like the sheen on the chickens head and the diminishing flower on the far right. I am sure you will impress the judges. Best of luck. Bob

04-21-2013, 05:19 AM
Great, funny painting! My screen doesn't show the shades too blueish.


04-21-2013, 08:38 AM
Beautifully done. Love color choice of background, reflection looks great, and composition. Great for a county fair art show. Thanks for sharing.

04-21-2013, 11:08 AM
Yet another stunner, my friend. No chicken bowl or butterfly plate is safe! :lol:

water girl
04-21-2013, 12:16 PM
Thank you, Tanja, T Porter, Chris, Raxu, tonivo, Prashanti, Brigitte, and . I'm so happy that you took the time to stop by and comment.
Pam, I'll be posting a painting with a Home Goods' butterfly plate in the next day or so. It was one of those sets they like to tease you with when you first walk in. No thought...I just put it in the basket and the next day I was setting up another still life.
Jen, you are so kind and supportive.
twilight, I used a cream colored mat and put it in a simple black wood frame.
Pat 71, I worked on the still life set up for about 4 hours before I was happy with it. The drawing and painting time was about 15 hours over a two week period.
bobbymac, thank you for noticing the red flower. When I was almost finished, I found the composition to be a bit too circular. I added that flower to make it a bit more triangular, and was able to bring in more of the red.
Kris, I'll be posting the butterfly plate soon:)

04-21-2013, 12:24 PM
Wonderful !

water girl
04-21-2013, 12:33 PM
Thank you, Mado!

04-21-2013, 01:41 PM
is brill!! dont know how u make it so smooth looks great

04-21-2013, 03:10 PM
yep , wheels turning and gears meshing .
- the surfaces/textures are understated yet distinct .
-- the subtle focus to the ceramic chicken is inspired !


04-21-2013, 10:06 PM
Hey Surf:
This looks fantastic on my monitor. I like home goods also for stuff.
A beautiful still life wave buddy.


water girl
04-22-2013, 06:39 PM
Thank you al84, Ed and Derek! This goes in a show on Wednesday. I'll let you know what happens. Yes, thank you Home Goods!

Cindy Schnackel
04-23-2013, 01:19 AM
Beautiful work! The shadows look great on my browser, too.

04-24-2013, 04:25 AM
Just gorgeous! Your title made me smile and the composition is original, fresh and vibrant. Best of luck with the show.

water girl
04-24-2013, 11:13 PM
Thank you, Cindy and Kate! This painting received an honorable mention today in our local pastel show. I was thrilled!

04-25-2013, 08:34 AM
very nice...like that chicken!

water girl
04-25-2013, 12:33 PM
Thank you, Mike!

Orchid Lady
04-25-2013, 12:54 PM
The colors are wonderful! I would have a hard time keeping that dark/black pastel background off everything else when I was finished.

water girl
04-25-2013, 01:14 PM
Thank you, Linda! Just turn it upside down or on it's side if you're worried. Congrats to you on the Brea Show!