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water girl
04-22-2013, 06:52 PM
Back to Home Goods! Many weeks ago, I spotted this plate on one of their displays, just as you walked in the door. Instant inspiration! They must have seen me coming. I knew I had to put this in a still life with orange slices. I didn't realize at the time, just how time consuming that blue butterfly would be. I just fell in love with the complimentary colors. So, it's finished and going into a show on Wednesday.
This is an 11 X 14 painting on La Carte. I used various pastels, but a lot of pencil work went into the butterfly, as well as the Hydrangeas. C & C always welcome.


04-22-2013, 07:09 PM
Beautiful! The color contrast is perfect. Good luck with the show! Sandi

Terry Wynn
04-22-2013, 07:13 PM

Your painting is gorgeous! Now would you pass me one of those orange slices :lol: They look so juicy.

Seriously, you did a beautiful job on the butterfly!


04-22-2013, 07:38 PM
Gorgeous, the butterfly and those yummy orange slices.

04-22-2013, 08:24 PM
BEAUTIFUL work Karen, as always. Like I said on your website, those orange slices have my mouth watering. As for the plate? Wow, between that and the chicken bowl, you've gone detail crazy! But ALL good!!
:clap: Kris

04-22-2013, 08:28 PM
Wo Karen: This is really a fine pastel still life. Good luck on your show. A sure winner here.

water girl
04-22-2013, 08:46 PM
Thank you, gang! Much appreciated!

04-22-2013, 09:15 PM
Did you buy the plate? Home Goods is one of my wife's favorite stores, and her reaction to your painting was WOW! I also love the painting; the butterfly is beyond words and the orange slices made me hungry. Oh yea, and then there are the flowers. Colors, values! Total WOW!

04-22-2013, 09:16 PM
Best of luck in the show!

04-22-2013, 10:08 PM
I cannot take my eyes off of those orange slices. My mouth is watering. Simply beautiful work.

water girl
04-22-2013, 10:36 PM
Thank you, Grinner!
Troutbum, thank you! I did buy the plate at Home Goods. I also bought the ceramic chicken and chicken bowl in the other posted painting, "Which Came First?", at Home Goods. Most people go there to decorate their homes. I roam the aisles looking for inspiration for paintings.:angel:

04-23-2013, 02:04 AM
This is excellent ! All your still life are splendid.

04-23-2013, 02:16 AM
Another stunning piece of art. The page isn't big enough for me to tell you everything I like about it, so I will leave it at. Wow!

04-23-2013, 02:26 AM
OK you fooled me for sure! I scrolled down to see the painting you made of this stunning reference !!!!!!!!
Amazingly beautiful and skilful job, and those slices so juicy...

04-23-2013, 05:22 AM
I love all of the detail you put into the butterfly and flowers but I think you really knocked it out of the ball park on the orange slices. They look very moist and delicious. Best of luck on the show, I am sure you will do great. Bob

04-23-2013, 10:37 AM
An absolute stunner of a painting.....the orange slices look sooo real.....:clap:


water girl
04-23-2013, 12:07 PM
I so appreciate your comments toniov, twiglet, raxu, Bob, and Prashanti. I'll find out tomorrow if it gets in the local pastel society show.

04-23-2013, 12:14 PM
I came back to marvel at this work. Not only the butterfly detail and delectable orange slices (you ARE the Orange Queen), but hydrangeas as well? The most petaled flower in the universe? What patience!


I just sent you an email. Be sure you have violins sobbing in the background.

04-23-2013, 04:41 PM
Stunning piece of art! Thought it was a picture when i took a quick look at the orange slices. What a skill do you have!:clap:

04-23-2013, 05:05 PM
Beautiful painting. Pam:clap:

04-23-2013, 09:33 PM
Looks good 'nuff to eat! Fantastic work!

04-23-2013, 10:18 PM
Oh it's lovely.

04-23-2013, 10:30 PM
Another beauty Karen! Those orange slices are lfantastic. Your attention to detail is amazing! Love it!

04-24-2013, 04:11 AM
Breathtaking. I love it!

04-24-2013, 11:35 AM
Beautiful, the butterfly is pretty but ( as everyone else said) those yummy orange slices are the real attention getter!

water girl
04-24-2013, 11:15 PM
Thank you! I'm pleased to say this painting made it into our local pastel society show today!

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04-25-2013, 03:15 PM
Looks really delicious! Nice work, goood luck in the show.

04-25-2013, 09:53 PM
Karen, this is gorgeous! Those orange slices are amazing and the also! Wow! I can imagine how hard this was!
I see a show winner here!

water girl
04-26-2013, 11:42 AM
It is a wonderful show and I'm grateful this painting and two others made the cut. Thanks for taking the time to comment troutbum, markus ,and tulabula!

Donna T
04-27-2013, 07:14 PM
What a gorgeous painting, Karen! I love how you did the hydrangeas - they are so soft at the edges. Congrats on the award for your chicken painting too!

water girl
04-28-2013, 03:16 PM
Thank you for stopping by, Donna.:wave:

04-28-2013, 10:34 PM
This is gorgeous, Karen. Don't know how I missed it. Too much time at the office, I guess. I also don't know how you have the patience to do all of the masterful detail work.

I couldn't make the opening of the show but I'll be there next week and I can admire this in person!

water girl
04-29-2013, 01:13 PM
Thanks, Randy! I was happy to have the time to admire your work in the show. That's why I like to volunteer on hanging day. I get to see the "goodies" before the crowds arrive. Congrats!

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05-01-2013, 12:27 PM
Wow Keren,
This is stunning!

05-01-2013, 04:03 PM
Wonderful work, beautiful depth! I also adore the colours.

water girl
05-02-2013, 11:54 AM
Thank you for all your wonderful comments!