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water girl
09-13-2013, 08:01 PM
We spent a bit of time in Santa Fe, NM, while at the IAPS convention this past June. We visited the Sugarman Gallery, showing Desmond O'Hagan's work. Later, we were exploring a few building around the Plaza when we encountered a flight of stairs. I turned back at one point, and noticed the strong light coming down from above and the bold colors on the walls of the stairwell. Always the patient "victim of the arts", my husband walked down the the top few steps at least 6 or 7 times so that I could capture the colors and the light falling on him. When I uploaded my photos, I spotted a little surprise I had not noticed at the time....his reflection on the glass wall.
This is 8 X 11 on La Carte, using Rembrandts and some of the Gallery soft pastels I picked up at IAPS. This is matted and framed and in my annual six woman show, but C & C is always most welcome. Thank you for taking a look at this.


09-13-2013, 09:16 PM
Terrific! Pam:wave:

09-13-2013, 11:10 PM
Karen, it's appropriate that my first post should be to you! You know I love all of your work - good luck in your show!

09-14-2013, 04:11 AM
Karen, terrific painting, love the lines and the perspective in it.

09-14-2013, 05:49 AM
The sense of light, the colour and the perspective are all wonderful. Very unique subject, I really like it. Bob

Equus Art
09-14-2013, 07:16 AM
This painting looks very strong to me. Lots of lines, planes and powerful color. You did a great job! Very striking!


water girl
09-14-2013, 12:06 PM
Thank you for your kind comments, Pam, Marina, Bob and Cat.
Darlene! I'm so happy you found wetcanvas. There are so many talented and generous artists in this forum. You will be inspired!

Charles Perera
09-14-2013, 01:11 PM
This is very beautiful Karen. It has the charm of a well executed abstract.

water girl
09-14-2013, 01:17 PM
Thank you, Charles. It is always a pleasure to see you here.:) I hope all is well.

09-14-2013, 02:23 PM
lots of interesting elements here !

an offbeat thought is comparing the two figures ;
organic , and robotic , in a geometric setting ...
- brings to mind some of michael whelan's sci-fi paintings
and the legacy of the genre .


09-14-2013, 02:38 PM
What an interesting subject! Good for your husband to be such a patient model! Yes, this is great. Love the lines and the perspective is spot on!

09-15-2013, 03:38 AM
Very nice subject and so well done !

09-15-2013, 09:24 AM
Very well done. I agree with Ruthie kudos to your husband for his patience. His patience your vision it worked.

water girl
09-15-2013, 12:09 PM
Ed, you have the most interesting comments. You generally leave me smiling. Thank you, your observation was spot on!
Thank you, Ruthie, Mado and Cali!

09-16-2013, 07:34 PM
Very nice all around. Desmond does amazing work, and his workshops are very good.

09-16-2013, 11:12 PM
Great painting Karen! I love the composition, very creative work!

water girl
09-17-2013, 12:15 PM
Thank you Rich and Chris! I loved working with the Santa Fe colors, but have to say painting straight railings can drive one crazy. I had recently worked in pen and ink....stippling. I posted "The Photographer" in the pen and ink forum. Now that really took patience.

09-17-2013, 01:37 PM
Nice work Karen, Really like the perspective and shades of red n orange. Harry's reflection is adding additional depth and interest to the painting.


09-17-2013, 03:06 PM
lovely work in all respects. not a single thing id offer for C&C. terrific.

09-18-2013, 09:17 AM
Beautiful and original scene !

water girl
09-18-2013, 01:21 PM
Ajay, Justin and Alain, thank you for you support. Alain, I think your last two paintings have been outstanding! There is something special about the blue/violets you have been showcasing.

09-18-2013, 11:06 PM
This painting is great on so many levels (pun not intended). Originally I had wondered about the painting/window(?) on the wall behind him. Now think it's a great stopper and adds to the depth back to forward.

water girl
09-19-2013, 11:09 AM
Thank you, Nell! That's a great observation. I took that decorative panel out, put it back, took it out, but in the end decided it needed to be there for, as you aptly put it, as one more element to add depth.

09-19-2013, 11:12 PM
Karen, such an interesting and colourful painting. It is funny how things just jump out at us sometimes. Kudos to the long suffering and very supportive husband too! What would we do without them:)

09-20-2013, 12:07 AM
if I would have seen this as a photograph I would have looked at it again, the perspective is catching... knowing it is a pastel, I would love to see this IRL... great composition and rendering of shiny surfaces... how did you convince your husband to model, Karen? any promises given? :D my better half is refusing most of the time ;) wish you lots of success with your show!

water girl
09-21-2013, 11:37 AM
Jen and Mika, I'm happy this caught your interest. There are so many moments when you wish you had your camera with you. Luckily, this time I had mine with me.

09-21-2013, 03:55 PM
Wow, Karen, this is special - colours, light, perspective! And a patient model to do your bidding - kudos to your husband!

09-24-2013, 07:35 AM
Love this, stunning way of using the light in colors!

09-24-2013, 10:08 AM
Hey Surf......more please. This is so dynamic and creative. A wee bit of a new direction?

Love it. Derek:thumbsup:

water girl
09-25-2013, 01:59 PM
Thank you Theodora and irmaleo, I'm happy you liked it.
Derek, yes, I am breaking out of the still life painting for a bit, although even this painting looks like a still life. There is a pelican on the easel right now. I've recently completed a pen and ink portrait which is posted in the pen and ink forum. It has been juried into a black and white show. I'll be back to still life shortly.:thumbsup: