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water girl
09-12-2007, 01:30 PM
I am still in love with the still life. This time I decided to try lemons. I set this one up outdoors and I was excited to see a touch of blue sky reflected in the stainless steel bowl.
This is an 11 X 14 painting on La Carte card. I used Nupastels to begin filling in the sanded surface and finished up with my Terry Ludwigs. Before I framed this I wanted to pass this by the other soft pastel addicts for comments and suggestions.

09-12-2007, 01:45 PM
OOOEEEHHH, what a colours! I think it's absolutely fabulous!


09-12-2007, 01:47 PM
absolutely gorgeous!

Doris Baggett
09-12-2007, 02:10 PM
This is AMAZING!

09-12-2007, 02:16 PM
Beautiful! The colors and terrific. The reflection is awesome. All in all quite a nice piece.


09-12-2007, 02:46 PM
Karen, You have done it again. This is just fabulous! I think you have found your calling in still life. I am excited to see what you will come up with next. Terri

09-12-2007, 03:31 PM
Karen, absolutely beautiful.:clap: I am in awe!!!

Charles Perera
09-12-2007, 03:44 PM
It is a well accomplished painting. What is it that goes to make such a beautiful painting. Is it the paper, the pastels or the style of painting. Will any pastel on any paper give the same result ?


09-12-2007, 03:48 PM
wow- what a super painting- looks so hard too....wonderful job on all of it

water girl
09-12-2007, 04:14 PM
Thank you all for checking in and for your kind comments. Actually, Linda, this came together in 2 days. It just happens that way. Sometimes you struggle for weeks. At other times a painting comes together so quickly, it's like a book you have finished too soon and never wanted to end.
Charles, I think that sanded paper works well. It holds a lot of pastel. The trick is to use a harder pastel (NuPastel) to begin, then use a softer pastel (Rembrandt, Terry Ludwig, Grumbacher) to build up layers. You can use Sennelier or another very soft pastel to finish. Like frosting or icing a cake!

09-12-2007, 04:38 PM

This is really just spectacular! Congrats on another fabulous painting!

09-12-2007, 04:43 PM
This turned out fantastic. The lemons look like I could touch them.

09-12-2007, 05:05 PM
I'm not particularly into still lifes, but this is excellent. I think it is amzing how you have managed to get the shine of the stainless steele bowl. The blue sky really sets it off. That isn't a Terry Ludwig red is it?, it looks very familiar. I love how his pastels just melt onto the paper.

WELL DONE :thumbsup:

Carolynn :heart:

water girl
09-12-2007, 05:19 PM
Carolynn, you have a good eye! Yes, that is actually a mixture of one of his many reds and a swipe or two of his orange/red. Aren't his pastels just the best??? Until I picked up some of his reds and orange/reds at the IAPS convention, I had never found the perfect reds. Of course, those are his yellows in the lemons.

09-12-2007, 05:46 PM
Wow, this is stunning. Hope you continue to do more still life. It seems to me, no matter what you tackle, you have the talent to make it convincing. Well done Karen!

09-12-2007, 05:56 PM
Luscious lemosn, and the bowl is awsome..it looks more like a glass dish than metal with all those beautiful reflections...

Kathryn Day
09-12-2007, 06:34 PM
Just beautiful. Love the primary colors in this and the silver dish with the reflections is awesome.

09-12-2007, 06:37 PM
Wow beautiful !!! i too am a still life addict and you are definitely feeding my addiction. gosh, I want to say "pass me that lemon" it just looks so enticing!

Paula Ford
09-12-2007, 07:05 PM
Stunning work Karen!


09-12-2007, 07:19 PM
holy cow! i didn't expect this! wonderful! great idea to set up outside - wonderful colors and reflection!:clap:

09-12-2007, 07:24 PM
This is a stunning piece! Gotta love those two colors together, that blue and yellow!

09-12-2007, 07:26 PM
I can't come up with any more positive descriptive adjectives that haven't already been used. So I'll just say, ditto to what everyone else said!

Great job!!


09-12-2007, 07:44 PM
Great job! Love the reflections and give the painting a very original look.

09-12-2007, 08:19 PM
Yummy primary colors! and didn't you just love that buttery brilliant Ludwig red???
:) Cindy

Thom Byrd
09-12-2007, 08:37 PM
i really like this:thumbsup: :clap: :wave:

09-12-2007, 09:00 PM
Call the treatment center, another soft pastel addict just got their fix! This is one of the reasons that I am addicted to this website...I cannot imagine my day without a surprise like this...thanks for posting...it pleaseth thine eyes.

David Patterson
09-12-2007, 09:15 PM
Very nice! I think I need a pair of shades though!:cool:


M Douglas
09-12-2007, 10:32 PM
Wonderful painting, love the crop, awesome colors and reflections.


09-12-2007, 11:05 PM

Terry Wynn
09-12-2007, 11:33 PM
I think i'll have to throw my ditto into the ring! If I could set up a still life and execute the painting in this manner, I think i would be addicted too! This is smashingly done!


Donna T
09-13-2007, 08:37 AM
Add my "Wow" to your list. Amazing work of art!

Donna T

09-13-2007, 08:46 AM
And another one. :clap:

Gail V
09-13-2007, 08:52 AM
Hi Karen - absolutely gorgeous!!!! Love the reflections in the stainless steel!!! Hhhhmmm, now I am on the hunt to find some stainless steel plates and bowls - great idea! This really is outstanding! Keep on sharing :) :) :)

09-13-2007, 08:56 AM
The lemons look so real I thought it was a partial painting partial photo. Also really dig the relfective surface the lemons are on. This is a definate winner! Amazing work. Like so many others, I can't think of any original words to 'splain how wonderful this is. Beautimous!


09-13-2007, 09:54 AM
Karen, nothing I can say that everyone else hasn't already said. This is perfect - wonderful, beautiful, love the colors, the technique is right on, etc. etc. etc.!

09-13-2007, 12:12 PM
Excellent skills - well done

water girl
09-13-2007, 12:23 PM
Wow! I am overwhelmed by the positive, encouraging and kind words from everyone. This web site has so many generous artists who take the time to comment and help fellow artists. You are amazing. :clap: Thank you!

09-13-2007, 12:30 PM
diane ponting - watch out! seriously, great work!

09-13-2007, 06:29 PM
Wonderful color. It's brilliant!


09-14-2007, 08:29 AM
I can smell 'em! Love it!