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Orchidacea
12-11-2007, 01:32 PM
I finished this one quickly--I think it's a record for me.

7 x 14.5 inches, assorted softies on Wallis Museum.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Dec-2007/41088-Yellow_crabapples_2_800_px.jpg

meowmeow
12-11-2007, 03:13 PM
I like...although I have to admit I am not sure if I should recognize the beverage? :D But it's a great little painting!


Sandy

Netty
12-11-2007, 03:25 PM
Beautiful, This glass looks so realistic! It is a very interesting mixture of autumn lovelies, :) very cleaver.

Annie:)

water girl
12-11-2007, 03:49 PM
This is so dramatic and quite elegant. I sure hope that you have more on the drawing board.

pastellar
12-11-2007, 03:53 PM
Good grief! Even better than the last one!

Regards,
Diane

PaulaT
12-11-2007, 05:14 PM
Exquisite!!!!!!!! is all I can say I am speechless

NancyPH
12-11-2007, 06:36 PM
Stunning Kim!! :clap: Wowzers!! The glass is extremely realistic!

*Violet*
12-11-2007, 06:53 PM
your work is truly exquisite!! ... do you work from your own photographs? ... and if so, do you photograph against the black or are you drawing from your imagination to create these beauties?

Colorix
12-11-2007, 07:00 PM
Kim, this 'solitaire' is exquisite! How do you blacken the paper?

David Patterson
12-11-2007, 07:24 PM
Love it Kim!

Orchidacea
12-11-2007, 07:25 PM
Thanks, everyone!! I was really pleased with this one.

Violet, I do work from my own photos, although I leave my setup in place so that I'm also working from life. It's just that I work slowly and the natural elements tend shrivel up and die while waiting for me to finish, LOL. The black background is a black cloth backdrop. I pulled it tight so as not to get a drapery effect.

Charlie, I first tint the paper with diluted acrylics, usually a red-orange color. I've tried other colors and I just like the red-orange. This background was made using a dark brown unidentified pastel, a dark dark green from Sennelier, and a bright purple Mt Vision, roughly blended together using a black Nupastel. In real life, you can see the different colors, although the overall effect is of a vibrant black. I love high contrast, and I do use black (although I'll try dark greens, reds and blues before reaching for the black, and they often work better).

Paula Ford
12-11-2007, 07:44 PM
Your work is so fabulous Kim!

Paula

fiannah
12-11-2007, 08:35 PM
wow Kim, just amazing :clap:

pequan
12-11-2007, 08:57 PM
I am amazed. Really thought it was a photo!!

SweetBabyJ
12-11-2007, 09:31 PM
*Superb* edge work here, Kim- your realism is only enhanced by it. Congratulations *bow*

Dougwas
12-11-2007, 10:23 PM
WOW! This is a fantastic painting Kim. I feel like I could grab the glass.


Doug

Orchidacea
12-11-2007, 10:54 PM
Thanks again, everyone! Hi Paula! Hi Joni! Julie!!! So glad you got to see this....I was obsessed with the edges, so thanks for noticing!

amandanator
12-11-2007, 11:39 PM
Kim, stunning work. I'd venture a guess the next show will be even a bigger success than your last! I LOVE the aspen leaf!

Mandy

Mary Brigid
12-12-2007, 09:53 AM
stunning
Mary Brigid

Pinecone Conniff
12-12-2007, 07:19 PM
I just have to add my "WOW"!! I love the almost surreal look...unexpected objects in the glass. Fabulous!:heart:

Annette

BabyBeeb
12-12-2007, 07:50 PM
Now THAT's a still life! WOW!

Punky2
12-13-2007, 08:33 AM
Beyond exquisite!
Kim I think you have surpassed even yourself, which is quite amazing considering the fantastic quality of work that you do.

Terri

Terry Wynn
12-13-2007, 10:04 AM
Kim, this is superb. Looking forward to seeing the next.

Terry

Rose Baggs
12-13-2007, 12:00 PM
Wow Kim!!! Love the elegance of the composition. The colors gives this piece such sophistication. Wow!!

Orchidacea
12-13-2007, 07:23 PM
Thanks to everyone! It gives me such a boost to visit here. I'm hard at work on the next one, and I'm getting dust all over the keyboard as I type, so...back to work!

cal studio
12-13-2007, 08:00 PM
So unique- I love all the elements

Cathleen

*Deirdre*
12-14-2007, 10:23 AM
Love it Kim! You have gotten soooo good at these! What 'd like to know...what was in the glass...you obviously drank it and then proceeded to do another reallly good job with the pastels...go on, tell! What's your secret potion?:evil: :D :lol: Just kidding...I know you can pastel really well without too!:p :lol:I'm just envious of your techniques!:envy: :D :wave:

*Marina*
12-14-2007, 01:33 PM
Beautiful work, Kim. Lovely to see some new paintings from you. Haven't been a lot on line either, so really need to catch up.

Orchidacea
12-14-2007, 01:38 PM
Thank you, Cathleen!

Deirdre! Marina! Great to see you both! Thanks for stopping by.

LoreneT
12-14-2007, 03:12 PM
It's paintings like yours that make me realize the potential of still life. Gorgeous!

rain24
12-14-2007, 03:40 PM
Another great piece Kim. I think you're inspiring so many people here :).

Pat Isaac
12-14-2007, 05:53 PM
Popping over to this forum and was delighted to see this Kim. It is jaw dropping! Your rendering of the glass is superb.

Pat

*Violet*
12-15-2007, 12:53 AM
Violet, I do work from my own photos, although I leave my setup in place so that I'm also working from life. It's just that I work slowly and the natural elements tend shrivel up and die while waiting for me to finish, LOL. The black background is a black cloth backdrop. I pulled it tight so as not to get a drapery effect.
thx for the info ... your creativity and photography marry wonderfully with your expertise with pastels!!

Charlie, I first tint the paper with diluted acrylics, usually a red-orange color. I've tried other colors and I just like the red-orange. This background was made using a dark brown unidentified pastel, a dark dark green from Sennelier, and a bright purple Mt Vision, roughly blended together using a black Nupastel. In real life, you can see the different colors, although the overall effect is of a vibrant black. I love high contrast, and I do use black (although I'll try dark greens, reds and blues before reaching for the black, and they often work better).
thank you for devulging this method too ... very interesting !! ... would love to be able to see how those colours meld to make that gorgeous black !! ... kudos to ya !! ... :thumbsup:

Kathryn Wilson
12-15-2007, 09:31 AM
Kim, I'm glad you added in the explanation of how you achieve your dark backgrounds - instead of using a pure black pastel, this makes up a vibrant black, as you said. Bravo!

Excellent work!

Orchidacea
12-15-2007, 09:34 AM
Thanks Lorene, Pat, and Kat! Violet, I'm glad my comments were useful. I just proceed by trial and error until I get an effect I like. Pat and Kat--great to see you!!! I'm so glad you like the piece.

Geoff
12-16-2007, 04:44 AM
:clap: :clap: :clap: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Alessandra Rosi
12-16-2007, 06:06 AM
This is perfection!:thumbsup:
I just cannot figure out how you can keep sharp edges like that, with pastels...any special trick?
Bye Alessandra

Diana_pastels
12-16-2007, 11:55 AM
Kim, amazing! The glass is fantastic. The objects just glow from the light. The dark background is vibrant and makes the whole composition very dramatic. WOW! Thank you for sharing!
Diana

rhapsodyerin
12-16-2007, 02:14 PM
Your work is so beautiful and I love the gorgeous contrast. :clap: I am waiting to see the next piece........

Merethe T
12-17-2007, 05:25 PM
Stunning work Kim! Elegant and dramatic, and wonderful lighting - stunning!