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10-12-2011, 01:29 PM
Just finished this one. It was challenging, but lots of fun to paint. Couldn't have done it without my Terry Ludwig darks. Love LOVE them!

This is 14x18" on La Carte.


10-12-2011, 02:01 PM
that is stunning! I truly wouldn't know that it was a painting, thought for sure it was the reference photo!

Tracy Lang
10-12-2011, 02:08 PM
Holy smokes!!! Thought for sure you had forgotten to attach the painting ... amazing work!!!


10-12-2011, 02:56 PM
Thank you, Laurie & Tracy! :)

10-12-2011, 03:07 PM
Excellant work, I too thought it was a photo!

10-12-2011, 04:32 PM
Oh my...
such detail... very "photo real".
Oh how I yearn for those darks. Those TL's look so luscious... like candy.

Thanks for sharing... its lovely.

10-12-2011, 04:39 PM
unbelieveable! WoW!

10-12-2011, 04:40 PM
My husband just said...what are you looking at - with your mouth open in amazement....I said...come and have a look at this...good photo...he said....no, I said...it's a Kari Tirrell painting! WOW Kari....your realism paintings are so REAL!:D

10-12-2011, 05:02 PM
So real! Unbelievable detail! Great Job! Cali

Merethe T
10-12-2011, 05:14 PM
WOW!! And another wow, wow - stunning!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

10-12-2011, 05:22 PM
Wow! fantastic! you must have the patience of a Saint!

10-12-2011, 05:32 PM
Unbelievable realism. Just curious as to the time you spent on this?

10-12-2011, 06:14 PM
Brilliant, utterly brilliant! Did I say brilliant? I meant superb, world class, jaw dropping georgous! I guess I love it don't I :D ? You just completely blew me away with this one Kari, you hit this out of the park!

10-12-2011, 06:16 PM
Wow, what nice comments - thank you!

@Marlene - It doesn't look as much like a photo IRL, I swear. ;)

@Steven - the TL's are beautiful to look at as well. Sometimes I open the boxes just to take a look at how pretty they are.

@Cindy - Thank you!

@Deirdre - You're so sweet, thank you!:)

@Cali & Merethe - Thank you!

@Ruthie - I'm actually very impatient, but if what I'm painting interests me and is going well, I can paint for hours without noticing.

@Sherry - I'd estimate around 40 hours. I actually painted 6 hrs on one ornament before I got tired of it, but most of them took 1-3 hrs.

Thanks again for all the nice comments!

10-12-2011, 06:17 PM
Thank you, Chris! That's very nice of you to say - I'm so glad you like it! :)

10-12-2011, 06:28 PM
Omg so many details! That is amazing!
I could swear its a picture!!:clap:

water girl
10-12-2011, 07:27 PM
Your work is always impressive and such a treat!!! :clap: I want more!!! You've put so much detail into this piece, without losing the focal point.

10-12-2011, 07:40 PM
Thank you Erica & Karen! I truly appreciate your kind comments. :)

10-13-2011, 03:08 AM
This is really excellent work, you must be very patient! :eek:

10-13-2011, 04:47 AM
How you get such small marks with such thick sticks beats me. This is remarkable :clap:

10-13-2011, 06:36 AM
I double every comment made so far........another of your fabulous masterpieces.......'blue....' :wave:

10-13-2011, 08:49 AM
GENIUS! Love it! Donna R.

10-13-2011, 09:21 AM
my screen shows this at 7x8 " so at full size it must be totally sick ! :thumbsup:

five stars !

Ed :}

10-13-2011, 09:26 AM
Such patience! Incredible! Superb!

10-13-2011, 12:16 PM
Its just PERFECT!

10-13-2011, 12:47 PM
Kari you didn't do the whole thing with TL's did you? You mention the TL darks. Is this mostly pastel pencil? I keep coming back to look at it in awe.

10-13-2011, 12:47 PM
Thanks, Sarah!

Thanks, Jim! I tend to use a lot of edges and then correct with colour shapers or erasers. Or pastel pencils in the really small places.

Thanks, Blue - that's very nice of you to say. I appreciate it!:)

Thanks, Donna!

Thank you, Ed! I considered doing it even bigger, just to make it easier, but I didn't think an enormous Christmas painting would be a good idea. Would have been fun, though.

Thanks Patrice & Pedro!

10-13-2011, 01:13 PM
Sherry - Most of it was Terry Ludwigs. A few Mount Visions here and there. I used a charcoal pencil on the edges of the ornaments where the dark areas are, and pastel pencils for the long, thin lines. I sometimes use pastel pencils to blend, so I used them on top of the Ludwigs in places. I mentioned the TL darks because I just got the Darks I set recently and it has some wonderful reds. The Mount Visions have lousy reds, and I have a few red Unisons, but when I got the TL's - awesome! Love them. I have quite a few TL sets now - not quite enough to do the whole painting, but just about.:D

10-13-2011, 01:17 PM
a 42x48 would be so ' in your face ' :evil:
and saturation looks like it could hold up to it .
> a good print might do it !

great image , great work :)

Ed :}

10-13-2011, 01:25 PM
OMG - that's a bit larger than I was thinking.:eek: Maybe when I'm in the mood to do another one, I'll go larger (but not quite that large!). It is fun to paint small things on a large scale, though, isn't it?

10-13-2011, 01:44 PM
did i say ' Print ' ! ? :)
not what might be in a ' designer ' house ,
but for toy/ornament collectors would be so dramatic on that large scale . :) ... ?

Ed :}

10-13-2011, 02:55 PM
I'm not sure it would hold up on a print that large. There are little areas of this when you get up really close where it looks like little dots of paper showing through. I wonder if it would have been better if I'd used a darker color paper.

Funny you should mention toys - that's where I'm going next. I had so many ideas while I was painting this, it will probably be my go-to idea when I have nothing to paint. If I ever get to that point. ;)

10-13-2011, 06:20 PM
Wow, I'm stunned. As soon as I saw that this thread was started by you, I knew I was in for a treat. Your skill is mind-blowing Kari.

10-13-2011, 08:49 PM
What a nice compliment, Carol, thank you! That's very nice of you to say. :)

10-14-2011, 01:23 PM
:) I so agree!! Your skill is mind blowing!! And your ideas are great! This is a beautiful painting, what next?

10-14-2011, 05:17 PM
Thanks, Ida!

10-15-2011, 11:03 AM
Kari, ditto (brilliant, superb, wonderful, awesome, inspiring, etc.). And just plain WOW!

10-15-2011, 05:19 PM
I had to come back and look at this, and it really reminds me (colors, objects, slightly retro look) of one of my favorite realists, Audrey Flack.

Also, re Terry Ludwig...his huge assortment of reds are THE best (well, in my opinion anyway). :thumbsup:

10-15-2011, 10:32 PM
Thank you, Chuas! :)

10-15-2011, 11:31 PM
This is really amazing ! big WoW! This is not sold already ?
what colors did you use for the golden ornate ? gold ochre ?

10-16-2011, 03:48 AM
WOW just isnt enough but cant think of any other words the can express my awe of your skills and patience.
As a newbie I have just finished my 1st pastel after a 20 year break and was quite happy with it just seen this and realised how far it is to the top of the mountain.


Lisa Fiore
10-16-2011, 07:56 AM
Wow!!! Beautiful, absolutely amazing work! I'm always amazed by your paintings, but this one leaves me speechless!

John Palmer Fine Art
10-16-2011, 02:01 PM
I am in awe of what you have produced here Kari, such incredibly skilful work.

10-16-2011, 03:33 PM
this is crazy real! this is the closest i've seen a pastel painting come to a photograph. Amazing!

10-17-2011, 04:28 AM
OMG this is unbelievable!!!! i refreshed the browser, wondering where the painting is .. incredible!!! I can imagine the hours into this!! *how come here is no trophy smiley??*

10-17-2011, 06:15 PM
I didn't realize I had so many nice comments waiting for me - thank you all so much! I truly appreciate all the kind words.:)

Yasser - I assume you are asking about the brass bear? I have no idea what colors I used, there were so many. Even if I remembered everything I used, I wouldn't know the names of them, just the numbers. Sorry I'm not more helpful.:o

10-18-2011, 12:38 AM
I love the details and the textures, you were able to get the shiny glass and the softness of the wool and yarns.Amazing but I always am amazed and love your work.

10-18-2011, 01:29 AM
omg definitely thought it was a photo...had to read other people's comments to confirm that it's actually pastel! wow!

10-18-2011, 02:25 AM
Yay Christmas!!!! This is quite spectacular!

10-18-2011, 11:49 AM
Fantastic work! A feast for the eyes! You are very talented. Thanks for allowing us to enjoy your work.

10-18-2011, 06:05 PM
Desiree, Lirael, Crystal, & Anne - Thank you so much for your comments and compliments! Very nice of you all. :)

10-19-2011, 11:20 AM
Hi Kari don't know how i missed this one it most certainly is a wow plus.
I think you will have add in a little oops so people will realize that it is a painting:thumbsup: :clap: :clap: :clap:

10-20-2011, 11:36 AM
Thanks, David! There's plenty of "oops" to see if you look long enough. ;)