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Monday, February 25, 2008

Black and Blue

A new twist on my ribbons and bows.

20 comments:

Cheryl McCarley said...

I gather that this is a self portrait - You're beautiful! You look very familiar to me but, I've never been to Chicago. I really love how this turned out. You are wonderful with portraits! I love your technique, how you put a lot of paint down. I've been trying to put more paint down as I paint. I usually put skim coats or glazes down. I'm finding it takes longer to finish a painting. I hope to see more of your portraits!!

Alyssa Watters said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for the comment! I always enjoy looking at your blog, I think you have chosen such a fun subject and it is really interesting to see how you approach them. One of my favorite things to do is wrap presents, it's like a whole other art form. I love this peice too, it's fun to see something a little different but still tied in with your theme.

n. rhodes harper said...

LOve it! You are so talented! Show us some more portraiture.

silvina said...

YEAH! One of the most interesting portraits I've seen. The way she's coming out of the deep shadows lends a real air of mystery. What a gift!

Debbie Miller said...

Fantastic!!

Takeyce said...

Wow! Beautiful done!!

Hilarie Lambert said...

Thanks for sharing the piece with us.Love the self portrait! So well done it has inspired me to attempt one myself!

Liza Hirst said...

This is fantastic! I agree to what the others have already said - you ARE very talented and I also would love to see more of your portraits.
I love the sense of humour in this one, too! And, yes, whoever this may be, she is very beautiful!

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

How lovely. Your work is such an inspriation ... and now a self portrait. Beautiful work.

Christine Bray said...

Wow! Your self-portrait turned out so nice! I love the darks on the right side of your face. By the way when did you get glasses?

Jason Waskey said...

Say...

You're kinda a hottie! :)
(I mean that is a self portrait, right?)

Nicely done- especially the form turning along the jaw.

Jason Waskey said...

Which reminds me...

Have you seen this:

American Artist's Self Portrait Competition ?

Jennifer said...

Karen- that is simply gorgeous, and I love that you have the bow. :)

Kathryn Law said...

Stunning!! And the painting is nice too! :) Seriously, gorgeous work. You should totally enter that in the competition that Jason linked to.

Michael Naples said...

This is...great. Such a good portrait. Great handling of the 'coming out of the shadow' look. dramatic

Helen Read said...

Karen, its been a week or 2 since I've had time to visit my FAVORITE artists! Wow! This is really great. Such interesting use of value and color!

Ann Reyes said...

Your self-portrait is awesome and so are your other paintings.

Jennifer said...

Karen- I kept thinking you looked familiar to me as well when I realized you reminded me of our vet. :)

Still, an awesome self-portrait. D

Karen Appleton said...

Oh MY, I am simply overwhelmed by all of your comments. I can not express how meaningful it is to me to have all you fabulous artists pay me such incredible compliments. I am blown away! I felt like this painting took forever to complete, and I got simply sick of looking at myself in the mirror, but this feedback makes it all worth it! Thank you so much,
Karen
PS< Jennifer, in highschool I wanted to be a vet! :)

MammyT said...

What a wonderful study. I love your work.
Nancy