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Friday, October 2, 2009

Till Death do us Part

Sold 12x12 oil on canvas
What self-respecting realist hasn't painted a skull? :) How Killer!

23 comments:

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

And you have a wonderful sense of humour too! As always.....simply fabulous. Have a wonderful weekend.

Jeremy Elder said...

Awesome! What a great way to work your theme.

Tammy Hext said...

Love it! I am in awe of how you got the black ribbon in such perfect curls - they just bounce of the canvas. And yes what artist has not painted a skull before!
Tammy

Sharlette said...

I enjoy your presents so much. As I study each and every one, I realize how much one can learn from doing a study such as this. Shadows, shapes, textures, all in helping you to make your make your subject more real to the eye. Wonderful. I hope you don't mind that I took your idea and painted a present for a friend of mine who is battling Brain Cancer. We tied grey ribbons all over town in hopes that everytime someone sees the grey ribbon they will pray for a cure for Doreen's Brain Cancer. It is a terrible fight and it looks like the cancer may be winning, but I wanted her to have something to remind her that sometimes there is Beauty in Grey. We call her tumor the Grey Matter. So I'm hoping that at the end of this journey that present will hold a cure for her cancer. Thank you for such inspiring work.

Debbie Miller said...

killer is right!! i just love this
well done karen...as usual :)

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

with my love of skulls of course i adore this painting karen! oh how wonderful it would be to receive a gift like this :)

Christine Bray said...

I love this painting. After you told me about this painting I have been anticipating it and just think its so fantastic. Too Cool! Who bought it? I think you should do a series on this theme.

Deltra Powney said...

What a great twist! Love it!

Daphne Congo said...

I have just recently come accross your blog. What a find. I am a painter who works primarily in oils as well. I absolutley love your work. It inspires me to paint. Your subject matter is ingeneous! The paint is so juicy with texture. I hope you don't mind but I would like to direct my some of my classes to take a look at your work. Fantastic!

Karen Appleton said...

Thanks so much to everyone! I really appreciate everyone's comments so much, and I'm so sorry my response time has been so slow. I recently moved, and have been without home internet and have to rely on infrequent coffee shop trips for wi fi.

Sande ... crazy sense of humor by most accounts! Thank you thank you thank you!!

Thanks Jeremy, this was a super fun way to make a traditional still life subject into "me." :)

Thank you Tammy, you are too kind! It was hard to keep the actual ribbons from bouncing out of place too, they practically moved as I watched them.

Hi Sharlette, thank you for your comments and I'm so very sorry about your friend. I hope for her recovery.

Thank you Debbie!! You're a gem!

Hey Christine M-B! Thank you, yes yes yes .. skulls are a must and you've done them so beautifully!!!

Thank you Christine B! I just might do a series, this one was too much fun to stop at one!

Hi Deltra! Thank you!!

Welcome Daphne, thank you for your comments and of course I am flattered for you to send your students my way! I am so glad to discover your blog as well, thank you for introducing!!

Jennifer said...

Lovely! I almost wish the ribbon had been a ball and chain. :) I actually once used a plastic ball and chain on a bridal shower gift. Fortunately, the bride had a sense of humor.

Don Gray said...

Terrific idea, wonderfully rendered. It feels almost sculptural.

Karen Appleton said...

Jennifer you are hilarious

Don, thank you so - this is such a compliment

Cathyann said...

YOU, Karen...are an inspiration...which I am sure you've heard before. Glad I had time to blog roll a bit today and come upon your site. Will spend more time looking. I loved your post on multitasking. I have been playing around with my own site too and iweb.
Lovely work...great composition and drawing!!!

Verde y Olivo said...

Me gustan mucho tus pinturas.
Aprendo mirando tu trabajo y eres fuente de inspiración.
Gracias.

Andrés, desde Mallorca.

becky joy said...

Fabulous piece. The ribbon texture is great. Good sense of humor too.

Don Coker said...

Karen, I love this piece, it's beautiful! LOL! Too cool.

L.Holm said...

This is fantastic! Love the subject and perfect title.

Debi Fitzgerald said...

I just stumbled upon your blog! I am just mesmerized by your work. So rich in color and textures... total eye candy! I have added you to the blogs I am now following. Still new to this stuff!

Marilyn Eger said...

I just found your blog through Carol Marines blog and you restore my soul. Today between Carol and you I feel truely inspired! Thank-you!!!!!

Karen Appleton said...

Thank you all so much for your comments and please forgive my delayed response. I am blown away by your generous compliments!

Kate Lewis said...

wanted you to know that i really love this painting. it's my favorite karen appleton. :)

Simon Shawn Andrews said...

that's pretty.... awesome