Monday, December 1, 2008

Buddha & Hydrangeas

This is my submission for the latest challenge from Karin Jurick’s Different Strokes From Different Folks blog. I procrastinated on this one, so I painted it in pastel in order to finish it quickly. This time I blocked in the shapes, then refined from there. I originally left out the thin vase directly behind the Buddha, but I wasn’t wild about the empty space. I thought it might look better with the vase and the reflection, so I drew it in. I’m not sure I like it better, but since it’s there now I’m going to pretend I do.


7"x5"
Soft Pastels on Suede Matboard

I used mostly Sennelier soft pastels on this painting because I wanted to see how they work on suede matboard. I’m impressed! There was very little dust, and the color stays put. After using them on velour paper, I was ready to give up the Senneliers, so I’m thrilled they work so well on the suede matboard. They are so nice and soft and creamy, and I love them.

8 comments:

Vern Schwarz said...

Holy Wow Kari, your Buddha is fabulous. You bring such life to an inanimate object. Very nice!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, Vern!

Christy McGuire said...

This piece is very soothing to look at! I like it very much. You have a great talent!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thank you, Christy! I appreciate the compliment. :)

Odd Chick said...

I really thought your painting was one of the most beautiful. Just had to let you know that it stopped me in my blogging tracks!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thank you, that's really sweet of you to say!

Edward Burton said...

Really nice composition you made from the photo - beautiful job.

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, Edward!