Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Victorian Rooftop

This is my submission for the current Different Strokes From Different Folks blog. As is often the case with the DSFDF challenge, this is something I would never have chosen to paint (if you ever see me painting a building, you can assume it wasn’t my idea). I dread painting windows, columns, staircases, etc., so it was with a fair amount of reluctance that I approached this painting. Luckily, I was able to paint it fairly quickly.


2.75" x 5.5"
Soft Pastels on Paper

I had a tiny piece of La Carte paper (a sample that came in the box with my Sennelier pastels) which I decided to use for this piece. I cropped the photo reference to minimize the number of windows I would have to paint. I started out drawing with a pastel pencil, but quickly realized I was going to have to use a regular drawing pencil and a ruler if I were to achieve a decent level of accuracy. Once the tedious drawing was completed, the painting part was actually fun.

17 comments:

Edward Burton said...

Wonderful job, Kari - I really like the way you cropped it and your clever use of the paper.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Beautifully done Kari...I really like your crop!

Sally Tharp said...

Nicely done!! Great composition!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thank you Edward, Dana, & Sally! I appreciate your comments. :)

CONRAD said...

Thanks for the nice post on my blog. love the way you cropped it nice painting

Christy McGuire said...

Although you don't like it... you do a super job at it!! (: Your work is so soft and comforting.

Kari Tirrell said...

Thank you Conrad & Christy!

maria said...

I was surprised to see the size and like the image even better knowing what you had to work with. It has a nice subtle feel.

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, Maria! This is definitely my smallest pastel painting to date. Not sure I'd want to go smaller. :)

supplies overflowing! said...

I had to visit you because of your last submission to Different Strokes. Your buildings are great, but you truly have a wonderful way with portraits- people and animals.
jf

Kari Tirrell said...

Thank you! I really enjoy painting people and animals - SO much more than buildings! ;)

theresamillerwatercolors said...

Beautiful work, Kari. Congratulations!

Angela Elledge said...

Kari - This is wonderful; I love the intent focus in her eyes!

Angela Elledge said...

So, apparently I'm crazy...I meant to post this in your Choir painting... maybe my cold medicine is affecting my ability to type in the correct box! Your Victorian Rooftop is wonderful, as well :).

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, Angela! I knew which one you meant. :) And I appreciate your kind words wherever they end up. Thank you!

r garriott said...

Somehow I missed your Victorian from the last challenge. Very nicely done; the pastels convey a misty atmosphere. Also interesting to me that we had not disimilar compositions, given that there's always such a wdie variety of interpretation in these challenges.

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks - I don't know how I missed yours also. So many to scroll through, I guess. Anyway, I'm glad you stopped to comment because I am happy to be able to see your work. Awesome!