Saturday, December 19, 2009

DSFDF Portrait

This is my painting for the current Different Strokes From Different Folks challenge. The reference photo I received showed a pretty woman with dramatic back light.




Portrait of Dyanne Parker
10" x 8"
Soft Pastel on Suede Matboard

I've been planning for quite a while to make movies for YouTube, and I finally made my first one with this painting. Check it out!

50 comments:

Gwen Bell said...

Wow! Gorgeous! You have done a terrific job on this portrait. Love the intense colors and the soft look. Great eyes!

maria kovalenko leysens said...

This is so fresh! Lovely!

Chartan said...

she looks like one of your followers to me.

artbyakiko said...

This is absolutely stunning, Kari! I love it. You've done an awesome job!! Thank you for sharing your process.

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, Gwen and Maria! I appreciate the nice comments.

Chartan - I don't see anyone who looks like her to me, but that would be funny.

Thanks, Akiko! I'm glad you like it. :)

Tracie Brown said...

I am so amazed with what can be done with pastels. the end result is incredible. so soft and realistic. you did a wonderful job!!

Amanda Carder said...

Simply Amazing!!!!!!!!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

WOW!!! This is phenomenal. I am not going to say it looks like a photograph, because I find that offensive...but this looks like it is REAL. Wonderful, wonderful work!!!

artybecca said...

Great painting! That backlighting would have put the fear in me if I had received that photo!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

This is a wonderful piece from a fun reference photo, Kari...I love the movie too!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thank you Tracie & Amanda!

Thanks Claire! I don't find that offensive - people mean it as a compliment, I think. I just never see that in my work. I just try to make it look real, so I'm glad you think it does.:)

Thanks, Becca - I was a bit intimidated, and still didn't pull it off as well as I had hoped.

Thanks, Dana. I'm glad you like the movie!

Edward Burton said...

Stunning job, Kari, and great video to go along with it.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Gorgeous!
Great job and one of my favorit.

dominique eichi said...

so NIce. Love that look you gave her

Millie said...

Stunning portrait! I could have never handled pastel to make such a beautiful work, congrats!

Ruth said...

As I look at the finals submitted this time, I become more awed each time I open the DSFDF website. (Perhaps intimidated along with the awe. Is there none that is just mediocre? I don't think so.) And this time when I opened the DSFDF site and yours headed the list, my eyes popped wide in almost unbelief at this most gorgeous rendering. True, you had a beautiful subject so smartly and unusually photographed, BUT, your rendering is truly outstanding. A real head turner. It is a delight to just sit and study your finished piece and enjoy. You did one HANDSOME job!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thank you Edward, Irit, Dominique & Millie! I appreciate your stopping by to leave such nice comments.

Thank you, Ruth! I tend to be a bit hyper-critical, so your comment made my day! Thanks. :)

Ruth said...

After perusing thru your blog, I decided that I had to become one of your followers. Signed up and will watch with anticipation for your future works. You are an inspiration.

Angela Elledge said...

It has been said already, outstanding! I have to say I just love the soft white highlights on your model's smiling cheeks, also love the reflected orange in her skin tone. Thanks for posting the movie, love seeing your process.

Carol Nelson said...

Kari, this is stunning. I LOVED you video, but have one suggestion: slow it down a little so we can examine each stage of the portrait a little longer.
I've never done a video, so I don't even know if you can control the timing aspect of it.

Dyanne Parker said...

Oh Kari!!!! You are amazing. It's me, Dyanne Parker. THANK YOU for this outstanding portrait of me. I am so flattered. You are a talented artist and I look forward to sending and posting my portrait. You made me feel famous. Love the video. Thank you again.

Vern Schwarz said...

Superb Kari. I don't know what else to add that hasn't already been said. I know it's probably a lot of work, but I too would like to see a more slowed down,detailed record of your process on utube. I think for someone of your immense talent, it would be great to have such a demo. I know Karin's demo was the catalyst for me to start painting and join this fabulous group. And you may sell some more paintings!

Rishi Kapil said...

Wow , What a great entry .Just perfect.

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks again, Ruth, you're very sweet.

Thank you, Angela, for the nice comment. I'm glad you liked the movie!

Thanks, Carol! It is possible to slow it down, but only before you publish it. I'll keep that in mind for next time. Thanks for the suggestion!

Thanks, Dyanne! I'm so glad you like it! It was a pleasure painting you. :)

Thanks, Vern! I made it slower first, and it seemed too slow, so I sped it up. Oh well, it was my first attempt. I will hopefully get better as I go along. And I'm all for selling more art - for all of us!

Thanks, Rishi!

Kristen Reitz-Green said...

Really nice work on this one and I love your other work too. It makes me want to look into pastels and suede board...

Christine MacLellan said...

Great Job! Very dramatic, you conquered this one!

Ann Rogers said...

Definitely a WOW painting..the pastels give such a soft feel and the backlighting adds such drama, wonderful combination!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks Kristen, Christine, and Ann! I appreciate the nice comments. :)

L.Holm said...

Wonderful, Kari! You've captured so much spirit of this beautiful lady!

Kaylyn said...

Suede mat board? I work in a frame shop and this is one of my least favorite mats. But I can imagine the wonderful 'grab' it has for pastel work. I think I'll grab some from the leftover bin and give it a try!

I really appreciate your sharing your process. This is a great painting and an example of excellent draftsmanship coupled with masterful painting. The painting you did of your dog in the spot of sunlight is sublime...I hope everyone takes the time to look at it and the demo slide show. Very impressive and inspiring!!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, Liz!

Thank you, Kaylyn! Do try the suede matboard. I love it! It's particularly good for animals and people. I'm glad you liked the demo.:)

Dean H. said...

Extremely well done, Kari...also enjoyed the video...thanks!

adebanji said...

Just so beautiful!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks Dean & Adebanji!

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Arti said...

Awesome detailing, Kari...and that too in pastels!Never thought pastels could be so smooth and fine.Great work!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thank you, Arti!

James Parker said...

Kari, when I first saw tis on DSFDF, I knew it was Dyanne...then when I saw it was done in pastels, I was truly blown away. You did a magnificent job. Have a joyous Christmas, and stop by for some holiday cheer.

Essay said...

Thanks for sharing, your blog is worth reading, nice post. Keep it up.

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, James, that's nice of you to say. I hope you have a great Christmas, too!

Thanks, Essay. :)

Dyanne Parker said...
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Dyanne Parker said...

Kari, I just sent your painting to Karin and hasn't posted yet. Wanted to let you know so you can visit my blog to see it. http://dyanneparker.blogspot.com I did your painting in oil and will need some time to dry and seal. Would love to exchange paintings. Let me know. I enjoyed this challenge so much and looking forward to next year. Have a great 2010!.. Make error on my blog on previous comment and had to delete. my email is dyanneparker@gmail.com. Talk with you soon.

Mitzi Easley said...

Wow... amazing hair and eyes Kari. Your color choices really supported your brushstrokes very well. Good job!!

Delilah said...

Great Work and a wonderful job with the vidio

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks Mitzi & Delilah!

SYLVIANE said...

Terrific portrait, Karri!
It is the first we notice, it is stunning..

L.Holm said...

Fantastic, Kari! What energy and spirit. Love this portrait!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, Sylviane, that is very nice of you to say!

Thank you, Liz! :)

LuAnn Dunkinson said...

I was just floored by this portrait. truly amazing!
LuAnn

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, LuAnn! :)