Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pastel Painting with WIP Pics



This is a painting based on a photograph I took in Venice, Italy.   I loved Venice - it was a visual feast!  I was fascinated by the very common scene of laundry hanging out on lines in Venice.  It's just not something I ever see where I live.  

It was sunny and beautiful when we were there, and I loved the shadow patterns the laundry made on the walls of the buildings.  I enjoyed this particular spot because of all the intersecting laundry lines connecting the colorful buildings, the light on the clothing and, of course, the shadows.  All of that against the bright blue sky made me want to paint it.

I'm posting some WIP pics in case you're interested in seeing the process.











And the finished painting again:



"Laundry Day, Venice"
19" x 25"
Soft Pastel on La Carte

23 comments:

Mona said...

Very beautiful Kari, and it's so great to see your process too, thanks for sharing it. I'd love to see Venice one day!

Sonya Johnson said...

Kari - I was following the progress of this on WC, and the finished piece is wonderful.

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, Mona and Sonya - I'm glad you like it!

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Just amazing! Thanks for showing the WIP!!!

Nartizt said...

Wonderful! And thanks for showing the WIP pics - I enjoy seeing your process.

hmuxo said...

This is such an amazing piece that I looked at it several times..each time amazed. Seeing the WIP makes it even more interesting Kari. Love it..!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, ladies! Glad you found the WIP pics interesting. :)

Marti Green said...

Kari......you are so amazing. I just love this one. Truly a great artist....

Kari Tirrell said...

That's really sweet of you, Marti - thanks!

Alvin Richard said...

So interesting to see your approach with pastels.....THANKS for sharing. I agree, it's a surreal experience to walk through the streets of Venice. Great piece as always.

Kari Tirrell said...

Thank you for the kind comment, Alvin. I appreciate it!

Faith Te said...

Just beautiful, Ms. Kari! I love how colorful it is. Thank you for sharing the progress pictures too!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, Faith! Venice is definitely a colorful place. :)

Regina Calton Burchett said...

This is amazing - the WIP shots are very instructive!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, Regina - I'm glad you liked the WIP!

Lokelani Forrest said...

Omigoodness...I love this painting. Hard to believe that such an everyday scene could produce such a pleasing work of art. I don't work in pastels, but it just amazes me to see what others do with that medium. Thanks for posting.

Kari Tirrell said...

Thank you, Lokelani! I truly appreciate your stopping by to comment. :)

SKIZO said...

Wonderful
work
thank you for sharing

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, Skizo!

Monica Quintavalle said...

Ciao Kari, Very very beautiful work !!!
The houses Venetians are very particulars !

Kari Tirrell said...

Thank you for the nice comment, Monica!

Rosa Maria said...

Very beautiful !

Kari Tirrell said...

Thank you! :)