Saturday, May 26, 2012

Pastel Still Life - Banana Bread

This isn't the easiest thing I've ever painted, but it might be the most fun.

"Banana Bread"
9" x 12"
Sof Pastel

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Friday, May 18, 2012

PSWC Distinguished Pastelist

My painting "Nap Interrupted" won 3rd place in the Pastel Society of the West Coast's 26th Annual International Open Exhibition!  This is my third year entering the exhibition, which gives me my PSWC signature.  It is also my third award, which means I am now a PSWC Distinguished Pastelist!  In order to receive Distinguished Pastelist designation, you have to win three awards in the international exhibition within five consecutive years.  There are only 31 Distinguished Pastelists in the PSWC, and I'm thrilled to be one of them!

"Nap Interrupted"
14" x 24"
Soft Pastel

Here are the comments from the Judge, Lorenzo Chavez:

The works that became the top award winners all had two things in common, mastery of drawing, and the artists created from the heart. Congratulations to all and wishing you much success. (Comment on the painting "Nap Interrupted" by Kari Tirrell.) "This is another great example of a big interesting design and fine, fine craftsmanship. The animal portrait is handled with such love and emotion. Every time I viewed this from across the room, it grabbed my full attention. Outstanding!"

The exhibition is being held at the Art Center Morro Bay until June 23, 2012.  

Friday, May 11, 2012

New Painting, New Gallery

I am very happy to announce that I am now being represented by the Elliott Fouts Gallery! I've been a fan of this gallery for a few years now, and I'm thrilled for the opportunity for my work to hang alongside the work of artists I've admired for so long:  Christopher Stott, Alvin Richard, Theresa Fisher, Todd Ford, Bryan Mark Taylor, Vic Vicini, and other great artists.

This is one of a few smaller works I'm sending down to the gallery for their Grand Opening celebration on June 9, 2012.  They are moving to a larger space, and the building looks amazing!  If you're within driving distance to Sacramento, CA, it will definitely be worth attending.  For more information, visit Elliott Fouts Gallery's web site.

"Game Over"
9" x 12"
Soft Pastel

For information regarding this painting, please contact Elliott Fouts Gallery, (916) 736-1429.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Kirsten Gallery's 40th Anniversary Exhibition

I've been invited to participate in the Kirsten Gallery's 40th Anniversary Exhibition.  The show opens Sunday, May 20, with an artist reception from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and ends July 1, 2012.  I plan to be at the reception, so if you're in the Seattle area, I hope you'll come!  For those of you not in the area, you'll be able to see the show online at the Kirsten Gallery's web site.  This is a small works show, so there will be lots of excellent, affordable art!  I'll have several pieces in the show.  Here is one of them:

"Game On"
8" x 10"
Soft Pastel

For information about this painting, please contact the Kirsten Gallery (206) 522-2011.


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