Karen Neal

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🎨 Kiwi artist 🌺mostly wielding a scalpel (scratchboard) + paintbrushes | pastels | pencils ✏️ 🌝 FB page: KarenNealArtist

http://www.wild-impressions.co.nz/

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Loving this Majorca frame by Larson Juhl - suits the wee
5x5in Scratchboards perfectly :) “Cottontail” is one of a few miniature ‘lil critter scratchboards destined for for @ArtExpoNelson exhibition in August.
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.... and more ‘lil critters :-D 
5x5in Scratchboards (teeny tiny 12.5cm square!) drawn with scalpel blade.
Off to framers tomorrow, then destined for @ArtExpoNelson exhibition in August.
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This is Vida (in pastel), I so love her spotty ears :) She’ll be heading off to her owners tomorrow in Hamilton ready for framing :)
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“The Songster” (New Zealand Bellbird)
Another native NZ bird study similar round format to my recent Tui “The Songstress”. The bellbirds have the most melodious song, very similar to Tuis but I think even more beautiful than their better known pals. Using @panpastel  anthracite & pewter sparkly background and pan pastels, soft pastels and pencils for bird detailing.
From my own reference photo, taken @visit_zealandia 
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‘Lil Critters!!!
5x5in Scratchboards (teeny tiny 12.5cm square!) drawn with scalpel blade.
Thought I’d do a few miniature scratchboards for @ArtExpoNelson exhibition in August… if anyone would like to see anything in particular, let me know :) I’ve got a few on the list including a little mouse, a squirrell and a hedgehog.
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Spent almost all of today tweaking the red stag scratchboard. This is about the top half of the artwork (24x36in). Does anyone know the difference between the 12-pointers and 18-pointers? this guy seems to have 6 1/2 antlers on one side and 8 on the other, does this mean they are still growing and he’s at the in-between teenager stage?? Am I being blonde? Lol. I was going to call him “The Young Royal” - ‘royal’ meaning 12 pointers, and ‘monarch’ meaning 18 pointers. Used mostly round tattoo needles, scalpel blade & fibreglass brush.
Reference photo kindly supplied by Scottish photographer @karen_deakin
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One little corner of my studio where some pastel action is happening :) pretty much finished a doggy commission, she is called Vida, I love her spotted ears :) will share with you a closer photo soon!
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This dear old boy “Heysham” I had the privilege to paint recently. Acrylics, 11x14in on Ampersand gessobord. Sadly Heysham passed away last year, and the painting was commissioned as a tribute to a treasured family member.
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Made good progress on the stag scratchboard this week…. This is just a small portion of the artwork... size is 24x36in.  Might airbrush some of this to knock it back a little 🙂 .
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Three guesses as to what this scratchboard is :-)
Work in Progress: Closeup of one side of the antlers complete (bar any tweaking) using a random cross-hatching technique with both round & flat tattoo needles and a #11 scalpel blade. I’ll share the progress of this one as I go if anyone would like to follow progress??!! …. size is 24x36in.
Reference photo kindly supplied by the talented Scottish photographer @karen_deakin 
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Very surprised and humbled to learn The Net Mender has won the Peoples Choice Award for the 2018 Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards amongst approximately 70 artworks from around NZ. It's always such a surprise that people vote for your work, thanks so much whoever visited the exhibition and did vote for him :-D He also sold in the exhibition, which is always the best compliment to any artist!! Here's an album with the "work-in-progress" photos to give you an idea of how I work...including the original photos I took on the island off Portugal where this fellow lived... Culatra island has no power and mod cons as we know it... no roads, only mode of transport is boats... fishing their livelihood. More photos on my Facebook page... https://www.facebook.com/ArtistKarenNeal/ (for some reason this post didn’t upload all the pics grrr)
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Think my Scottish Mountain Hare is pretty much finished... will leave him on the easel for a week or so to see if there’s any tweaks and sign of course before he goes into his round frame (similar to the Tui I did recently). I loved the subtle softness of the hare and snow surroundings in the beautiful reference photo and pastels seemed the perfect medium to try and do justice to this subtelty. Thanks so much to Karen Deakin (@karen_deakin), a talented lovely friend from Edinburgh for the awesome reference photo :D  Karen and husband John were fortunate to spend a few days trekking in the mountainous highlands to observe and photograph these little guys. Such special animals..they turn white in the snowy winters as camouflage against predators, this guy still has some grey on him at this stage.
Painting destined for @artexponelson 
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