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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“Izzy” (Isabella), commissioned pastel 32x32cm.
I initially had drawn the portrait at 32x42cm but it just looked better cropped square so as the focus was on Izzy’s lovely face and eyes. She was such a lovely girl to draw :) The portrait is off to Maree in Auckland tomorrow, as a forever tribute to their special wee girl, who sadly passed last year.
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These are my 3 entries in the Impressions National Art Awards, Nelson. 2 pastels and 1 scratchboard. The exhibition is being held at the Mapua Hall, until Saturday 14th October. There is also a People’s Choice Award which is a bit of fun for the public.
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Back at the easel today after a few days in Queenstown for some much needed r&r (ok a couple of thrill seeking things to celebrate my son’s 18th)! :-) A little more progress on the beautiful Izzy’s commissioned portrait. All that hair is certainly a challenge to get it soft looking and also with her subtle colouring... what a fluff ball she is! 
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A wee look round my studio the other day before Lamour went off to the framers, and you can see her colouring more accurately than in a photo :) it’s a small space, a 10sq m transportable studio, but I love it and has a wonderful view out to Cloudy Bay, Marlborough towards the north island of New Zealand :) I am on the Marlborough Artist Trail, so I do have an open studio policy if anyone is passing thru Marlborough, we are at Rarangi (20mins from the Picton ferry on way thru to Blenheim).
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“Lamour”
Pastel on Clairfontaine Pastelmat
700x500mm
Here is the finished painting... have really enjoyed drawing this beautiful girl. Hard to capture in a photograph but she looks quite velvety in person, love that about the medium pastel and also the 
pastelmat paper :) #horse #horsepainting #horseart #horseartist #horsesofinstagram #horses #pastel #pastelmat #pastelpainting #pastelartist #karennealartist #equine #equineart #equineartist #petportrait #petpainting #lovehorses
Worked in at Lilac Wine Art Gallery & Gift Shop today where I can be found occasionally. Signing a new set of open edition prints in a smaller size of the new bunnies and round New Zealand bird series. Approx 20cm including border, $50. 
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Some more progress today on the beautiful Burmilla Izzy (Isabella), what a fluff ball!! Really loving drawing her in soft pastels, the perfect medium I think for all that softness in her wispy hair :-) She’s lying on a red pillow which will bring some lovely colour to the portrait.
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In the studio today, tweaking Lamour’s portrait :) I work from a little transportable 10sq m shed - not huge but enough to keep my art separate from the house (but sometimes it migrates inside) ;-) I’ll be working on commissions from now until xmas.
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The eyes have it... the start of a new pastel commission, a beautiful Burmilla puddytat called Izzy (Isabella). Sadly she passed last year, I get the feeling she was a rather special girl from hearing her stories and seeing photos/videos ❣
(This is a small crop of an A3 drawing)
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Nice to see your art prints pop up in real estate advertisements, lovely styling too! Ms Zebra is called “Do My Stripes Look Big in This?” :D 
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A couple of days in the studio working on Lamour’s portrait... it’s taken me quite a while to get her colouring right, as pastels just don’t seem to come in quite the right chestnut colour, so a lot of layering of different colours and a bit of a different working technique from my norm. Still working down her face/nose, tweaking as I go!
I feel like she’s starting to come to life a little more now 🙂 
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Work in Progress 2:
A little more progress on Lamour’s portrait, it doesn’t seem I’ve done much at all, but I always find ears (of any mammal) tricky! Starting to block in the black background also to help find the edges and wispy hairs. Next stage I’ll be working on putting detailing round her eye, and working over top of the underpainting from the ears down. I’ll be working top to bottom now - pastel’s a messy business!! #ontheeasel #workinprogress #inthestudio #horse #horsepainting #pastel #pastelpainting #pastelartist #karennealartist #equine #equineart #equineartist #petportrait #petpainting #lovehorses