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Ripley again …

April 10th, 2006

It’s been a few weeks since Ripley has made an appearance here and she was calling that to my attention earlier today. So here you are.

Because I know someone will ask, I will answer it ahead of time – I did not paint this from life. In fact, here’s the secret code to to figuring out whether a particular Rip-painting has been done from life. If Ripley is sleeping or lounging in a mostly horizontal position, there’s a good chance it was done from life. If she appears to be standing up, bouncing around, digging, begging, panting or wearing a plumed hat and pearls, there’s a good chance it was painted from a photo. I do sketch her from life a lot, but mostly when the switch is set to ZZZZZZZZZZZ.

11 Comments »

  1. Gorgeous!

    Comment by shelly mcc — April 11, 2006 @ 1:16 am
  2. Photo or real life — no matter which you use, Karen — your images of Ripley are INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL!

    Comment by Lin — April 11, 2006 @ 5:21 am
  3. Very beatiful painting. I love watercolor and how such vague shapes and unusual colors make such recognizable forms. Thanks for the e-mail reply about my last comment. I’m not sure whether it’s appropriate to reply in a comment, but I’m hoping it is. I’m in grad school for Computational chemistry -not exactly an artistic field, but I love art nevertheless. I came across this site via the drawing club where I was directed while searching for blogs mentioning dip ink pens. Kind of a meandering path, but I’m happy it led me to your site.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, it’s not an artsy site, but I do hope to post some pictures of my inks and pens soon. I haven’t done any real art in a while, but I’m hoping to get back into it soon. Art is such a good release, but I’m a perfectionist and I want everything I do to look good (which I know is unreasonable). Um, yeah. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful talent with us via your blog. Amazing work.

    Comment by Lady Arden — April 11, 2006 @ 9:41 am
  4. Great job…what kind of dog is it ???

    Comment by Margaret — April 11, 2006 @ 12:47 pm
  5. Thanks, everyone,

    Margaret, she is an American bulldog.

    Comment by Karen — April 11, 2006 @ 1:03 pm
  6. Karen,

    I am sure Ripley is pleased and really dosen’t care as long as her little dogly mug is on the web! Nice work, love your color and shadow blends.

    Comment by Tami — April 11, 2006 @ 6:40 pm
  7. Pleased to know the secret Ripley code. It doesn’t make me feel so intimidated. I have wanted to use my Meg to make more art but she never sits.

    Comment by Robyn — April 11, 2006 @ 6:45 pm
  8. Great picture and it is wonderful that you share your secret…

    Comment by endment — April 11, 2006 @ 7:45 pm
  9. I just love it when Ripley appears. Ah, isn’t the weather gorgeous? More rain on Friday, but like summer today.

    Comment by Fran — April 12, 2006 @ 4:59 pm
  10. I’m one of Ripley’s fans too! Is she looking at a spider?

    Comment by Felicity — April 12, 2006 @ 11:00 pm
  11. I haven’t checked in on you in ages – such lovely work lately Karen, but you’d know Ms. Ripley would catch my eye. Wonderful portrait of her!!

    Comment by Terri — April 16, 2006 @ 2:36 am

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