Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Hotel Bar - original oil pastel figurative painting by Connie Chadwell


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One of my favorite places - a bar; people, atmosphere, people, atmosphere - I could go on and on, but I'll let the artwork do the talking. The evening's fleeting dramas played out against the backdrop of a large landscape painting hanging behind the bar. As I sketched, I wondered about my 'people' - the ones in my sketchbook, that is. Were they happy or sad, hopeful or without much to look forward to? I don't know, but I wish the best for them.

This oil pastel on Pastelbord is 8 x 10". Thanks so much for stopping by!

10 comments:

Sheila Vaughan said...

This is a lovely "moody" painting Connie, full of atmosphere.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

I really like this design, and the painterly execution with wonderful use of values and color.

n warner said...

Wonderful scene and I feel the atmosphere...you are a wonderful observer, and I love the colors here as well. nina

Peggy Feltmate said...

This is great! I especially like the colours in the shadowing on the shirt at centre, how it echoes the sky but warms it up. I have been enjoying your paintings and blog for several months now and really enjoy dropping by. There don't seem to be many artists working in oil pastel on the net so your blog has been a great find. Thanks.

Connie said...

Thanks so much Sheila. Bar settings always seem moody to me, so I'm pleased to hear that I've conveyed that feeling.

Connie said...

Hi Bill and thank you! I appreciate your nice comments!

Connie said...

Hey Nina - great to hear from you! I appreciate your nice comments and glad to know I succeeded in capturing the atmosphere.

Connie said...

Hi Peggy - I'm so glad you're visiting my blog. I try to do a lot of oil pastel - it's such a great medium! Thanks so much for your comment.

BETH ROMMEL said...

love this piece. What a mood you have conveyed.

Connie said...

Thank you, Beth, for your nice comment - it's very much appreciated!