Friday, December 04, 2009

The Young Violinist - original oil pastel portrait by Connie Chadwell


It is SO cold here - we'll have a miserable 19 degrees in the Texas Hill Country tonight!
Today I drove from the Austin area to my home in Junction and it actually snowed. It was lovely, but more of a dusting of white than a real snowstorm.
I love to paint people playing their musical instruments and the violin is one of my all-time favorites. I took piano lessons for years, but never attempted the violin. Maybe my mother had had enough of trying to get me to practice the piano, so I wasn't encouraged to pursue yet another instrument. Now, though, I'm working on the harmonica. Fun! I have lots of drawings of bass violinists, guitarists and other musicians that I'll paint and post one of these days.
This piece has lots of oil pastel on Pastelbord, 5 x 7" - I really piled it on (as usual) because this board can take it.
So nice of you to drop by my studio - it's great to see you here! SOLD

18 comments:

Carolann said...

This is beautiful Connie, reminds me of my daughter when she was a little girl playing her violin. Wish it was 19 degrees here in UK - we are 3 degrees which is warmer than it was. Usually it is freezing minus 3. Wish I could see your show and a visit to Texas - well now that would be something.

Dale Sherman Blodget said...

This one blows me away. I am so amazed at your wonderful hues and values. Thanks for showing us.

Steve Washburn said...

Hi Connie
It's a captivating piece of work. Great movement and expression! Wow!

Peggy Feltmate said...

Oh I do love this one. Energy, movement, innocence. Lovely!

Krista Meister said...

Connie, I love the look of concentration on this girl's face! Wonderful painting.

Kelly said...

...so beautiful. I love the softness in her face...and all the color.

Dar Presto said...

Wow! The color and edges and sense of momentum have me enraptured.

Connie said...

Hi Carolann - thanks so much for your nice comment! And by all means, do come to Texas - that would be great - you're always welcome!

Connie said...

Thank you Dale - I'm delighted you like it and thanks for stopping by!

Connie said...

Hi Steve - so nice to see you here and I really appreciate your very nice comments. Thank you!

Connie said...

Hi Peggy and thank you! I'm very pleased you like the painting and so glad you visited my blog.

Connie said...

Thanks so much, Krista for your nice comment and for stopping by!

Connie said...

Thank you so much, Kelly, and I'm just delighted that you visited my blog!

Connie said...

Hey, Dar - you just made my day! Thank you!

Charles Pompilius said...

Hello Connie,
I just discovered your fresh and innovative paintings of the figure. It was a great find!

Connie said...

Thank you, Charles. I'm glad you found my blog and hope you'll be back soon!

Janset Selbas said...

Hi Connie, my name is Janset. I was going through some violin photos and this one caught my eye. I pplay violin and this picture looks like me! Who did you paint this of? /Users/Janset/Desktop/Pictures/Sezen aksu concert.jpg
/Users/Janset/Desktop/Violin Photos/Violin String Ensemble.jpg
/Users/Janset/Desktop/Pictures/me my violin and my bike.jpg

Connie said...

Hi Janset - thanks for stopping by. This is a painting of a friend's child. It is one of my favorites - sold to a collector in Europe.