Wildlife paintings, portraits & pet portraits by New Zealand Artist Karen Neal

"Lace Moko IV"

Pastel 85x45cm (size of artwork), on Ampersand Pastelbord. SOLD.

Lace Moko IV is a pastel painting of my 12-year-old son Jakob, the fourth in a series exploring the drama of a monochromatic palette of light and shadow. These black and white works have evolved artistically for me from the drama aspect of working in scratchboard.

I took photos of Jakob, posed in a brightly sunlit window with a borrowed piece of lace curtain, draped in the window to create interesting shadow effects on his face. Some Photoshop work before laying pastel to paper, enabled me to get the composition and tonal effects I liked for the painting. I've enjoyed being involved creatively from the very beginning of the photographic stage right through to the final framing of the artwork.

Pastel portrait by New Zealand artist Karen Neal Lace Moko IV

Closeup of the detailing

Working on the portrait in pastel shades from black through to white and getting my hands dirty in the process!

Karen Neal Portrait Artist working on Lace Moko IV in pastel


PANZ (Pastel Artists of New Zealand) Annual National Exhibition

Thrilled to announce Lace Moko IV has taken out the Highly Commended Award (second prize) in the annual exhibition, this year held in Invercargill. Another in the Lace Moko series, based on portraits of my 13yo son, Jakob.

The exhibition is on at the Southland Museum & Art Gallery 4th April until 1st June, 2014

Jakob and myself pictured here with Lace Moko IV, to show the scale of the painting

Pastel portrait painting second prize PANZ by artist Karen Neal


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