Friday, March 24, 2017

Fall Cupcake


oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase info I loved the subtle color of this cupcake I found at a local bakery back in the fall. It sat in my fridge for a couple of months before I painted it. Hard as a rock, but looked just the same as the day I brought it home! Wish you could see this one in person. It's a sweet little painting, no pun intended.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chocolate Cheesecake -a still life painting in oil


oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase info I started painting desserts several years ago, and still they are among my favorite still life subjects. In a nice frame they make great little kitchen paintings whether on the wall or counter top in a decorative easel. This painting is a personal favorite of my 31 January paintings. "Did it taste as good as it looks?", I'm often asked. They usually don't, according to my husband.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Cow Named Mocha -a plein air painting from Amy's Farm


oil 9x12 magnify/purchase info Afternoon at Amy's Farm, Mocha was intent on her lunch and staying there a while it seemed. I set up quickly, snapped a lot of pictures and painted her first. She changed positions several times, so I relied on memory and the photos. Mocha is the new bovine star to groups of children on field trips at Amy's Farm. I painted her predecessor, the late "Grandma Tina", back in 2014. (below, sold.)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Leftovers -a still life painting in oil


oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info Number 16 of 31 paintings in 31 days. I'm sorry it's so long between posts. Life has been hectic lately! Though I have been painting, I haven't been sitting down at the computer to post. This painting is an assortment of leftovers from my still life workshop. There is something refreshing about orange and green together. Grapes thrown in for a dark value.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Blue Plate Special


oil 6x8 inches magnify/purchase info #15 from the Strada Easel Challenge, 31 paintings in 31 days. This is a demonstration I did for my January two day workshop.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Blue Bowl Bird


oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase info #13 in the Strada Easel Challenge. This is one of my ceramic birds. Wouldn't it be great if a real bird could pose while I paint?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Patty's Pitcher -a still life in oil


oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info Number 12 in the Strada Easel 31 Day Challenge. Continuing with the orange and green color scheme, this is a collection of various objects I especially enjoy painting. Variety of texture is something I consider oftentimes. Here we have glass, ceramic, wood (kinda), flower and paper. The greeting card gives more solidity to the horizontal plane the objects share.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Notions -a still life painting in oil


oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info Here we have things in a jar again, and I continued with the orange and green color scheme. This will look great in my sewing room if someone doesn't snatch it up. # 11 in the Strada Easel 31 Day Challenge, 31 paintings in 31 days.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cad Orange -a still life painting in oil


oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase info On days when I have just a little time to paint, I paint small. This was one of those days. For you fellow painters out there, when you don't know what to paint you can paint what you paint with. I'm always attracted to the grungy patina on my brush washer and never tire of painting it. Orange and green as a color scheme was new for me and with this painting I inadvertently started a mini series of orange and green which you'll see in my next few posts. A painting about cad orange, but ironically I almost never use cad orange. I mix my oranges with cad yellow light and cad red light, both Utrecht. (Brand makes a difference in the yellow.) Number 10 in the Strada Easel 31 Day Challenge. IN OTHER NEWS: I'll soon set dates for March and April 2 Day Workshops in my studio here in Upland, Ca. If you'd like to be on my email list for workshop notifications, send me an email at karenwernerart@gmail.com

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Conglomeration


oil 12x12 inches magnify/purchase info I can't even begin to tell you how much fun I had with this. Number 9 in the Strada Easel Challenge, 31 paintings in 31 days.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Afternoon Lemons -a plein air painting of lemons


oil 12x12 inches magnify/purchase info Each sunny day during the January challenge I tried to make it a plein air day. When my painting time was short because of other demands, I looked for subjects in my back yard. A still life outdoors is something I've wanted to do for a long time, so I quickly set thie up. It was late so I had to paint furiously before the shade enveloped the whole yard. I even moved the whole setup about half way through to the last patch of sunshine. Still, the last 30 minutes I painted from memory. I like the looseness of this piece...no time to tighten up or overwork.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

That's A Big Marble -SOLD


oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase info I enjoy painting glass. Glass in glass is even better. This is number 6 in the Strada Easel Challenge.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Spanish Olives -a still life painting in oil


oil 8x6 inches magnify/purchase info I'm fascinated by how shape and color change inside a jar. This is #5 in the Strada Challenge, 31 paintings in 31 days, all painted from life.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Patio Seating -a plein air painting from my backyard


oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info When finding a subject outdoors I look for light and shadow. It was a clear morning, when light is strong and clean. I got excited about the shadow moving across the chair. The basket holds limes from our tree. Did you know that fully ripe limes are yellow? This is #4 in the Strada Challenge: 31 paintings in 31 days.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Overcast, Abalone Point -a plein air painting from Crystal Cove, Laguna Beach, CA


oil 9x12 inches magnify/purchase info Third day of the Strada Challenge I had the pleasure of joining the PAM (Plein Air Mission) painters down at Laguna Beach. Painting can be a very solitary endeavor, so getting together with like minds was refreshing! Thanks to Bob Francis who invited me.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Camellias -a plein air painting from my backyard


oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info Right up against my studio wall grows this camellia bush in all it's glory. It was here when we moved in more than a year ago. It always reminds me of my mother. I think we had camellias when we lived in Santa Ana from the time I was two until I was twelve. I can see her bringing in a few and floating them in a shallow bowl. If purchased, this painting ships after Feb. 1.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Valencias -a plein air painting of oranges


oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info This is the first painting for the Strada Easel Challenge: 31 paintings in the 31 days of January. Probably hundreds of artists have signed up for this. Each day we post on Facebook #stradaeasel. There's a chance to win a Strada Easel at the end of the month. In addition to the goal of painting every day, I have set some personal goals: paint 50% of them outdoors (didn't know we'd have this much rain!), paint what is around me, paint things I've wanted to paint for a long time but never have gotten around to it. So far I have 17 paintings. Eventually they'll all be posted here on my blog for sale. Please note, if you purchase, shipping will be after February 1. About this painting: I set up in our backyard and painted one of our orange trees-something I've wanted to do for a long time. The next day I added a few more oranges in shadow on the left for balance. It's still heavy on the right, but hey! our juicy oranges are heavy! Long post! If you have read this entire post, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Pear & Grapes -a still life painting in oil


oil 6x6 magnify/purchase info A simple painting, and one of my favorite color combinations. Next post, painting number one in the Strada Easel Challenge.