Monday, March 30, 2020

In Her Shadow

oil 8x8 Purchase info here. On September 16th I was thinking about my mother. It was her birthday. It felt right to paint something of hers. These are two in her set of knock-off Russian nesting dolls. The statement and feeling evoked in this painting was unplanned. As I painted I thought about mothers and daughters. I wondered if there are other grown women like myself who feel small and overshadowed by the memories of their mothers.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

A Good Read

oil 6x8 inches Available through Vanessa Rothe Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA. The gallery is currently closed, and all sales are online. To inquire Email: or call 949-280-1555.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Crueller, Coffee & Cream

oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. The paintings I've been posting lately are all from September's Strada Easel Challenge: paint from life every day of September. One of my favorite color combinations is here; pink/red and orange. Then I decided on green as a secondary color complement. Thus, color harmony with a sweet subject. I have a collection of coffee cups. This "50's Cup" as I call it, brings to mind some good old days. Mom drinking Folgers poured from the Farberware electric percolator. She would ask me to put in the half & half until it was "just the right color."

Friday, March 27, 2020

Just A Bite

oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. Such a beautiful and luscious fruit! I could use some watermelon and sunshine right now, how 'bout you?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Nectarines On Greens

oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. How 'bout some color to brighten your day? I hope these nectarines find you well and content with the temporary slower pace of life. I'm finding more time to paint, read, and do projects around the house. If you're interested, I recently posted six time lapse videos of my latest painting (16x20) on my Instagram page. Just do a search on IG for karenwernerart. Stay well, my friends!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

SOLD Apples & Poms-Some Gallery News

In & Out Apples 6x6 SOLD Vanessa Rothe Fine Art
Backyard Poms 8x8 SOLD Vanessa Rothe Fine Art. I'm very pleased to announce the recent sale of these two small pieces at Vanessa Rothe Fine Art. Thank you, Vanessa! Vanessa's gallery is as beautiful as they come. Located at 418 Ocean Avenue in Laguna Beach, it's a quaint cottage chock full of California, Russian and French Impressionism as well as contemporary realism. In November, Vanessa approached me about carrying my small works. I'm so grateful! Below is a sneak peak at a few paintings on their way to the gallery soon. Be sure to visit when you're in Laguna Beach. For more info on Vanessa Rothe Fine Art, click here. Thank YOU for following my work by reading my blog posts. Stay healthy!
Sunny In Blue 8x8
Backyard Still Life

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Lemon Glow

oil 6x8 inches Purchase info here. Does this look like an orange slice? Nope. It's the beautiful warm yellow glow of a Meyer lemon. When tree ripened, they are definetely not a grocery store lemon yellow. IN OTHER NEWS: I still have openings in my March 21-22 Workshop. Learn how to simplify and put life and light into your paintings! Email me for more info

Friday, February 14, 2020

Honey Bear & Lemon

oil 6x8 inches Purchase info here. I enjoy trying to capture translucency. Sometimes I have more difficulty coming up with a title than I do executing the painting. I could title this "Throat Soothers." By the way, Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Lemons Sing Backup

oil 6x8 inches Purchase info here. I have a few spaces left in my UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: March 21-22 and April 25-26. These are held in my studio in Upland, CA. For more info email me at:

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Backyard Apples

oil 6x8 inches Purchase info here. Painting number one from September's 30 paintings in 30 days for the Strada Easel Challenge. I didn't win an easel, but September gave me lots of practice and self-discipline! We don't know what kind of apple tree we have, but who cares! It produced hundreds of sweet, juicy apples last fall.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Once A Marine, Always A Marine -a plein air painting from Los Rios Historic District, San Juan Capistrano

oil 9x12 Purchase info here. When I visit San Juan Capistrano, I'm always drawn to this little old house. I have painted it once before. My father and son were both Marines. I love the fact that so many old retired Marines, proud of their service and their country, still fly the USMC flag. I painted this when the afternoon light was behind the house, and shone through the canna lillies. It was a lot of fun trying to capture that light and the character of the house.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Signs At Capistrano- a plein air painting from the Historic Los Rios District

oil 11x14 Purchase info here. In August I joined the PAM Painters for a painting day in San Juan Capistrano. This is the first of two paintings I did on location that day. I was drawn to the light and shadow, the rustic old building, and the sign post almost hidden in the planter.

Monday, January 6, 2020

A Fruity Wine

oil 10x10 Purchase info here. You might wonder why I include wine bottles in my still life so often. They provide a strong vertical anchor to the design, taking the scene up and breaking up the top horizontal edge of the picture plane. The labels often echo the colors in fruit, creating unity and color harmony. The green bottles are often very very dark so they add value contrast. Wine is festive, and adds to the upbeat feel of the work. There you have it! IN OTHER NEWS: I'm really looking forward to demonstrating in Huntington Beach on Wednesday! For more info, see my December 30th post.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Little Bird's Cherry

oil 4x6 Purchase info here. I'm so far behind in my blog posts!! I painted this little one back in July. I hope you had a great Christmas or Hannukah, and have high hopes for the new year! DEMO COMING: January 8, Huntington Beach Art League, Senior Center in the Park, 18041 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA. 7:00pm. I'll paint a still life from life, talk about my process and I'll donate a small oil toward the raffle. Open to the public.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019


oil 6x8 Purchase info here. With this painting I played with the effects of backlighting on semi-transluscent objects, their edges and reflected color. The painting is better in person, as alizarin crimson (dark red areas) does not photograph well. IN OTHER NEWS: In Claremont, CA I currently have work at the following venues: Studio C (on Bonita) carries a few of my petite unframed gems. Square i Gallery (on Harvard) has 4 paintings in it's December 11x11 Show. Integrated Bodywork (on Indian Hill) has 16 available paintings hanging through the end of January. In Laguna Beach The Vanessa Rothe Gallery currently has 4 available. In all your holiday shopping, I hope you'll consider making purchases from artists like me who create one of a kind fine art not found in stores!