Monday, September 2, 2019

Fruit & Wine

oil 8x8 inches. Purchase info here. In these small still life paintings I like to have objects (or their shadows) go off the edges. This divides the negative space nicely resulting in different sizes and shapes. Often, I use a wine bottle to take the scene off the top. You might think I drink a lot of wine! No, I just find the bottles useful and pretty. Here's a painting that has a variety of fresh color and high value contrast. I'm quite happy with this one. I hope you like it.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Spring Things

oil 12x12 inches. I am pleased to announce that this painting has been juried in to The American Impressionist Society's 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition. I'm very grateful to be included in this prestigious show located at the historic Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. Show dates: September 19-October 2. Opening reception September 20, 6=9 pm. If you are able to visit the show, please take a picture of it hanging, as I will not be able to attend!!! Email me at

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Kim's Arrangement

oil 10x8 SOLD Painting roses is a challenge. It's difficult enough to get their complex structure down in paint. The structure may be right, but they can still look stiff, like a plastic rose. I really want to express their transparency, delicacy and softness. In this painting I got the roses I was going for.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Kristen's Mum

oil 8 1/2 X12 inches Purchase info here. At my May Advanced Workshop (Glass & Flowers) one of my workshop participants brought this mum specifically to see me paint it. A flower like this (white mum) is challenging, but everything boils down to painting the shapes you see, working from the large shapes first, progressing to the small. At the same time, I paint the darks first, mid values next, and the lightest lights last. It's important to have practiced with your chosen brush enough that you know exactly what shapes you can make with each stroke. Another consideration is temperature. Warms come forward and cools recede. Therefore, I first painted the cools in the depths of the flower and warmer as I go, building up to the warm lightest lights finally. So in a nutshell: think large to small, dark to light, and cool to warm. This process works for lots of things. I hope this helps someone out there! I appreciate your comments. This painting is on loose canvas. It will need to be mounted on board before framing. It is priced accordingly, and shipping is FREE! FOR MY MOST CURRENT PAINT HAPPENINGS PLEASE FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM: karenwernerart

Thursday, August 1, 2019


oil 8x16 inches Purchase info here. Painted from my photo reference taken while on a camping trip in San Clemente. We went on a nice long bike ride that gave us great views (and photos) of our beautiful Southern California Coast, and a little peek at the surfer lifestyle. Here's a detail shot:

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Cheapie Del Rio SOLD

oil 10x8 inches Purchase info here. This little boat with the funny name sits off the north shore of Balboa Island. It's a favorite subject for many painters. I painted this from my photo reference. The painting is framed and ready to hang. If you're interested in purchasing, and would like to see a photo of it in the frame, just email me.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Demo For Rancho

oil 12x12 inches This was a demonstration I painted from life for Associated Artists of the Inland Empire in Rancho Cucamonga. I was able to complete it mostly within the 1 1/2 hours allotted to me. It's a fresh-looking painting because I had to paint quickly and leave my strokes alone. This is a great exercise for any painter who wants their work to be loose and fresh, not overworked. Give yourself a time limit. Use big brushes and paint faster than you normally would. Keep going forward. Don't go back into an area and mess with it. This brings a memory to mind: I had lunch with a couple of accomplished watercolorists more than a decade ago, and one of them shared a quote I've always remembered: "I want my work to be like fresh sushi, not well-done beef."

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Red Reflecting

oil 6x6 inches Purchase info here. A simple demonstration of reflection in silver done for one of my workshops.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Porch Primrose

oil 12x12 inches Purchase info here. A painting from the atrium near my front porch. These primrose bloom early every spring and create the proverbial "primrose path" to my front door! I had a great time painting it, and a not-so-great time trying to get a good photo of the painting. In other words, I wish you could see it in person.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Twisting Pine -a plein air painting from Cambria, CA

oil 12x9 inches Purchase info here. From our trip to Cambria, I painted this on location within the Hurst/San Simeon State Campground. This is a famous Monterey Pine, but in Cambria the same tree is referred to as a Cambria Pine. I loved the twist of the trunk with the turning staircase. IN OTHER NEWS: The "All You Can Eat" Art Show opens tonight at Studio C Claremont and Bunny Gunner Gallery, both neighboring galleries on Bonita Ave. in Claremont. The opening is from 6-8 pm and the show will continue through the month of July. I have five paintings in each gallery. It's a BIG show of SMALL affordable works from over 70 local artists! I hope you'll plan to visit!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Moonstone Beach & Some News

oil 11x14 Purchase info here. I painted this piece on location near Cambria, CA. A friend and I spent a few peaceful days in April camping at Hurst San Simeon campground. IN OTHER NEWS: I'm happpy to announce that my painting, Spring Things, pictured below has been juried into The American Impressisonist Society's 20th Annual Exhibition to be held September 19- October 2 at the Salmagundi Club, NYC. Thank you, AIS!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Kitchen Sunflowers

oil 9x12 inches Purchase info here. Backlit scenes always intrigue me. This one is a morning in my kitchen.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Demo On Blue and some NEWS

oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. Here's a simple demo I did for my workshop back in March. This past weekend I enjoyed a fun and full workshop painting glass and flowers. This is an advanced workshop I offer to painters who have taken my "Paint The Lively Still Life" workshop. You can see fresh workshop pictures and easel shots of my current work on INSTAGRAM. I'm not able to keep this blog up to date as much as I can my Instagram. So please look for and follow me on Instagram at karenwernerart. IN OTHER NEWS: The American Impressionist Society's Annual Impressions Small Works Showcase is in full swing! Link here. 6/1-8/31/2019 at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI. My work, "Camellias & Bordeaux" pictured here is included in the exhibit. Thank you, AIS!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Mustard In The Canyon

oil 8x10 inches Purchase info here. In March I camped and painted en plein air at Moro Campground which is part of Crystal Cove State Park. Everything was blooming from our abundant rain this year. Speaking of rain...Yesterday's Artwalk on Balboa Island had plenty of rain and wind! What a challenge it was to keep my work and wood frames dry! Thank you to all who visited me; old friends, collectors, fellow painters and future painters who want to take one of my workshops. On a challenging day your interest in my work was VERY much appreciated!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Lemon In The Pot

oil 6x8 This little piece was a pleasure to paint! I found this extremely reflective brown teapot in a Caldwell, Idaho thrift shop. IN OTHER NEWS! I've scheduled a Paint The Lively Still Life workshop for June 8-9 here at my studio in Upland, CA. For more information email me at MORE NEWS!I'm SO excited for the Balboa Art Walk this coming Sunday May 19! 9-5 along South Bay Front on the island. 90 artists, live music, sunshine and ocean breezes! Don't miss it! Park in the big Balboa Pier parking lot, take the ferry across on foot, and turn left when you step off the ferry to find me. I'll have newly framed work, and lots and lots of loose paintings. Come find that special gift or treat yourself to a piece of original art!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Camellias & Bordeaux

oil 12x12 inches The camellia bush outside my studio window was blooming it's heart out when a kind workshop student gifted me this bottle of Bordeaux as he departed. Thus, Camellias & Bordeaux! Even more exciting than these two lovely events lining up, is the news that the American Impressionist Society as accepted this piece into its Third Annual AIS Impressions Small Works Showcase Juried Exhibition! The exhibition will be held at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, Michigan. June 8 through August 31. I'll be shipping it out soon. Unfortunately I won't be able to attend the show, so if you're reading this and you're near Petoskey Michigan, I would love it if you could take some photos of it hanging. I'll gift you with a small painting in return! Anybody out there in Petoskey???? IN OTHER NEWS: This Wednesday, May 8, I'll demonstrate for Associated Artists of the Inland Empire. Lewis Center, corner of Milliken and Baseline in Rancho Cucamonga. 9 am. $5. Refreshments. Open to the public.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Bedside Camellias

oil 12x12 inches Purchase info here. I've always admired paintings of beds with the sheets turned down. How good it feels to get under those covers when I'm good and tired! In this painting, which I painted in the corner of my bedroom, I set out to contrast the sparkle of glass with the soft light and sheets. IN OTHER NEWS: ADVANCED WORKSHOP GLASS AND FLOWERS has been changed to JUNE 1-2. Open to oil painters who have taken my basic workshop, "Paint The Lively Still Life." Email me for more info: The BALBOA ARTWALK IS COMING UP ON MAY 19! I'll be in my usual spot along the seawall near Pearl St. and the fuel dock. Park in the big parking lot near the pier, take the ferry across, and to find me turn left when you step off the ferry. This is the BEST ARTWALK IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA! 100 artists, live music, sunshine and happiness! DON'T MISS IT!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Piglet - SOLD

oil 10x8 inches Purchase info here. If you think pigs are cute, this little piglet is even cuter in person. The yellows are a bit calmer, more golden. Yellow is one of those colors that is hard to photograph.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Peppers On Blue

oil 6x6 inches. Purchase info here. Hang this on your kitchen wall and the colors will wake you up in the morning. You won't even need a cup of coffee! Well, maybe so, just because coffee is so yummy.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Bits & Pieces -SOLD

oil 6x6 inches Purchase info here. This is a sweet little painting close up. It has that brushed texture underneath from an application of oil ground. A sweet thing happened the day I painted this back in February. As I mentioned a while ago, January was a rough month. I was trying to paint myself out of a funk, and this day I felt especially defeated. Out of the blue came a phone call from someone who had purchased one of my little paintings years ago. We had never had any contact, but she called that day just to tell me how much she has always loved and enjoyed the painting. I remembered it well. She spoke of her delight with the little pieces of lemon in the painting. It's difficult to describe how much her call lifted my spirits. I went straight into my studio, cut some lemons and painted this. "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." Proverbs 16:24 If you're reading this, kind lady, thank you so much! We just never know when something we say can make all the difference for someone else.