Monday, May 29, 2023

Fall Trio


Fall Trio  oil 8c8 inches \
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A pomegranate and lemon from our garden.  Custom framed and ready to hang.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Fruit, Flowers & Filippi


Fruit, Flowers & Filippi oil 9x12 FRAMED
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Using objects at hand, this still life includes roses and an heirloom apple from our garden.  The wine bottle is from a local winery.  This is one of my favorite recent pieces.  I love the color harmony of reds, yellow green and gray violet.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Fruit & Blooms


Fruit & Blooms  8x8 oil FRAMED
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Last August I enjoyed painting this sweet little gem while sitting in my friend's gallery, Studio C in Claremont.  I painted a series of small still life with items I carried in from home each day.  This is my favorite.  The framing on this piece is classy looking: finely finished burgundy/black with a gold lip.  Ready to hang where you have a small space that needs a fine looking pop of color.  

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Fruit & Bottles


Fruit & Bottles  oil 8x10 inches
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Here are some of my favorite items for painting arranged in my favorite design: cruciform.  This design form goes off all four edges of the picture space, to create interesting negative shapes (empty spaces). 

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Macs In The Grass


Macs In The Grass  oil 10x10
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This is a favorite of mine.  Painted jusst outside my studio door, MacIntosh apples.  I do think they are the prettiest apple!  Our Japanese Maple trees provided the delicate fall leaves.  

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Mandarins In Blue


Mandarins In Blue  oil 6x6
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Painted from life in my studio.  A blurry photo of a sweet and simple painting.   

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Sweet Cluster


Sweet Cluster  oil 8x8 inches
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In the height of apple season, my neighbors apples hung over our fence so I picked a few.  Not only were they sweet, but they had the most delicate coloration.  Soft green with hints of pink.  I am sorry I'm not a better photographer of my work.  The photo just doesn't capture the subtle color of this piece.  

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Light & Heirlooms


Light & Heirlooms  9x12 oil
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Painted last fall, these are heirloom apples from our backyard tree.  Also pictured is my favorite little basket to paint.  In some of my previous paintings it has held peaches, eggs, and now apples.  When the basket is not posing in my studio, it often holds freshly fried tortilla strips for dipping into our home grown guacamole.  Yum!

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Bird, Bottle & Blooms


Bird, Bottle & Blooms  oil 10x8 inches
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I enjoyed painting the horizontal version of this subject so much that I thought it would work as a vertical as well.  The image is a bit blurry, but the painting in person is crisp where it needs to be.  If you purchase one of my paintings, your satisfaction is guaranteed.  
IN OTHER NEWS:  I have two openings in my 2day in-person workshop scheduled for April 22-23. Location: Upland, CA.  Email me for more information.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

An Early Pomegranate


An Early Pomegranate  oil 9x12 inches
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This painting was from August, when things were ripening in our garden.  Branches are from our apple and pomegranate tree.  Our poms would not be ready to eat till October, but while they ripen they go through beautiful color changes.  Clean pinkish red this early.  

Four Mushrooms


Four Mushrooms  oil 6x8 inches
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Last year I taught a workshop on painting white things and reflections in metal.  Someone brought some mushrooms,  Because I had never painted mushrooms, I heard them say, "Hey! Over here!  Paint us!"  

IN OTHER NEWS: I have new LED lighting in my studio.  It's like broad dayslight in there, and makes me want to paint 24/7!  Also I recently had some respiratory issues, so I'm learning to paint solvent-free, with walnut oil instead.  Lastly, I have a workshop coming up on April 22-23.  Email me if you would like all the details.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Apple & A Posie

Apple & A Posie  oil 8x8 inches
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A very small and casual bunch of flowers is called a posie.  Here is one such posie and apple from our garden.  Since I have lost Feedburner and hence the ability to send out blogposts to my subscribers, I hope you will consider following me on Instagram: karenwernerart.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Strawberries & Sugar


Strawberries & Sugar  oil 6x8 inches
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This is a sweet little painting that looks SO much better in person!  If you're a painter you'll know that transparent pigments like ultramarine blue and transparent oxide red create a beautiful transparent dark color and make for rich dark backgrounds.  The drawback, however is that they dry glossy and are quite impossible to photograph well.  No matter what I did, I had glare on this painting.  I tried my best to edit the photo to eliminate glare, but it takes the life out of the work.  This is as close as I could get!  If you like it enough to click on the link to purchase, you'll see that I guarantee your satisfaction.  I'm pretty sure you'd love this little gem.   

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Color Song


Color Song  oil 9x12 inches
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Here's a crazy bit of color to start the new year!  I hope 2023 is off to a good start for you.  I painted this back in June.  In the back of the painting you'll see a small painting in a gold frame that was done by my friend, May.  It had been almost a year since she'd gone on to Heaven.  I loved the color scheme of her little painting, so I looked for objects in my studio that fit the scheme.  I enjoyed painting while thinking of my friend.  

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Tubes, Bottles & Brushes


Tubes, Bottles & Brushes  oil, 10x10 inches
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This picture is a bit blurry.  The painting is much crisper. Sometimes when I am not sure what to paint, I paint the things I paint with.  It makes for a colorful set up, different shapes, sizes and textures.  Paint tubes are among my favorite subjects.  Artists of all kinds fall in love with their tools, and I'm no different.  Do you have tools that you treasure?  

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Pear Sings Bass


Pear Sings Bass  oil 8x10
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Years ago I had the pleasure of singing for several years in an acapella choir.  That's a choir of voices only-no instuments to accompany the voices.  In order to stay on pitch, the director taught us to listen to the men singing bass. I sang alto but then got switched to soprano.  In other words, I was a peach, then became a cherry.  I wish you could see this painting in person.  

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Beth Ann -a plein air painting from Morro Bay


Beth Ann   oil 11x14
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In August of 2021 my husband and I camped in Morro Bay.  The RV Campground graciously gave us a spot at the last minute when all of the state campgrounds closed abruptly and we lost our reservation.  What a blessing this turned out to be!  We were within walking distance of Morro Rock and the boats docked in the bay.  A tiny hunk of Moro Rock is visible in the upper right corner.  This is one of three plein air pieces still available from that trip.  

Below is another plein air piece I did on a trip to Idaho in March.  I love painting old structures, and the  junk on the outside was especially enticing.  I have family that lives in Kuna on this old family farm property.  This is the original homestead house built on 80 acres in 1908.   I surprised the current owner with the painting to thank her for letting me paint on her property, but more than that, I felt that she should have it.  She had grown up there, and has wonderful memories of her parents and grandparents, and how proud they were of their farm purchased in 1965. They grew sweet and feed corn.  Much of the farmland in Idaho is being developed into housing.  I hope this parcel will stay in the family. 

Old Idaho Homestead   oil 9x12
(sorry the photo is a bit blurry)


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Roses & Irises


Roses & Irises  oil 14x11
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A painting from April, when my bulbs were blooming, and my "florabundas" were well...flowering and abundant!  Below is a demonstration for my April workshop, which happily sold to one of the participants.  

Oh Happy Day!  12x12 sold

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Tough Tomatoes


Tough Tomatoes  oil 6x6 inches
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It has been a long while since my last post!  I've been painting here and there, but also had Shingles for over a month, then asthmatic bronchitis.  I'm feeling much better.  Another development since my last post: Feedburner went dead, then Google stopped filling in, so as as result, if you're subscribed to my blog, you're no longer getting my latest work in your inbox.  I'm slowly transferring over 300 subscriber addresses into a Google Group.  UGH!  So if you are reading this, I thank you for finding me!  

I could take a lesson from these Tough Tomatoes.  One plant, a "Sweet One Hundred" cherry tomato plant held on through winter last year, and I picked and painted these sweet little gems in April!  So if you're going through challenging times, hang on, Little Tomato!

For a better picture of this painting, see me on Instagram: karenwernerart.  Look thru my page to April.