Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Dock & Dinghy -a plein air painting from Balboa Island

oil 11x14 inches This is one of the many paintings I'll have in my display at the Balboa Island Artwalk this coming Sunday. Don't miss the fun! One hundred artists along South Bayfront. Art of all kinds and live music too. Hours are 9-5. Park in the Balboa Pier Parking lot and take the ferry on foot across to the island. Stepping off the ferry, turn left onto the sidewalk and you'll find me.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


oil 11x14 inches Purchase info here. Last month I participated in "Art Uncorked" in Chino. While folks sipped wine and sampled local foods, I busied myself painting this. Music, food and friendly folks made for a pleasant painting atmosphere. I think that feeling came through in the painting. I want to sincerely thank Jane who added to her collection of my works with the purchase of two new paintings. Below are some other shots related to the event.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Demo For The High Desert

oil 10x8 inches Purchase info here. Thank you, Artists of the High Desert for inviting me to demonstrate for your group. It was an enjoyable afternoon for sure.
UPCOMING EVENTS: BALBOA ISLAND ART WALK MAY 20! One hundred artists along the seawall on South Bayfront! This will be my fifth year to participate in the BEST ART WALK IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA! I hope you'll plan to attend. You can find me near Pearl St. and the fuel dock as you turn left stepping off the ferry. I'll have 20 linear feet of framed paintings on display, and about a hundred loose paintings. Come enjoy the music, art and sunshine!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Demo In Tarzana and a special commission

oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. April was such a busy month! It started with a demonstration in Tarzana with an enthusiastic crowd, expert camera and lighting, and the coordinator even treated me to dinner between setup and demo! Thanks so much, San Fernando Valley Art Association. Here's the before dinner and demo shot:
I don't usually take commissions, but early in the year I accepted a commission from the Caballero Family to paint property that has been in their family for generations. The Caballero's granddaughter was in my Kindergarten class quite a few years ago. This land and barn in Chino Hills, CA is now surrounded by houses. It's a precious gem that has been painted many times by myself and others. The painting is 24x36 inches which was good for me, and at Mrs. Caballero's request I added/invented lupine, poppies and sunflowers. Trying to put her memories on canvas and create a family heirloom, I felt very blessed to be able to do it.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

As In A Mirror

oil 6x6 inches Purchase info here. Orange is such a luscious color! I have two openings left in my upcoming workshop, April 21 and 22 at my home studio in Upland, CA. Beginners and intermediate. Still life can be fresh and lively. Still life can teach you how to paint, improve your skills and prepare you to paint any subject. I'll show you how. You'll learn A LOT while having fun, coffee, laughs, and snacks. Find out more by emailing me at karenwernerart@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

This Little Piggy SOLD

oil 6x6 inches Purchase info here. I love this little painting. Am I allowed to say that? I think so. The Queen of Daily Painting, Carol Marine, gave us permission long, long ago.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Sunflower & Friends

oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. I painted this simple arrangement as a final demo for my last workshop. Gala apples will give you a run for your money with their subtle color shifts. I grumbled a bit while painting it, so I suppose the demonstration was on how to not give up too soon! My April 21&22 Workshop has two openings left if you'd like to jump in. Info and to register: karenwernerart@gmail.com IN OTHER NEWS: Upcoming demonstration APRIL 3 in Reseda, CA for the San Fernando Valley Art Association. 6:30-9 pm.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Demo In Yorba Linda

oil 8x8 Purchase info here. Please see the picture below for a more accurate view of this painting. I was quite happy with this demo when I finished, but when I got home I noticed that the tomatoes were floating. The next day in the studio I got them to sit down. Maybe you can see the difference in the two photos. For my fellow painters out there here are my tips to avoid floating objects: Correct shape and placement of shadow, gradating value in the shadow. The shadow is darkest right up against the edge of the object. In fact, it is usually as dark as the bottom edge of the object. IN OTHER NEWS: A "Paint the Lively Still Life" workshop is scheduled for April 21 and 23 at my studio in Upland, CA. Open to beginner and intermediate painters. If you'd like to register or for more info, just email me. karenwernerart@gmail.com

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fat Cat With A Knife

oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. SO much better in person. Here we have the first of several paintings in an unplanned series of red and green color schemes. Here's an easel view. More accurate with the good old iphone.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Peanuts & Coke

oil 10x8 inches Purchase info here. Heroes Bar & Grill is our go-to restaurant in nearby Claremont. I couldn't resist the light shining through my husband's Coke. Painted from my photo reference. I taught a workshop this last weekend to a very lively bunch! We had so much fun that I forgot to take pictures. I love teaching, and I'm very grateful to everyone who signs up and travels from other parts of Southern California to study with me. So if you've taken a workshop with me, THANK YOU! New dates for April and May to be announced soon.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Totally Tubular

oil 6x6 inches Purchase info here. Paint tubes are as pretty as wine bottles. That's what I think. I had a great time demonstrating in Yorba Linda last night. Pics from that coming in a later post. My workshop this weekend is full. Soon I'll be setting dates for a workshop in April and another in May. If you'd like to get on my mailing list for announcements of workshops, email me: karenwernerart@gmail.com Don't worry, you won't be bombarded with emails from me, just 3 or 4 per year.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sprinkles & Stripes

oil 10x10 inches Purchase info here. Tomorrow night I'll demonstrate for the Yorba Linda Art Association. Open to the public. 6:30 pm 4999 Casa Lima Ave, Yorba Linda, CA.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Fiesta SOLD

oil 10x8 inches Purchase info here. Same objects, different arrangement and size. WORKSHOP NEWS: Last weekend's workshop was a big success with six hard working painters! Some serious work went on, but a lot of laughs too! I have one opening in my March 3&4 Workshop: Two days of fun, instruction and lively still life held in my Upland studio. Email me if you'd like to take this last spot. karenwernerart@gmail.com

Monday, February 5, 2018


oil 14x11 Purchase info here. Some favorites: translucent grapes, a pretty wine label and glass.

Friday, February 2, 2018


oil 10x10 inches Purchase info here. After a while, the smell of peanut butter overwhelmed my studio and I felt like I was actually painting with peanut butter. Looked like I had peanut butter on my brush, looking at peanut butter, smelling peanut butter....

Monday, January 22, 2018

Westlake Demo

oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. What a great time I had teaching a three day workshop for Westlake Village Art Guild recently! This is the demo I did on the last day. I'm happy with how it turned out, though the alizarin in the pomegranate and strawberry doesn't photograph well. Oh well, it's better in person and that's what counts. IN OTHER NEWS: I have a few openings in my February workshop, and one opening in my March workshop. I hold these in my large home studio building in Upland, CA. Email me for more info karenwernerart@gmail.com

Thursday, January 11, 2018


oil 12 x 12 inches Click to purchase. The deep oranges with minty green in this piece seemed refreshing and unusual to me. I hope you like it. Today I'm driving north to Camarillo to teach a 3 day workshop for Westlake Village Art League. My car is packed to the hilt, and I'm really excited to share my love for still life painting with these folks. In my excitement, I hope I remember to take pictures I can post!

Saturday, January 6, 2018


oil 10x8 inches Click to purchase. I painted this one after getting my turkey in the oven on Thanksgiving morning. I had lots of flowers leftover from an Advanced Workshop in November, so my granddaughter Emily and I had fun making arrangements. She made this one that became part of our centerpiece on Thanksgiving. IN OTHER NEWS: "PAINT THE LIVELY STILL LIFE" Workshops are coming up on February 10-11 and March 3-4. Location: my studio in Upland, CA. Email me for more information and to register.