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."
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
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: email@example.com
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!
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.
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.
oil 6x6 inches Purchase info here. I painted this little piece on a used panel to which I had applied a coat of oil ground. Large swipes of ground gives a lovely texture that shows throughout the painting. Click on the link to purchase, then move your mouse over the image on Daily Paintworks. You'll see the texture I'm talking about. It's a lot of fun to paint on a completely different surface once in a while, and at the same time I make good use of all my panels. Do you have paintings you're not happy with? You can give them new life with oil ground.
oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. Here's a demo I did for my last workshop. I'm looking forward to another this coming weekend. I have two openings if you'd like to join us. Just email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
oil 6x6 inches Purchase info here. I liked the variety of color, size and shape in this set-up. Do you think about variety when you paint? Maybe I just have a short attention span, but I need variety!
IN OTHER NEWS: A "Paint The Lively Still Life" workshop is coming up very soon! March 23-24 at my studio in Upland, CA. It's not too late to register. Email me to find out more. email@example.com The workshop is geared for beginning and intermediate painters in oil. Do your paintings look stiff and overworked? Do you find painting difficult and tedious? Do you use little tiny brushes? I can help you put joy and life into your work!
oil 9x12 inches Purchase info here. Our Meyer lemon tree is loaded with paintable fruit. For this painting I used a cool light source rather than my usual warm spotlight bulb. I rarely rework a dried painting, but this one I felt was worth saving.