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Here are a couple of my favorite things to paint; light shining through oranges and juicy ripe strawberries. It has been a rough few months for me with a reoccurring illness. I've been able to paint in between when up to it. I'm still not out of the woods, but hopeful. Meanwhile, some very GOOD news! My painting "Bloom & Sparkle" is on it's way to Fish Creek Wisconsin for The American Impressionist Society's National Exhibit. I feel very grateful to be included. Peninsula School Of Art, Fish Creek Wisconsin, Sept.27-Oct.28th. Also recently Associated Artists of The Inland Empire awarded me Best of Show in their Annual Fall Juried Show! More details on that in my next post.
oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. On a Spring hike in Moro Canyon, Laguna Beach I took pictures of 22 different wildflowers along the trail. That winter we had been blessed with some rain. Painting the bee was extra fun. Here's a detail shot:
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While on a Spring walk around our neighborhood I noticed a lovely patch of irises and lavender. I used my photo reference for this little painting.
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oil 10x10 inches Purchase info here. Roses from my yard. With any bouquet of flowers in a clear vase or jar, I always think that what is visible inside the water is as pretty as the flowers themselves.
oil 12x12 inches. Purchase info here. I'm back! July was a rough month full of one malady after another. Glad that's over!!! It's time to catch up. The Crab Cooker is an iconic restaurant in Newport Beach that holds memories for an untold number of Southern California families and visitors as well. Great food and fun decor, like the signs that say; "Don't look up here!" and my favorite; "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." New heavy construction right next door damaged the old foundation, so this year it's due to be torn down and rebuilt. People are scrambling to eat there and artists are scrambling to paint it before the tear down. My chance came in June. I stood on a narrow meridian in the street and painted until I felt a bit blinded, then treated myself to their Manhattan Clam Chowder and a shrimp cocktail. Yum! I added the figures the next day in my studio.
oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. I took a different approach with this piece, using an eggbert brush, which allowed for lighter, less controlled mark making. I also mixed paint on the canvas for the subtle color shifts in the peaches. I'm happy with the texture here.
oil 10x10 inches I'm happy to announce that this painting was recently juried in to The American Impressionist Society's 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition! Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, Wisconsin. September 27-October 28.
oil 9x12 inches Purchase info here. I painted this one quickly one afternoon during paint San Clemente. Artists can only submit two paintings, and this one didn't make the cut. The couple sitting in the chair packed up to leave and then discovered I'd put them in my painting. That was a fun moment! I have this one priced low since it's just a quick sketch.
oil 12x12 inches Purchase info here. I painted this piece from a photo I took in my kitchen. My favorite part is the small bowl. Below are some photos from last week at Paint San Clemente. The three paintings pictured are available for purchase at the San Clemente Community Center Gallery through August 2. For more info on how to purchase, email me at email@example.com
oil 11x14 Purchase info here. A few weeks ago we camped for the first time at Silver Lake, which is in the Sierras on the June Lake Loop. Wow! What scenery! Couldn't wait to paint, but instead we were waiting out a vicious wind. After about two days, I set up to paint this scene. Even though I anchored my tripod, everything was moving, including my brush. I had a good start (looked like a drunk painted it, but I liked it!). Then a gust of about 75-80 mph. hit and forced me to pack up. I finished in the studio using my photo references. IN OTHER NEWS: Friday I'll go south to San Clemente to participate in Paint San Clemente Quick Draw and Plein Air Competition. It's my first time, and I'm really excited to find inspiring scenes in an unfamiliar locale. Follow my adventures on Facebook: Karen Laster Werner and Instagram: KarenWernerArt.
oil 4x4 inches Purchase info here. We just returned from a trip to Idaho. Catching up on my posting. When my painting time is short, I enjoy doing a simple 4x4 like this. This little painting would look sweet in a tiny easel sitting on a shelf.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org