Friday, December 28, 2018

Still Life In The Grass

oil 12x12 inches I painted this back in October on a sunny morning in our backyard. The painting has a great sense of early morning light, better seen in person. Currently it can be viewed through January the Claremont Community Foundation in Claremont, CA. For purchase information, email me at I hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! I'm looking forward to the New Year with a renewed commitment to new paintings and personal growth. How about you? I still have a few openings in my January and February workshops, if you'd like to learn painting in oils, or boost your skills and enjoy a weekend painting with like minded folks. Just email me for more info.

Thursday, December 13, 2018


oil 6x8 FRAMED See this painting at the Claremont Community Foundation as part of the group show "UnreNOUNed." Available for purchase by email: WORKSHOPS!!! I have openings in my January 19&20 and also February 9&10 workshops. Location: Upland, CA. NEW OFFERING: For the absolute beginner I offer an Intro to Oils Private to Semi-Private class upon request. Three hours of guided instruction $80. Painting from life, not a photo. Use of my materials are included. This is a great way to see if you like oil painting, or get back into it if you feel intimidated by the workshop setting. Would make a great gift! For more information, please Email me at

Monday, December 10, 2018


oil 8x6 inches I really enjoyed painting this, one of my favorite subjects: things in a jar. This painting is framed and on display at the Claremont Community Foundation, Claremont, CA. Located in the Village and open during business hours only. It's part of the beautiful group show "UnreNOUNed". This would make a great gift for your loved one who sews. It is even better in person and framed in dark wood with silver lip. Email me for purchase information.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Still Life On A Party Napkin

oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. Here's a summery painting I did back in August. Only recently was I able to get a decent photo of it. It's a gloomy drizzly day here in So Cal. Maybe this piece will remind us of warmer days picking flowers and eating peaches.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Garlic & Onion

oil 6x8 inches Purchase info here. This painting will be part of "UnreNOUNed", a group show at Claremont Community Foundation through December and January. Come and see "ordinary persons, places and things" painted by Jackie Knell, Martha Cowan and myself. Reception Dec. 1 6-8pm. Public is invited. The painting is framed and available for purchase online. Just click the link above. IN OTHER NEWS: UPCOMING WORKSHOPS! Painting The Lively Still Life workshops are scheduled for January 19-20 and February 9-10. These are two day intensive workshops for experienced beginner and intermediate oil painters. Two full days of structured teaching and coaching in my Upland, CA Studio. I also offer a private introductory class for absolute beginners who want to register for the workshop. If you would like to know more, email me at

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Red Onion

oil 6x6 inches Purchase info here. Red onions are among the most beautiful vegetables on the planet in my opinion. This painting is framed and ready to hang. Frame: custom dark wood approximately 2 1/2 inches wide, floater with antique gold lip. This piece will be part of "unreNOUNed" a group show in Claremont, CA through December and January. Available for purchase there and online.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Pet Series

oil 10x10 inches BLUB is the last in my pet series on display at Studio C, Claremont, CA for the month of November. Just about two weeks left to visit Studio C and see this great show, "Art From The Attic" by the Underground Artists. We're a group of friends that meet weekly to talk, laugh and make art together. BLUB is on gallery wrapped canvas with sides painted and ready to hang. Available for purchase at Studio C and also online here.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Pet Series

oil 10x10 inches HUH? is available at Studio C, Claremont for the month of November. Also available for purchase online here. The painting is on gallery wrapped canvas 1 1/4 inches deep with sides stained and ready to hang.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Pet Series

oil 10x10 inches GINGER is part of my pet series on display and available for purchase at Studio C, Claremont for the month of November. Also available for purchase online here. GINGER is on 1 3/4 inch deep gallery wrapped canvas with sides painted and ready to hang.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Pet Series

oil 10x10 inches. Gallery wrapped canvas and ready to hang. Available in November at Studio C, Claremont 260 W. Bonita Ave, Claremont, CA. Also available for purchase online here.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Fall Burst

oil 9x12 inches Purchase info here. Alizarin Crimson, (which makes up the beautiful rich dark reds especially on the shadow side of the pom) just does not photograph well. It's a mystery as why, but I know I'm not the only one frustrated by this! Anyhow, this painting is better in person. I like how the leaf crumbles seem to burst out from the center of interest.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Harvest Clippings

oil 9x12 inches Purchase info here. Painting dried leaves is always fun and challenging for me. I tried some new things in this painting; lots of canvas texture left to see and a bit of calligraphic outlining. The painting has the feel of fall I was after, so I'm quite happy with the way it turned out. UPCOMING EVENTS: This coming Saturday, Nov. 3rd is the opening of "Art From The Attic", a group show I'm part of. The public is invited. Studio C, Claremont. 6:00-9:00 pm.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Pet Series

HANGIN' OUT oil 10x10 inches Available at Studio C, Claremont November 3-28 Also available for purchase online here.
MUNCH oil 10x10 inches Available at Studio C, Claremont, November 3-28 Also available for purchase online here. Here are two in a series of pet portraits I created for ART FROM THE ATTIC, a group show at STUDIO C, 260 W Bonita Ave, Claremont, CA. The show runs from November 3-28. Reception Saturday November 3, 6:00pm-9:00pm. The public is invited to attend. Come and enjoy a variety of works created by the "Upper Underground Artists", a group of artsy friends who have made art together for more than ten years. Participants include May Mar, Cindy Lopez, Carol Lima, Elizabeth Carr, Martha Cowan and myself.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Vintage Camping -SOLD

oil 9x12 inches Purchase info here. This is the second painting I did while camping in Ventura. There's nothing better than finding a vintage vehicle to paint. She was on her maiden voyage so to speak, and the new owners were so proud and happy! When I paint in a campground usually a small crowd gathers, coming and going as they follow my progress. It's a lot of fun talking with them and answering their questions, especially those from children. Kids rode their bikes and scooters around me while adults, beer in hand played cool music and a rousing game of corn hole right behind me. Too much fun! I hope this painting finds it's way to the VW's owners.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Quiet Beach, Emma Wood -SOLD

oil 9x12 inches Purchase info here. In September we camped in Ventura and I had the opportunity for some plein air painting. I tried to capture the feeling of the overcast morning and the sun trying to burn through.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

Fiesta Mums

oil 12x12 inches Purchase info here. Here we have some objects pulled together by color harmony. The Fiestaware pitcher is a gift from a friend, mums from our yard, old books from a thrift store and old clippers from my parent's house, all on a fabric sample. The result is color harmony with a variety of textures and shapes. I really enjoyed painting this one. There's a bit of glare on the left side of the image. Just know that the rich darks you see on the right side are also on the left side!

Saturday, September 22, 2018


oil 8x10 inches Purchase info here. In the springtime Jacaranda trees in Southern California are just spectacular. I found this one near Mission San Jan Capistrano in front of a little Mexican restaurant. Jacarandas always remind me of my mom. She was not an artist, but had an eye for nature's beauty. "Kids, would you look at those Jacarandas!", she'd say. That was back in the days when kids with no seat belts looked out big car windows.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Still Life With Corn - Award Winner!

oil 12x16 inches, 15 1/2 X 19 1/2 framed. Purchase info here. Still Life With Corn was awarded BEST OF SHOW in Associated Artists of the Inland Empire's 2018 Annual Fall Juried Show. My sincere thanks to Associated Artists and the judges. Custom frame description: solid dark wood with deep red undertones and antique gold lip. The painting is still available and may be easily purchased online by clicking the link below the painting. If you live in Southern California, I will hand deliver and refund the shipping fee. Questions? Email me at

Friday, September 14, 2018

Summer Fruit -SOLD

oil 8x8 inches Purchase info here. 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.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Scooter -SOLD

oil 10x8 inches Purchase info here. Painted from my photo reference taken on Balboa Island, Newport Beach.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Pollinator -SOLD

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:

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Iris In The Lavender

oil 8x6 inches Purchase info here. 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. IN OTHER NEWS: I've had several paintings go collectors recently, which makes me very happy. Thank you to all of you who follow and subscribe to my blog. The purchase process is easy and my shipping is fast should you see something that you want to make yours! Follow me on Instagram (karenwernerart) and see the most current photos and easel shots. Visit my new WEBSITE: Visit my GALLERY on DailyPaintworks by clicking on the link located in the right column of my blog.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Roses & Ribbon

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.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Rainiers On Green -SOLD

oil 6x6 inches Purchase info here. This is a pretty little painting that refused to pose well for a picture! Wish you could see it in person.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Don't Look Up Here - a plein air painting of The Crab Cooker, Newport Beach -SOLD

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.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


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.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Bloom & Sparkle

                                                       Bloom & Sparkle   oil 10x10 inches
Purchase info here.

 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.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Umbrellas On The Beach -SOLD

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.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Flowers In My Kitchen -SOLD

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
My quick draw "Semper Fi" 12x12 inches.
"Every Sunday Morning" 12x12 inches
"Calafia Cliffs" 11x14 inches

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Camp Truck, 1948

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.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Little Bird

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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Dock & Dinghy -a plein air painting from Balboa Island -SOLD

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.