Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Crystal History


Crystal History   oil 12x16 inches
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I used one of my photo references for this piece.  A few years ago my husband dropped me off on the side of Pacific Coast Highway to paint this view.  I was just uphill from the Shake Shack safely behind a guard rail.  (If you aren't familiar with the history behind Crystal Cove's cottages, it's worth a Google.)
I painted for about three hours, and in just a few days the painting sold.  This one is for sale unfamed, but I have a beautiful custom white with silver lip frame available for purchase if you like. A very "beachy" look!  

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Apples & Friends -SOLD


Apples & Friends  oil 6x6
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I painted this quick little piece as a class demonstration.  You can't beat painting still life for learning how to render the 3D form of objects.  It's very possible to paint simply and directly with a large brush and still get a realistic look.  No need to noodle away with tiny brushes! 
I'm getting ready for our Christmas celebrations, so in case this is my last post before Christmas, Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Thank you for your interest in my work, and may your New Year be a healthy and happy one!

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Slice Of Life


Slice Of Life   oil 6x6 inches  

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I painted this one as a class demo back in June.  At this point, I hardly remember the details of that day!  Life has had its ups and downs since.  I'm sure it's the same for you.  Some slices of life are sweet, and others are tough to chew and hard to digest!  No matter what, we can choose to be thankful and make it a good day. 


I just opened up two Paint The Lively Still Life 2 Day Workshops: Feb 5 & 6 and March 5 & 6, 2022.  These are located in my studio in Upland, CA.  If you're interested, email me at karenwernerart@gmail.com for more info.  

Friday, October 22, 2021

Rental 21


Rental 21   oil 9x12 inches
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In June, my husband and I camped in the High Sierras at Twin Lakes.  We "dry" camped in our small RV between tall pines.  The RV barely fit between the trees!  No phone service and no internet.  I quickly realized how often I Google something!  But back to the painting.  On our last day, we hiked down to the lake for breakfast in the diner, then time to paint.  I noticed high rainclouds, but a gentleman who did have internet assured us there was no rain in the forecast.  (You can guess how this story ends.)  I set up to paint, and after about 30 minutes of dissatisfaction, wiped off and spun my easel in the direction of this scene.  I was nearing the finish when a very strong wind came up.  (The kind of wind when people scream, grab things and run for cover.)  I held onto my easel till it passed, and noticed the clouds had darkened.  Finishing quickly, I then packed up and we hiked about a mile back to our RV.  In an instant, the clouds let loose with big drops.  The wet earth and pines smelled wonderful! I'm happy with this little painting.  Sometimes having to paint fast is an advantage. It results in an underworked loose and lively painting.  

IN OTHER NEWS:  I have a few spaces left in my November 13-14 Workshop.  This in-person workshop is chock full of content.  You'll learn a lot in just two days!  Email me for a full description.  karenwernerart@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Spring Demo -a demonstration for Westlake Village Art Guild


Spring Demo  oil 12x12 inches
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Here's a demonstration painting I completed for the Westlake Village Art Guild on Zoom.  I much prefer demonstrating in person, but this art guild made Zoom easy and successful for myself and the audience.  In fact, they created a video of the demonstration that is now viewable on their website.  If you're interested, here's a link to the video.  Many thanks to Wendy Gordin and the Westlake Village Art Guild!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Gray Day Fountain- a plein air painting from the Orange Circle -SOLD


Gray Day Fountain  9x12 inches
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In May my friend Mary Jo and I painted at the Circle In Orange.  It was an overcast day, but warm enough that people were out walking, sitting and visiting as usual at this charming spot in Old Town Orange.  I finished most of this on location and did some minor adjustments in the studio.  I enjoyed the figures and calligraphy on the buildings, but the most interesting thing I discovered in my observations is that the fountain's rising water was a bit darker value than the cloudy sky.  My brain might have told me otherwise, but careful observation of what I really see is always the way to go.  Fun stuff!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Cannoli In Blue


Cannoli & Blue    oil 6x6 inches
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It has been a while since I've posted.  I took a few weeks off for family reasons, but I got back to the easel today.  Boy did it feel good to paint!  This little cannoli got painted then eaten back in May. 

 The Balboa Art Walk in September was fun and successful for me.  Thank you to all my followers who visited my booth! 

 At Mission Fine Art Gallery in San Juan Capistrano I have three pieces on display just until October 29.  On Oct.30 I'll be leaving the gallery in an effort to simplify life and slow down a bit.  So if you're in that area, perhaps you can stop by in the next two weeks and see my work in person. Below are some pieces that have sold recently at Mission Fine Art Gallery.  

Laguna Treasure 12x16

Mission Spring Fountain  11x14

Mission Bells 10x10

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Cannoli Afternoon -SOLD


Cannoli Afternoon  oil 10x10 inches
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I set this up in my back yard one cool afternoon in May.  It was still yummy hours after I had painted it!  I've had a couple of recent online sales, so I want to take the opportunity to thank all of you who enjoy looking at my art, making comments and making purchases.  Thank you sincerely for supporting my work.
Below you can see a painting I did as a surprise.  This family welcomed us into their backyard garden very early in Spring because I wanted to explore growing in buckets.  They generously shared all their gardening expertise, then picked us some salad greens to take home.  I happened to get a great photo with my iphone that I later painted from.  I surprised them with the painting just before they moved to Idaho.  Gardening in buckets worked well!  We have cucumbers, summer squash, cherry tomatoes, and two heirloom tomatoes all coming from buckets!

                                                     The Family Garden  6x12 inches

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Mom's Notions



Mom's Notions  oil 8x6 inches
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My mom grew up during the depression.  She didn't waste anything.  She cut buttons off of old clothing and saved them in a cold cream jar.  You can see one of her old wooden spools of thread inside this antique mason jar.  I have enjoyed painting mom's buttons several times.  

  • I have 2 openings in my Sept. 18-19 Workshop.  Email me if you're interested. karenwernerart@gmail.com
  • I'll be doing a demo on ZOOM Wednesday the 8th of Sept. at 7pm Pacific Time.  This is for the Anaheim Art Association.  I'm not sure, but you may be able to attend via ZOOM.  Visit the Anaheim Art Association Website and contact them. 
  • The BALBOA  ART WALK is on!  SEPTEMBER 26 from 9-5 along the south bayfront sea wall.  100 artists plus live music!  I'll be near Pearl Drive and the fuel dock.  Park in the Balboa Pier  parking lot on the penninsula, take the ferry to the island on foot, and turn left when you get off the ferry. I'll have framed and unframed work for viewing and sale.  I hope to see you! 

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Petals A Plenty


Petals A Plenty  oil 12x9 inches
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I painted this piece originally in 2017.  Recently I made some major changes, mostly to the surface and background in the interest of better color harmony.   I also added the fallen debris.  Normally I'd post the "before" photo, but I lost a lot of my files when my computer crashed a couple of years ago.  I hope you've had a nice weekend.  I got my second Covid vaccination on Friday and I'm almost back to normal today.  Stay well, my friends!

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Gerainiums & Berries


Geraniums & Berries  oil 8x8 inches
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Some geraniums from my yard with local strawberries.  This vintage sugar bowl makes a set with the creamer in my previous post.  The shine gives off some nice reflections.  I painted this in March.  
IN OTHER NEWS:  I have a few spots open in my September 18 and 19 workshop.  For more info or to register, please email me at karenwernerart@gmail.com

Monday, August 23, 2021

Stawberries & Cream


Strawberries & Cream  oil 8x8 inches
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Painted from life in the studio, some geraniums from my yard with local strawberries.  I love green & red together.  

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Too Corny?


Too Corny?  oil 10x10 on cradled panel
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I love the colors of Fall.  I had a great time with this one.  Though it may look tediously painted, I used a fairly large brush and painted the kernels in just a few steps.  This is on a cradled wood panel, ready to hang or frame as you like.  

Friday, August 13, 2021

Randy's Whate Tours


Randy's Whale Tours  12x9 acrylic
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A while back I bought some acrylic paint.  I wanted to play around with a fast drying water soluable medium.  I thought maybe they would be more convenient to travel with,  Well I haven't been able to leave my oils at home yet!  In any case, this is one of two paintings I have finished in acrylic.  We visited Monterey a few years back, so I used my photo reference for this painting.  

Monday, August 9, 2021

Biplane Beauty -a plein air painting from Cable Airport


Biplane Beauty  9x12 oil
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The second painting from our day at Cable Airport.  This one was soon going back up, so I painted as fast as a could.  I got most of it in before our time to paint was up, and finished it the next day in my studio.  I loved the vibrant color of this plane.  

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

War Bird -a plein air painting from Cable Airport


War Bird  oil 9x12 inches
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In February my friend Martha invited me to join her for a plein air day at Cable Airport not too far from home.  A real "plane air" day! This war bird is privately owned by a Vietnam War veteran.  He's very proud of her and takes her up every Wednesday.  I had forgotten what type of plane it is, so I asked my good friend, Ken, a USMC Veteran who says it's a Stinsons L5. I regretted not having a very wide panel with me.  The plane is squeezed onto the 9x12 and will need a floater frame for sure.  

Monday, August 2, 2021

Valentine Bouquet


Valentine Bouquet  oil 12x12 inches
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I really enjoyed painting this bouquet given to me by my husband.  A variety of sizes makes a still life more interesting.  I painted the teeny tiny bits and lines last, and just as I expected, they tied the whole painting together.  One might think they were baby's breath, but no.  Even smaller!  I don't really know what they were, but they added sparkle much like a highlight on a shiny object. 
I HAVE SCHEDULED TWO FALL WORKSHOPS  September 18 and 19, and October 23 and 24.  These are two day workshops.  Everything you need to know about painting, (well almost!) in two days! Email me for more info: karenwernerart@gmail.com

Monday, July 26, 2021

Bird On Green


Bird On Green  oil 6x6 inches
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This is the last in my February series of green dominated paintings.  I have a collection of small decorative birds, of which this is a favorite.  The bits of plant debris gives it a natural look.  I like a bit of debris in a still life to make it look more random, less staged.  This painting is on a cradled wood panel with sides natural wood color, and ready to hang or frame as you like.  
We've done some traveling lately to the High Sierras and Idaho.  I'm anxious to get back into my studio on a regular basis.  I missed my paint!  

Friday, July 2, 2021

Cad In The Wringer


Cad In The Wringer  oil 6x6 on cradled panel
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I had a bit of fun with this title.  For those of you who are not familiar with oil paint, one of my favorite pigments, Cadmium Yellow Light, gets a squeeze here from my tube wringer.  I painted this little gem on a cradled wood panel, which means it can be hung without a frame.  The sides are 3/4 inch deep and natural wood.  It comes ready to hang.  I signed "Werner" at the top, which for some reason may not be visible here. Have a good weekend, everyone!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Painting Again -SOLD


Painting Again  oil 8x8 inches
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I'm very happy to announce that this little still life has been juried in to The American Impressionist Society's 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition.  Held at the 1516 Gallery in Omaha, Nebraska, the exhibit runs from September 9 through December 12th.  This is my seventh consecutive acceptance into an AIS juried exhibition.  Even so, when it's time to submit, I enter two pieces and brace myself for the rejection of both.  You just never know.  

In anticipation of the exhibit,  I painted a large still life work (16x20) entitled "When They Were Little" with the hopes that it would be chosen. I thought the size and ambitious subject matter would appeal to the juror.  Two may be submitted, but only one can be selected by the juror. This accepted painting in my opinion is small but mighty.  Sometimes the simpler statement, even though small, results in a stronger painting.  Maybe that's what the juror thought.  Then again, you just never know!   

Friday, June 18, 2021

Six Hogs -SOLD


Hogs  oil on cradled panel 6x6 inches
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I really had a great time with this one.  On social media recently a post asked us to "describe your job badly."  I wrote, "I take sticks that have hairs on one end and put oily stuff on canvas---just the right colored marks in just the right places."  Here are my hairy sticks.  Well, a few of them.  

IN OTHER NEWS:  I'm happy to report that recently I have started teaching a bit in Orange County.  Twice a month I teach a small class inside Mission Fine Art Gallery.  Geared for beginners and intermediate painters, you will learn a lot if you study with me.  Purchase one class at a time, or a series.  Email me for more information.  karenwernerart@gmail.com

I'm sad to report that Vanessa Rothe Gallery will no longer carry my work.  We are on good terms, but nothing is forever.  So if you're in Orange County, CA and would like to see a few of my pieces framed and in person, head on down to Laguna Beach soon.  They will only be there for another two weeks.  I do thank Vanessa for the nine sales she made for me.  

Monday, June 14, 2021

Scattered Tubes -SOLD


Scattered Tubes   oil 6x6 inches
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I painted this small piece on a wood cradled panel.  The sides are clean natural wood and unfinished.  It's a great contemporary look and ready to hang without a frame. It may also stand on its own on a shelf. 

 I always strive for looseness.  This painting has it; not labored over to make everything perfect.  In fact, "charmingly incorrect rather than irritatingly perfect." That's my goal.  Who needs a painting that looks like a photo?  We have photos for that.  

Friday, June 11, 2021

Wine For One


Wine For One  oil 12x12
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You would think I'm a big wine drinker, but no.  I love painting wine bottles.  Here's a hunk of fisherman's bread from Crab Cooker.  It's about 7 or 8 years old.  Age doesn't matter when you're posing for a painting.  I do enjoy a good dense piece of bread with a nice glass of Cabernet.  

Friday, June 4, 2021

Camelia Stages


Camelia Stages  oil 12x9  
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Right outside my studio window lives a full grown camelia that blooms her heart out in January.  I clipped this small branch and noticed every stage of blooming.  I thought that was pretty cool.  The fully opened bloom being only partially visible helps the viewer roam around to see the other stages.  

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Flowers & Poms


Flowers & Poms  oil 8x16 inches
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Similar to my last painting posted, it's fun to take the same subject matter and create a different design.  I'm a big fan of red and green.  In person, the flowers are lighter.  Flowers are most often in vases or jars, but once in a while their shapes and shadows are pleasing when resting on a table.  

Monday, May 17, 2021

Bouquet With Apple -SOLD


Bouquet With Apple oil 9x12 inches
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Here I used a green toned canvas and let bits of it peek through in the background to create unity with the rest.  The minty green with the reds is uncommon and interesting to me.  I hope you like it.  

IN OTHER NEWS:  I have 3 spaces open in my workshop coming up in just a couple of days.  The date is changed to this coming Friday and Saturday.  Email me quick if you'd like to jump in!

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Again With The Apples


Again With The Apples  oil 6x6
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Apples are my default subject when I haven't painted in a while.  I painted this in January, and experimented with laying in transparent darks with a hog bristle.  The effect really doesn't read right in a photo, but when you see the painting in person the dark passages are luminous rather than like a dark hole.  You can see the texture of the canvas and the brush through the dark transparent paint.  In contrast, light areas of the subject are painted opaquely which makes them look even more lit.  

Friday, May 14, 2021

Autumn Patterns


Autumn Patterns    oil 18x18 inches  

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Sometime in October I had this idea of a still life from bird's eye view.  With a tablecloth on the floor, I arranged objects to create a kind of rhythm.  It's all about pattern.  This painting is beautifully custom framed in a modern white wood frame about 1 1/2 inches wide with a smooth white finish.  Currently, it is on display in the front window of Mission Fine Art Gallery, San Juan Capistrano, CA.  

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Mission Spring Fountain -SOLD


Mission Spring Fountain  oil 11x14
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Flowers abound in the Spring at Mission San Juan Capistrano!  A couple of years ago I planted myself in a shady spot and enjoyed painting this view, which is a favorite of other plein air painters as well.  This painting is beautifully custom framed and is currently available in person at Mission Fine Art Gallery, directly across the street from the Mission.  

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Sunflower Song


Sunflower Song  oil 20x16 inches
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A simple color scheme in yellow, green and blue.  I painted this from life in my studio featuring  a pitcher that belonged to my grandmother.  This piece is in a handsome custom wood frame, dark, distressed with gold lip.  Pictured below.    

Friday, April 30, 2021

Apples Again


Apples Again  oil 6x6
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In January I had a lull in the action.  Like everyone, I have my ups and downs, and sometimes take a break from painting for maybe a week or two.  When I come back to the easel I expect to feel rusty, so I paint what's familiar: apples.  This is a pretty little painting in person.  It really did not cooperate for the camera.  All my work is sold satisfaction guaranteed.  If you don't think it's better than the picture here, return it for a full refund!
IN OTHER NEWS:  Today I recieved the good news that my painting Camelias & Bordeaux has been jurited into Oil Painters Of America's Salon Show in Georgia.  This was my first time entering an OPA National Show, so I'm very grateful to be included.  
OTHER OTHER NEWS:  I have a few openings in my May 22-23 Workshop.  If you're interested in more info, email me!  karenwernerart@gmail.com    

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Afternoon Angel


Afternoon Angel  oil 12x9
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For a few days in January I repeatedly walked past this scene just off my kitchen slider; my mother's patio set from the sixties, an angel statue I had given her, and the last few roses left after winter pruning.  The light shining through the little white pitcher and rose petals caught my eye day after day until I set up to paint it.  See the tiny skull shape on the far right?  It's a little pot with succulent, a little thank you gift from a kind person who took a workshop from me.  

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Jacaranda Too


Jacaranda Too  acrylic 9x12 inches
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In January I purchased a set of acrylic paints.  I wondered what it would be like to work with a medium so fluid, vibrant in color, and fast drying.  Turns out it's a lot of fun!  This is my first painting in acrylic. For a bit of familiarity I used one of my own oil paintings for reference.  For exploring any new medium, a good starting point is a subject you have already done in your familiar medium.  
You can see this tree in San Juan Capistrano right across the street from the new Mission Basillica.  This was a little Mexican Restaurant, but I think it has changed hands having not survived the pandemic shut down.  The tree continues on.  

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Afternoon Tea With Lewis & Rossetti


Afternoon Tea With Lewis & Rossetti  12x12 oil
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I painted this in my backyard on a warm January day.  Tea and gingersnaps with two good reads: CS Lewis and poetry by Christina Rossetti.  This painting in on a homemade panel with rough tooth, so the painting is full of texture. 
I have a few spots open in my May 22-23 Workshop.  Open to beginners and intermediate painters in oil.  Email for more info: karenwernerart@gmail.com

Friday, April 16, 2021

Winter Bouquet


Winter Bouquet  oil 12x12 inches
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Taupe is an illusive color.  Not quite gray, not tan, not beige.  In this piece, my goal was a dominantly neutral painting.  I experimented with raw umber in my color mixes.  Better in person.  
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Friday, April 9, 2021

Ginger Jar Mums


Ginger Jar Mums  oil 8x8  
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These mums came with the house.  All my pots of mums that come from the grocery store end up in a hidden corner of my backyard where they grow and bloom over and over again.  When we bought our house the previous "lady of the house" (boy, that's an old term!), planted her mums there also, so I have a nice variety.  The easiest flower to paint is a daisy type in my opinion.  They typically have a large circular center with one or two rows of petals coming out.  Sunflowers qualify also.  This type of flower can be painted simply which gives it a fresh, not overworked look.  I paint the center first, then the petals in shadow, followed by the petals in the light.  When the stems, leaves and vase are in I "cut in" around the flowers with the background color, This allows for some soft edges and irregularity of petal shape and placement.  Easy peasy!  And fresh.  
I have two spots open in my May 22-23 Workshop.  Email for more info: karenwernerart@gmail.com

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Autumn Lillies


Autumn Lillies   12x9 oil 
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Of the Fall paintings, this is my favorite.  This photo is a little blurry.  If you buy this painting, I'm pretty sure you'll love how it looks in person. Even so, I always offer a money back guarantee for all my work purchased online.  You can read my Return Policy details by clicking the link above.  

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Small Joys


Small Joys   oil 8x8 inches
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I very much enjoy painting on a square format.  This design in particular is typical of my work.  The eye moves around the painting. Nothing is smack dab in the center.  The weight of the vase and sunflower is balanced by the tangerine and foliage above.  Objects are unequal distances apart, and there is a variety of sizes and shapes.  I think about these things when I compose a still life.  I hope you like it!

Friday, April 2, 2021

Flowers & Grapes


Flowers & Grapes  oil 12x9 inches
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Here's a floral I did in November. I hope you like it. I love painting the colors of Fall,  but weather-wise, give me Spring and Summer!  Finally I have pole beans sprouting, bulbs blooming and California poppies popping with color.  I've been working on a large beach scene from a photo which is not my favorite way to work.  Can't wait to get out to paint!  If you celebrate Easter or Passover, I hope it's a happy and meaningful one with family and friends!  

IN OTHER NEWS: There are two openings in my May 22-23 Workshop.  Email me for more info:karenwernerart@gmail.com

Great news!  Recently Oil Painters of America invited me to write a post for their blog.  It published last Monday, March 29.  The title: STILL LIFE: More Than What You Might Think.  To read it, click here. 

The American Impressionist Society's National Juried Small Works Showcase has opened in Charleston, SC at Reinart Fine Art, and runs through April 30.  I am grateful to be included in the show with the piece below, Toast & Jam  12x12.  I'm not able to be there, so if you visit the show, please take a picture of my painting and email it to me!  Thank you!

Toast & Jam  oil 12x12

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Tea By Candlelight


Tea By Candlelight  oil 9x12 inches
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One of the great benefits of art posted on social media is the way one artist can inspire other artists.  In November an artist I follow had painted a glowing candle.   Here's mine.  I especially enjoyed capturing the light glowing through the wax at the top of the candle.  That teacup is part of my wedding registry dishes from 47 years ago!  The floribunda roses are wide open, becoming a jumble of petals.   

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Tootsies -SOLD


Tootsies   oil 6x6 inches
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Leftover Halloween candy gladly posed for a portrait.  I dropped a big handful onto the table surface and with some minor adjustments, proceeded slowly.  In a complicated scene like this the trick is to slow way down and enjoy yourself.  The only ones I really love to eat are the fruity ones.  But as soon as I pop one in my mouth a little voice in my head says "bettter be careful, you could lose a crown."  Must be my dentist.  I painted more of them than I ate.  

Monday, March 15, 2021

Tea & Hydrangeas


Tea & Hydrangeas  oil 8x8 in.  
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This little 8x8 has a springy feel, though it was painted in November.  We have an atrium near our front door where hydrangeas thrive.  They grow as tall as 6 feet and produce pink blossoms.  A few years ago I learned that in the Pacific Northwest, where soil is more acidic, the same hydrangea will produce blue blossoms.  Interesting.  Tbis is my first attempt at painting their delicate blooms.  It turned out to be less difficult than I thought.  I like the the softness and the lost edge in the upper left.  

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Eat Your Broccoli


Eat Your Broccoli   oil 10x10 inches
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The is the last of my Eat Your Veggies series.  I painted these last October, so basically I paint faster than I post on my blog!  If you would like to see what I'm currently painting on a regular basis, please follow me on Instagram.  Last week I spent the week planting a veggie garden.  We had wonderful warm sunshine, so I did some digging and tilling, and sowing of seeds and seedlings: tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, pole beans, zuccini, carrots, and cucumbers.  This week we have cold rain and even a bit of tiny hail yesterday.  Good for the garden!  In a rainstorm I thank God for being able to paint still life in my cozy studio.  What do you enjoy doing during a rainstorm?
IN OTHER NEWS:  I have opened two in person Paint The Lively Still Life workshops.  Dates: April 24-25 and May 22-23.  Beginner/Intermediate  6 MAX.  Location: Upland, CA.  Email me for more info/to register.  

Monday, March 8, 2021

Eat Your Corn


Eat Your Corn     oil 10x10 inches
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The second in my Eat Your Veggies series.  This one was so much fun!  My favorite part of this painting is the onion.  I buy the large sweet onions.  They have such pretty color and mild flavor. I enjoy the challenge of painting something intricate such as the kernels of corn in a way that suggests, rather than each kernel tightly perfect. Design-wise, this painting has a variety of sizes and shapes.  Many vegetables and fruits are round, so for good design I always try to include line: the edges of the white cloth, the green onion, and the corn cob.  This painting is ready to hang.