Sunday, December 17, 2023

Linen and Lemons


Linen And Lemons  oil 6x6 inches
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Lemons from our Meyer tree.  Sometimes they are mistaken for oranges due to their unique yellow color.  I recently learned that a Meyer lemon is a cross between an orange and a lemon.  Their taste is delightfully sweet!

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Poppy Cake


Poppy Cake  6x6 oil 
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This Christmasy looking cupcake was actually purchased near Memorial Day when red poppy is sometimes given out by veterans. Poppies are a reference to the poem "In Flanders Fields by John McCrae" wherein he speaks of the ultimate sacrifice of soldiers, Marines and Sailors who now lie in fields of poppies.  

Friday, December 1, 2023

Cherry On Top


Cherry On Top  oil 6x6 inches
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Painted from life in the studio.  The photo is a bit blurry.  If you purchase this painting you'll see it is beautifully crisp.  Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Lemons & Grapes


Lemons & Grapes  oil 6x6 inches
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Painted from life in the studio, some Meyer Lemon wedges and red grapes.  

Friday, November 17, 2023

Monet's Light


Monet's Light  oil 12x12 inches
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In 2015 we enjoyed our first trip to Europe.  We spent 14 days in Paris, and one day traveled by train to Giverny and Monet's home and gardens.  It was magical!  I loved how the light streamed into his dining room that day. Finally I painted from my photo reference this many years later.  What a wonderful memory.  This painting is much more beautiful in person.  If you purchase, your satisfaction is guaranteed.  Check my return policy by clicking on the link.  

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Lilac Cottage


Lilac Cottage  oil 9x12 inches
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In San Juan Capistrano's Los Rios Historic District you will find this pretty little cottage.  I used my photo reference for this painting.  

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Three Birds


Three Birds oil 6x6

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From my collection  of ceramic and glass birds.  They're the only birds that will pose for me.  

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Three Lemons


Three Lemons  oil 6x8 inches
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Meyer lemons from our tree in March.  Custom framed in a dark wood distressed contemporary floater. If you're considering a purchase, please email me for a picture of it in the frame.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Hollyhocks At The Mission


Hollyhocks At The Mission  acrylic 9x12
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Painted from my photo reference taken at Mission San Juan Capistrano, a slightly different style for me, as I was using acrylic on a black gesso ground.  The black peeks through here and there giving it a nice unity and graphic quality.  Framed in a contemporary black floater frame suitable for this work.  Ready to hang.  I had a hard time getting a good photo of this piece.  If you purchase, your satisfaction is guaranteed.  Check out my return policy by clicking on the purchase info link above.  

Monday, September 25, 2023



Jack-O-Happy  8x8 oil
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Last fall I turned off the lights in my studio and positioned my plein air easel near the open door for just enough light to see what I was doing.  I lit a candle in this happy little glass pumpkin and dropped a handful of candy.  Custom framed in an antique gold (not shiny) frame.  Ready to hang with your other fall decor!  If you're considering a purchase, please email me for a picture of it in the frame.  Happy Fall, everyone!

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Oranges & Cherries No. 2


Oranges & Cherries No. 2
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Painted from life in the studio.  As usual, the photo is not as good as seeing the painting in person.  

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Oranges & Cherries


Oranges & Cherries  oil 8x8 inches
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In January our Navel Orange tree gave us sweet oranges that found their way into several of my paintings.  Orange, red and pink together make a color combination that I love.  

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Orange Bowl & Lemons


Orange Bowl & Lemons  oil 6x8 inches
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Meyer Lemons from our tree.  My favorite part of this painting is the cast shadow on the right hand lemon.  

Friday, August 25, 2023

Dried Bits & Dishes


Dried Bits & Dishes oil 8x8 
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These dried decorative pomegranates make their way into my paintings often.  Sometimes I like to paint earthy subjects.  This photo isn't the greatest.  The painting is lovely in person.  Custom framed in an antique gold frame that compliments the painting nicely.  If you are considering aquiring this piece, you may email me for a picture of it in the frame.  Thank you for visiting my blog!

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Teapot Reflections


Teapot Reflections oil 8x8 inches
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Painted from life: a thrift store "Brown Betty" teapot reflecting our Meyer Lemons and my favorite old clippers that belonged to my parents.  This painting has a particular sparkle when seen in person.  Custom framed and ready to hang.  If you're considering purchasing, please email me for a picture of it in the frame.  Thanks for finding my blog and looking at my art!

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Lemons & Pomegranates


Lemons & Pomegranates oil 11x14

Juried into the American Impressionist Society's 24th Annual National Juried Exhibition, this painting is currently on display at Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, Delaware.  The show runs through September 2, 2023. 

 If you are interested in purchasing during the exhibit, please contact the gallery.  After September 2, please email me for purchase information.

Monday, July 24, 2023

Tea & Lemon


Tea & Lemon oil 6x6 FRAMED
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This piece is custom framed in a dark slightly distressed modern floater frame.  Ready to hang.  If you are interested in purchasing, email me for a photo of it in the frame.  It has a companion piece available also.  

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Reflecitons In Blue


Reflections In Blue  oil 6x6 inches
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A simple still life with one of our smaller meyer lemons.

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Lemons On A Blue Grid


Lenons On A Blue Grid    oil 6x6 inches
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This paining is suitably custom framed in a dark wood plein air style frame, about 3/4 inch wide.  Ready to hang.  If you are considering a purchase, please email me:  I will send a picture of it in the frame.  

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Lemons In Blue


Lemons In Blue  oil 8x8 inches
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Meyer Lemons from our tree in my favorite speckled enamel bowl.  (I leave out the speckles for sanity's sake.)
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Monday, May 29, 2023

Fall Trio


Fall Trio  oil 8c8 inches \
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A pomegranate and lemon from our garden.  Custom framed and ready to hang.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Fruit, Flowers & Filippi


Fruit, Flowers & Filippi oil 9x12 FRAMED
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Using objects at hand, this still life includes roses and an heirloom apple from our garden.  The wine bottle is from a local winery.  This is one of my favorite recent pieces.  I love the color harmony of reds, yellow green and gray violet.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Fruit & Blooms


Fruit & Blooms  8x8 oil FRAMED
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Last August I enjoyed painting this sweet little gem while sitting in my friend's gallery, Studio C in Claremont.  I painted a series of small still life with items I carried in from home each day.  This is my favorite.  The framing on this piece is classy looking: finely finished burgundy/black with a gold lip.  Ready to hang where you have a small space that needs a fine looking pop of color.  

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Fruit & Bottles


Fruit & Bottles  oil 8x10 inches
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Here are some of my favorite items for painting arranged in my favorite design: cruciform.  This design form goes off all four edges of the picture space, to create interesting negative shapes (empty spaces). 

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Macs In The Grass


Macs In The Grass  oil 10x10
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This is a favorite of mine.  Painted jusst outside my studio door, MacIntosh apples.  I do think they are the prettiest apple!  Our Japanese Maple trees provided the delicate fall leaves.  

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Mandarins In Blue


Mandarins In Blue  oil 6x6
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Painted from life in my studio.  A blurry photo of a sweet and simple painting.   

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Sweet Cluster


Sweet Cluster  oil 8x8 inches
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In the height of apple season, my neighbors apples hung over our fence so I picked a few.  Not only were they sweet, but they had the most delicate coloration.  Soft green with hints of pink.  I am sorry I'm not a better photographer of my work.  The photo just doesn't capture the subtle color of this piece.  

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Light & Heirlooms


Light & Heirlooms  9x12 oil
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Painted last fall, these are heirloom apples from our backyard tree.  Also pictured is my favorite little basket to paint.  In some of my previous paintings it has held peaches, eggs, and now apples.  When the basket is not posing in my studio, it often holds freshly fried tortilla strips for dipping into our home grown guacamole.  Yum!

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Bird, Bottle & Blooms


Bird, Bottle & Blooms  oil 10x8 inches
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I enjoyed painting the horizontal version of this subject so much that I thought it would work as a vertical as well.  The image is a bit blurry, but the painting in person is crisp where it needs to be.  If you purchase one of my paintings, your satisfaction is guaranteed.  
IN OTHER NEWS:  I have two openings in my 2day in-person workshop scheduled for April 22-23. Location: Upland, CA.  Email me for more information.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

An Early Pomegranate


An Early Pomegranate  oil 9x12 inches
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This painting was from August, when things were ripening in our garden.  Branches are from our apple and pomegranate tree.  Our poms would not be ready to eat till October, but while they ripen they go through beautiful color changes.  Clean pinkish red this early.  

Four Mushrooms


Four Mushrooms  oil 6x8 inches
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Last year I taught a workshop on painting white things and reflections in metal.  Someone brought some mushrooms,  Because I had never painted mushrooms, I heard them say, "Hey! Over here!  Paint us!"  

IN OTHER NEWS: I have new LED lighting in my studio.  It's like broad dayslight in there, and makes me want to paint 24/7!  Also I recently had some respiratory issues, so I'm learning to paint solvent-free, with walnut oil instead.  Lastly, I have a workshop coming up on April 22-23.  Email me if you would like all the details.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Apple & A Posie

Apple & A Posie  oil 8x8 inches
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A very small and casual bunch of flowers is called a posie.  Here is one such posie and apple from our garden.  Since I have lost Feedburner and hence the ability to send out blogposts to my subscribers, I hope you will consider following me on Instagram: karenwernerart.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Strawberries & Sugar


Strawberries & Sugar  oil 6x8 inches
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This is a sweet little painting that looks SO much better in person!  If you're a painter you'll know that transparent pigments like ultramarine blue and transparent oxide red create a beautiful transparent dark color and make for rich dark backgrounds.  The drawback, however is that they dry glossy and are quite impossible to photograph well.  No matter what I did, I had glare on this painting.  I tried my best to edit the photo to eliminate glare, but it takes the life out of the work.  This is as close as I could get!  If you like it enough to click on the link to purchase, you'll see that I guarantee your satisfaction.  I'm pretty sure you'd love this little gem.   

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Color Song


Color Song  oil 9x12 inches
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Here's a crazy bit of color to start the new year!  I hope 2023 is off to a good start for you.  I painted this back in June.  In the back of the painting you'll see a small painting in a gold frame that was done by my friend, May.  It had been almost a year since she'd gone on to Heaven.  I loved the color scheme of her little painting, so I looked for objects in my studio that fit the scheme.  I enjoyed painting while thinking of my friend.