Friday, February 23, 2018

American Art Collector Magazine Article

I'm very proud of this article in the March issue of American Art Collector Magazine featuring my upcoming solo show Sargentology  at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston SC.


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Saturday, February 17, 2018


9 x 12"
oil on panel

Speaking of Presidential portraits.... my painting features John Singer Sargent's Theodore Roosevelt.

In February 1903, at the invitation of the first family, Sargent was a White House guest for a week - there to complete Teddy Roosevelt's official Presidential portrait. It apparently wasn't easy - Sargent had trouble choosing a suitable place to paint, with good lighting and wanted to check out the second floor's options.  As the President and the artist climbed the stairs, Roosevelt told Sargent he didn't think the artist knew what he wanted. Sargent replied that Roosevelt didn't realize what was involved in posing for a portrait. At the top of the stairs, Roosevelt swung his body around, placing his hand on the newel and bellowed 'Don't I!'.  At that moment, Sargent told the President not to move, that would be the pose and the location for the sittings.

Despite a frustrating week for Sargent, in the end, Roosevelt considered the portrait a complete success. 

This painting will be included in my solo show Sargentology, opening March 2nd at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"Dress Envy"

8 x 10"
oil on panel

Included in my upcoming solo show Sargentology,  featuring a portrait of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent.  

Andrew Noel Agnew, a lawyer who had inherited the title of Baron and the estates of Lochnaw, commissioned the portrait of his wife, Gertrude.  In 1893, the painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy and made Sargent a big name for himself, soon becoming the most sought-after portrait artist in high society. 

It took only six sittings for Sargent to complete Gertrude's portrait.  Interestingly, she was in poor health at the time, recovering from a severe bout of influenza, which may explain the slight paleness of her skin in the painting.  It really is her silk dress and purple sash that stand out - and the portrait elevated Gertrude in high society circles, as a beauty and a fashionista.  

Here's the kicker - Andrew and Gertrude spent so much on lavish parties that they ended up in debt, having to sell off many works of art, including this portrait.  The Scottish National Gallery purchased the painting in 1925, thankfully.

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Monday, February 12, 2018


18 x 8" 
oil on panels

Included in my upcoming solo show Sargentology - a triptych featuring John Singer Sargent's large-scale painting Gassed, painted in 1919 - a commission by the British government, one of many propoganda works of art depicting the realities and suffering of the Great War.

Sargent was 62 years old when, after months of procrastinating, traveled to the Western front, in the midst of WWI to gather images for his commission.  There he witnessed this scene with his own eyes, the aftermath of a terrible mustard gas attack - soldiers leading each other with their hands on the shoulder of the man in front of him, blinded by the gas.  The atmosphere of the mustard/grey toned sky and ironically, the football game being played in the far distance, as if nothing happened - reminds me of the scene in Apolcalypse Now of the agent orange bombs in the background while soldiers surfed in the sea.

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

"Drama Queen"

8 x 24"
oil on panel

Of all the paintings by John Singer Sargent, this one, which I got to see in person, blew me away like no other - depicting the famous Shakespearean actress Dame Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth. 

Sargent attended the production of Macbeth at the London Lyceum and immediately wanted to paint the actress and convinced her to sit for him.  His pose of Terry holding a crown on her head, after the murder of Duncan, the Scottish king, didn't happen in the play, but he wanted a dramatic pose, concentrating on her intense gaze and that spectacular costume of green and blue embroidered silk.

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth hangs in the Tate Britian.

My new painting will be included in the upcoming solo show Sargentology  opening March 2nd at the Robert Lange Studios.

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Monday, January 29, 2018


8 x 8"
oil on panel

My newest painting for the upcoming solo show Sargentology - featuring John Singer Sargent's portrait Lord Ribblesdale, painted in 1902.

Thomas Lister, 4th Baron Ribblesdale was a British Liberal politician and was the quintessential Edwardian aristocrat - soldier, sportman, courtier and landowner.  He belonged to the House of Lords in the 1880's, Master of the Buckhounds and later, a Captain in the Rifle Bridgade.  A man of many titles.  He became a Trustee of the National Gallery in London and served from 1909 through 1925.

Lord Ribblesdale commissioned Sargent for this portrait to present to the National Gallery in memory of Lady Ribbledale and his sons, one a Captain and the other a Lieutenant.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018


9 x 12"
oil on panel

I'm still working on paintings for my show Sargentology, but it's high time I posted those that I've completed, starting with the newest one.

Featured in this setting are three gentlemen - the viewer taking a rest on the gallery bench, Dr. Samuel Jean Pozzi on the left and the artist, John Singer Sargent to the right.

Sargent painted Dr. Pozzi at Home in 1881.  Dr. Pozzi was a good friend of Sargent's, he was a Parisian gynecologist and renowned dandy - described by a contemporary as 'himself a kind of beautiful work of art'.  Sargent painted his friend relaxed at home, wearing a plush, red robe with a puffy shirt underneath, with a peek of an embroidered slipper.  Notably, Pozzi's hands are a focus, elegant, one grasping the collar, the other pulling on the tie around his hip.  The attention to his hands suggests a reminder of Pozzi's method of examination in his profession as a gynecologist.  Dr. Pozzi at Home belongs to the Hammer Museum in LA.

Sargent painted his self-portrait in 1906 and belongs to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

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All of my paintings for the show, opening March 2nd at Robert Lange Studios, can be seen here.

Monday, January 15, 2018

"Sargentology" Show

For those who want to get a peek at my paintings for the upcoming show Sargentology, please click here.  On my page, you can click on each image for a larger view and purchase/contact information.
You can also go on Robert Lange Studio's page and mouse over the images for prices.

As soon as I finish my summaries, I'll post each painting to give you a little background on the featured work by the great artist John Singer Sargent.  Keep in mind, I'm still working on new pieces and any finished painting can be purchased before the show opens on March 2nd at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston SC.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Thank you for visiting my blog and keeping up
with my paintings.

Wishing all a very happy, healthy, creative and sweet new year.  ~ Karin J

Friday, December 29, 2017

"Red Alert"

6 x 8"
oil on panel

I took a break from painting larger pieces and loosened up with this flirty moment - a woman seemingly being eyed by the Portrait of a Member of the Haarlem Civic Guard by Frans Hals.

Frans Hals (the Elder) was a Dutch Golden Age painter during the time of Rembrandt, a portrait artist much like his contemporaries.  I found it amusing that Hals insisted he stay in Haarlem and his clients needed to come to him to sit for a portrait, and it apparently worked for years because he did achieve success until he went out of style.  He was also an art restorer, dealer and art tax expert for the city.  Turned out the city and creditors sued him numerous times for debt and seized several pieces of furniture and paintings to settle. Left destitute, he was afforded a city pension but left nothing of note for his family when he died.

His portraits are hung in museums around the world.  There is a Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, Amsterdam, Antwerp, the Louvre in Paris, the Frick and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to name a few.

The Portrait of a Member of the Haarlem Civic Guard hangs in the National Gallery of Art DC.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

'And to All a Good Night'

"And to All a Good Night"
by Norman Rockwell

Mentioned today in Charley Parker's artblog Lines & Colors.

~  Wishing you and yours a lovely Christmas holiday.

Thursday, December 14, 2017



Sunday, December 10, 2017

"Woman To Woman"

6 x 8"
oil on panel

A woman viewing My Daughter by Frank W. Benson in the National Gallery of Art in DC.

I just wanted to add I'm working on paintings for a solo show held in early March - so if you don't see more frequent posts and smaller studies on auction, that's why.  Don't give up on me. - Karin J

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Swamp

I'm making progress.

Just to catch you up....

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

"Cake Walk"

12 x 12"
oil on panel

This new painting, for obvious reasons, was a great pleasure to paint. 

From the National Gallery of Art in DC, a woman smitten with Cakes by Wayne Thiebaud.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

"Swept Away"

6 x 8"
oil on panel

Like many a Rembrandt painting,  A Girl With a Broom, painted in 1651, is one of the most-copied or faked paintings of all times.  In fact, the fakes have been produced since the mid-1700's.  Numerous people through the years have claimed they have the original, but alas, the original hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.

Saturday, November 18, 2017



 9 x 12"
oil on panel

I just completed another painting for the group exhibit
titled Cats vs. Dogs 

This exhibit is currently being held at The Vendue in Charleston SC.  A portion of all sales from the exhibit will be donated to the Charleston Animal Society and The Vendue will match the donation dollar for dollar.

My new painting Doggy features a little boy pointing out a dog hanging in the National Gallery of Art DC.  To the left is A King Charles Spaniel, to the right Tama, the Japanese Dog, both by Edouard Manet.

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To view all the artworks in the show, click here.

Special thanks to Lauren B. for the original photo.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

"Morning Joe"

9 x 12"
oil on panel

Fresh off the easel, a woman viewing, and seemingly longing for her younger days and a cup of joe, Richard Diebenkorn's Coffee in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

My mom was a painter.  She favored artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani and especially Diebenkorn - she had dozens of his paintings' images pinned on the wall as her inspiration.  She leaned more towards Diebenkorn's figurative works that commonly blended with abstraction.  That was my mom's signature style with still lifes and figurative paintings.  

Me, I love everything Diebenkorn painted.  His early Abstract Expressionism works, his figurative pieces done in the mid-50's and his return to Abstraction in the mid-60's with works such as his Ocean Park series. Most of all, it's color that draws me to Diebenkorn, no matter the style.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

"Purple is the New Black"

8 x 10"
oil on panel

The new painting was to be included in the Shain Gallery's  Small Works Show coming up, but it sold on the day it arrived.  Yay.  

A woman viewing Henri Matisse's Daisies in the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

"200 Faces, No. 157 & 158"

 4 x 4"
oil on panel

 4 x 4"
oil on panel
New additions to my ongoing series BUST-ED.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

"200 Faces, No. 156"

4 x 4"
oil on panel

The newest addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

"An Assumption"

6 x 8"
oil on panel

This new painting will be my Christmas card this year.  

Featured is the Assumption of the Virgin with Saints Julian and Minias by the artist, Andrea del Castagno, painted in 1449.  The Rector of a church in Florence commissioned the painting for an altarpiece - a church that dated back to the 11th century.  In 1888, the church was demolished during the Reconstruction of Florence and the altarpiece was purchased by the Staatliche Museum in Berlin, where visitors can view this remarkable work of art.

The original photograph is by Stefan Draschan, who kindly gave me permission to use it as a reference.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

"200 Faces, No. 155"

4 x 4"
oil on panel

A new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED.

Asked why I'm painting these final 50 - it is practice, wishful thinking and very cathartic.

I've got a plan for these final 50, so for now, they will not go on auction.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


My friends' beloved Daisy.  RIP.