Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cover Girl



Sedona Arts Center - who facilitates my field expedition workshops, chose one of my paintings for the cover of their newest catalog.  How cool is that?  Makes me proud to be a part of their faculty - I'm in the company of some of my favorite painters - Carol Marine, Kevin Macpherson, Vince Fazio, Michael Workman to name a few.

Visit their website for more info - remember I still have openings in this fall's workshop in Hilton Head, South Carolina and next May's workshop in New York City.   I need eager, excited people to sign up so please do.  I'd love to have you join me.  Contact info for registration is on the right hand column of this blog.

Monday, May 28, 2012

"Looking Great For 75"

5 x 7"
oil on masonite
sold

My new painting you see below, "Fifty Shades of Green", took me five days to complete.  I've had the flu.  Today I feel a bit more human and felt like enjoying a quick one - no sketching out, no planned out composition - all I knew is I wanted to paint the Golden Gate Bridge.  I was just there.  It does take your breath away - it's magnificent.  After watching a cool program on TV, about the 75th Anniversary, I simply was inspired.



"Fifty Shades of Green"

8 x 8"
oil on masonite

How could I resist this title - I looked at my palette and said out loud that I must have mixed 50 shades of green.  I'm so happy with this painting, it must be this personal love for old, little houses.  I spotted this one somewhere along the Lincoln Highway in Nebraska.

A larger view and purchase information can be found here.

Also wanted to give a shout-out for a great cause - a good friend of mine formed a group of devoted animal lovers called Animal Aid - they are traveling to south Georgia in July, where they bought 6 acres and named it the Miracle Ranch, where rescued animals will have a safe, healthy place to stay while the group finds them forever homes.  They are currently raising funds - with your $50 donation, they will have your pet's picture painted on the Amazing Grace Bus.  Our Petey is on the bus, makes us feel good.  The great rescuers of Animal Aid typically save about 89 dogs a month - it's a great cause and more info can be found here.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Update on Future Workshops

Registration is now open for my workshop in New York City - taking place the week of May 28 - June 1, 2013.  The studio is in the National Academy, a newly-renovated and larger space allowing up to 20 students.   I'm very excited, this will be my third workshop at this location.

Let me tell you a little more about it - the National Academy is across the street from the Guggenheim Museum, on 5th Avenue - in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  We will start on the Tuesday after Memorial Day, paint every morning and break in the afternoons to get out in the city to photograph.  One of those days will be a longer studio session.  The workshop ends on Saturday afternoon, June 1st.

As in my past workshops, the gist of the workshop is about painting from photos - I do a demo every day, go over how to edit your photos on Photoshop and prepare the image for painting.  Students will paint from their own photos during the week, with my assistance on the process.

New York City is an incredibly image-rich location - museums, cityscapes, people, dogs, park scenes, restaurant scenes - I could go on and on.  You will not only enjoy painting from your photos during the week, you'll amass hundreds of images to paint from when you return home.

The workshop registration is handled by the Sedona Arts Center - the arts director, Vince Fazio, will assist students with editing and printing during the week.  If you are eager for an inspiring experience like no other,  contact the Sedona Arts Center and sign up.  More information can be found here, including contact phone numbers and online registration.

An additional note - my workshop held this October/November, on Hilton Head Island, still has 7 openings available.   The workshop begins on Monday, October 29 and concludes on Friday, November 2, 2012.  The studio is huge, on the top floor of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina - this will be my third workshop at this location.  More information can be found here,  including online registration and contact phone numbers to the Sedona Arts Center.

One more thing - I promised to post when I had new PaintOn Tabletop Easels - there is 1 brand-new easel available now, click here to purchase yours.  

Thank you for signing up, I'd love to have you join me.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend ~

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"A Simple Life"

6 x 6"
oil on masonite
sold

Adding to my new series from a recent cross-country road trip - a plain, unadorned homestead in west Texas, along Highway 40.  I marvel at little houses like this one, plunked on the edge of an interstate, baking in the hot sun.  I love the somewhat-abstract surroundings and I especially love the see-thru from the front window to the back yard.  So simple.  So cool.



Monday, May 21, 2012

"Biker Gang"

16 x 6"
oil on masonite
sold


A new painting - three kids enjoying a bike ride on the beach on Hilton Head Island.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

"200 Faces, No. 109"

4 x 4"
oil on masonite
sold

I've been gardening because, lately, painting became too frustrating.  That's when it's time to get busy doing something different and that usually brings back the flow.   One can only hope.   So I started a new day with a warm-up and to my delight, it did flow.

This gentleman is a new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED, portraits done from police mugshots.



Sunday, May 13, 2012

"Ole Miss"

6 x 6"
oil on masonite
sold

On our recent cross-country road trip, between Brett and myself, we took about 5,400 photographs - so there's a lot to browse through and pick the winners for future paintings.  The best way is to start at the beginning and taking it slow, and I may as well start now on a new series of small works/studies to help me get a grasp on the enormous amount of images.

Starting with Mississippi - when we first pulled out our cameras and began shooting.  Truthfully, our first day of travel included western Georgia and northwest Alabama, but we were more concerned with getting to our first night's stay around Memphis - this is from the area of Horn Lake, Mississippi, a few miles south.  



Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Mr. NoBody"

9 x 12"
oil on masonite

When I visited the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, there were a dozen or so students sketching various paintings and sculptures - including this marble bust 'Maffeo Barbarini, Prince of Palestrina' by Lorenzo Ottoni.  It made me want to join them - couldn't wait to get home and paint the Prince.  To the right is a portion of 'Samson and the Honeycomb', by Giovanni Francesco Barbier.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

"No. 1811"

4 x 12"
oil on masonite

I have this love affair with San Francisco's vintage cable cars - especially the No. 1811, an Italian-made car built in 1928.  As we were crossing the Embarcadero to the Ferry Building, here came the No. 1811, clang, clang, clang.  

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

"Melting"

10 x 8"
oil on masonite
sold

Something to dream of.......

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Fall Workshop at Hilton Head Island


Speaking of the beach.... registration is now open for my workshop at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina - the dates are October 29 - November 2, 2012.  It is the best time of the year to be in Hilton Head, off-season when the weather is spectacular, the crowds are few and the hotel/rental rates are low.

The studio space in the Arts Center is huge, it is our space the entire week, plenty of tables, easels and room to move around with lots of natural light.




The gist of the workshop will be about capturing the moment - on the beaches, boardwalks, marinas, coastal landscapes, nearby Savannah - I guide my students in the process of painting from photos, including editing the images on Photoshop then using oils in an efficient, colorful, fun process.

If you are interested in signing up, please call Vince Fazio, the arts director of the Sedona Arts Center  - contact info is on the right hand column of this blog or on this link.   As of today, there are 7 openings. Vince also assists me at the workshop - helping students with editing and printing the images on paper.

I'd love to have you join me - I work hard to make sure it's worth it.


~ Gratefully,  Karin J

Thursday, May 3, 2012

"Cliffhanger"

8 x 8"
oil on masonite


A gentleman finishing up the last chapter on the beach on Hilton Head Island.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

"Oh the Good Life"

8 x 8"
oil on masonite
sold

I've been back to painting and catching up on a few new summer paintings for the Morris & Whiteside Gallery - including this basset hound that I'm clearly enamored with.

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