Karen's Studio Blog

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Aug 28, 2019, 9:00 AM
I remember when I first considered glass jars as something special in our mass consumption world. I was listening to a radio news report many years ago on how bad the living conditions were in the . . .
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Jul 24, 2019, 9:00 AM
A piece of fine furniture finished with a deep red brown stain and the looks of being well made. Something had to be wrong with it, right?
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Jul 17, 2019, 9:00 AM
It became hot in a hurry along the Colorado front range and I’m not complaining. It was only a short time ago that it was cold and snowing (hello May, I’m looking at you) and will be here again far too soon.
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Jul 9, 2019, 6:46 PM
Ultimately, a sketchbook, journal, or diary are essentially the same thing. A daily capture of your ideas whether it’s a drawing, written text or collection of clippings. If done properly and consistently, a sketchbook or journal can transport you to a very specific time and place much like a diary.
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Feb 28, 2019, 12:00 AM
Say hello to my little friend. Much battered, worn, and bent with only little bits of paint left on the handle, it’s still my go to brush. And yes, it really is that warped.
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Feb 19, 2019, 9:00 PM
One of the amazing things about charcoal is that it transforms from a drawing medium to a painting with the addition of water. Using a wet brush, the charcoal moves across the paper and creates larger areas of grey shapes that have an ink-like feel.
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Feb 13, 2019, 3:14 PM
It’s very important to find passion in life. It makes life worth living and getting out of bed everyday.
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Feb 6, 2019, 3:00 PM
As I was working in the studio, my thoughts kept returning to my art school days and my professors talking about value. Here’s why it matters:
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Oct 24, 2018, 2:30 PM
What do think of when I say trees? Autumn, raking, old man of the forest, Green Man? It’s a fun play of word association. I love trees in all their glory. I grew up in an area that had a huge variety of trees, both deciduous and evergreen. Falls there were ablaze in color.
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Oct 17, 2018, 10:31 PM
I had an Instructor in grad school tell me that he didn’t know why anyone would paint landscapes since they were so hard to make into a good painting. It felt like a challenge set to me then and it still echoes in my thoughts today.

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