Karen's Studio Blog

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Apr 3, 2019, 7:00 PM
Last week was especially interesting and not necessarily in a good way. In the process of replacing images on my website, it stopped responding and when I refreshed the page it had disappeared. I couldn’t login or anything. Is Mercury in retrograde?
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Mar 20, 2019, 3:00 PM
In my neck of the woods the signs of spring are quiet and tentative this year as if all things green are afraid of emerging too early and being caught in the freezing temperatures of March and April. Even the skies have seemed less blue and the sun is hiding behind the clouds, shy and demure, only peeking through when feeling brave.
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Mar 13, 2019, 10:51 PM
As I’m writing this, I’m longing for warm sunny days. Ironically it was 60 degrees yesterday. A beautiful day that had people outside enjoying the warm weather. Birds were singing. Bunnies doing what bunnies do best, I’m sure. My husband and I even planted an onion that had sprouted alongside the ones that I planted last spring. Yellow crocuses were blooming alongside my hardy cyclamen. All that and more are now buried under several inches of snow.
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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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Jan 16, 2019, 10:24 PM
Oh no, you caught me experimenting in my studio again! This time it was with collage. Until recently, I worked with collage by combining images from a variety of sources, like magazines, to create an entirely new image. It was an interesting process to remove a part of one image, place it into a completely unrelated composition, and see if it works. You can see a sample here.
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Jan 2, 2019, 4:00 PM
“In the end, everything depends on one’s self, on a fire in the belly with a thousand rays. Nothing else counts. That is why, for example, Matisse is Matisse. . . . He’s got the sun in his gut.” -Pablo Picasso
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Oct 31, 2018, 2:30 PM
Happy Halloween! Charcoal is not just for your next barbecue. Most of my drawings are done in charcoal. Vine charcoal is by far one of the most flexible drawing mediums and one of my favorites.

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