Karen's Studio Blog

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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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Oct 3, 2018, 2:21 PM
I spent most of my studio time last week drawing. Drawing is one of my favorite studio activities. I can draw for 15 minutes to two hours depending on the time available to me that particular day.
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Sep 26, 2018, 2:50 PM
Last week I was hunting around in my office for a three ring binder for a class I’m taking. I have quite the collection of these and most are in use. There was a bunch on a bookcase that were obviously in use but had no information on the spine as to what they might contain. So I pulled one after another off the shelf to see what was inside.
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Sep 19, 2018, 2:31 PM
This Sunday, September 23, is the first full day of autumn. After the recent record breaking heat, I am ready for cooler temperatures. I am not ready for snow or putting the garden to rest for the year since it seems like the garden is really coming into its full summer glory now.
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Sep 12, 2018, 2:26 PM
Whenever I paint florals I can’t help but think of Georgia O’Keeffe and her beautiful floral paintings. She is one of my early artistic influences and I dearly love her work.
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Sep 4, 2018, 9:26 PM
These two still life paintings were inspired from a dream I had about wanting to paint apricots again. Apricots and plums were in season so I had both on hand for snacking and painting last year.
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Aug 29, 2018, 2:22 PM
Still life painting has been an artistic tradition throughout history. Early still life paintings have been discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs and on the walls in Pompeii.
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Aug 21, 2018, 9:29 PM
One of the benefits of working with acrylics is the shorter drying time compared to oils. The ease of cleaning up with soap and water is extremely advantageous. Acrylics have a wonderful versatility. They morph and adapt to any style and intention of the artist with the addition of a variety of mediums.
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Aug 15, 2018, 2:28 PM
I love water towers, silos, and storage tanks in all their different shapes and sizes. Some seem like structures for water storage but actually have other uses such as storage for natural gas.

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