Friday, January 30, 2015

"Back Support"

6 x 8"
oil on panel


I'm on my 10th painting for a grouping in a small solo show opening at the end of February - with the same young woman and the same Flemish painting you see on the post below.  The last piece I finished took d-a-y-s.  It includes one of the most fabulous paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but it was a doozie.  

I took a break today and loosened up with a new study of this young man resting his back next to a Monet in the French Impressionism gallery in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Please click here to the auction page.  


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"White Collar"

6 x 8"
oil on panel


I want to paint a larger, more-realized version of this young woman 1) because the painting behind her is one of my very favorites in the Legion of Honor Museum 2) I love her floppy hat and 3) I love the combination of browns and blacks and creams with that touch of olive.  What I wasn't sure of was how the coffee colored wall would do with the skin tones and I wasn't sure I could pull off that cool shirt and whether or not to make it more solid.  So I did this study today.

From the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, a young woman stands in front of the Flemish painting by Frans Pourbus the Younger 'Portrait of a Lady'.

Please click here to the auction page.  


Saturday, January 17, 2015

"200 Faces, No. 146"

4 x 4"
oil on panel
sold


I took a break today from the February show paintings - making great progress.  Largely in part to binge-watching Breaking Bad while painting, which kept me seated all day long.  Great ending by the way.  

This new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED shows one of my visual obsessions - a face emerging from the dark.






Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"First Class Male"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


First, I am hard at work with the paints.  Binge-painting while binge-watching Breaking Bad.  I know I'm late to the party but the show finally clicked with me.   It's most excellent.

I'm working on a grouping of 10, for a small solo show opening late February.  You'll see the paintings sometime close to the opening, which drives me nuts, but that's the deal.

Meanwhile, this new piece features one of my personal favorite paintings by Matisse, the 'Male Nude', which hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.




Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year to You

I like this quote.

"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."  ~ Bill Vaughan





If that doesn't inspire, there are the wise words from Bob Marley...

"Don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing gonna be all right."


I wish you a very happy, healthy and creative 2015 and thank you for your support and friendship.

Cheers  ~  Karin J

Sunday, December 28, 2014

"Summer Camp"

13 x 6"
oil on panel


A nice reminder of those warm, summer days.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

"Greener Pastures"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


Back to work.  I had a wonderful Christmas, hope you did too.

Homemade beef stew and biscuits, double-chocolate brownies for dessert.  

From the Art Institute of Chicago, women studying John La Farge's 'Paradise Valley' in the American Art Gallery.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Calendars

Just a reminder - I have a few calendars left...



purchase your Wall Calendar 'Days at the Museum'



SOLD OUT





Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Goodness"

5 x 5"
oil on panel
sold


I needed a sweet, positive image to paint today and this darling woman just embodies goodness.

From Atlanta, Georgia.




Friday, December 12, 2014

"200 Faces, No. 145"

4 x 4"
oil on panel
sold


A new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED.




Thursday, December 11, 2014

"Madonna"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


Inspired by the Christmas reds and from a good friend's photo, taken at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy - a visitor admiring Raphael's 'Madonna del Cardellino' or 'Madonna of the Goldfinch'.





Saturday, December 6, 2014

"Humble Abodes"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


Home Sweet Home in Natchez, Mississippi.




Thursday, December 4, 2014

My 2015 Calendars are Here

I made up two this year - the smaller Desk Calendar called Dog Days was created for me and they're so cute I ordered more.

Here is the larger Wall Calendar titled Days at the Museum - with 12 reproductions of my original paintings of people viewing art. 




Opened up, the Wall Calendar measures 11 x 17-1/4".   To see the full calendar, click here.

I will donate the profits from the sale of the first 20 to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home, a cancer hospice here in Atlanta.

These SOLD OUT quickly, more are coming.


Here is the smaller Desk Calendar titled Dog Days.




These SOLD OUT quickly, more are coming.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"200 Faces, No. 144"

5 x 5"
oil on panel
sold


I've had a frustrating painting week with a couple of wipe-offs.  Rusty I guess.  Too tight.  And the way to climb out of that is to paint a mugshot.  It's been a while, I don't know why, it's one of my favorite subjects and I'm so, so happy with this new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED.



Monday, November 24, 2014

"Soft Shoes"

8 x 10"
oil on panel


As I was sketching this out onto my panel, I noticed cool similarities between the viewer and the subjects in the painting - the soft shoes and the folded arms.  Bloggers often point these things out that I didn't pick up, which always tickles me.

From the Art Institute of Chicago, a woman feeling a connection with Pierre-Auguste Renoir's 'Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando', with Renoir's 'Chrysanthemums' to the left.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

"Tute Boots"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


I took time out from painting this week to enroll in the Affordable Healthcare Program and I would highly suggest anyone check into the program - the website works, the call center was helpful and starting next year I'll be saving a LOT of money that will buy me more paint among other things.  For many full-time artists and all self-employed people, it's a godsend.

Anyway.... if you've been watching my work for a number of years, I have a preference for cutting off heads.  The reason is I find the figure more interesting - it becomes a form.  Body language takes over, identity is moot.  Composition becomes the fun of it, color takes center stage.  That's why I love it.

From the Art Institute of Chicago, a young woman and her boots takes a rest on a bench.




Sunday, November 16, 2014

"Divine Intervention"

5 x 5"
oil on panel
sold


Brett entered the studio as I was finishing this new painting and said 'he looks like he's walking on water'.  Hence the title.

From Hilton Head Island, a dog chasing his ball in the ocean.





Friday, November 14, 2014

"Reflect Upon"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


The truth about my absences - I've been on three road trips, totalling over 4,000 miles since the end of September.  I like to get out in the world in the fall and hole up in the winter so I got it all out of my system.  I don't post 'Hey, I'm out of town for a week' for obvious reasons but I am home, back in the studio and I'm not going anywhere until I see spring flowers.

I live in the Deep South, but today it's bitchin' cold, even for Atlanta so naturally my thoughts turn to warm days at the beach, with this new painting - a scene from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

You know how I love reflections.




Monday, November 3, 2014

Upcoming Hilton Head Auction

Happy November and Hello to All ~

My beloved Mac was returned to my studio today and I'm whole again.

First thing this week, I wanted to let you know about the details of the upcoming Hilton Head Auction taking place this Saturday, November 8th, starting at 2 pm.

I have three paintings in the auction. If you're interested in participating in the bidding you can do it three different ways.

- You can be present at the auction taking place at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, in Hilton Head.

- If you can't attend the auction, you can place an absentee bid with the gallery. 

- Not able to make it to Hilton Head for the auction?  Watch it through a live streaming webcam and bid online!  How cool is that? 

So..... here are my three paintings.


'Savior'
7 x 10"
oil on panel
sold


'The Boys of Summer'
10 x 10"
oil on panel
sold


 'True Grit'
10 x 10"
oil on panel
sold


I do hope all of this helps for those who are interested in my paintings and love the thrill of an auction. 
I'm excited and thank you all.



Friday, October 24, 2014

Brief Break

Well..... my studio's Mac is in the hospital which has forced me to catch up on fall cleaning and getting the house ready for guests.

Also wanted to mention Carol Marine's book 'Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist'.




Carol included a little bit about me, a few images of my paintings, along with more really great artists who contributed their thoughts and practices.  I'm very proud to be included, thank you Carol Marine.

You can order your copy from Amazon by clicking here.

As for me, I'll be back to painting as soon as humanly possible.

~ Happy Halloween~

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"Stand-Off"

10 x 10"
oil on panel
sold


I've spent the last three days working on this new painting - all the while trying to find something to binge-watch after finishing Lost.  I tried several and poo-pooed all of them before settling on The Walking Dead.  Good one to paint to, I must say.

This moment happens more than you think - a viewer stands in front of Auguste Rodin's sculpture 'Portrait of Balzac' and naturally takes the same pose.  Especially men.  It's like a stand-off.

From the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

"Dropped Buy"

8 x 10"
oil on panel
sold


A new painting featuring one of my favorite paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago - Edward Hopper's 'Nighthawks'.  On a bench that faces this Hopper, I sit and watch people's reactions and I swear, I want to shout out loud when someone passes it by without so much as a glance.  "It's a MASTERPIECE!'  I want to scream.  

There are those who stop and stare, those smart ones.  Like this fellow, who dropped his bag to share my awe.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

"Immobile"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


And now, for your moment of Zen.

A woman choosing to be idle for the time being.

From Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.




Monday, October 6, 2014

"Flower Power"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


Geezaloo.

I'm back from the dead.  Mostly.

I brought back a nasty cold from my trip to Chicago, despite all that diligent hand-washing. It knocked me out for the week.  All I could muster was laying around watching post-season baseball.  My brain is working a little better today.

Back to the paints with this new piece - a young woman admiring Georgia O'Keeffe's  'Yellow Hickory Leaves with Daisy' in the Art Institute of Chicago.