Monday, January 31, 2011

Afternoon Romance

Title: Afternoon Romance
24 x 36
"Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning."
I'm a hopeless romantic, I really am! So these are some of my favorite scenes! Thick palette knife oil in bold color! It's all about love this month of February!
I've had several requests for large romance art so hopefully this inspires someone!
Available on Etsy soon!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Autumn in Love

Title: Autumn in Love
Size: 24x36
"There are only two way to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle. " ~ Albert Einstein
I guess I am a complete romantic at heart. I met my at first sight when I was 16 years old and we've been together 29 years. Need I say more?
My romance landscapes come from my heart, and I am honored when they find a place in yours!
Remember to, laugh and love!
More to come!

Fall Splendor

Title: Fall Splendor
Gorgeous red, golds and blues in super thick oil! Laying cool against warm colors makes this painting glow. I always strive for large, dramatic effects, and applying paint with the palette knife adds texture, and movement while refining shapes and much fun!
Available for purchase on my Etsy!
Thanks for checking in!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Colors of Love

Title: Colors of Love
The warm weather here in Vegas and Valentines day fast approaching makes me want to paint lots of cheerful colors....sharing the love! These romance landscapes will always be one of my favorites to paint....and here is man's best friend too, along for the stroll.
We had a beautiful day here out west! If you didn't have any sunshine out your way, I hope this painting at least warms your heart!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Both angels SOLD!
These two angel paintings were inspired by a collector of mine who suggested I paint an angel. He would like a very large commission so I am painting some smaller studies.
These oil paintings are 9x12

I feel so blessed in my life so angels are very appropriate. I've collected little miniature carved wooden angels for years and have always been inspired by the notion....I don't know why I haven't painted them before. I know this will be the beginning of a new series! I think they make great gifts for a loved one, a new mother, a special friend or beloved daughter, mother or grandmother!
Let me know what you think!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Romance of Red Roses

Title: The Romance of Roses
Valentine's day is approaching and I am in the mood for red and romance art so here you go!
In very thick oil and very vibrant color!
"And what's romance? Usually, a nice little tale where you have everything as you like it, where rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite your nose, and it's always daisy-time."~D.H Lawrence

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Passionate Pears

I love these colorful characters!!!

Title: Passionate Pears


Title: You are the Apple of my Eye
These colorful, whimsical palette knife paintings are so much fun to paint and so much fun to look at. I am a big believer in art should lift your spirit and somehow make you feel better, both when creating it and when gazing upon it! Who knew fruit could make one smile? I hope you enjoy them...available on my Etsy.....brand new and need at least a week to dry!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Spring Cotswolds England

Title: Spring Cotswolds England
I love the Cotswolds, although it was a little cold for me when we visited last Spring....and of course it was raining a bit. But it is the most adorable place. We stayed in a town called Bourton on the Water, a place right out of a Peter Rabbit story....Lovely!

Here are a few more you might like....all three just listed on my Etsy! See link to the right.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Night Romance

Title: Night Romance
Large Original Oil 24x36
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for~ Georgia O'Keeffe
I like this quote for it seems I am often at a loss for words. I don't paint this large often but lately have had an urge to paint big! Huge amounts of paint on this canvas and it really lights up the room.....
I hope it inspires you!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Warm Glow of Night

Here is an example of a pet portrait and I love to paint these!
This is my little Maggie and I think I captured her perfectly!
Let me know if you are interested in a painting of your pet!


Title: Warm Glow of Night

Oil painted large.....20x24

Rich deep pulls of color. This painting adds dramatic impact to a space and bold color.
Available for purchase....see my Etsy link to the right of my blog.

Didn't get much sleep last Maggie dog spent the night very sick. We took her to the vet yesterday morning after discovering she devoured a huge bag of chocolates my daughter left on the ground of her room....this is an 18 lb dog. The vet gave her a hygrogen peroxide blend to make her vomit most of the chocolate, but a lot of it had already entered her system. Taking her probably saved her life though because she was getting very very sick and now I think she's much improved. I'm glad she's alright! Poor dog.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Wild and Free

Title: Wild and Free
Still wet but available for purchase....see Etsy link to the right for more details.
Painted in honor of our daughter's 18th birthday today! This one reminds me of her and is symbolic on many levels. She is a beautiful young woman and has a soaring and colorful spirit. She just found out she got an academic scholorship to an excellent university in SD and we are so excited for her. Just as this wild horse seems to almost lift off in flight, she will soon be moving on to her new life and I can't even begin to say how proud I am of her and how heart wrenching it is at the same time to know the child stage of my parenting is successfully complete! She may be all grown up but she will always be my baby girl!
I love this painting's soul and youthful energy....I hope you enjoy it too!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Crimson and Gold

Title: Crimson and Gold
Birch color! Great texture...super thick. This is available but need at least a week drying time before it can be shipped.
See my Etsy link to the right for purchase!
People say my paintings are cheerful and I suppose they are, as so much as a tree can be joyous I guess mine are. I am generally a positive and content person so I guess my work demonstrates that. I think the bright colors contribute to this feeling and certainly when you hang my "happy" paintings on your walls, they must bring smiles....I hope so.
Happy Friday all!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fall Aspen Trees by the River

Title: Fall Aspen Trees by the River
Size: 20x36
I love painting landscapes with thick paint and rich color! This painting is large and would make quite a focal point in any room.
I've been painting at least 6 hours a day lately and tomorrow I need to take a few hours off and get some excersize and maybe if I'm lucky a little sunshine! It might reach 60 degrees here tomorrow and I'm excited to feel the sun and play some tennis!!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Galloping Wild Horses

Title: Galloping Wild Horses
"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and winds long to play with your hair."--Kahlil Gabran
I love this one.....I love to capture the movement, spirit and powerful energy of these graceful animals and have found the magic of oil and knife is the best way to do it. Thick and rich oils dragged in multiple directions like icing on cake. I love it!
Check it out with my other newest works at

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sailing into the Sun

Sailing into the Sunset
I love this sweet little painting and the contrast of yellows and blues.
Today I needed to paint some water, which always gives me a sense of calm. Just too much violence and sadness on the news tonight. I think this particular painting carries with it all that emotion and tells its own quiet story.
Thanks for checking in this Monday and remember to live, love, laugh and be kind to one another....everyone!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Violin Inspiration

This piece is inspired by my creative daughter Kayla. A photo above from one of her artsy shoots and notice her shirt slogan below....I love it! It is certainly something to live by and states: "The only place the word success comes before work is in the dictionary".

Violin Inspiration
This painting just SOLD
This palette knife painting is a color explosion! Inspired by my daughter Kayla, who is constantly playing! I love to paint music!
I hope you'll shop my karensfineart Etsy shop where there are many more close ups and details on this painting.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Bird Watching Over the Nest

Title: Bird Watching over the Nest

Title: Proud Parents
Both of these palette knife paintings are thick with oil and interesting texture. Sculpture like and whimsical. I love the simple symbolism here and have sold many of these to expectant parents and grandparents and they make wonderful baby shower gifts!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sailing Beyond the Wildflowers

I'm totally allergic to cats but for some reason everywhere we live, and we move every few years, cats find me. This one belongs to my neighbor but he comes on in and hangs out with me while I paint everyday, for the last 3 months or so. I swear he is the reincarnation of a cat I had a few years ago. He's not at all afraid of our dog, in fact Maggie is a little scared of him, and just makes himself at home. I'm taking allergy pills again I guess.....he's my muse.

Sailing Beyond the Wildflowers


A tranquil little landscape in rich thick oil with palette knife and brush. Vivid blues and greens reminds me of Scotland.
"You can keep a dog but it is the cat who keeps people; because cats find humans useful domestic animals."-- George Mikes

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sunrise Fishing

Fall Fly Fishing
These are two of my favorite fisherman paintings. It's amazing how light can change a scene and it's always challenging and so much fun to paint reflective water in varying light. Lots of drags of rich oil in each of these, and vibrant color!

Fly Fishing by Early Light
Still wet but available for purchase!
"It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming."--John Steinbeck

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Canopy of Love

Title: Canopy of Love
"A heart that loves is always young."--Greek Proverb
We are expecting a mix of snow and ice rain here tonight. I'm missing the warm sun like some of you, so maybe this one will warm your heart. Warm color fills the canvas and I feel this painting is all about love, with it's bright color and positive energy, hence the title.
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