Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Three Wild and Free

Title: Three Wild and Free

Size: 16x12


Thick palette knife work and bold fauvism color in this peice of abstract expressionism. I like to keep my horse paintings loose and focus on generating movement and energy through color combinations and textures. Just the right size painting to hang about anywhere too!

I hope you visit my Etsy store to find all my new works and excellent prices on this piece and all my other paintings as well!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Rainy Stroll with the Dog

Title: Rainy Stroll with the Dog
Size: 18 x 18
Oil, stretched and ready to hang
"It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet." -- Kojiro Tomita
I painted this mostly in knife using deep cad yellows, reds and umbers with pops of teal! I always enjoy adding man's best friend to the painting for what good is walk without your dog! I hope it makes you smile as that is always my ultimate goal!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Amalfi Coast Italy

Title: Amalfi Coast Italy
Size: 20 x 24
Just finished this painting of a beautiful and scenic coast in southern Italy. I love Italy and think it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I also love the ocean, so this combination is ideal! Old villas overlooking ocean views and a great Italian red.....almost heaven!
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and get to spend it with people you love!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Strutting Barnyard Bird

Title: Strutting Barnyard Bird
Size: 12x16
I love painting these whimsical roosters in brilliant color and texture. I used a bit of beautiful gold in the background of this beauty! This one is available for purchase now and is almost dry. I've just about finished all my holiday commissions and am ready to take new orders. Let me know if you have a special request!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Napa Valley Vineyard Glow

I just posted a new pet commissions site on
www.etsy.com/shop/karensfineart in my Etsy store. I just love painting pets and animals for people and I'll paint them any size....just need your photo of your loved one.
Running out of time to get commissions done for the holidays so get them to me soon if you need it finished and shipped by Christimas!

Title: Napa Valley Vineyard Glow
Size: 18 x 18
Available for purchase...see my Etsy
This is a new size canvas for me and I really like it. It's square so two or three would look great in a row as a tryptic or framed. Lots of brilliant color and texture in this vineyard landscape. I'm a great fan of fine wine and love a beautiful vineyard where the promise of greatness grows!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

King of the Roost

Title: King of the Roost
Size: 16 x 20
I've been so busy painting lately that I just realized we hardly have a week until Thanksgiving and then Christmas is right around the corner! This is always my favorite time of year. I look forward to family and friends and cooking and decorating! These birds are in high demand around this time of year so here is a great medium sized bird and I have larger and smaller ones on the way as well! Color and texture is what I am all about and this guy is no exception but he is exceptional!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fisherman at Sunrise

Another completed commission! I love painting water and beach scenes. I think this one turned out real lovely. I can't wait to send it off to be hung up for the holidays! I've enjoyed every moment painting these special commissions for my collectors. I'm delighted to create special moments in time for you all to enjoy.

Title: Fisherman at Sunrise
Size: 20 X 24
Brilliant hues of blue and highlights of gold make this painting glow....I hope you enjoy this peaceful scene! Thanks for checking in!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Title: Night Lights
Size: 20 x 24
"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser." -- John Gardner
Lots of Color and texture in this palette knife oil! I feel December approaching fast and am busy working overtime in the studio! Took a little break yesterday to play some tennis. The weather in Vegas is unbelievable....today it was 70 degrees!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Lake Como Reflections

"What is possible in art becomes thinkable in life." ~ Brian Eno
Title: Lake Como Reflections
Size: 20 x 24
One of my favorite paintiings! I've painted this exact spot dozens of times and never get tired of dreaming about it. When I look back at my photos of my trips to Europe, always the most colorful art my Italy snapshots. It is full of sunshine and olive oil! Brilliant blues with the sun playing off the water make a great palette. Thick palette knife work and texture ....I hope you enjoy a bit of Sunshine in November!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Abstract Running Horses

Title: Abstract Running Horses
Size: 9 x 12
"Man needs color to live; it's just as necessary an element as fire and water."
Matisse is one of my favorite inspirations and I consider him one of the greats in the fauvism movement. Fauvism takes a leap beyond impressionsm into almost abstraction, but not quite. I just love the bright colors and energy of this style and it lends itself well to palette knife work. Brilliant!
This painting would make a fantastic gift for the holidays!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Evening Regatta

Title: Evening Regatta
Size: 20 x 24
Available for purchase
This is similiar in style to some of my rain series paintings....lots of thick palette knife drags, layer upon layer of rich buttery oil. Each pull of the knife is unique so each painting is one of a kind art from my heart! I play with contrast of color...cool blues against warm reds and pops of white in the deep blue of the night sky and ocean.
"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."--Francis Bacon

Monday, November 8, 2010

Love in the Rain

Title: Love in the Rain
Medium: oil
Size: 12 x 16
I love to paint couples in the rain. I have painted a few paintings similiar to this one because I'm enjoying the movement and emotion in this loose palette knife work. Swirls of color envelop the couple as they emerge from the abstract background. I am enjoying painting lots of smaller works for the holidays....they make wonderful gifts!!
And I'm still busy with commissions! Daylight savings has me up early to work as we loose good light so early in the day. Hopefully this painting will brighten up somebody's mood and room soon!
Thanks for checking in to see one of my latest creations!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Red Umbrella in Paris Rain

Title: Red Umbrella in Paris Rain
Size 20 x 24
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
Thought I would share another Paris reflective painting. Lots of light! My focus was on keeping the painting real loose with lots of contrasting color and texture. Drags and pulls of palette knife and many layers of color make it glow!
"To send light into the darkness of men's hearts--such is the duty of an artist."--Shumann

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Sea Turtle

Keeping the compostitions simple is key to making these two paintings work with my impressionistic style and loose brush and palette knife work. I love to let my palette knife dance across the canvas and generate as much energy and movement as possible with abstract strokes of color! Speed and wind!
The Ski Racer

This colorful oil snow skier piece was painted for a collector and was recently shipped off! Lots of thick palettle knife work and many layers of beautiful broken colors!
Thanks Bobbi!
The Sea Turtle

I recently finished this painting in thick, textured oils!
This original oil painting is available at The Hive Creations in Santa Maria Island Florida

Contact Rachel at TheHiveCreationsAnnaMariaIsland@yahoo.com for purchase information.

Keeping this post brief because I am excited to work on more commissions!!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fall Birch Trees and Sky

Here's another commission that is just about dry and ready to ship! Images of Scotland!

Title: Fall Birch Trees and Sky
Medium: oil
Size: 24 x 30

"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist."--Oscar Wild

Ever lie down on the grass and look up at the trees? This is what I see. For years, I used to take my glasses off when I painted outside plein air. It would help me paint more of an impression of the scene. Capturing color and energy rather than too much detail. Palette knife lends itself to a looser look and much thicker paint! This one will take at least another week to dry and then will be available to purchase. Cadmium reds and yellows take the longest to oxidize.

Thanks for checking in!

Monday, November 1, 2010

City Rain

Title: City Rain and the Red Umbrella
Size: 20 x 24
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
This painting was a different twist on city rain. I muted my background so the people become the focal point, the main focus becoming the red umbrella. An interesting, modern rainy scene.
Holidays are only weeks away and I've been busy painting commissions! I love painting gifts and special meaningful works for everyone, especially around this time of year. I think art is the very best gift, especially if it is a painting you helped design!
Thanks for checking in and hope everyone is enjoying life!
"Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude toward us." -- Earl Nightingale
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