Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Man Praying

This is the final image, a large 30x30 piece. Please enjoy the progress shots below.

You can still see the Scriptures I started out with if you hold the canvas up to the light. This piece is available in my etsy shop here. Thank you for visiting my blog!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Painting on Cardboard

This is Clarice.
Trying out a new surface: Cardboard.
Picasso did it, http://www.wikiart.org/en/pablo-picasso/embrace-1900 and so did Miro, Vuillard, Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas, along with many others.
I love the texture of the cardboard. And of course I had to use my Perfect Portrait mix. It's a wonderful skin color. Every color I used in this painting was mixed with a little PP. I heart acrylics.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Flowers in Vase with Perfect Portrait

This still life from my imagination, was painted with the color I created for the Matisse Derivan and Jerrry's Artarama "Create Your Own Color" contest. The background was completely covered with Perfect Portrait (the name I gave my color) and used in the flowers as well. You can purchase Matisse Derivan acrylic paints and mediums at Jerry's Artarama.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Matisse Derivan Create Your Own Color contest

Hey everyone! I entered the Matisse Derivan Create Your Own Color contest over at JerrysArtarama and the voting is taking place now through June 2nd. If you like the color I created, I would love to have your vote.

Please click here, then scroll down to Karen Kay, and click vote. There are some beautiful colors there created by different artists, so enjoy the eye candy and let me know what you think of my color.

Here is the work that inspired my color but you'll have to click on the link to see the color I made from this painting. Take a look around JerrysArtarama while you're there and check out the Matisse paints, they are awesome!

In my studio...
And a close up...
or two...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Perfect Pair of Pears

Perfect pair of pears. I love pears. The real juicy ones that dribble sweet pear juice down your chin when you bite into them. Another 4x6 on watercolor paper. You can purchase this original work here.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Flowers in Pitcher, original mixed media painting

More flowers in a pitcher. This one was done with ink washes and graphite and a smidge of gouache. Loving the 4x6 size. On watercolor paper. You can purchase the original here. 

 Looks great in a frame I purchased half price at Hobby Lobby!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Table Top Fruit Basket

A fun little fruit basket for the table. Another one of my 4x6 original art pieces. Pastel and ink on paper. You can purchase this piece in my etsy shop here.

Monday, January 13, 2014

4x6 art - Flowers in Vases

4x6 art. I love this size. It's quick, easy and gets you ready for a larger painting. But these quick studies are works of art on their own. Place in a standard photo frame and you have instant home decor. Very cool. This one is pastel and ink on paper.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Flowers in Pitcher

I just finished this painting and Shelby has declared it her favorite so far. She said it looked "Frenchy". Shelby has been immersing herself in the French language and culture through Rosetta Stone, so I take that as a compliment. This is a 4x6 gouache and ink painting on Langton Prestige paper.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Valentines Day 2014

Hard to believe Christmas and New Years flew by so fast. I always ask myself, "Where did the time go"? But I know where it went. Time marches on, it does not stop for anyone and here's the thing, you can never go back. Whatever you said or whatever you did last year, remains the same. Forever.

So this year, and not just on Valentines Day, spread the love around. Give your love freely and to everyone, even those who "don't deserve it". Because giving love is something you won't regret doing. Ever.

This original piece is available in my etsy shop here.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pointing Fingers mixed media on canvas

 Oh my, I had such fun with this one. Painted on a 30x30 canvas I have to say painting large is freeing. Rather than tell my own story on this one, I'd like you to read into it what you will. I am sure you can relate.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book review - Creative Photography Lab by Steve Sonheim with Carla Sonheim

The introduction alone was worth the price of the book. Explained in detail with easy to understand (and remember) analogies, are the usually dreaded manual controls, f-stops, aperture, exposure, lighting, shutter speed, depth of field, ISO, etc. I have never completely understood these things. Till now. After putting these principles to use and doing several of the labs from this book, I am now a better picture-taker! More creative. Confident. Higher quality photos. And relaxed enough to let my own style shine through.

There are 52 labs (fun, creative learning experiments) organized into 6 units. Each lab is on a two page spread, so you don't have to turn the page to view the whole exercise (love that). And Bonus - You can use your DSLR, your PAS or your smart phone!
Each lab contains:
A short materials list (for the mixed media projects) or a "settings to use" for your camera.
Short and to the point instructions with stunning visuals.
Quotes that are relevant to the lab exercises, from Jerry Seinfeld to Mark Twain.
Gobs of tips, tricks and techniques to try, things that I never would have thought of.

Each unit ends with a mixed media project by Steve's wife, Carla. Carla Sonheim is the author of "Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists", another book I have and highly recommend.

You could easily do one lab per day. At the end of 52 days I expect to have a real grasp of my camera and shoot like a pro. But I like the way Steve puts it best, "The goal isn't to learn how to take pictures like a professional, but to learn how to take pictures like you!" And that is the essence of this book

Some of the things I have learned so far:
Lab #33 - Self Portrait

Instead of his usual Charlie Chaplain or daffy duck avatars, this young man wanted a personal photo that would reflect his interests to use on social media sites. Mission accomplished!

Using information from the introduction and a couple of the labs, I am now taking better photos of my artwork, an unexpected bonus. Thanks, Steve!
You can buy Steve's book on Amazon

Saturday, August 17, 2013

J'adore Home and Garden

If you live in the Kansas City area, you must visit J'adore Home and Garden on your next shopping trip. An inspiring and truly beautiful place to browse and buy. I made this piece from their 15 year anniversary ad in Spaces magazine. Collage, charcoal, acrylic, ink and handmade paper on a 14x14 wood panel.

Here is their FaceBook page.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Breaking Point

Sometimes in life you get to that point, as Popeye says, "I've had all I can stands cause me can't stands no more". That's the breaking point. You've had enough and you're not going to take it anymore. Time to make changes. This piece helped me to work out a few emotions but I think I may have to do a whole series!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone. Just a little bit of art to post to start the weekend off right. A limited palette of two analogous colors and one complimentary. And a little bit of "spice" in the sky!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Landscape and abstract landscapes from a photo.

These paintings were taken from a photo I took on a farm in Iowa. The photo is on my FaceBook  page, you can view it here. I like the "plain" one, but there is something about bright colors that make me happy and being able to use your imagination to create a different scene than what is before you. That's what it's all about.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Fiery Forest

Mixed media on cotton rag, approx. 16x20. Finding inspiration from all the trees in my backyard and taking advantage of the Spring like day, finally.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Haulover Beach

Haulover Beach, on 22x30 watercolor paper. I fought with her for a long time, just because she didn't know where she wanted to be. At a nude beach turned out to be the perfect spot.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Monoprinting inspired by Chagall

A monoprint inspired by Chagall. First try at monoprinting, I think I will do more!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Willie's Wife

Everyone at my house thinks this looks like Willie's wife, hence the title. Of course, this is just a person out of my head but let the crazies think what they want! This is pastel on Fabriano Tiziano.

Monday, February 18, 2013


Black and white sgraffito on paper. I think it needs color, just waiting for it to dry first.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pastel and collage

Pastel and collage on watercolor paper. Now I know why my dad loved working in pastels. I love the way the pastels move and blend. It just makes you happy to get this stuff all over your hands.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Trust the Gorton's Fisherman

I love the Gorton's Fisherman. He's strong, sexy and catches all those tasty fish sticks. I mean fish. So here he is in pastel on Fabriano Tiziano.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Healthy Girl

She's "Healthy Girl", saving the world one smoothie at a time! Her hair is full of organic goodness with clipped images from a health magazine.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Tea Bag Art

Drew a couple of faces on tea bags. Kept the whole thing, strings, tags and all and mounted them to mat board. One of the tags says "Art is either plagiarism or revolution", Paul Gauguin, 1848-1903 and the other says "True wealth is the ability to let go of your possessions." And a close up so you can see all of the beautiful tea stains and "crumbly tea texture".

Friday, January 11, 2013

First snow of the year, my evergreen loves it!

My evergreen after the first measurable snow this year. But that's okay cause it's supposed to be 67 degrees today. If you don't like the weather in Kansas City, just stick around till tomorrow, it'll change.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

At Hippocrates Health Institute

I love this statue. It's organic and earthy. The weather has only made it better. At Hippocrates Health Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida. Their website is here.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs, Kansas

I love the Renaissance Festival! There is lots to do and see. From the buildings to the costumes, to all the games, shows and activities, it really makes you feel like you stepped back in time. This guy is in the middle of the stage, balancing on the ladder (as in no support) while blowing fire out his mouth. A few minutes before this same guy put his whole body through a tennis racket.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Dick Blick Studio Catalog Winter 2013

My art is in the Blick catalog, yay! I am a huge fan of DickBlick and have been for a long time. I buy almost all of my supplies from them. They closed their Kansas City, MO and Kansas locations years ago so now I buy from them online. Best prices, best quality, name brands and a huge variety. Plus quick shipping and good customer service. Who could ask for more?

The piece featured sold two years ago to collectors in Cornwall, ON, Canada. It started out as a blind contour drawing on a wood panel and developed from there. I used graphite, acrylic, ink, and colored pencil to create this work.