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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 yoursmart 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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.