Sunday, October 07, 2007

My Prince


A 5x7. I saw the photo and saw the potential of a great expression. I was mulling over what to name him if he turned out and voila, a wisecrack was made that named him. I guess I'm committed (or should be now). I'm having to do an almost pointillism effect to get the bumps and smooth areas in and I'm liking him in black and white, I may not color him.

He makes me laugh.

Karen

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Zen


she's done. 18x24

nfs...commission

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Shows, Shows and More Shows and a Wip




Summer is over and the farmer's markets with them. I cannot say that they were very profitable, but they were interesting. However, I have upcoming shows:


Sept 28 and 29...Coastal Artisans, D'Lake School Lincoln City (Juried)


Oct 6 and 7...Pleine Air Festival, Taft District, Lincoln City


Oct 11-14...Eugene Home Show! (Juried)


Nov 2 and 3, Crafts on the Coast (Juried)


Dec 1 and 2, Elks Christmas


Dec 11 and 12, Old Geezers (Juried)




I'm actually picking up a little work and framing jobs to the tune of about one a week. Just did some business cards for someone.




I have two commissions to finish and am going to post a pastel I've been playing with.




Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Gypsy Vanner


Created for a friend who does a lot of travelling. It's an ACEO size, but done on the 5x7 ampersand board. I'll try to get a better scan of it later.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

A Day at the Renaissance Festival


I have other work to finish, but had to slip this one in last night. I went to the Renaissance Festival yesterday. I haven't been to one in a couple of years. It was wonderful! Lots of wonderful knights on horseback, snorting destriers, ladies in velvets and silks, an absolutely wonderful day! I took quite a few pictures but this knight was soooo handsome, and of course, he was on a black gelding with his silver armor. What more could you ask for.


This piece is for sale, I'm taking it down to be framed shortly.

Karen

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Peacock-Selling the Drama



I did this one at the Farmer's Market today. I then went and matted it. The mat is not crooked, just my photography. Anyway, it's on silver scratchboard. There's a company going out of business (etalcraft.com) that creates metalic paper...wonderful stuff...I'm going to go back and buy more tomorrow. Anyway, I used a bright gold metal paper, and then all the peacock colors I could find...I may add even more gold, this is so pretty!
I've to find a 12 x12 frame now. Not sure if I want something ornate or simple.

Thanks for looking,

Karen

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Polar Bears


An artgroup I'm on has a monthly challenge...this month it was polar bears. Here's my offering.

Karen

Larry Done


His eyebrows were not on the same line, and the ear phones were so vague that I had to make them up. I'm calling it done.

Karen
Update: Larry finally saw it and it goes up on the web this weekend, he found it...."unique".
lol
Karen

Friday, August 03, 2007

Charlie, ACD


I was contacted by someone that remembered me. She wanted to know if I could do a portrait for ACD rescue. I said no, and then promptly went out and did one, and it will be in the calendar (I hope). Anyway, he was picked up, found to be full of bbs, and in shot, and is now in his forever home learning to be a therapy dog. I met the other therapy dog these people had and she was wonderful. I would say he has some pretty big paws to fill but, from what I've heard, he's doing it effortlessly and lovingly in spite of a not so good beginning.


The thing I love about this particular breed is that they always look like they got a spare part off of another dog. Derby, another ACD I knew, was a red but had a black and white spotted tail. Charlie is a beautiful spotted silvery color, with what looks like solid black ears (probably borrowed from a German Shepherd, just kidding). I had several shots of him, most of them when he looked very serious, but this one, although I'm not overjoyed with drawing tongues, had the most beautiful expression of happiness and I sincerely hope I captured it. I think I did.


Karen

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Springer Puppy


I met her at the Farmer's Market two weeks ago. She was only 12 weeks at the time. 5x7 Black Claybord Scratchboard, the eyes have been colored with watercolors and the highlights re-scratched.


Yes it is for sale.

Karen

Friday, July 27, 2007

White Flowers


Done with a simple tool merely called a Plastic Stylus...looks like a big needle in a plastic holder. I then used my Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils...love those cps. Only a 5x7 but this one is a favorite of mine and I cannot quit looking at it.


It is for sale, and I also have prints and cards available.


I have to go work on a framing job. Not even open yet and the jobs are starting to wander in. I'm so excited.


Karen

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Kitten Behind Bars



Kitten Behind Bars
Here's the next in the series. This one is 8x10. This is the actual donation to the Humane Society. I used crosshatching for the bars and then re-painted them so that they're there, but not upstaging the lovely green eyes.Karen

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Humane Society Kitty


This is the first in a series. The second one just needs some finishing work and it will be going to it's new home at the Humane Society. This one is living with me for the time being.


I did two new and different things with this one. First of all, I got the Derwent Inktense pencils. If you know me, you know that colored pencils and I do not get along. So, when I tried to work with these on regular paper, I came up with the usual mess. However, I got them to see if they'd work with my scratchboard because I prefer ink or watercolors if I'm going to color. Well, all I can say is it worked very well. I also ordered this new tool called simply a plastic stylus...well, if that isn't a gem of a tool too.


I'm going to be posting quite a few more pieces in the next few days. I've managed to gather them all in one spot.


I'm opening a matting and framing store. So from now on, all my pieces will be matted and usually framed, and I'll be producing prints. Those too, shall be matted. All pieces from now on will be specified whether they are for sale or not. Please inquire if interested.
He is for sale. Size of original is 5x7 inches. Framed in a black frame with a black suede mat. Total size of frame is 8x10.


Karen

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Belly Dancer


A once in a lifetime photograph. The shutter clicked at just the right moment. There was no photoshopping this one, it just was. It's rather amazing since she was dancing in front of a bunch of musical instruments (drum, cymbals, microphone etc) in a garage. I'm entering it in the local fair on Monday.

Karen

Farmer's Market Kitten


The local Humane Society set up next to me this weekend. I was very fortunate, I came home with great photos instead of a dozen kittens and two dogs. I thought I'd get him done tonight, but it's not going to happen. It will be colored.

Karen

Zack


I first met Zack a couple of weeks ago at the local farmer's Market. He's one awesome violinist with a sparkling personality. I'm trying to get this one done for the local fair. Brave me, I've never done teeth, or fingers. Hopefully I can fix these.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Graydon


This is a piece I actually created for my step-mother and her granddaughter. It's my stepmother's first great grandchild. I'm beginning to like doing people, scary thought.

Karen

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Grizzly Bear


Another I've been working on, I think I need to tweak the color and then I'll call this one done.

Karen

My first Person


Diana Lee is a wonderful teacher. Through her, I decided to try my first human portrait and here it is, Only 5x7, done utilizing crosshatching, and then I colored the jewelry. She is sprayed and ready for framing and then for her debut as a show piece unless someone buys her before then.

Karen

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Ears!


This is the sequel to Mane! From what I read, this little guy had it rough all his life, he's 21 and in a retirement/safe home. His life was about as opposite as you could get from Denni's life (Mane!). I meant to turn him around but got carried away. There's also no works in progress, I did him in one sitting.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Snow Leopard


I think I got carried away with detail. I'll be doing ink washes and watercolors to bring back the spots and color the eyes...I think I like this pose on cats, any size...it looks a lot like my other cat scratch. Oh yes, it's an 8x10 black ampersand clayboard.

Karen

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Reverie - Snow Leopard


My current wip that I started at Crafts on the Coast (I was in a big cat mood after my Leopard ACEO). 8x10.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Reclaimed


Playing with composition on this one.

Monday, April 16, 2007

frog


Another new one. I'm having fun not having to worry about detail, because I have to take off large areas in order to get the smooth of an amphibian instead of a fuzzy puppy. However, frogs are hot in the area right now so I'll get this guy out there. Goal is to have him done by the weekend.

First photo, of my work in progress. I have to paint as I go along or I'll lose my guidelines for color.

Karen

Goldfinch


Well, this one turned into a real experiment. I ended up scratching all the black off the background and after a couple of scratchings, repaintings, etc, it declared itself done and would not let me do anymore to it...ink just beaded up and refused to paint. I'm pleased with it though.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

ACEO-The Eyes Have It (Wolf Eyes)


A quickie. Done on Esdee Scratchboard and the eyes are colored with irridescent watercolors. 2 1/2 x 3 1/2

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Day 2-Black Russian Terrier


Been looking for backgrounds, right now, toying with using the feathers from the firebird, or a paisley type design.

Karen

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Black Russian Terrier


This is a new one, I posted to a new friend and she sent me pictures of her Black Russian Terriers. Of course I chose the puppy picture. This is a fascinating breed with a great history. I recommend looking them up and reading about them. They are a magnificent breed. As far as scratching one, I'm having a great time with the touseled look. There may not be too many works in progress because I hate to put it down to take a picture.

Karen

Monday, March 05, 2007

Chili Updated



I got the ears scratched at the laundromat and have otherwise been spending 15 minute breaks working on hair and highlights.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Chili





I've started on Chili. This is the weekend for the Yaquina Art Association Show. Unfortunately, mother nature is not in a good mood and the weather is fowl, er foul (got lots of photos of seagulls today, ergo, fowl). Anyway, I sat my table, sold very little, spent a lot, but did spend about 10 hours the last two days working on this. I'm very pleased with how it's turning out.

Karen

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Wild Hair Hibiscus


Just goofing off, need to work on Chili, but started playing with color on a white board and a flower...hibiscus. Back to work on Chili but this one will just be on the back burner for a little while.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Shelby


Sprayed, Signed and Mailed.

Karen

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Final Before Paint


Here she is...I'm pleased. I'll paint her tomorrow and re-scratch.

Karen