Saturday, December 31, 2016
I have been doing a lot of studio work the past couple of months but I'm afraid the blog sometimes gets treated like the step-child. If you want to see me where I'm posting more consistently, follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/karimelenartist/ .
30 Paintings in 30 Days. Always a tough challenge. I have started the challenge a few times but only ever made it through one time. I have a different strategy this time around. I know I can't paint every day and I won't be finishing one painting per day through this challenge so here is my strategy: I'll be working on several paintings at once this time and taking progress shots as I work. You'll have something different to see each day, so come back and visit. Hopefully I'll finish more than one painting during the month but if not, at least I'll be working at something.
You can see some cool stuff at my store on Fine Art America.
You can follow my art page on Facebook.
I hope you have a wonderful New Year.
Monday, October 3, 2016
After an informative Social Media Workshop by Kellee Wynne Conrad I am working to increase my visibility on a couple of outlets I already use. Social Media is such a great, FREE way for artists to connect to each other and to potential clients.
I am sharing my process for abstract painting a very large canvas (30" x 40") on Instagram and you can follow along there.
I have also increased my selection of items available at Fine Art America if you feel like doing a little holiday shopping there, you;d be helping out a small business person (me!). Yay shopping!
Just Look sat this cute tote bag! You should have it for holiday shopping.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Friday, March 4, 2016
Molten metal swirls and flows then rises through a watery grate.
16" x 20" acrylic and handmade paper on hard board.
This painting is available on Etsy.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Marquette, Michigan Coast Guard Station #298.
12" x 16" oil on hard board.
Available on Etsy.
(Reference photo by Jason Swick.)
Sunday, January 10, 2016
"Smitten With Rothko"
I know how she feels!
The Universe is very good at giving me clear signals when it's time to slow down, cut back, or take a beak. The Universe has spoken and I must listen. I will continue the challenge to the best of my ability but not at the risk of my health. Enjoy!
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Week one is now complete. It has been a struggle, for sure. I have no plans for the weekend other than painting and getting ahead for next week so I can take a break in the middle of the week if I need.
I'm afraid the glare got on this painting... I'm always working to correct that but sometimes the sun & clouds don't cooperate for the photographer.
My lovely bicycle was stolen recently however, when I win Lotto (or maybe someone will buy me one for my birthday) I'll get a fancy new one.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Monday, January 4, 2016
Sunday, January 3, 2016
"Long Tall Sally"
Sally is the dog, at least, in my story.
Taking a closer look at the reference photos I've chosen, I notice many of them are from Annapolis, Maryland. It wasn't intentional but I do spend a lot of time there and it is a gorgeous place to photograph.
I showed this painting to some new friends and they recognized the breed of dog (I'm not knowledgeable about that kind of thing, myself) and the location of the scene... so I figure that makes this painting a success.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Friday, January 1, 2016
January 2016 begins with another Challenge. Each time I challenge myself I come away with at least one painting I feel very proud to show. Sometimes life gets too crazy and I can only finish part of the challenge, but trying is the point.
Technical issues are already making me grind my teeth, so bear with me as I try to get everything smoothed out.
My first painting for the month is a Plein Air artist participating in Paint Annapolis at the City Dock, affectionately known as Ego Alley. One of my favorite things about Annapolis is seeing all the great boats that dock right in the historic district, along Main Street. If you've never been here, you should come.