Saturday, March 31, 2007

A painting a day---

Hey, hey, hey,

Look at this: a painting for your perusal on March 30th, AND right back at ya with another painting---for your perusal, of course---on March 31st. Yea me, two days---two paintings. This one, unnamed as yet, (Brian-oh-great-namer, are you reading?) a still life, obviously, acrylic, of course, on paper about 15 inches square. Enjoy. Now I'm going to go paint a biker---update at 11.

Later, Karen

Friday, March 30, 2007

A painting a day

Howdy all,

Yes, I have been a slacker this week. But today I did the "Wet Canvas" WDE (weekly drawing event) which resulted in a painting, kind of. Acrylic on paper, 15 inches square. The challenge was a photo of beautiful yellow coneflowers, brilliant yellow, in fact. By the time I realized the paint was approaching the 1/4th inch think point, I realized the sky had gone from lovely summer blue to slightly stormy murk. We'll see what the morning light says about it!

Later, KC

Monday, March 26, 2007

Des Moines; "Artfest Midwest" and "Valley Junction Art Market"

Good morning,

What a great day to live in Iowa. March 26th and our thermometor is cruising in the upper 60's, yea!

It makes me think of summer and art shows. Two Des Moines area art shows I will be exhibiting at this spring/summer are:

Valley Junction Art Market, held on 5th Street in the historic Valley Junction area of West Des Moines. This is a one day show, May 20th, with hours of 11 am thru 5 pm.

Artfest Midwest, "The Other Art Show" held at the Varied Industry building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The dates are June 30th-July 1st, 2007. Hours are 10 am thru 6 pm on Saturday, and 10 am thru 5 pm on Sunday.

And today, a tulip painting! A 16 x 16 inch canvas, nice thick acrylic paint---it was fun.

Later, Karen

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A "painting a day"

Hello and happy Tuesday!

I have a quick little painting to share today.

We went to a fundraiser with a Haiti focus, at our church Sunday evening. A group of people had been down to Haiti delivering rice, and visiting a school, Guimby School, where the lunch program is funded by our church. Wow, pretty cool, huh? They brought back several pieces of work done by local artisans that they encountered in the area. A very cool little wooden pot managed to come home with us.

The attached painting is a quick look at the pot, trying to figure out how I want to put it into a large still life. As it is, the study is about 14.5 inches square on gessoed paper.

Later, Karen

Sunday, March 18, 2007


Yes, I have a daily painting for you today! Actually I have been working on it for several days, off and on, but finished today, so counted for today! Brian named it for me, ask him to translate!
Later, Karen

Saturday, March 17, 2007

technorati stuff--whew

Technorati Profile

well, there's the code, now would somebody tell me what it means? (sigh) I think I need to learn this greek.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A Painting A Day


So, a question for the "painting a day" people: Do you have to post your work to have it count? Yes, I did my painting for today, and yes, I am quite annoyed with it, and no, you don't get to see it. How about a verbal pic instead? A red kalanchoe, wrapped up in yellow and blue florist paper---sounds like it's my color scheme, right? Well, it just wasn't any fun at all. I promise to keep you informed to it's condition (or demise!) You know, I am pretty stubborn, maybe I'll try it again tomorrow, with a different plan of attack!
Later, Karen

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I just went down and picked up our computer from M. Hyde, yeah, they would be our favorite local computer gurus who fix all things nasty that happen to the naughty machine. --so a bit of catching up to do here, we'll see how long THAT takes. KC

Sunday, March 11, 2007

more "shades of red"

almost forgot----here's a pic of the front page, March 6th, Spencer Daily Reporter. Note the lovely red zinnia painting glowing in the center column!

Later, Karen

"A Painting A Day"

Hello, and happy Sunday afternoon to you!

I have been looking at all the "painting a day" people's sites, and there are many. Way to go, and congratulations to you all. It's not nearly as easy as it sounds. For those unfamiliar with the phrase and it's use, it literally means an artist commits to painting a work of art each day. Yes, it's allowed to be smaller, and ok, it's not as complex as usual.

I would love to say that I'm there, I'm getting it done, BUT no, not yet. So, is there anyone out there who wants to form a "painting every 2 1/2 to 3 days" group? No, I'm not serious. I am continuing to push for the one a day. Just watch, I'll get there.

As for today, I uploaded a piece that I started at a studio group session, and finished up yesterday. Actually, you get to see three jpgs of it---one, as it looked after the studio session, two, where I played with a copy of the image to find a solution for finishing it, and three, as it is now, and if you look close, yeah, it's signed, so maybe it's done. (maybe!) Ok, time to post.

Later, Karen

Thursday, March 8, 2007

The Golden Retriever


Yes, as a matter of fact, I have been busy. Any suggestions of abandoning, or ignoring this space are completely fictious and a fabrication of a mind that needs something better to do.

But look, there is a new painting for the "painting a day" group, but you're correct, I should rename it the "painting every other day" at most. But no matter the timing, it's kinda fun, don't you think? Title you ask?


It's an acrylic on paper, about 16 inches square. If you enjoy it at all, I DO have a comment box. If you think I'm a wacko painter, well, I guess I still have a comment box!


Sunday, March 4, 2007

Dick Blick trip


So much for a painting a day---or did we agree that weekends don't count?

The Spencer Coopers survived yet another blizzard and celebrated by driving through the end of it to get to Iowa City. That's called a four hour trip becomes a six hour trip. But Abbie had flown into the Quad Cities to get to Iowa City for a University of Iowa visit so of course we went too. Abbie made it, Lindsey and Chris made it, and we made it---a good time was had by all. Abbie made beautiful music, we ate lots of food and played Yahtzee. It was a blizzard weekend, what did you expect?

As for painting, as close as I got to painting for the weekend, was the mention in the title; a trip to Dick Blick, where I did, by the way, hit a very cool sale and score a portfolio to lug canvases around in. Yes, I went to buy paint, not a portfolio, but when the opportunity strikes, some things we must do. (mentally insert the little smiley face guy with sunglasses on here, because I can't find him on this page)

Yes, as a matter of fact, it IS late. Maybe you'll get a painting post tomorrow!

Later, Karen