Monday, August 31, 2009

a great weekend at the Art Walk

I had a great time at the art walk and wanted to thank all of you who came by to visit. Aside from the fact that it was extremely hot and I wore the wrong shoes, it attracted a fun crowd and was a big success. I was lucky enough to get my favorite spot under a giant tree with a slight ocean breeze flowing through my tent. The Pannikin quickly became the halfway point to rest, drink an iced tea and get out of the sun. They even hung the elephant mural up over the balcony for the day. I'm looking forward to doing this show again next year. Karin

Friday, August 28, 2009

Some New Urchin Paintings

Here's another batch of my sea urchins painted on birch wood. I painted this series to be more vibrant in color the the last. I still can't decide which one I'm allowing myself to keep and which ones will be at the Art Walk on sunday. I also promise to list some of the originals in my shop next week.
Tomorrow is my big "finishing up all the details" kind of day. Then I'll be packing up the car and hope everything fits. If your in my neck of the woods, please stop by and have a cup of coffee (iced for sure) with me. Until then, have a great weekend. Karin

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

His name is Bobby

While I'm running around getting ready for this weekends show, I thought I'd post an interview with one of my many assistants.
Meet Bob, a kooky little guy with a lot to say.
-He's 9 years old
-If you're in the hammock, he'll be there shortly. He also insists on being held over the right shoulder, not the left.
-He has a habit of sticking his tongue out. Today was a record breaking 5 minutes.
-His best friend is Eddie. (pictured above)
-He thinks he was an underwear model in a past life.
-He had a girlfriend (Betty), but she cheated on him with his brother (Max) who then dumped her.
-Favorite hobbies involve watching "bird tv" on the chicken network in the backyard.
-He prefers to be an indoor/outdoor cat. You got a problem with that?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Fresh Batch of Paintings!

I've been working hard trying to finish up some paintings for this weekends show. Prints of these are already available in my etsy shop, and some of the originals will be listed after Leucadia Art Walk. Painting on wood can be a little tricky, but I really like the overall effect of the wood grain coming through.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Leucadia Art Walk

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I've been up in LA all last week with limited internet access, but lots of time to paint.
This is my last week to get everything ready for Leucadia Art Walk. It'll be on Sunday the 30th and stretch about a mile long on Old Highway 101 with over 100 artists. This just might be the first year that they were booked solid and had to turn artists away. I will have my tent set up in front of the Pannikin for anyone who wants to stop by and say hello.
The pictures above show a sampling of my new cards I've been busy making. I also hope to have plenty of new paintings and prints ready as well. Karin

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bamboo Mural Group Project--day 4

I think it's just about done. We will all decide next week if we should add anything else to it or not. On this day, we painted some detail lines, added highlights in yellow, and rubbed on some turquoise paint to give the bamboo a little more color. Here are some pictures of each stage. Enjoy, Karin

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Chickens Have Arrived

We finally got our chicken coop, and yesterday the chickens moved in. Aren't they cute? That's my friends son Pablo inside. He was helping me paint the coop, but got more paint on the fence then the cage, so his sister locked him inside. You'd think he'd complain, but liked hanging out in there and didn't want to come out.

So it just came to my attention that we get everything in sets of threes. Three dogs, three cats, and now three chickens. We're weird like that.

Unfortunately, I had to go out of town for a week so Art has to take care of them and all the other pets till I get back.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Student Art

Davey just finished his painting today. I think he did a fabulous job. It wasn't that long ago when he was so new to painting it made him very nervous. Fabulous sketch artist a talented painter. His next project involves his latest obsession, Tiki's. Can't wait to see what he comes up with. Here he is with his beautiful Grandma taking a lunch break in the palapa. So camera shy, I finally got him to crack a smile. Have a great vacation in England, and I'll see you in September Davey. Karin

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Corners of my house

My favorite time of day is when the late afternoon sunlight pours through the the front of the house. It's so relaxing, so quiet, and one by one all my fur balls crash for an afternoon nap. I tried to capture this glow with my camera and this is the best I could do. Karin

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bamboo Mural--day 3

Moving right along. The bamboo is really starting to take form as we started adding the shadows today. Here's a shot of Francesca and Carol working away. And of course my dog Blue likes to check in on us every ten minutes.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

More pictures of Barrels and Branches Anniversary Event

Each day I filled my car will more and more plants and things for my garden. The big event and sale ends on monday, so stop by if you have a chance. It's totally worth it. Karin

Friday, August 7, 2009

The show started today

Here are a few pictures I took of the show at Barrels and Branches four day anniversary event. How cute are these little mini succulent gardens? Also, my friend Carrie made the "Tide pool" shell shadow boxes tucked in the ocean display.
I'll be there again tomorrow. I want to thank all my friends who showed up and supported the local artists. I ended up leaving with a car load of beautiful plants which my husband and I already planted in our front yard. It's been a fun day for sure. Karin

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Class Project--Bamboo Forest

So here is a picture of it so far. It measures about 4x7 feet and will be displayed downstairs at the Pannikin when completed. You may need to click on the image to see the detail a little better. This is what is looks like before we add all the shadows and detail. Our goal is to have it feel very soft and zen like, so we will be applying the darker tones very lightly at first. We don't want it to become too intricate and busy looking. We're(Carol, Francesca and I) going for a very peaceful and sleepy painting. Enjoy, Karin

Monday, August 3, 2009

Glass Lanterns and Chickadees

Here's a painting I just finished for a custom order. It's a smaller (16x20inch) version of another painting of mine. I don't know what it is about birds and lanterns, but I can never get enough of them. Karin

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Corners of my house

I love these two nightstand/end tables given to me by my good friend Kerstyn. Max also appreciates his new perch. All they needed was some new hardware to make them fabulous.