Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Harbor

Oil on 8x10 Gallery wrap canvas

I went to a plein air workshop on Friday in Milwaukee with painting instructor James Hempel and a group of artists.  It was the second time I painted in plein air which was nerve racking and exciting at the same time.  I spoke to a lot of very nice, supportive, and interesting people who would stop by to look at what I was painting.  It was truly an experience I will never forget and reinforces the idea that it's important to step out of your comfort zone to grow as an artist.
We were at the McKinley Marina and Lagoon in Milwaukee, a very beautiful area which reminded me of growing up in the south of France and spending summers on the sailboat.
The title of this painting was the name of the sailboat and also very fitting for painting a complicated scene.  I was thinking I would get a couple of paintings done during the day but ended up only working on this one.


  1. That's beautiful, Karen. And I'm going to keep your "comfort zone" statement in my mind.

  2. Karen, this is a wonderful painting, with beautiful light! The fact that you could complete an 8x10, and do so well, while being fairly new to plein air painting is very impressive -- wow! Plein air painting is not easy, but such a great experience.

  3. Wow Karen!This painting has a spontaneity to it.It did give me a feeling of watercolors.Plein air painting does sound exciting.Hope to experience it some time soon.:)

  4. Wonderful cool colours and lovely brushwork,your plein air experience sounds difficult but you've made it look easy!!


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