Monday, May 16, 2016

Classic Stallion

The horses that call McCullough Peaks their home are stunning. Most are large-boned and range from bay, to black, duns to paints. Last summer, I was struck by the beauty of a stallion as he watched his band. He had a classic mustang appearance and I knew I would paint him.

"Master of  All he Sees"
©Karen McLain

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Creating Energy in Paintings

When I paint from life, I have a limited time, (as well as moving subjects), to complete a piece. Because of this, there is an energy, vitality and authenticity in them that I am always seeking to replicate in the studio. One exercise I do in the studio is completing paintings within a short period of time. This is usually 30-60 minuets. When I work on larger pieces, I often start them in this timed manner.

Beginning the painting with a random multi-colored wash also results in added energy to the painting. The warm and cool transitions are left to peek through the paint in some areas of the painting and that spontaneity is exciting.

"Afternoon Shadows" 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Assateague Island Wild Horses

During my Artist in Residence at Assateague Island, I had many opportunities to paint and photograph the horses. One morning, a small band was walking in the dunes, the light on the white sand and horses coats was beautiful. This painting was inspired from that morning.

"Assateague Island Wild Horses"
Oil on Gallery wrap

Vincent was "helping" me paint!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Assateague Island Wild Horses

The horses of Assateague Island were inspiring to watch and paint. During my visit, I was able to photograph and paint in different atmospheric and light conditions.

"Assateague Treasure"

"Beach Run"

"Paint in Moonlight"

Please contact me about the availability of these paintings.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Photographing Wild Horses, Visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Equis Art Gallery

Near the end of my Artist in residence at Assateague Island, I was joined by Meredith Hudes-Lowder from Equus ferus Wild Horse Photography. We photographed the horses at Assateague and Chincoteague Island.

After photographing the horses, we traveled to New York to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was exciting to see paintings by artists that I have studied. Rembrandt, Van Gogh,  Cezanne, Sargent, Manet, Vermeer, Zorn and many others.

We also traveled to Red Hook to visit Equis Art Gallery who represents my work. 

This was an incredible end to an awesome opportunity and trip!