Sunday, June 26, 2016

Visiting the Met and Painting the Hudson Valley

Next week, while visiting my friend, Meredith Hudes-Lowder of Equus ferus Wild Horse Photography,  I will have the opportunity to see collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art,  The Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Natural History are a few on my list.

Anders Zorn 

The opportunity to learn from viewing the work of masters is something that impacts my painting on a deep level. I look forward to seeing Rosa Bonheur's masterpiece,  "The Horse Fair", which is 8x16 feet and completed when she was 33 years old.



In addition to visiting museums, I will have the opportunity to tour and paint the Hudson Valley, where the Hudson River School was based and inspired. These artists left a legacy of paintings that express depth and light in an amazing way.

I am looking forward to the week of learning, painting and fun ahead!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

National Treasures Exhibit in Estes Park

"Bighorn Beauty"
Oil
11x14
"Dryhead Stallion"
Oil on linen
9x12
I am thrilled to have five pieces included in the "National Treasures: Art Celebrating the National Park System" show at Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park! These are based on my Artist in Residence at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and Assateague Island National Seashore, sponsored by Assateague Island Alliance (AIA). 

This is the National Park system's 100th anniversary and it is a pleasure to celebrate the beauty with this exhibit. 

The show and sale is July 1st-31st. Please call Cultural Arts Center of Estes Park, (970-586-9203), for purchase inquiry.
"Assateague Island Wild Horses"
Oil on Gallery wrap
24x36

"Paint in Moonlight"
Oil 
9x12
Wave Study.
Oil 
8x10



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"
Oil
9x12
$250.00
©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" 
Oil 
11x14
$400.00



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
24x36
$2,200

Vincent was "helping" me paint!