Sunday, February 15, 2015

Assateague Island Seashore Artist in Residence

I am thrilled to announce that I will be at Assateague Island National Seashore October 26th-November 8th, for an Artist in Residence.  On November 7th, I will give a one day workshop, "Introduction to Painting Wild Horses from Life".  The cost of the workshop is $125.00, it is sponsored by and will benefit the Assateague Island Alliance. 
Introduction to Painting Wild Horses from Life
with Karen McLain
November 7th, 2015

Artists have long painted outdoors, working in natural light to see and to be inspired by nature while immersed in its element. This workshop will cover techniques for painting the horse quickly and fluidly from life. We will discuss the challenges of painting a moving subject in changing light and coping with the problems inherent in painting outdoors. A demonstration will be given on painting the horse with emphasis on accurate anatomy. I will guide the students through the process of observing, painting and learning from wild horses to enrich studio work.
Join us for a very rewarding experience as you take advantage of the beauty that surrounds us and capture it on canvas!
Portable equipment is required – students will be working outdoors with a wild horse in their natural setting.

Registration information will be released soon. For more information or to be added to the distribution list please contact us at 443-614-3547, or keep watching for updates on Facebook and

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Painting, Inspiration and Learning

My favorite quote from 2014:"Don't be afraid to wipe that off and start over." --Ned Jacob.

Challenging myself and learning are two of my favorite things. This past year I focused on simplifying form and expressing as much as I can clearly and simply. Additionally I continued to work on accurate gesture sketching and studio painting with energy.
"Value Study-The Chase"

"The Chase"
"Stallion and Sage"

"Morning Dust"
"The Stallion Returns"

"Watercolor from life"
"Making Tie-Dye"

"Cityscape 5"

"Cityscape 7"  
"Finger drawing on the iPad in Wasabi Paint app"

Approaching painting with inspiration and energy is my continued goal for 2015.

May you have a happy, healthy and creative year!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Wild Paint Stallion, Running Free

The beauty of a this stallion completely captivated me. As he ran, I could smell the fragrant sage and dust. I watched him for about an hour as he went to water and then back out to graze.
"Paint Stallion"

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mustang Descent

The thunder of hooves still echos in my  heart as I remember the descent of a band of horses from the hilltop. The excitement and freedom was palatable as they ran through the thick sage and dust.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mustangs, Bonds and Atmosphere

While watching wild horses, I am intrigued by their relationships and the feeling of mystery. No matter how much time I spend in contemplation, I am always inspired and learning. This piece shows a mare and two foals emerging from the atmosphere. Surprise and delight are what I feel each time I see them, a chance to discover something new.
"They Appeared out of the Dust"