Original Watercolor - 14" x 10"
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For many contented hours, Karen paints from some special spot with sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors around her. River, lake, ocean, water of any kind is always her favorite. In the studio, these plein-air sketches expand into larger works, creating retreats that transport her to that special place. From intimate experience, she uses oil paints (and sometimes watercolor) to describe the natural world as color in motion: skies, waters, even growing things in their relative stillness. Sweeping brushstrokes express the fluidity of air and water in richly colored shapes. The solidity of rock and earth give grounding to this motion, carved with form-defining marks. Connecting earth and sky are the reaching growths of grasses and trees. This piece is a watercolor, painted en plein air.
If oil is my medium, then water is my element. My attachment to water began when I was a kid, at a lake cabin in the Poconos, where I swam among the water lilies and Sunnies. I graduated from the rowboat to a canoe and went rock-hopping down the Monongahela. Whitewater kayaking escalated to slalom racing in the Northwest, then nationally, then at pre-world championships in Bala, Wales. With Northwest Outward Bound, I guided rafters down the Deschutes River. Recent kudos include Honorable Mention in the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competition, 2010 Sunriver Music Festival poster artist, featured artist in the Sunriver Arts Faire, and Paint the Parks national competition, second 100.
This piece comes with a $100 Framing Gift Certificate from MOTH Framing Sponsor, Clearwater Gallery & Framing