January Days

January days are flying by. Hope you are settling into the New Year! I kicked off the year by taking an oil painting workshop with Kelli Folsom. It was a great four days of easel time. Watching her mix paint, seeing how she handles the brush, getting a feel for all that thick, juicy paint being applied ~ it was heaven. January is the perfect time to spend more time at the easel, with the holidays packed away and a bit less to do on the photography side of things. No snow at the cabin, so staying tucked in here has its benefits.

This tarnished copper pot was my favorite prop to paint at the workshop. It helped me get a feel for how much paint is required. I did learn that if you don’t have enough paint down, you cannot manipulate it or push it around. It was wonderful working everyday with like-minded artists.

I’ve been working on some small studies since the workshop and it feels good to paint a little every day. I can’t keep up with painting every day, but find it so enjoyable. I like whipping that palette knife around!

Most of the time I use whatever is here, around the house, for still life set-ups. I do have a lot of props for the photography side of things. But I found this little silver creamer at the flea market last weekend. Gathering a few rose hips to pair with it seemed to work out well. I think I’ll be painting this little creamer again. That tiny detail on the upper part of the handle was what I really liked about this tarnished piece.

These copper Charlotte Molds are part of a larger painting ~ I will be doing more pieces in copper over the next several months. Capturing that glow/shine is a good challenge. And I have a collaboration with Coppermill Kitchen to announce later this year ~ exciting times ahead!

Eventually I’ll be adding a page on the website of available paintings. It will take some time getting it set up, so don’t expect it too soon. In the meantime, we have our next Still Life/Food Photography workshop this March in Vancouver, Washington, to plan for. Hope your January has been a creative month whether you have snow or no snow.

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    Karen Burns ~ Fine Art Oil Painter and Photographer


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