Traditional Oil Paintings

Blackberries and Leaves, 11″x14″, archival belgian linen

Being a still life photographer enables me to shoot set-ups to use for traditional oil painting. I have wanted to paint in oils for the longest time and have dabbled with the oils for several years. Very recently, by that I mean less than a year ago, I started working with Kelli Folsom Art Studio. I could not be happier with Kelli’s Vital Art Sessions ~ I find her style of teaching to be just what my brain understands. We all learn differently and she has me hooked! I miss my easel when I’m away and always look forward to beginning a new painting.

Fresh Melon, 11″ x 14″, Arches Oil Paper on board

I’m pretty traditional and since I photograph still life and food I’m enjoying painting fruits and vegetables along with pottery. Every week I look forward to new lessons that land in my in-box! Quite often the things I paint seem difficult but it does come together by the end of the painting. I rarely have a painting take more than one sitting. I don’t like to go back to it the next day after the oils have begun to set up ~ it truly is enjoyable painting wet into wet and manipulating the paint.

Peppers, 8″ x 10″, Archival Belgian Linen

A lot of the set-ups I shoot have vintage elements included. It’s just what I have around the house. We had a “pepper lesson” recently and I didn’t even know I wanted to paint peppers until Kelli showed us how. Seriously, I can look at a lesson and think, “good heavens, really?” But she makes me believe that I can do it, and then I do. What more could you ask for in an instructor?

The Ladle, 11″ x 14″, Archival Belgian Linen

Each of these paintings are from set-ups of my own with things I have around the house. But I am incorporating things I have learned from Kelli in Vital Art Sessions. Who knew? Who knew I could actually do this, and who knew it would be so darned enjoyable?

I especially like painting good solid objects such as pottery and fruit. I get a bit befuddled when faced with flowers. So far, I’ve been trying to avoid flowers.

Bottom line here is that I now have over 90 (yes, 90!!!!!) small paintings taking up space. I’m selling them. Sunday December 2nd there will be a local show/sale, so if you are in the Roseville/GraniteBay/Folsom/Sacramento area of Northern California let me know! I’ve got lots of “Smalls for your Walls”. More sample images are shown below, with sizes varying from 5″ x 7″ to 11″ x 14″.

But, really, I have more than what I’m showing here. . . many more. And there will be other vendors  at the event, too. Becky Davis Majewski will be there with her tile art and Linda Meadows will be there with her handmade jewelry.

Let me know if you have any interest. If you do not catch this sale, you can find more of my work at Bushnell’s Garden Nursery in the Home Decor area. They are on Douglas Boulevard in Granite Bay, California.

The season will be busy ~ I’ll be cooking, shooting, painting, and saving a little time to relax at the cabin. Hope your season is everything you want it to be. Just message me for details because we would love to see you at our Holiday Artists Open House.



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  • Sheila Evancie

    Where is your sale this Sunday?  Might try to stop since I’m missing GABReplyCancel

    • KarenBurns

      just saw your note, Sheila, hope you can make it 🙂 ReplyCancel

  • KarenBurns

    Just an update and a huge thank you to all who came to our Artists Open House ~ I sold 37 paintings at the sale, and sold another 11 paintings at book club that week. You all are awesome!! Big thanks for your support! Looking forward to more easel time.ReplyCancel

Karen Burns ~ Fine Art Oil Painter and Photographer


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