Drifters in the Stream – and still celebrating!

“Drifters in the Stream” – 12 x 16 – oil on canvas
Accepted into California Art Club’s biannual show, opens Nov. 3

We were celebrating yesterday because I just found out that my oil painting “Drifters in the stream” was accepted into the California Art Club’s biannual show at the Pasadena Women’s City Club at the Blinn House in Pasadena. The show, themed “Rivers and Harbors: Sources and Confluences” will open Saturday November 3 with the artists reception from 5-7 pm. So if you’re in So. Cal and would like to come see a lot of new art, including my painting and a painting by my friend and co-exhibitor at Descanso Gardens, Laura Wambsgans, please join us.

My painting (above) was inspired by a small koi-filled stream at Descanso Gardens where fall leaves were swirling in an eddy. I was captivated by the abstract patterns that were made by the leaves, the reflections of the oak trees above and the moving water. I did a Moleskine sketch on site and have been intrigued with the image ever since.

So, after I got the notice in the mail, we went out for some antipasti at a local Italian restaurant, and my dear husband snapped this shot of notoriously camera-shy me. There’s a little glass of champagne in my right hand in commemoration of this very happy week.

Also, tomorrow (Saturday) is my artists reception for Brand 36, works on paper, at the Brand Library Gallery in Glendale: 4-7 pm, so if you see me there, stop and say hi! I’ll be the one with the big silly grin on my face!


  1. Wendee
    October 5, 2007

    Camera shy indeed. This photo is lovely in its spontaneous happiness. Congratulations, Karen. Looking forward to a fall season filled with lots of artsy and designy events! All my artsy buddies are keeping my calendar filled with receptions! Yay!

  2. Wendee
    October 5, 2007

    The painting is fantastic, too!

  3. Casey
    October 5, 2007

    Congratulations Karen – it’s a great painting. It’s fun to see your photo, too. What a wonderful smile you have!

  4. teric
    October 5, 2007

    Finally!! I see the ‘real’ Karen!! Lovely photo that shows your happiness to the nth degree.

  5. toni
    October 5, 2007

    Ah Karen you are just as I remember you lovely and bright.
    Congratulations !!

  6. wendy
    October 5, 2007

    A winner and a grinner!
    And what a beaut painting. I like the extreme dark and light of it, the brilliant colours and the interesting swirls on the left which make it more than the usual ‘photographic’ kind of pic. Exccellent.

  7. Felicity
    October 6, 2007

    Beautiful painting! I love those darks and how the colours seem to dance. Lovely composition too. It’s great to see a photo of you! I saw one on EDM from a sketchcrawl but this is a lovely portrait, I don’t know why you are camera shy!

  8. Christeen
    October 6, 2007

    What a beautiful painting- congratulations on the great news! And you have a great smile :)

  9. carole
    October 6, 2007

    Congratulations, Karen! No wonder you look so happy – you really deserve these successes for your tireless and infectious commitment to painting. This is a really lovely painting – it captures that fascination that rivers hold for us, that make us lean over bridges and watch the water for ages.

  10. Kate (Cathy) Johnson
    October 7, 2007

    Well, how COOL! Wish I could be there, girl…this is just so delightful to see…

  11. Jana Bouc
    October 10, 2007

    Karen, this is my favorite painting of yours of all time! I love it! Thanks for sharing your process too–it’s very interesting to know that you made it from your plein air sketch–as working from onsite sketches is something I want to explore more. I also really, really loved seeing your happy,photo — it’s so nice to put a (pretty) face to the words and artwork I enjoy so much.

  12. Karen
    October 10, 2007

    Jana, that was a very auspicious day for me – we were on a sketch crawl and I met several local artists who have become good friends. Even in that December grayness there was something interesting that could be turned into a painting. I think sometimes we may overlook the ordinary for the extraordinary in a plein air setting . We are looking out for the brilliant sunrise or sunset when something equally interesting may be happening down in the darkness at our feet.

  13. Katherine
    October 10, 2007

    Well done Karen! It’s a really intrguing painting – catches the eye AND retains the interest. I can well understand why you needed to develop your plein air sketch.

    I’m also really glad that I didn’t miss the photo – I never pictured you as a blonde – that’s quite a surprise – but it’s really nice to see a happy smiley face as that’s how i’ll picture you now.

    I liked your last comment – so true!

  14. Nancy
    October 11, 2007

    Congratulations! It’s amazing – at some point you just took off like a rocket, and you’re still up there, moving fast. I particularly love the floating leaves – and I’m full of admiration for all your work, and for the directions you’re taking.

  15. df
    October 13, 2007

    What a nice painting. Really great handling of the water. Love it!
    Hopefully will get time to see your piece at Brand Library soon.

  16. Linda
    October 17, 2007

    What great news! And it is very well deserved. I’m glad you showed us your photo, too — you are really lovely with that happy smile! :-)

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