Ripley again …

It’s been a few weeks since Ripley has made an appearance here and she was calling that to my attention earlier today. So here you are.

Because I know someone will ask, I will answer it ahead of time – I did not paint this from life. In fact, here’s the secret code to to figuring out whether a particular Rip-painting has been done from life. If Ripley is sleeping or lounging in a mostly horizontal position, there’s a good chance it was done from life. If she appears to be standing up, bouncing around, digging, begging, panting or wearing a plumed hat and pearls, there’s a good chance it was painted from a photo. I do sketch her from life a lot, but mostly when the switch is set to ZZZZZZZZZZZ.


  1. Lin
    April 11, 2006

    Photo or real life — no matter which you use, Karen — your images of Ripley are INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL!

  2. Lady Arden
    April 11, 2006

    Very beatiful painting. I love watercolor and how such vague shapes and unusual colors make such recognizable forms. Thanks for the e-mail reply about my last comment. I’m not sure whether it’s appropriate to reply in a comment, but I’m hoping it is. I’m in grad school for Computational chemistry -not exactly an artistic field, but I love art nevertheless. I came across this site via the drawing club where I was directed while searching for blogs mentioning dip ink pens. Kind of a meandering path, but I’m happy it led me to your site.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, it’s not an artsy site, but I do hope to post some pictures of my inks and pens soon. I haven’t done any real art in a while, but I’m hoping to get back into it soon. Art is such a good release, but I’m a perfectionist and I want everything I do to look good (which I know is unreasonable). Um, yeah. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful talent with us via your blog. Amazing work.

  3. Margaret
    April 11, 2006

    Great job…what kind of dog is it ???

  4. Karen
    April 11, 2006

    Thanks, everyone,

    Margaret, she is an American bulldog.

  5. Tami
    April 11, 2006


    I am sure Ripley is pleased and really dosen’t care as long as her little dogly mug is on the web! Nice work, love your color and shadow blends.

  6. Robyn
    April 11, 2006

    Pleased to know the secret Ripley code. It doesn’t make me feel so intimidated. I have wanted to use my Meg to make more art but she never sits.

  7. endment
    April 11, 2006

    Great picture and it is wonderful that you share your secret…

  8. Fran
    April 12, 2006

    I just love it when Ripley appears. Ah, isn’t the weather gorgeous? More rain on Friday, but like summer today.

  9. Felicity
    April 12, 2006

    I’m one of Ripley’s fans too! Is she looking at a spider?

  10. Terri
    April 16, 2006

    I haven’t checked in on you in ages – such lovely work lately Karen, but you’d know Ms. Ripley would catch my eye. Wonderful portrait of her!!

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