Fall Bartletts

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Fall Bartletts

Fall Bartletts – Their color and shape struck my eyes this morning. So I got excited to paint them and quickly completed them in about 2 hours! Amazing…

It’s been a while since my last date with the easel. I’ve been busy preparing for my show next weekend.

This will be my first show in over 14 years so I’m stressing a bit, as you can imagine.

Making all the decisions: Which paintings to choose to include? Name and Sign on the back. Get them framed. How to price them? Type up a price list. Arrange for display space, table size, lattice background, Who to hang? Who to move paintings to table? Who to help me staff for two days? Place ad on Facebook. etc., etc.

It’s beginning to feel like I may be able to even rest a bit this week. With my MS I know that I need to do that!

Taking the two hours to paint these lovely Fall Bartletts today has been a soul restorative!

Absolutely necessary. Now I’ll post this and take a nap before dinner with friends.

Cracked Egg #1 added

Posted on Categories:Paintings, still life
Cracked Egg #1

Cracked Egg painted

Is it an egg or a symbol of my broken dreams. I spent some time painting this afternoon.

2019 Gallery updated

After Cracked Egg #1 was complete, I added some photos to the 2019 gallery.

The new look of the website made this pretty simple. Now I encourage you all to check it out:

Click here: Artbykarlene.com/paintings-gallery/

Can meditation lead to another level?

Posted on Categories:Paintings, Dennis Perrin, still life
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The Perrin Method

Dennis Perrin encourages us to meditate prior to each session at the easel. As part of his classes he includes a special Artist Meditation to be done. I’m very quickly seeing why. Yesterday’s painting is making me a real believer!

Meditation on Oranges II

Meditation on Oranges II

TM (Transcendental Meditation) has been my way

John and I began doing TM about 15 years ago. That is a special form. Basically it’s 20 minutes of silence done twice a day, morning and evening. I use special Mantra to settle my mind and follow the breathe. Dennis’ is a guided combined with special music. It’s different but just as effective.

Meditation on Oranges I – How I met sunshine at the easel

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Meditation on Oranges I

I awoke to listen to the Still Small Voice. It was so clear, calling me to meditation on my patio. It was one of those glorious early September days, the air was crisp and sky blue. As I settled images began to float by, some were colors without form, some forms with no colors. Simple compositions and so powerful.

Dennis Perrin – my latest teacher

For the last six months or so I’ve been looking at works by Dennis Perrin and really liking them. This weekend he held a Labor Day Sale and I just couldn’t resist. His style is still realistic, but it’s quite a bit looser than what I’ve been doing, This really appeals to me.

 I bit the bullet, checked my budget, and decided I could not, not get it. I opened his site and listened to a few of the demonstration videos. Do you have days when you can’t wait to get back to the easel? If so, you’ll recognize my excitement.

Meditation in the Perrin Method

There’s one special part of his ‘Perrin Method’ that I find appealing: He recommends beginning each painting session by meditating. It seems like he’s also been a long-time meditator, as have I. My days routinely begin and end with 20 minutes in silence. Although I haven’t mentioned it very often on this blog, here’s one time that I did: Back to Painting. Recently I re-worked that painting : Finally I feel Better about this Painting.But let’s move on.

Here’s my first foray into this exploration. I’ll try to combine my learning of color from Paul Foxton with this new information.  Instead of eating my breakfast oranges, I cut one opened and rushed to the easel. This is what emerged. I hope you enjoy it as much and I did painting it.

Meditation on Oranges I 

Meditation on Oranges I
Meditation on Oranges I

Shipping Pear Martini

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Purchase a painting: Pear Martini

Purchase a painting: Pear Martini

8″x10″         $125.00

Purchase a painting: Pear Martini. Grace your home with a ©ArtbyKarlene original oil painting. Purchase my Pear Martini painting here.

It’s taken me quite a while to feel ready to post my paintings for sale. This is the first that I feel ready to make available this way. I hope you agree that it’s a good feature for me to be adding to this site.


When you purchase my Pear Martini painting it will be shipped FREE. It’s important to me that you value the painting, not the cost of shipping.

Your painting will be carefully wrapped then packed in a secure cardboard envelope. I ship via US parcel post. International shipping is by US International (tracked) mail. This can take a few days to get to you.