Karen F Rose My Painting Journey

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Painting Kanapaha Prairie

Kanapaha Prairie Peace
© 2011 Karen F. Rose
Oil on canvas

For several years I have been painting, Kanapaha Prairie. There is a stillness when twilight reaches across this special patch of land in North Florida. At days end, you are wrapped in the soft light of the setting sun. A crane song is carried on the wind.  A calf calls to its mother. There is calm. There is peace. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Guardian Southern Pines

Guardian Southern Pines
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Standing tall and straight almost touching heaven are the hardy forests of pine trees that dot the landscape of North Carolina, Georgia and Florida and so many southern states. They greet you at many turns in the road. They echo beautiful cathedrals of grace and form. Take a moment and just breath in their sweet energy.

Cloaked in the first rays of the warm morning sun they watch over you, guardians of your day. And then at days end, they are there to greet you and renew your weary spirit.

Ahh that subtle something that fills our hearts.

Shown here is the 6x6" oil painting The Guardian Southern Pines as you might display it in your home or office. You may choose to frame the painting and place it on a small table easel on a desk, a bookshelf or side table.

All the small 6x6" paintings sold on my blog and web site are sold unframed with a small display easel.  They are shipped attractively packaged ready for gift giving or ready to be framed if you choose to do so.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Birthdays, Cakes and Thiebaud

Happy Birthday

The month of June has always been a time of celebration around our house.

Tomorrow my mother will celebrate a real milestone of a birthday. 
She will be 92! 
Happy Birthday Mom. Love you!

Next week I celebrate my own birthday. Whew and it's one of those BIG ones.
Ah yes 39 again!!

The artist in me thinks what fun it would be to decorate cakes. I must admit I have tuned into a TV show called Ace of Cake. They are well known for their outlandish, spectacular cakes.

But the most memorable cakes in my life have always been those lovingly baked and decorated by my mother. Her chocolate cake with seven minute boiled white frosting. Ahh what a sweet birthday cake and she always gave me the mixer beaters to "finish off".

At the age of 91, artist Wayne Thiebaud is know for his paintings of cakes. In fact he launched an art career painting cakes. A fascinating You Tube interview with him is located here
If you receive a Thiebaud cake painting for your birthday lucky you.
If not just enjoy YOUR birthday cake and eat it too!

Have a memorable birthday cake story? I'd love to hear it.