Tuesday, May 31, 2011


5x7 oil on canvas 

My southern transplanted self celebrates the end of May!!  
Finally the arrival of green ..... and flip flops!  

Making the block printed version of this painting first really helped me find the "caricature" of the present, which I was inspired to push for after hearing Wayne Thiebaud in THIS inspiring video.  Check it out!

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!


MaryBeth said...

I love Wayne Thiebaud. Years ago I saw a tv story about him and his painting without knowing I said "OH I AM GOING OUT TO BUY SOME OF THOSE TOMORROW" hah little did I know the price. I still don't have one but maybe if I hit the lottery.
As for your May painting, I love it but are you feeling any BLUE? MB

Marlo said...

Love it! Green is one of my favourite colours and I love all the different greens in this one and the touch of purple at the base - another favourite colour of mine.

Anonymous said...

I love it too and that's why I bought it! Interestingly, I have an artist friend named Joe Draegert who worked for Wayne Thiebaud and has some wonderful work of his own!

Karen Appleton said...

Hi MaryBeth, thank you so much for commenting and ..... hummmm... blue is a fav of mine, but my peonies are about to bloom which means lots of pink! :) But I can't seem to predict my muse, so who knows! Thanks for stopping by.

Thank you Marlo! I so enjoyed painting these greens! And loved adding in the purples and pinks touches, thank you for noticing!

Hi Anonymous! Thank you so much for purchasing May! I am so incredibly envious of your friend who worked for Thiebaud! What an amazing learning experience that would be!!! He inspires so many artists and seems to be such a nice man. I love him so much! :) Thank you again for May!

Arletta Rue said...

I just found you ... I love your paintings. they are wonderful.. I have always loved beautifully wrapped gifts and you just added a whole new dimension to my enjoyment. Thank you for sharing your world

Kate Lewis said...

i love this little one. the green is so crisp!

Jennifer said...

Thiebaud is one of my absolute favorites!

Jennifer said...

So are you. :)

carol morgan carmichael said...

Hello Karen. Checked out your blog this morning for the first time in a while and I am blown away. Just love the way you paint and WHAT you paint. Can not imagine painting "girl power" . I feel so adhd some days that I know I would keep forgetting where I was working. Amazing! Love the the deeper colors in "May" too! Gush, gush! Adding you to my blog roll so that I can keep up better.
Congrats on your new pooch!

Karen Appleton said...

Hi Arletta, welcome and thank you for stopping by!

Thank you Kate ... oohh I like crisp!!

Jennifer, Jennifer, Jennifer :) You are tooooo funny :)Thank you!! Isn't Thiebaud amazing!!

Hey there Carol! Thank you!! Power Girl was a real test of focus :) And I seriously think I damaged my eyesight :) It was nice to saturate my eyes with green after all that pink! Thanks so much for visiting!

Angela said...

Green bows are so beautiful and you have done it so well.

The French Tangerine said...

Oh, green... My all time favorite color... This is just wonderful - truly feels like Spring with those bright yellow green hues.. just love it! I think I might have to do another post with some updated paintings!