8x8" Original Oil on Panel
This painting was done en plein air on the Oregon Coast. Years of wind, driving rain, and pounding surf, have created fascinating featured along the steep wall of Cape Kiwanda. Though situated immediately next to a very impressive Haystack Rock I could not convince myself to paint anything but this dynamic cape. I just the hour that I painted it, the light from the moving sun and subsequent shadows moved, changed shape, and even color. It was a thrill to paint it and am tempted to do it all over again on my next visit!
5x7 Original Oil Painting on Glacier Silt Panel.
This painting was completed near the base of Mount Hood, Oregon during the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2012. When I arrived to this painting location I was overwhelmed with the beauty. After 15 minutes of standing in awe I finally decided on this brilliantly illuminated stand of tress juxtaposed against a beautiful alpine meadow. What a beautiful place! Big thanks go out to the fellow artists who shared their secret spot! :)
The panel that I selected to paint this on is primed with a thick layer of hand mixed gesso that includes glacier silt that I harvested from the Knik Arm a couple miles from my home in Wasilla, Alaska. The Glacier silt provides a beautiful deep grey base with a consistent, absorbent, and toothy quality for my works.
"Parts+Labour" Plein Air 8x10 oil on Glacier Silt Panel.
Every time I visit Hood River, Oregon I am drawn to the beautiful windows of this chic little shop in Downtown. My favorite time to take in their window display is at night when everything 'pop's with dramatic lighting. I had every intention of purchasing this little red number in the window but by the time I made it back during business hours it was gone! It was beautiful!
"Stevenson Goose" Plein Air 5x5" Oil on Panel
This Canada Goose was contently sunning itself on a log in Rock Cove - Stevenson, Washington. As it often does, the wind in the Columbia River Gorge was strong and blustery as I sat on the craggy shore and painted this beautiful bird.
Framed original oil, painted en plein air by Karen Whitworth. 5x7"
Unframed 6x12" Oil painting by Karen Whitworth. Completed en plein air in Eklutna, Alaska. During a very damp few weeks it was with great anticipation that the sun broke through the drizzle, illumiating the wildflower fields.
Sold, Framed, 5x7 painting by Karen Whitworth.
Original painting completed en plein air in the small boat harbor of Homer, Alaska. Though a very damp and drizzly place this was quite the soothing painting location.
"Marina Melody" Original Oil en Plein Air â€¢ 8x16" on Linen Panel. This was a very planned out painting. During the course of the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2011 I had envisioned how I would approach this subject. On the day I was to paint the scene I made sure to carefully predict the sun's path and align my painting location with the optimum viewpoint. Arriving about an hour before the sun began it's light show, I was able to capture the anatomy of the scene. By blocking in all the boats, masts and their rigging first I was free to focus on the color as the sun dipped near the western horizon. I still remember the calming sound of the water lapping at the docks and the rigging chiming and clanging in the breeze. What a beautiful evening!
Award winner of the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2011 competition for Best Marine
Had the wonderful opportunity to spend a day at the beach with an artist friend. We enjoyed the Maui sun and sand while we painted. So fun! On the horizon you can see Molokini Crater (World class snorkel spot) and Kahoolawe Island beyond. The dark band on the beach is where high tide and perhaps large swells from a storm had washed debris and rock onto the beach. As an artist it is fun to dissect scenes. I was mesmerized by the colors of the sand from the shadows, to the debris and then where the waves continually wiped the beach clean of footprints and blemishes. The gradients of blue to green in the ocean was also captivating!