Old Painting…

15 10 2010

In 1996, while in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I painted this moose picture from the Cape Breton highlands.

Bull Moose, 1996


This one found a home in Harold Tyler’s camp in Wesley, Maine.

I recently took these photos while on a moosehunt (successful!) with the Tylers (Harold, Evans, and Jeremy, the permit holder, and his buddy Joe, the sub-permittee.


Triptych revisited…

21 09 2010

I recently visited a very dear customer, the home of my first and only (so far) triptych, and got a couple of shots of it in it’s permanent surroundings. 

April 10, 2010

9 04 2010

Another opportunity…

We are headed for “Blue Heron Camp” – at Juniper Camp, Florida.   An opportunity to mingle with friends, old and new, and for me, an opportunity to paint some local nature scenes; for Janice, knitting and quilting.  Karsten’s Fine Art is on the move!  Any memorable results will be posted here upon our return – stay tuned!

Monday, March 15, 2010

15 03 2010

I recently took a workshop “Painting Mood and Atmosphere” by Carolyn Lewis – she is good!  However, my attempt at putting some of this new knowledge to work fails to impress.  I will be working on that, as time permits.  I’ll publish it, in the interest of “fair and balanced” reporting…

Mood and Atmosphere 1

Friday, February 26, 2010.

26 02 2010

End of painting sabattical.  It was a fairly productive month; now it is time to start breaking everything down, load the minivan, and head North.  Will be stopping in Georgia to visit with family, then continue on to Maine, arriving probably by March 10 or 11.  In the meantime:  Happy Painting!

The Triptych I pallette.



Karsten, at St. George Island, February 2010.

Lobsterboat at The Ladle

7 02 2010

A dear friend of the family, Sid Banks, has passed.  We are on our way to Plano, Texas to be with his wife for a few days.  In the meantime, all blog activities will be on hold.  See you soon!

The triptych is “resting”, so I decided to work on another seascape that’s been waiting in the wings – here is my lobsterboat at The Ladle, a funny looking island just outside our harbor in Maine.

Line drawing with underpainting.

Adding some detail...

Approaching completion...

The artist at work.

F/V Grammie at The Ladle

Triptych I – Norwegian Sunrise

6 02 2010

Final touches.

Two thirds done – ready to work on the reflections in the water.

The painting was completely dry after the lengthy break, so it took some effort to pick back up.  I paint “wet-into-wet”, usually making edges or color transitions smoother.

The blank triptych on the easle.


Miracles never cease – I managed to obtain a DSL line at the beach condo from Fairpoint, so I am back in business. It’s been a busy week, getting unpacked and set up, but I have started on this project. Here’s where we are.
I screwed together the three 48″ x 24″ panels with a couple of 1/4″ slats and got them on the easle.

As usual, I did a quick line drawing of the scene.

Line drawing (Triptych).

Then I toned most of the canvas with alizarin crimson for an overall reddish glow.

Toned canvas.

Here I am underpainting the major areas of the scene.


The triptych is complete, except for finalizing the unexposed edges, after it has been dried and disassembled.  As usual, there will be things I’d wished I’d done differently, but overall, for my first triptych (48″ x 72″, or three 24″ x 48″ canvases) I am pleased with the results.  Even my wife approves!

Artist with completed work.

The artist with the completed work.

Artist with completed work.

Shot from a different angle.

Here is the final version, the three panels still connected.

Triptych I - Norwegian Sunrise.