Posts Tagged ‘cityscape’

Artist of the moment…..Karen Woods….


The artist is among my favorite contemporary painters, along with Alyssa Monks, for painting water droplets or beads.

A clip showing a utility box commission. Always be sure and check out new avenues for displaying your artwork. Amelia Caruso has also done some great public commission work on utility boxes. They are great exposure for local artists because the locals can actually view you creating the piece.


She enjoys working from photographs that she takes herself at interesting roadside locations.

The artist was born in 1963 in Seattle, Washington. Attended college in Oakland, California at California College of the Arts. Studied overseas in Florence, Italy for a short time.

Has appeared in Western Art and Architecture and ArtWeekly magazines.

The best thing about this artist is her portrayal of atmosphere.  The viewer can feel the wetness and the humidity of the air. She is also wonderful at painting reflected survaces, her mirrors are great example of that. She also has worked on a variety of surfaces over the years including porcelain plates and even basswood.

A link to the artist’s website:

Woods paints mainly oils on linen or canvas. She hasn’t been as well travelled as our previous post so most of the cityscapes are visions you would see driving around Boise, Idaho.

For some art homework next time its raining and you go for a drive in your car, grab your camerca and take a picture from inside your vehicle looking out. Check out the works of Alyssa Monks and notice how each artist paints beads of water differently.

Woods was inspired by abstract expressionists. Some of her favorites were Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning.



Happy painting!



Awesome Acrylic Artist series….Tom Christopher…

A clip with the artist from a show given in Ontario, Canada. He speaks about inspiration and painting.

This artist paints wonderful city scenes concentrating on New York City.  I enjoy his compositions, use of bold color, and liberty to use artistic license to change boring shapes into fun and loose shapes.  In Denver we have many loose painters of the city scape whom I admire, but no one ever took the shape of traffic lights and molded it to their liking. The artist has even tipped the traffic light poles to fit his desire of an exciting competition. Many scenes are flush with bright light by using very light greys and whites.

The artist also loves to paint bicycles. The rider in most cases is headed off the page at an angle giving an added sense of depth. The people are never the forefront of the scene but rather support it and are always in motion, always in a hurry.

The artist is most interesting to me as he used to be  a courtroom artist for CBS.  No doubt you have seen pictures on television of poorly drawn courtroom characters. Here is an artist who broke away from drawing people and found his niche painting landscapes. He became adept at capturing emotions in the courtroom and now can capture the emotion of people walking in the streets with minimal brush work.

Mediums used: acrylics, oils

Surfaces used: canvas

The artist paints quite large and some cityscapes are as large as 4 by 5 feet.

The artist was born in 1952 in Hollywood, California. Studied at Pasadena Art Museum. College studies at Sonoma State and Art Center College also in Pasadena California. The artist was also a teacher at Parson’s School of Design.

low price range: $ 5,000

high price range: $ 17,000

On line and land based galleries in Paris, Osaka, Tokyo:

Name of land based gallery is Gallery Tamenaga.

Great website about the artist loaded with info on the artist!

Try a loose landscape today!

Happy painting!