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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!



Artist of the moment…..Landscape painter and printmaker Robert Kipness…..

Sorry I haven’t wrote much the past couple of weeks but I went on a long vacation to a family reunion. I am back and can’t wait to write about all the artists I discovered over my break. Though I took a break from writing, I didn’t take a break from research!


The artist featured at a show opening at Weinstein Gallery in 2009.

The artist and a show that took place in 2006 in New Orleans.

The artist talking about the life of an artist with Park West Gallery.

The artist reminds me of my childhood with his paintings. Growing up in Montana and having spent a fair amount of time looking at trees and watching them blow in the wind the artist is great at capturing life and movement. The limbs and branches of the trees are simple. Many smaller lines are left out just to concentrate on long straight verticals mixed with various triangular shapes. The viewer’s eye is always kept moving about the picture.

And the brushwork that makes up the leafy part of the image is spectacular as well. Quick flicks of the wrist and finger have allowed the artist to build a texture that is similar to an actual tree with clumps appearing at the bottom and more evenly spaced leaves appearing at the top.
The artist is most known for his landscapes that are done in a monochromatic and tonalist style.

Robert Kipniss was born in 1931 in New York City.  He studied at the Art Students League of New York and went to college at the Universtiy of Iowa.

Over his career he has created nearly five hundred lithographs.

The artists goes for walks by himself during twilight or moonlight to gather information for his art. He enjoys painting scenes that are nostalgic, tranquil, and serene. He usually doesn’t include the figure in his artwork.

He is part of over one hundred museum collections.  Major museums showing his work are the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Los Angeles County Musuem of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

low price range: Small size prints with sides less than 10 inches can be found starting at three hundred dollars.

high price range: Large landscape painted in oils for $13,000.

Most prints go from a range of $1,500 to $10,000.

On line and land based gallery Palette Contemporary Arts and Crafts in Albuquerque, NM. :

Kipniss works in many mediums such as pencil, printmaking, and oils.

For some art homework take a midnight stroll or a late p.m. stroll just as the sun is setting. Do drawing or painting using very simple shapes and quiet to capture the quiet and tranquil moment of the day. Another artist who works in black and white by using ink is artist Mark Reep who can be found here  -

Kipniss is one of few modern artists to use the mezzotint print method.

Its great to be back and happy painting!