Thursday, November 3, 2016

Favorite Acrylic Brand

Favorite Acrylic Brand


12x12   "Gerber Daisies"  Acrylic on paper  SOLD


Working in acrylics is very different from oils, but I have found a brand that lets me mix and paint with a similar outcome!  The brand is Interactive Artists Acrylic by Chroma.   These acrylic colors still dry fast like traditional acrylics but the working time is forgivable!  I like that the colors stay true and clean up is easy. 


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Acrylic tips using Night Garden

Acrylic Tips using "Night Garden"


      The Journey 12x12                   Night Garden 20x20

My big tip for working with acrylics is, try it, before you buy it!   Here's what I mean by that:  when I am stumped about what-to-do next, I get a sheet of wax paper and lay it over the dried painting and work on that.   As you can see be the photos below it took many tries to reach my final painting.
The upper left-hand corner is the painting I was working on.
The upper right-hand corner shows the wax paper placed over the painting.
On squares 3, 4, 5 and 6  I show the many ideas and stages the painting went through without harming the painting.
I hope by using this tip to use waxed paper to try out an idea first,

is something you will find useful.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Night Garden

Night Garden

(With updated tips and how to do it!)

Night Garden by Jacklyn Karabaich

20x20  Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

My big tip for working with acrylics is, try it, before you buy it!   Here's what I mean by that:  when I am stumped about what-to-do next, I get a sheet of wax paper and lay it over the dried painting and work on that.   As you can see be the photos below it took many tries to reach my final painting.

The upper left-hand corner is the painting I was working on.
The upper right-hand corner shows the wax paper placed over the painting.
On squares 3, 4, 5 and 6  I show the many ideas and stages the painting went through without harming the painting.
I hope by using this tip to use waxed paper to try out an idea first,

is something you will find useful.

Friday, September 23, 2016

ALL We Need Is LOVE

ALL We Need Is LOVE


12x12 Acrylic

UPDATE!


I said I would tell you my thoughts about abstracts at the end of this month long experiment.   
What I learned was,  abstracts SHOW your emotions and your state of mind!   So when you approach your canvas just know that your painting is going to tell on you!   
It helps to decide what colors you want to use first.   I first try my colors out on a palette to see what direction I wanted to go in?   I also do a test run with my mark making, one to loosen up and two, think about what they might convey?   I am still learning how to use acrylics and how they are different  from oils.   I have tried several different brands, but my favorite by far is Atelier Interactive by Chroma. 


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Are We There Yet

Are We There Yet

12x36   Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas   $300

This a close up of one 12 inch section.

SOLD

This painting took me longer than I thought it would, but than it was 3 times bigger than what I had been working on!  The colors are a fun mix and would brighten any room.



As you can see, it can be hung both ways and added bonus!


(This is an exercise to see what I can learn by doing non-objective paintings for 30 days.  At the end of 30 days I will be writing about what I have learned.)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Stars in the Sky

Stars in the Sky



Original 10x7 1/2 mixed media

This painting reminds me of the Milky Way high above us. 
  I live a mile above sea level and it's always fascinating to look up at night and be able to see the Milky Way.
OR
it could be a chicken?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Keep Believing

Keep Believing

12x12  acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
$125.00 + shipping

Even our brightest days can have a cloud or two, just keep believing they will pass.

(This is an exercise to see what I can learn by doing non-objective paintings for 30 days.  
At the end of 30 days I will be writing about what I have learned.)


Monday, September 5, 2016

Thought of You Today

Thought of You Today


12x12  Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas
$125.00 + shipping


(This is an exercise to see what I can learn by doing non-objective paintings for 30 days.  
At the end of 30 days I will be writing about what I have learned.)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Journey

The Journey



12x12 Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas 
$125.00 + shipping  Contact me if interested

                The colors of this work reminded me of an old map with stories to tell.   The writing isn't a language or words, but a form of auto writing that just happens when I'm in-the-zone.



(This is an exercise to see what I can learn by doing non-objective paintings for 30 days.  
At the end of 30 days I will be writing about what I have learned.)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Just Breathe

Just Breathe


Starting another "30 paintings in 30 days challenge"
I thought this was an appropriate title
not only for this painting but also for the entire challenge!

12x12 Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas$125.00  If interested please contact me

(This is an exercise to see what I can learn by doing non-objective paintings for 30 days.  
At the end of 30 days I will be writing about what I have learned.)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Walking Trail

Walking Trail     8x10     Oil on panel


I had so much fun painting this,  Plein Air!  
 It's a walking trail very close to my house,  
so I didn't have far to go to find an interesting subject. 
 The ground and weeds were very sun bleached  
so the colors I chose are pastel to convey that feeling.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Art Center

If you ever get the chance to take a workshop in a different part of the country, do it!  
There is something about being surrounded by totally different scenery, that really makes you look at what you're painting.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

High Mountain Hike


Part of the fun of living in a new place 
is exploring what's around the next corner!  
This hike was hard and very high up, but the scenery was well worth it!
 Right past this rock outcrop there is a canyon
 where the wind howls past huge boulders!   
Carrying my painting gear wasn't an option because the trail is narrow
 and you have to watch out that the rocks don't slip under your feet!  
 I painted this from a photo taken on this hike. 


High Mountain Hike   12x12   Oil on panel   $250 unframed

Monday, March 7, 2016

Winterberries

The move to Arizona is complete, and I'm loving it!  
I live high up on the edge of a national forest, with a mountain in my backyard!  
This painting is a large bush nearby in the snow - I told you I live high up!  
There weren't any berries on the bush, 
but I used artistic license and let the toned panel show through more than usual.


Winterberries   8x8    Oil on panel    ($120 unframed)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mooving!


Mooving!

It's happening!  
After years of waiting, endless talks, and visits to make sure it will be a good fit, I'm moving to Arizona!
Not the hot part of Arizona, but way-up-high where there are four seasons!  
The painting opportunities will be year round and I will have a studio! 
I'll be posting and painting more, I hope you will follow along.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Good Day Sunshine

Good Day Sunshine


I don't know about you, but I love this time of year!
Halloween, Fall decorations in orange and gold, 
pumpkins everywhere, and the store shelves are filled with candy!
The holidays are right around the corner and
you can almost feel the excitement in the air!


8x8   Oil        SOLD

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hanging Out

Hanging Out


(14x11 Oil)


This is my daughters Cairn Terrier, Casey.
   She loves to stretch out as big as she can,  in the softest spot in the room.

I painted this trying to capture the many grey's in Casey's coat.   
She also changes colors with the seasons and you never know what color she will be next!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ready for a Dip

Ready for a Dip



8X8      Oil on Canvas


I have been struggling with my light source.   I paint in a room with windows and have to block some of the light to get a readable painting.   Its confusing to have too many light sources!   My solution is to put my still life props into a box.   I then put one strong light on my subject and that seems to work.

The title of this painting came to me after I finished painting it.   The spoons seemed to be lined up waiting their turn to dive into a pool!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What"s Hanging in Your House?

I have been asked this question a lot lately. 
   My favorite paintings are spread through out my house,
and "yes" it does get out of hand at times!
They become like old friends, and it is nice to recall where and how they were painted.
This stockpile of paintings also keeps me ready for upcoming shows.
   Now it's your turn, what do you have on your wall?

Monday, January 19, 2015

What You Might Not Know or A Little About Me

There is a back story to most events in a persons life.  
How did they get where they are now?   I guess this is my short answer?

As a military wife,  I had the opportunity to study classical oil painting while living in Europe.

These studies lasted three years while being surrounded by the Belgium countryside.
Returning to the States,  I re-enrolled in college to major in Fine Art.

I have always been fascinated with painting.   I remember being in a artist's home when I was about six, and "really looking" at the paintings wondering "how" they were made?   This sense of wonder about painting has held my attention all my life. 

Today I still study painting daily, and continuously look for inspiration for that next painting!

Visit my website at: JacklynKarabaich.com

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Direction

Getting ready for the  New Year! 



Last year had some real highs and lows.  The lows took me away from painting while dealing with a parent with Alzheimer's.  The high was hiking in Arizona, seeing Sedona and taking a painting workshop.

Now after a long absence from painting I am faced with the nagging "how long will it take to get back to were I was?"   My plan is to start with value studies first and do Notan drills.   I think it is more of a head thing right now, once I get rested and unpacked things should start to fall into place.

Thank You for your support.
Happy Painting!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Starry Night Pears

I "should" have called this, "Don't Paint in the Dark!"  
When I really get into a painting, I'm not aware of anything else! 
  It was late in the afternoon when I started painting and the sun was setting fast.   I had my still life setup of the pears lite, but didn't have a light on my palette because I was using the daylight.  When I finished,  I brought my light stand around to light my panel and was surprised at not only the colors, but the knife strokes as well!  
So my lesson learned for today is, light both your subject and your palette. 

I hate when I have to learn things over and over!
 So you might say, "why don't you fix it?"  
I don't like to go back into a painting, 
I have found it rarely works for me, and just becomes fussy.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

30 Day Challenge


I started the 30 Day Painting Challenge on-the-road, and had to paint in a hotel room!  
I used watercolor for the "first time" so I wouldn't have to bring my oils with me.   
I thought Abstracts would be easy and fun?   Easy, NO!   Fun?   When they worked, they were fun, but I painted many abstracts that didn't get posted!

I learned that Abstract or Representational Art needs a good design to work.   
Color will help, but will only take you so far, 
than it is the job of the focal point to hold the painting together.

I want to Thank Leslie Saeta for hosting this challenge once again, 
and Thank You for looking!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Just the Two of Us


Today's painting was done with a  palette knife.   
Painting pears can be tricky! 
They have all of these angles unlike a round fruit, so I concentrated on 
values only to tell the story.

6x8   Oil on panel

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Patchwork Pears

Continued the pear theme today!  
Pears are fun and challenging to paint.  
They have angles and sides, light and dark, and sometimes spots too!

8x10     Acrylic on Gessoboard

Thanks for Looking!



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Too much Football

I am in the " 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge" once again! 
For this challenge I want to try something different, and perhaps learn a few things along the way?  My challenge is to paint 30 abstract paintings using water soluble paints, if possible?  
This will be a challenge for me because my painting style is representational, and 
I have only painted with oil paints.
 
 OK, I'm the first to blow the whistle on myself.  This is an oil painting.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Green Apples

I am in the " 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge" once again! 
For this challenge I want to try something different, and perhaps learn a few things along the way?  My challenge is to paint 30 abstract paintings using water soluble paints, if possible?  
This will be a challenge for me because my painting style is representational, and 
I have only painted with oil paints.
"Green Apples"
7.5x10 inches  Acrylic on paper

Thank You for looking!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Junk Drawer

I am in the " 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge" once again! 
For this challenge I want to try something different, and perhaps learn a few things along the way?  My challenge is to paint 30 abstract paintings using water soluble paints, if possible?  
This will be a challenge for me because my painting style is representational, and 
I have only painted with oil paints.
 
"Junk Drawer"
 
12x12    Acrylic on 300lb paper

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Place

I am in the " 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge" once again! 
For this challenge I want to try something different, and perhaps learn a few things along the way?  My challenge is to paint 30 abstract paintings using water soluble paints, if possible?  
This will be a challenge for me because my painting style is representational, and 
I have only painted with oil paints.
 
 "Place"

12x12   Acrylic and Gesso on paper

Why did I name my painting "Place"?   
Because I wanted the viewer to decide if it was morning or evening?  
And, whether it was a cityscape or trees and field, or maybe even a lake?
I tried putting in a reflection that would describe water, but thought it took away from the focus.
Through this challenge, I am finding design the most important element.
Thank You for looking!
 

Monday, September 8, 2014

From Up Here

I am in the " 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge" once again! 
For this challenge I want to try something different, and perhaps learn a few things along the way?  My challenge is to paint 30 abstract paintings using water soluble paints, if possible?  
This will be a challenge for me because my painting style is representational and 
I have only painted with oil paints.
 
"From Up Here"
        
6x6      Acrylic on panel   $75





Sunday, September 7, 2014

We're Out of Here!

I am in the " 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge" once again! 
For this challenge I want to try something different, and perhaps learn a few things along the way?  My challenge is to paint 30 abstract paintings using water soluble paints, if possible?  
This will be a challenge for me because my painting style is representational 
and I have only painted 
with oil paints.
 
"We're Out of Here"
12x12      Acrylic and Gesso on 300lb. paper
 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Above it All

I am in the " 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge" once again! 
For this challenge I want to try something different, and perhaps learn a few things along the way?  My challenge is to paint 30 abstract paintings using water soluble paints, if possible?  
This will be a challenge for me because my painting style is representational and I have only painted 
with oil paints.

 
 "Above it All"  
12x12            Acrylic and Gesso         300lb. paper


Friday, September 5, 2014

Secret Garden

I think I was in information overload today? 
 I watched a few hours of How-to videos, to understand "how to" work with acrylics?  
It didn't dawn on me that everyone is using fluid acrylics, and I am using heavy body acrylics! 
 So that is why they aren't responding the way they do in the video! 


"Secret Garden"      12x12  Acrylic on Gessoed 300lb. paper

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Just Another Day

Working with Abstracts would have been enough of a stretch for me.  
I usually work in oil and do representational paintings, 
but then I added working in water media also! 

"Just Another Day"     WC and Ink on paper

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thinking of You

It's interesting to see what kind of reoccurring marks we make, when doing free-style drawing.  

Before I start, I will do some warm-up line work, to get into the right frame of mind.   
The watercolors that came in the box was a limited palette, and not colors I would normally use on their own.   Mixing the watercolors made a shade I was happier with than just out-of-the-box.  

For today's painting I did the background first, than the line work, than finished with added color.  


" Thinking of You"     WC and Pen on 93lb. paper


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sealed with a Kiss

 I have been on the road, so I had to paint this in my Hotel room.  My supplies are VERY limited and I am still learning what they do!  Using a limited palette and free style drawing seems to work best for me, for now.   I will get more adventurous as I learn more about Abstracts and water soluble paints. 
 Or, I may go screaming, back to the comfort of my oils!

Sealed with a Kiss     WC and Pen on paper

Friday, July 11, 2014

Something a little Different

The  "Thirty paintings in thirty days Challenge" seemed like just-the-right-time for me to learn more about abstracts using water solvable paints.   Yikes!  What a learning curve!  
I have ONLY worked in oils, so this should be Fun or Frustrating!!

I will be writing about What I Learn along the way.
Hope YOU follow along!



 Watercolor and Pen


This shows the beginning of the painting with just the WC background.  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

 The painting workshops I get the most from, are the ones that take me out-of-my-comfort-zone!
 When I am in a new environment I use all of my training and knowledge, or non-at-all!  It might be the lack of sleep, traveling to a new location or meeting new people in the workshop?  Whatever it is, something is different?  The paintings produced are always surprising, if it's good, I'm surprised, and if it's bad, I'm surprised!  But win or lose, I'm learning!




 There is a very short video at the end of this blog post showing a sample of a recent plein air workshop.  It starts with a shot of another artist dragging their equipment out to the painting site at 6:00am.!   I was doing the same thing at the time, and have since re-thought my equipment!  My trusty rolling cart let me down on this trip.  
We went where NO CART can go!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUDu3GVkyeA