Monday, December 15, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Oil study made in Advanced Life Drawing at OCAC.

3-hour portrait

Saturday, November 15, 2014


My first time working with clay. Fun! These figures are about 10" high.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Horse studies

From photos and sculptures, for an upcoming project.

All images © Karen Jones, all rights reserved 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Evening Sketch

Last night’s moon peeked through the branches of my scraggly tree

Friday, February 28, 2014

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.....

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Doodle buddy comes to my rescue during a boring wait in traffic court. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Breezee is a talented musical freestyler who inspired me to get back into the studio after an all-consuming UX project. Small painting of a small guy with a big presence!
Acrylic on canvas 
4 x 6 inches

Practice: A Work in Progress

These 20-minute alla prima studies portray characters from my current tv addiction. I set a timer, use a limited palette of acrylics, and one brush... my trusty #4 filbert. 

I’m happiest when I achieve a likeness with few revisions. I really enjoy working full speed with one brush, without concern for small details, but tradeoffs with certain features (blobby eyes, meh....) can be disappointing. Some are created even faster, in about 10 minutes with the leftover palette of a first piece.

Practice: A Work in Progress
8 x 10 inch alla prima studies
Acrylic on canvas

colored pencil and graphite on paper

Nyxie portrait

Finally completed after two years, I love this painting - with all its flaws.
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 inches