Saturday, January 29, 2011

School's Out!

Night comes early in wintry Door County. The teacher waves good bye to the students of this one room schoolhouse in Ephraim (Pioneer Schoolhouse). Not wanting to waste a precious moment of playtime, some of the kids add finishing touches to a snowman in the background. Ellen's acrylic painting is 24" x 30".

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Vierzehnheiligen - Fourteen Saints Church

The spectacular interior of this  Bavarian baroque church would be a challenge for most any artist to convey on canvas. With his disciplined technique and the artist's eye for the nuances of light and shadow, Karsten captured this glorious setting in oil. 24" x 30".

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Madonna and Child

A spiritual painting in the traditional Icon style, richly textured by Ellen in gold leaf and acrylic on a wood panel. 16"x12".

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cherry Blossoms

This delicate watercolor by Ellen lights up winter-weary eyes with the promise of Spring.  12" x 17"  Arches rough natural white watercolor paper.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Flowers, Copper and Apples, Too

A sparkling painting with vibrant colors, gleaming copper and glass and fresh-fruit textures. An image so real you can almost reach out and touch the frilly flower petals. Oil painting by Karsten. 24" x 30".

Monday, January 17, 2011

The End of a Day in School

It's happy hour for the school kids in Ephraim. School is out and the sandy beach of Eagle Harbor is calling. Lots of time to laugh and play on a summer's day. Pictured is the one room Pioneer Schoolhouse in the village. A joyful acrylic by Ellen. 30" x 24".

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wintry Wonderland

A family at play on a winter's day. This tranquil acrylic painting by Ellen is filled with surprising focal points of warmth punctuating a snow-white landscape of frosty field, forests and a distant village. 20" x 24".

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Old-Fashioned Watering Can with Daisies

This rusty watering can doesn't hold much water anymore. But filled with cheerful daisies, it does hold the delightful center of interest for a lively watercolor painting by Karsten. 18" x 12". Arches rough paper.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Southern Sun

It's a lazy siesta-afternoon on the Spanish island of Tenerife. Ellen artistically expresses her impressions of the whitewashed walls, an abundance of  flowers; a sleepy donkey and the island's colorful people. Acrylic painting. 20" x 24".

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Stanley in Colorado

While in Colorado, Karsten met a rugged individual whose face was creased by a lifetime of working outdoors. Certainly it was a life filled with harsh challenges. And yet Karsten noticed that this man's eyes spoke of his love of the land--the great plains and the Rocky Mountains that are his home. Karsten strove to capture those strengths and express them in oil on canvas.  24" x 30". 

Monday, January 3, 2011

Spanish Town Square

A place to work, to walk and to meet the neighbors. This little town square in front of the local church has been the scene of many such everyday happenings for hundreds of years. Ellen's acrylic painting captures the town's mood on a sunny morn in Spain.  20" x 24".