Sold at the Fuller Lodge Art Gallery. Abstracting the landscape of New Mexico.
Dynamic Symmetry Armature with (dotted) rabatment lines, that in the case of a 2:1 (Root 4:1) aspect ratio do cut the painting in half. We like the way the main diagonal from the upper left touches the top of the cliff. The middle cliff accidentally lies at the center line; this might make the painting too centered. But we liked the painting as is and didn’t want to make any changes. It does seem as if there are two focal point: the two cliffs just above and to the left of the center of the painting. Directional lines lead the viewer around the painting up and down the hills and cliffs. We think that the viewer can find a place to rest in the skies.
An understanding of turbulence is one of the great unsolved problems in Physics/Mathematics. Van Gogh's paintings are often described as 'turbulent'. He seems to have had an innate understanding of turbulence. Sold at the Las Campanas Artist Studio Tour
Juried into the 13th National Juried Members Show of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. Exhibited at the Sorrel Sky Gallery Oct 30 - Nov 12th. En plein air in the early morning before the heat and bugs drive me inside. SOLD before the opening on Oct 30.
Juried into the 13th National Juried Members Show of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. To be exhibited at the Sorrel Sky Gallery Oct 30 - Nov 12th. En plein air while in the mountains near Tucson. SOLD before the opening reception on 10/29.
Sold Mar 27, 2021. Palo Verde abloom on the Arizona desert floor. Santa Rita Mountains in the distance. En plein air in the morning.
Sold Mar 27, 2021 by the Marigold Arts Gallery at 424 Canyon Road, Santa Fe: "en plein air"
Sold 10/10 at the Marigold Gallery on Canyon Road. Palette Knife only (no brush). The intent is to capture the patterns and colors of the Aspens on our Sangre de Cristo Mountain range. I think that the patterns allow the viewer's eye to move around the painting. And the theme IS the full scope of the colors everywhere.. One issue might be that the texture of the sky is quite different from the rest of the painting. But this perhaps pushes the hills in front of the sky - or vice versa, pushes the sky back from the hills.
Sold May 22 at the Marigold Art Gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe. https://www.marigoldarts.com..
Golden Rectangle proportion (8/13); note part of the fibonacci series: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13…...The ratios approach the Golden Mean.
Sold Jan at the Marigold Art Gallery, www.marigoldarts.com. Exhibited at The Wilder Nightingale Gallery in Taos: July 17-Aug17. www.wnightingale.com. sponsored by the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. Cadmium red light vibrating against ultramarine blue.
Sold 12/18/2021 . Painted during a Santa Fe Plein Air Festival, at my favorite painting spot on the Chama River, out near the Monastery. It was a beautiful time of day, late afternoon. I have seldom painted that late there since I always want to drive back on the precarious road before dark. Sold 12/18/2021 at the Marigold Arts Gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
Sold Sept 16 at the Marigold Art Gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM. www.marigoldarts.com. Trying to depict the wild sky of Ghost Ranch at sunset in this small painting (golden mean approximation ratio). I am thinking that I should tame it a bit, but I am going to live with it for awhile. Ghost Ranch is more serene than this painting depicts. But it might capture its history, the pulsing of the earth as it was created.
What do you think?
Sold 04/05 at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, www.marigoldarts.com. En plein air from my home in Santa Fe, facing the Las Campanas Black Mesa. During Monsoon season the clouds are ever changing.
Sold 3/6 at the Marigold Gallery in Santa Fe. We have 4 Palo Verde trees in our home in Green Valley, Az. I have just been introduced to these beautiful trees, with green bark and magnificent yellow blossoms. Palo Verdes this year were supposed to be spectacular. Well, we'll wait for next year to compare. In the meantime I will have this painting (or photographs anyway, once it sells).
Sold by the Marigold Gallery, Aug 23, 2020. . Allowing the paint stroke to represent the scintillating atmosphere of the sky, and allowing the colors to permeate the landscape. Continuing the series of palette knife experimentation with a familiar southwest mountain scene. Palette knife exclusive in this case. Alternatively, I might just do another one! Cobra water-mixable oils, somewhat expanded palette with thick palette knife strokes.
Sold June 10 by the Marigold Gallery in Santa Fe. Limited Palette: Cacmium Yellow Light, Vermillion, Madder Lake, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue and Titatnium White. Mixing greens, oranges and purples from these basics. Cobra Brand. Primarily Paletter Knife. Originally called this a study.
Sold Jun 20, 2020 by the Marigold Gallery in Santa Fe. Daily morning walk view. One of a series exploring the colors of the desert: Ocotillo, desert and mountains. Compare with other Ocotillo versions. Expanded palette (Cobra): Cadmium Yellow Light, Vermillion, Madder Lake, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, and White plus: Cobalt BLue, Phthalo Green, Sap Green, Viridian, cadmium lemon, Cadmium Red Light and Medium, Opera (Holbein Duo), Blue Violet (dioxide purple), yellow ochre, burnt sienna. #paletteknife, #paptertowel, #radicalimpressionism, #santaritamountains.
Right out of a western, the canyon is located northwest of Santa Fe, down a rough 7 mile road (Buckman Rd) near my house. It’s always a treat to visit the canyon, hoping to see movies in the making. Sold December, 2019 by the Marigold Arts Gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
En plein air from the Chama river Overlook. I am glad I tackled this venue again; it has so much and I wanted to capture the spirit. Sold Aug 29, 2020 at the Marigold Arts Gallery at 424 Canyon Road, Santa Fe.
"Chama River Overlook," a masterful creation by the talented artist Karen Halbert in 2019, unfolds as a captivating testament to the artist's adept command of the canvas and their intimate connection with the breathtaking landscapes of New Mexico. This petite 12-inch by 9-inch masterpiece, painted "en plein air" at the Chama River Overlook near Abiquiu, immerses the viewer in the artist's sensory experience of the region.
The utilization of a palette knife in the creation of this piece lends a distinctive texture and dynamism to the composition. The Cobra Water Mixable Oil palette, rich with chromatic hues, including Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue Hue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, and Titanium White, reflects the artist's careful selection of colors to evoke the nuanced tones of the Southwestern landscape.
Karen Halbert's decision to focus on the Chama River is a stroke of brilliance, drawing the eye into the heart of the composition. The river's meandering course serves as both a visual and thematic anchor, allowing for the play of reflections that mirror the fall colors of the foliage and the characteristic red hues of the mesas. This deliberate attention to detail showcases the artist's keen observation skills and commitment to capturing the essence of the scene.
Voluminous clouds, skillfully rendered over the middle-distant mountains and mesas, add an ethereal quality to the composition, emphasizing the vastness and grandeur of the natural surroundings. The interplay of light and shadow on the landscape, expertly achieved through the palette knife technique, further enhances the sense of depth and atmosphere.
"Chama River Overlook" by Karen Halbert stands as a testament to the artist's ability to translate the beauty of nature onto canvas, inviting viewers to share in the awe-inspiring moment of creation. The fusion of technical prowess, color mastery, and a deep connection to the chosen location elevates this painting to a level of timeless significance within the realm of contemporary landscape art.
The ocotillo are intriguing me these days, They provide much opportunity for play and color. This is the largest so far in a series. Daily morning walk view. One of a series exploring the colors of Suahuarita, Arizona: Ocotillo, desert and mountains. Compare with other Ocotillo versions. Expanded palette (Cobra): Cadmium Yellow Light, Vermillion, Madder Lake, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, and White plus: Cobalt BLue, Phthalo Green, Sap Green, Viridian, cadmium lemon, Cadmium Red Light and Medium, Opera (Holbein Duo), Blue Violet (dioxide purple), yellow ochre, burnt sienna. #paletteknife, #paptertowel, #radicalimpressionism, #santaritamountains. Sold November 2019 and now residing in Upsaala, Sweden.
Palette Knife. See karenhalbert.blogspot.com for a detailed analysis of this painting and others. This is part of a series that I am calling Canyon Colores. But note that the dimensions are close to a golden ratio. Sold by the Marigold Arts Gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
Sold Jun 20, 2019 by the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road.Officially my 100th painting recorded as sold. Primarily palette knife after a wash-in. The color was pushed: Diablo Canyon is often a range of grey only. But the morning light can cause it to glow. This is a favorite venue near my home in Santa Fe far out on a rough dirt road. The area is still being filmed in westerns. It does feel like traveling back in time when visiting and painting this site.
A Mathematician paints.Landscape-inspired Abstract # 1 for 2019, oil, palette knife, 7x11, 11/7 is a rational approximation to the golden mean (1.61..., an irrational number). Do you see the embedded spiral? Sold by the Marigold Arts Gallery Oct 8, 2019.
"En plein air" at the Yellow Cliffs off Monastery Road just north of Ghost Ranch. Painted along with the Yellow Cliffs of New Mexico I. Golden rectangle proportion. Sold by the marigold arts gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe 11/22
"En plein air" at the Yellow Cliffs off Monastery Road just north of Ghost Ranch. Painted along with the Yellow Cliffs of New Mexico II. Golden rectangle proportion. Sold Mar 27, 2019 by the Marigold Arts Gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
Sold 6/28/2019. My intent: capture the unusual light and color in the dramatic place, one of the places O'Keeffe liked to paint. It i now the sacred home f an Islamic group, and so difficult to paint "en plein air". I can see this location in the distance from my favorite suite at the Abiquiu Inn. I took many photographs on a beautiful fall day with sun and stormy clouds. and enjoy reliving the experience while painting. I will be painting more scenes. Sold by the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com.
View of the Sandia Mountains from Albuquerque at sunset. Water-based oils (Cobra) with brush and palette knife. The first wash was thin (water plus oil color). Then the paint was applied more thickly with a palette knife, with a brush used at times. Sold Feb 5, 2019 at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com.
Water-based oils (Cobra) with a thin wash at beginning. Brush and Palette knife used throughout. View of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from Santa Fe (abstract). As the name indicates they blush red at sunset (blood of christ). Sold Oct 19, 2019 at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com.
The Chama Cliffs and the River continue to draw me in. So I paint different aspects to try to understand them better. Palette knife only. Golden proportion. Sold May 18, 2019 by the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road.
Sold 5/13/2019 by the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road. I happened to visit the gallery after painting at the Santa Fe River, only to find a very nice Arizona couple completing the purchase of this painting. It's so nice to meet a customer in person.
Painted "en plein air" one early morning far out on the Monastery Road at an Oxbow on the Chama River. This is my favorite painting venue, worth the long, hard drive down a single lane washboard road. A painting friend had a flat tire but fortunately for her a monk came along and helped. This road is well worth visiting the the continuous most specagular cliffs and rock formations in new Mexico. An amazing place and river.
Juried into the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Member Show. Exhibited for viewing at the Sorrel Sky Gallery from Nov 2 - 21. Day 1 staying in a cabin by the river. The river was rushing and the rocks were treacherous But I persevered (even though I stumbled once). On a hot day, painting here was refreshing an12the sound always soothing. "En plein air" Sold with Chilling II.
Juried into the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Member Show. Available for viewing at the Sorrel Sky Gallery from Nov 2 - 21. The river was rushing and the rocks were treacherous But I persevered (even though I stumbled once and then another time). On a hot day, painting here was refreshing and the sound always soothing. This was my painting on the second day visiting the area. "En plein air". Sold with Chilling I.
Exclusively palette knife with water based oils. Golden rectangle proportion. Small horizontal studio version of a plein air from a few years ago. Sold by the Marigold Arts Gallery July 25, 2018 to a honeymooning couple.
Studio painting base on New Mexico cliffs. I love to paint these small abstracts. Water Mixable oil and Palette Knife. Sold by the Marigold Arts Gallery July 25, 2018 to a honeymooning couple along with Taos Gorge Light Play.
Begun as a plein air during the PACE 2018 Convention at Ghost Ranch. Adjusted in the studio to add more sparkle to the otherwise gray painting. I consider this a plein air piece since at most 20% was done in the studio. Sold July 28, 2018 to a university professor in New York at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com.
Painted from a dramatic photograph I took of a mesa at Ghost Ranch, just as the sun was about to set. This is near Georgia O'Keefe's backyard. - an enlarged version of the 5x7 Ghost Ranch Mesa Sunset Small #1. Commissioned by a client of smaller paintings.Sold by the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road April 30 2018.
Started this with a sketch based on an older painting of the Chama River. Completed using a sunset photo using palette knives. The end result might lead to a new style. Sold May 2, 2018 at the marigold arts gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
A larger studio version of the plein air painting, As the Chama Churns. A favorite venue, 12 miles out on the Monastery Road. Sold by the Marigold Arts Gallery Sept 2018 to a couple in San Francisco!!.
"en plein air" facing the cliffs above Georgia's Ghost Ranch House, when the sun creates its strongest shadows. Due to my recovering knee I stayed by the car on the road. Sold at the Marigold Arts gallery Mar 2 2018.
"En plein air" at one of my favorite venues, Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. I wait for the clouds in order to capture the most dramatic effect on the cliffs. Painted from the top of the mesa. Sold March 2018 at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, www.marigoldarts.com
.This is not the quintessential Ghost Ranch scene. Only when the viewer goes up to the mesa will these cliffs unfold. When I gaze at the painting online I am particularly reminded of an aged tapestry; this then is a tapestry of the Ghost Ranch cliffs. Sold March 2018 at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, www.marigoldarts.com..
What joy it is to capture the feeling of the New Mexico Landscape with the afternoon or evening light - along the Chama River, one of my favorite rivers. The river is often a rusty brown and green so the few times it has more color are the times to capture. Sold Sep 2018 by the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, www.marigoldarts.com.
"En plein air" at one of my favorite painting sites, down a long dirt road near our house. This site is marked for development, but it at least will be open to the public. Sold May 1, 2018 at the Marigold Arts Gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
This is a view along the Monastery Road, a one lane dirt road that leads past spectacular cliffs along the Chama River toward the Christ of the Church Monastery less than a mile from this vantage point. Sold by the marigold arts gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, Jan 18, 2018.
Studio version and largest in a series of my new favorite place in Santa Fe to paint. The river is rushing right now after heavy rainfalls. I love to sit by the river, listening to the sounds of water flowing and the laughter of children and barking of dogs as they splash around in the river, the way we did when we were children. Sold on April, 13, 2018 at the Purple Sage Gallery
The mighty Chama River can be passive and muddy or active and colorful. Painting at this spot on the Chama River is my favorite painting venue. Painted "en plein air". Juried in to the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 8th National Juried Members Show. Sold by the Purple Sage Gallery Dec 2017
Madera Creek I/Santa Fe River Flows Again (sold 2017)
Madera Creek I/Santa Fe River Flows Again (sold 2017)
Painted "en plein air" along the Santa Fe River on Alameda. I am happy that I was there that day, joining my friend as she "cleaned the river" with her garden club. Only a few days later the water was turned off. I must return soon to see if it is flowing yet again. What a wonderful respite in the middle of the summer in Santa Fe. The river banks fill with children and animals enjoying the sound and the cool breezes off the river. How wonderful to "Return to the River". Sold Mar 2017 at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com.
Madera Creek I/Santa Fe River Flows Again (sold 2017)
Aspen Woodlands (sold 2017)
Aspen Woodlands (sold 2017)
Forerunner of the other "woodland" paintings.. I think that my love of the woods comes through in this painting. This was up at the Big Tesuque Campground 2017 and near the Santa Fe Ski slope. No, I no longer camp out, but it was tempting. Sold June 16, 2017 by the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road.This is the first painting of the "Return to the Rivers" series at the Tesuque Aspen stream (not really a river). "en plein air"
When I gaze at the painting online I am particularly reminded of an aged tapestry; this then is a tapestry of the Chama River cliffs. Painted "en plein air" behind Ghost Ranch. Golden Ratio proportions. Sold Dec 2016 at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe.
This is a first in a series of more impressionistic, primarily palette knife work following the colorist style of Hensche and Hawthorne. Sold June 2016 by the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com.
"En plein air" at one of my favorite painting locations. This area called Georgia O'Keeffe to New Mexico and it continues to call me to its beautiful grounds frequently. Golden ration proportion. Sold through the Purple Sage Gallery, www.purplesagegallery.biz, January 2016.
My new favorite place in Santa Fe to paint. The river is rushing right now after heavy rainfalls. I love to sit by the river, listening to the sounds of water flowing and the laughter of children and barking of dogs as they splash around in the river, the way we did when we were children. I am doing a series of these. Sold at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com, on 6/16/2016. This is the first of the "Return to the River" series at the Santa Fe River.
Painted in winter; begun out doors but completed in the studio, but still looking at the winter scene through the window. Sold Jan 2, 2016 at the Purple Sage Gallery, an auspicious beginning of the year.
Painted "en plein air" at the beginning of Monastery Road, just up the road from Ghost Ranch. We were looking north at the wondrous cliffs formed so long ago during various geological ages. The light was playing in and out of the clouds, but it was fun to try to capture it anyway, waiting for the light and the shadows to return. Painted without a paint brush, with a paper towel and palette knife. I intend to touch it up slightly, perhaps with a paintbrush, providing a little more detail in the foreground. I have to wonder a bit about the prominent cliff structure. It's one of the 'muffin-top' cliffs that are ubiquitous along the Chama River in this part of New Mexico. But a viewer thought it was a hole in the mountain. Perhaps I was trying to see through the mountain to the beginning of its formation! I've decided to leave it as is; I rather like the ambiguity. Sold Dec 2015 at the Purple Sage Gallery. in Albuquerque.
Small, more colorful version of painting done "en plein air" of the cliffs from Monastery Road near Ghost Ranch ("Chama Striations"). In a floating frame. Sold at the Purple Sage Gallery, www.purplesagegaleria.com.KH-22
Painted during the Paint Out Santa Fe week at a State Campground on the lake overlooking the Pedernal. The skies were bright but with impending storms developing. The wind and hail finally drove me to my car though I was under a cover. Sold at the Purple Sage Gallery KH-23
Painted looking up our Las Campanas arroyo toward the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Santa Fe ski slope. Profits donated to the Santa Fe Artists' Medical Fund. Private Sale. Commission to Purple Sage Gallery.
Painted late in the day on the Chama River out near the Monastery of the Christ in the Desert. This is a favorite painting location and I return to these sacred lands often. Sold to a friend in Florida, a friend from my Wall Street Days.
Sold at the InArt Gallery in Santa Fe. Painted during the 2014 Plain Air Santa Fe week-long paintout. I can't wait to get back out there and do this again, perhaps larger, perhaps during the sunset (or sunrise!). The Diablo Canyon is undergoing a major cleanup by various public land organizations. And I hope to capture it in its entirety before it becomes civilized. Sold at the InArt Gallery for PAPNM
Painted on a windy day at Asilomar on the California Coast during the Monterey Annual Plein Air Convention paintout. I miss the Pacific Ocean having grown up within its sight, in Seattle and Honolulu. Sold at the Purple Sage Gallery 2014, KH-4.
Painted at the Leo Carrillo Beach along the California Coast. Yes, that's a whale in the distance, a rare sight in this area. And the next day, we were treated to a full beach production for a Coppertone ad. The painting's buyer liked the whale and the fact that this painting was at this particular beach. Leo Carrillo was one of his father's favorites: an "American actor, vaudevillian, political cartoonist, and conservationist". Sold at the Purple Sage Galeria during the Hidden Harmony Exhibition. 2014
Palette knife painting of view toward the Jemez Mountains. Since it was quite cold outside, this plein air piece was ccmpleted in the studio, but still while looking at the scene through the large studio windows. Sold by the Purple Sage Gallery May 12, 2013
Completed en plein air during cottonwood season under the Pedernal at Ghost Ranch. Begun as a demo for the Stringfellow Group in the studio. I think this was the building that was wiped out during the July 2015 Flash flood. Sold to friend.