Category Archives: Landscapes

365, Day 158: Far Distant Shore

October 28th is my Dad’s birthday. He “went West”, as a friend of mine will say, in 2006 and I miss him terribly… (© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

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365, Day 156: New Beginnings

Yesterday, a short while after painting the “Thresholds” piece, I got engaged. Standing now on another threshold but sharing it with someone wonderful. (© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

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365, Day 155: Thresholds

The word that was in my mind as this painting revealed itself was “bleak”. This is a familiar word for me, particularly when I find myself standing on (or crossing over) a threshold. I sensed that happening this morning. As … Continue reading

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365, Day 153: Expanding Horizons

Even I can’t help but notice how the paintings over the past few days have outgrown the original 1″ circle that serves as my practice center. I have been tempted, over these last few days, to paint something larger format, … Continue reading

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365, Day 152: Storm Crows

Birds, flocks of birds, started showing up in my paintings some time after I began this project. Sometimes they were wheeling and diving in large numbers. Sometimes there were just a few  and they were more gentle. In my mind … Continue reading

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365, Day 151: Expansion

There are times, as I go through this practice, that I notice the composition expanding out of the circle that it begins in. There are times when it contracts back into the circle. Like breathing… …which is a good analogy, … Continue reading

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365, Day 150: Perseverance

Day 150. I have been at this now for one hundred and fifty days. That’s one hundred and fifty days within which I put paint on paper. I showed up, often when I didn’t want to. I’ve painted through pain … Continue reading

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365, Day 144: What Dreams May Come

On this date, one year ago, two friends died in a terrible car crash. This week, I learned that one of the assistant directors for the opera company I worked with in the summer lost her husband in a terrible … Continue reading

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365, Day 143: Color and Imagination

It’s interesting for me when paintings like this happen and I am reminded that, even though I “know” there are certain colors in the landscape it is often true that there are times when the world around me can be … Continue reading

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365, Day 141: The Same, Only Different

Familiar scene. Different palette. It ended up with a Samhain kind of feel to me but we’re still a few weeks away from that. Perhaps I am anticipating the death of the old year and the beginning of the new… … Continue reading

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