• How Did You Get Started with Pastels? By Kem Studios   -   Nov 18, 2019

    HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH PASTELS?

    Revisiting pumpkins in 2013. Time for an update! It all began with a pumpkin...and an old box of Grumbacher pastels. It was in 2005...

    School, Art, Watercolor, Pastel, Painting, Paper
  • What Can you do with a Pearlescent Pastel? By Kem Studios   -   Nov 16, 2019

    WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A PEARLESCENT PASTEL?

    Someone recently asked me this question. The pearlescent and iridescent pastels are so tempting but how can you use them in your paintings?...

    Paper, Pastel, Painting
  • Are You In a Paper Rut? Try This! By Kem Studios   -   Nov 14, 2019

    ARE YOU IN A PAPER RUT? TRY THIS!

    Mini pastel 2.5x3.5 ©Karen Margulis Are you in a paper rut? Do you always use the same paper for every painting? Do you have papers...

    Works, Painting, Pastel, Paper, Watercolor
  • How to Make Greeting Cards with Your Paintings By Kem Studios   -   Nov 13, 2019

    HOW TO MAKE GREETING CARDS WITH YOUR PAINTINGS

    'Daisy Delight' 18x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis. sold I like to keep it simple. I look for ideas that are low cost and low tech. When...

    Works, Paper, Print, Art, Ink, Sold, Fine Art, Pastel, Painting
  • How to Store a Large Pastel Painting By Kem Studios   -   Nov 10, 2019

    HOW TO STORE A LARGE PASTEL PAINTING

    How to Store a Large Pastel Painting 'Lavender Surprise' 16x20 pastel ©Karen Margulis

    Pastel, Painting
  • Two Easy Ways to Transport Plein Air Pastel Paintings By Kem Studios   -   Nov 8, 2019

    TWO EASY WAYS TO TRANSPORT PLEIN AIR PASTEL PAINTINGS

    A collage of plein air paintings done on a trip to Pawleys Island several years ago It is always fun to come home from a painting trip...

    Sold, Pastel, Painting
  • Evergreen Tree Mini Demo By Kem Studios   -   Nov 6, 2019

    EVERGREEN TREE MINI DEMO

    'Majestic' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $175 Painting evergreen trees can be tricky. Our brains are quick to recognize their...

    Paper, Pastel, Painting
  • My Favorite Underpainting Material By Kem Studios   -   Nov 4, 2019

    MY FAVORITE UNDERPAINTING MATERIAL

    'Hanging On' pastel 7x7 ©Karen Margulis sold I was recently asked to share my favorite underpainting techniques. I love to experiment...

    Paper, Pastel, Painting, Art, Blog, Ink, Sold
  • Ten Minutes to Better Trees! By Kem Studios   -   Nov 2, 2019

    TEN MINUTES TO BETTER TREES!

    It's all about getting the shape correct. No matter what our subject, we can tell a lot about it by looking at it's shape or silhouette....

    Painting
  • Don't Be Afraid to Paint Animals! By Kem Studios   -   Oct 31, 2019

    DON'T BE AFRAID TO PAINT ANIMALS!

    'French Cows from Life' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis sold I am getting ready to paint the sheep and goats from my Norway trip and I hesitating....

    Sold, Pastel, Painting
  • Have You Seen My Painting in Pastel Journal this Month!? By Kem Studios   -   Oct 30, 2019

    HAVE YOU SEEN MY PAINTING IN PASTEL JOURNAL THIS MONTH!?

    'When Evening Falls' 16x20 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $375 It was a dream come true! When I was new to pastels I studied each...

    Works, Pastel, Painting, Artist
  • My Favorite Tip for Painting Red Trees By Kem Studios   -   Oct 27, 2019

    MY FAVORITE TIP FOR PAINTING RED TREES

    'Autumn Walk ll' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $175 I am at the beach on my annual artist retreat with friends. Enjoy this...

    Pastel, Painting, Drawing, Artist
  • Three Things to Do Immediately After a Trip By Kem Studios   -   Oct 25, 2019

    THREE THINGS TO DO IMMEDIATELY AFTER A TRIP

    'When Summer Slips into Fall' 11x15 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $225 An epic adventure needs to be savored. There needs to be...

    Works, Pastel, Painting
  • How Do You Make Your Mountains Majestic? By Kem Studios   -   Oct 23, 2019

    HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR MOUNTAINS MAJESTIC?

    'Evening Comes to the Fjords' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $175 As we slipped silently through the narrow passage in the fjords...

    Paper, Pastel, Painting
  • This Month's Paint Along is on Purple Paper! By Kem Studios   -   Oct 21, 2019

    THIS MONTH'S PAINT ALONG IS ON PURPLE PAPER!

    'Old Timers' 16x20 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $250 I don't know what possessed me. But when I saw this piece of bright purple...

    Works, Video, Canson, Painting, Pastel, Paper
  • New Video Demo with the Blue Earth Pastels Nomad Set By Kem Studios   -   Oct 20, 2019

    NEW VIDEO DEMO WITH THE BLUE EARTH PASTELS NOMAD SET

    'A Wee Bit of Ireland' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $250 It was a cold rainy day yesterday so it was perfect to stay inside...

    Video, Artist, Invitation, Blog, Pastel, Painting
  • Painting the Norwegian Woods with a Surprise Spice By Kem Studios   -   Oct 20, 2019

    PAINTING THE NORWEGIAN WOODS WITH A SURPRISE SPICE

    'Norwegian Woods' 10.5 x 15.5 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $350 It was really a bonus. I didn't expect to stumble upon this magical...

    Wood, Pastel, Painting
  • Can Pastelmat Take an Alcohol Wash? By Kem Studios   -   Oct 17, 2019

    CAN PASTELMAT TAKE AN ALCOHOL WASH?

    'Passing Sheep' 12x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $250 I am home from the mystery cruise and finally had time to paint. We missed...

    White, Paper, Pastel, Painting
  • It's Time to Paint Autumn Trees! By Kem Studios   -   Oct 15, 2019

    IT'S TIME TO PAINT AUTUMN TREES!

    'Golden Moments' 12x9 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $175 Every October for the past few years I have taught a workshop in Pecos...

    Pastel, Painting
  • Confessions of a Seasonal Painter By Kem Studios   -   Oct 13, 2019

    CONFESSIONS OF A SEASONAL PAINTER

    8x10 pastel sold Enjoy this post from the archives! I am a seasonal painter. I love painting the landscape in every season. Every season...

    Painter, Sold, Pastel, Painting