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Discoveries and Sharing From Karin O’Brien’s Studio

Upcoming workshops and news from the studio.

You can still register for my ONLINE class Fin Folk which begins June 6!

I am so excited to be participating with Artful Gathering again this year and offering my second online class. June 6-July 17, 2019. I poured my heart and soul into this class. I wanted to share with you my painting process from idea to finished piece and that is a tough job, as my mind is a complex web of inspiration! I will be available for live support throughout the class dates. If you click on this link: Artful Gathering. It will take you to all the information on registration, the class description and a short video, I hope you will consider joining me!

Teaching on the Road

I will be teaching in San Diego at
Way Art Yonder Studio,
August 3-4, 2019

This is a wonderful venue in Jamul. You will truly feel like you are going away to a retreat. A wonderful class room on a hill, with views of the surrounding area – all the way to the ocean.

I will be teaching my new class “Soul Narratives,” sharing my painting process.  I will take you on a journey with visualization, story and playful painting techniques

Soul Narratives
Way Art Yonder Studio

August 3-4, 2019
Here is the link to register and get more info: Way Art Yonder Studio

Leaving you with Ellie. I have started to pull out my teddy bear and doll making supplies, so more to come on them in the near future!

and see where it takes you!

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271 Springbrook Drive

Grants PassOR 97527

Grants Pass MOA Adult Art Classes: now through June 2018


Needlefelting with Armatures

(Sheep theme)

with Corbin Brashear

Saturday, April 7th

12:30 – 4:30 pm

Create your own fun little sheep while learning how to needlefelt with armatures. Beginners welcome.
$45. Includes all materials.

Gelli Printing

with Karen O’Brien

Saturday, April 14th

10:30 am – 1:30 pm

This is a fun exploratory class in printmaking using commercial and homemade gelatin printing plates. We will experiment with color, plant materials, stencils, masks and texturing materials to make complex papers that can be used as collage for mixed media projects or framed as art. I will also cover how to make your own stamps and stencils to use for printing.
$45. Includes all materials.
Recommended by Karen:
Bring along some soft leaves, so they do not dig into the plate surface and any of your favorite stencils and texture materials ex: bubble wrap, lace…

Paint like Van Gogh

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, April 21st

1 – 4 pm

  • All materials provided
  • Leave with an acrylic painting
  • Learn about post-impressionism and Van Gogh
  • Study a master’s work, a time-honored tradition to improving your art skills
  • Have a fun afternoon!
  • All skill levels are welcome
  • Each person copies a work of their choice (Not a follow-the-leader format)
$30. All materials included.
Recommended to bring a color photocopy of your favorite Van Gogh as a reference.

Paint like Picasso

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, April 28th

1 – 4 pm

  • All materials provided
  • Leave with an acrylic painting
  • Learn about Picasso and his immense influence on many periods of art
  • Study a master’s work, a time-honored tradition to improving your art skills
  • Have a fun afternoon!
  • All skill levels are welcome
  • Each person copies a work of their choice (Not a follow-the-leader format)
$30. All the materials are included.
Recommended to bring a color photocopy of your favorite Picasso painting as a reference.

Living a More Inspired & Heartfelt Life

with Janet L. Stanley, M.A.

Saturday, May 5th

1 – 4 pm

Are you the ‘You,” you long to be?
Are you following your heart’s deepest desires?
Are you nourishing your soul?
I invite you to join me to explore what gets in our way and how we can overcome those obstacles.
Please bring a journal, a blanket and pillow. If you have a drum and/or rattle, I invite you to bring it/them along.
Janet L. Stanley is a spiritual guide, mentor, teacher, and shamanic healer.

Sketching from Life: Fun with Flowers

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, May 12th

1 – 4 pm

  • Learn or develop your skills in drawing from life.
  • We will sketch fresh flowers
  • We can use pencils, pens, or charcoal.
  • Work on creating good values, realistic lighting
  • Improve composition
  • All skill levels welcome
$30. All materials provided.

Paint like Alex Katz

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, May 19th

1 – 4 pm

Contemporary painter Alex Katz is a master at simplifying compositions. His artwork has been exhibited over 700 times and he is one of the most famous living painters. In this class we will:
  • Have fun learning tricks to simplify a painting to make it stronger
  • Learn to plan our colors ahead of time
  • Beginning students can copy one of his works, and more intermediate, advanced, or adventurous students can bring in a photo and we will paint it in Katz’s style.
  • Leave with an acrylic painting
$30. All materials provided.

Animal Drawing

with Bobbi Baldwin

Saturday, June 2nd

10:30 – 4

Paint your beloved pet or favorite animal, open to all mediums (except oil). Dogs, cats, horses, tigers, cows, wild animals. Whatever your favorite fur or feather animals are!
We will work on learning the anatomical structure of bodies and faces as well as how to best portray them.
We will also work on composition, color theory, techniques, and painting.
Beginners through advanced artists—all are welcome.
$85. Materials list to be sent to you. (Most materials available for use at the Museum if needed).

Art Journals

with Karen O’Brien

Saturday, June 16th

10:30 – 3:30

In this class we will learn how to begin our own art journal* with simple supplies. I will share plenty of ideas and approaches to begin filling your journals. We will create a journal spread.
All you need to bring to class is:
  • Blank journal that can handle water media: 90-140 lb paper
  • OR
  • Old book : thin spine, no larger than 9″ x 12″, no shiny, slick or glossy pages
*What is an Art Journal? It’s a place to record your thoughts, memories, and emotions through images, art and words.
Why do it? It is an easy way to use your creativity every day. It can be done with simple tools. It is portable, requiring very little space to do it. It can be used to document life, travels, plan you art, express your feelings, test out new art products and techniques. It can be personal – only for you, or you can share it with others.

Advanced Figure Drawing

with Bobbi Baldwin

Friday, June 22nd &

Saturday, June 23rd

10:30 – 4

Bobbi returns by popular demand!
An in-depth study of how color theory applies to the human form. This class is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about how to draw the human form. It will also apply color theory to the way you draw the figure – including how shadow and light can make your work far better. You will leave with a stronger knowledge of how to apply light and shadow, keep them separated, and how to draw anyone in any position.
$150. Materials list will be sent to you.

How to Paint Waves

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, June 30th

1 – 4 pm

  • Learn how to paint convincing waves
  • Where it the light in the wave?
  • What colors make a convincing wave?
  • Learn about transparent vs opaque colors
  • Learn about the difference between Mineral Inorganic colors and Modern Organic colors – finally find out what all those crazy paint names are about!
  • Great color theory class that will apply to other subjects too!
$30. All materials included.
Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G StGrants Pass, OR 97528

Karen O’Brien teaching at Way Art Yonder in San Diego

I am teaching in San Diego!

I am teaching Unearthing Imaginary Characters at Way Art Yonder Studio

Unearthing Imaginary Characters

with Karen O’Brien

San Diego, March 11-12, 2018.
I have been a student at Jana’s studio and I can honestly say that
it is a great place to get away, relax and make art.
There is still time to enroll.
Just click on this  Way Art Yonder link and scroll down to my class.
There is a handy link to register.
I hope you can join me.

Let’s Play!

You are in for a full weekend of creative ways to “unearth” and finish your own unique characters.

  • I will be sharing a variety of approaches to create backgrounds that make it easy to find your characters and tell their stories.
  • I will also cover ways to make great expressive faces – even if the thought of drawing a face makes you nervous!
  • Where: Way Art Yonder Studio.
  • When: March 11-12, 2018 from 10 am-4 pm Saturday and 10 am-3 pm on Sunday.
Find Out More

Summer Workshops with Karen O’Brien

Artful Gathering begins on June 6th!

 Stuff of Dreams, online class with Karen O'Brien

I would love for you to join me in my first Online class, through Artful Gathering.
Class begins on June 6th, but registration is open until June 22nd.
I will be available for live support during class.
All registered students will be entered to win an original painting at the close of class on July 17.
I hope you will consider joining me!

Stuff of Dreams, by Karen O'Brien, Grants Pass, Oregon

Artful Gathering Summer Session 2017

New Studio Workshops

I have added some new workshops at my studio in Grants Pass, Oregon. We will be diving in to expressive acrylic painting.

July 15, Paint With Abandon
August 19, Mixed Media Expressive Flowers
10 am – 3 pm

You can get all the details on my blog:

Have a wonderful summer,

Karen O’Brien

New Online Class with Karen O'Brien!

KEO Art Logo - Karen O'Brien


Stuff of Dreams, online class with Karen O'Brien

Stuff of Dreams, New Online Class with Karen O’Brien

In case you have not heard, I am teaching my first online course “Stuff of Dreams” in the Summer Session for Artful Gathering 2017. If you click on this link: Artful Gathering, it will take you to all the information on registration, the class description and a short video, which contains a slide show of my studio!  Stuff of Dreams is jam packed with techniques including painting, faces, creating a pattern and doll making. I hope you will consider joining me!

Urban Folk Primitives, workshop with Karen O'Brien in Albuquerque, New Mexico, fall 2017

Teaching on the Road

I will be teaching in New Mexico in the fall …
Urban Folk Primitives
New Tricks Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sept.30-Oct 3, 2017
You can get the information on my blog.
Here is the link: Urban Folk Primitives 
If you are not familiar with New Tricks, you can check out their Facebook page here

Other Happenings in the StudioWandering, award-winning p[ainting by Karen O'Brien

For those of you in the Pacific Northwest, I will be the featured artist for the month of May at Gallery One in Grants Pass Oregon. I have been doing a lot of mixed media fabric creations lately and my show includes paintings, art dolls and fabric collage pieces.

I will also have a piece in the Firehouse Gallery in Grants Pass. “Wandering,” on the right, won first place at the Josephine County Artist Association Spring Show.

September 23-24, 2017 I will be participating in the Grants Pass Museum of Art Open Studios event.

I am also in the planning stages for some pop-up workshops at my studio. So stay tuned to my blog: and my Facebook Page for information. 

Art Quilt by Karen O'Brien

Pictured at left is one of my “art quilts.” I would never have created this if I had not followed my primary rule:

and see where it takes you!


Karen O’Brien Announces Summer Classes

KEO Art Logo - Karen O'BrienNews from Karen O’Brien’s Studio

I am so excited to be back teaching in my home town of San Diego, California. Class will take place at Art on 30th, an amazing gallery, studio and workshop space in North Park.  Please join me for a fun day of play, drawing, painting and simple journal making. Make art while being inspired by the gallery and creative space.
I also have several other upcoming teaching events this Summer. It is not too early to sign up for my July and August classes. All are in amazing locations and remember, all of my classes are great for All Skill Levels:

Art on 30th, San Diego, Ca
Creating Character 
A fun one day mixed media class
May 21, 2016 9am-4:30pm

Pacific Northwest Art School, Whidbey Island, WA
Magical Characters
2 day mixed media painting of magical characters
July 9-10, 2016

Art Unraveled Phoenix, AZ
Imaginary Character Journal August 7, 2016 – Only 5 seats left
Fairy Noir, August 8, 2016 – take color out of your decision making and make amazing mixed media paintings using only black and white! You will be amazed at how this class will change your approach when you go back to adding color…

I will also be offering some classes at my studio in southern Oregon this summer. The first is:

 Mixed Media Play: Collage –  June 11, 2016.

You can find out about my Studio Classes here:
I hope I will see you at one of these events!

Imaginary Characters book cover, by Karen O'BrienImaginary Characters: Mixed Media Painting Techniques for Figures and Faces is getting great reviews. Click on the link and check out what folks are saying on Amazon.
I hope you will consider adding it to your art library.

Studio News and Workshops from Karen O’Brien

KEO Art Logo - Karen O'Brien

Imaginary Characters book cover, by Karen O'BrienStudio News

I have just added a new workshop in sunny San Diego, May 21 at Art on 30th. It is a beautiful new art and workspace. You will have a chance to not only make some art, but also be inspired by original art in the gallery space and on almost every wall. Details on the class are below.
My book Imaginary Characters: Mixed Media Painting Techniques for Figures and Faces is now available from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Bring your copy to any of my teaching events and I will be glad to add a little drawing and signature. I thank everyone who has given such wonderful reviews. I am enjoying the art from some of the projects, on Facebook. Keep the photos coming!

Creating Character, workshop with Karen O'BrienCreating Character: May 21, 2016 at  Art on 30th San Diego, CA.

We will spend a fun filled day exploring the world of whimsical character creation, using drawing exercises and mixed media techniques to help you discover you own unique style. You will come away with a multitude of new techniques, characters and ideas for future projects.  You can view the space and sign up for class now by contacting them on the website or calling  (619) 894-9009.



Magical Characters, workshop with Karen O'BrienMagical Characters: Painting with Fluid Acrylics

at the Pacific Northwest Art School on beautiful Whidbey, Island, WA July 9-10, 2016. 2 full days of painting magic. I will take you on a journey from inspiration to your finished piece. I will cover drawing, faces, backgrounds, transfers and how to use my favorite paint techniques and provide plenty of individual guidance and encouragement along the way.



Mixed Media Tip from Karen O'BrienMixed Media Tip

To add texture to a surface, try using anaglypta wall paper as collage. Anaglypta is a paintable texturized wall paper, found at your local home improvement center. It can be glued down, like collage, to your surface. Paint will pool in the patterns and give your painting depth. If you can’t find textured wall paper, try using gel medium through a stencil. This example shows the use of both techniques. Have some creative fun with this!


A Warm Welcome to Artist Karen O’Brien!

Blue Angel, mixed media painting by Karen O'Brien

Blue Angel, mixed media painting by Karen O’Brien

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource extends a warm welcome to artist Karen O’Brien of Grants Pass, who can now be found in the Visual Artists directory and the Art Education section of We met Karen last December, when she entered two of her fabulous “Urban Folk” angels in the second annual Angels show at the GoodBean Café in Jacksonville. It was hard to give them back to her after the show! Please help us welcome this talented artist by visiting her listing to find a link to her website, social media sites, and bookmark her Etsy shop in progress.

Karen’s artist statement is an intriguing and beautiful one:

I am an art maker, pathfinder and storyteller.
I use whatever materials inspire me to begin my journey.
My style is a blend of Folk and Fantasy art.
It is a fusion of what I see everyday, dream and imagine.
My paintings evolve over many layers, using paint, marks and intuition to find the
quiet, soulful figures I call my Urban Folk.

Karen has graciously consented to have her blog syndicated to Art Matters!, and we trust you will enjoy getting to know her through her posts. Art Matters! subscribers will be happy to know that they will be among the first to be notified of her art events, classes and workshops via her syndicated posts!

“I am on a journey, exploring the path of intuitive art, listening to the voice within to learn, create and share what I find.”  ~ Karen O’Brien


Attraction, painting by Karen O'Brien

Attraction, painting by Karen O’Brien

Workshops by Karen O’Brien

Karen O’Brien teaches workshops for small groups in her studio and various locations throughout the year. To view Karen’s current teaching schedule visit her blog: Urban Folktales

Studio Classes and Workshops:

Acrylic Painting Explorations

Experimentation with acrylic techniques and styles in one day workshops, with ongoing instruction available for all levels.

Art Journaling Techniques

A journey into the world of Art Journaling. Explore and create personal pages with a variety of techniques and materials. These journals can stand alone as an amazing piece of art and serve as an inspiration for other art projects. Classes can be scheduled as individual workshops or an ongoing series for all levels.

Collage: Uncover the Mystery

Experimentation class in Collage. Discover the joy of working spontaneously and quickly to jumpstart your creativity in a half day workshop format for artists of all levels of experience. Collage principals learned can be easily incorporated into any painting style.

Karen also offers an expanded 5 week course in collage techniques.

Karen is away at an art show for the next two weeks, but she has a workshop coming up on June 6 you will want to know about “The Fantastic World of Collage: Mixed Media Techniques.”

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