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Today I’d like to introduce you to Oregon-based Karen O’Brien, a very talented artist and a very nice person to boot! UPDATE: Karen’s winner was Gill W.

(Photos used by permission from Karen’s website and blog.)

A retired nurse, Karen is very prolific and paints richly layered mixed-media paintings, mostly with unique figures, “often with oddly distorted features and eyes that mirror their soulful, quirky nature.”

When I took a class from Karen last fall, I was able to take a peek inside some of her sketchbooks. There was one in particular that I just loved; she had limited her supplies to just black ink, red conte crayon, and pencil (I think!).

Karen has three pieces in “Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals,” including this wonderful drawing of her dog, “Max,” somewhat inspired (I’m pretty sure) by the Oaxacan Dotted Elephant Tutorial:

Thank you, Karen, for agreeing to be in Imaginary Animals!

Book Giveaway!
Today Karen is hosting a book giveaway over at her blog, so head on over and leave a comment (at HER blog) for a chance to win a signed copy!


This post is part of a Two-Week Book Release Celebration for my new book, “Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop with Carla Sonheim.” For the schedule, which includes book and art giveaways, contributing artists features, tutorials, and assignments, click here.