My Favorite Tool: Karen Krahl

"I get very excited about brushes...."

I get very excited about brushes, old or new, so I would say they are my favorite tools. Though, the bigger my paintings get the more I appreciate my palette knives, so I must include them too. I use them to mix paint, not to paint with.  I’m still getting used to my new Olympus Pen camera, that took these shots of paintbrushes. A camera; another favored tool beyond the actual photographs themselves; I find it is an indispensable tool for capturing light or a form, for future reference from which to paint.

Palette Knives

Okay, I’ve decided… my favorite tool: really fine sable brushes.

Website coming soon….


2011 Marketing Workshop

You’re Invited!


For: Open Studios Art Tour Artists or Gallery Participants

When: Wednesday, August 24th 6:00pm

Where: The ARTS Obispo Gallery, 570 Higuera St. Suite 175 (in the Creamery)

Cost: FREE!

Open Studios Art Tour Veteran, Steven deLuque, will hand out and review an informational packet of invaluable information on how to maximize your Open Studios experience.  Come join us for this presentation followed by a casual question and answer session giving you clues on how to set up your studio/display space, creative ways to display directional signs, etc.. Steven will give you answers to frequently asked questions and guidelines to help you enjoy and profit from your participation in the largest fine arts event on the Central Coast.

There will be handouts that will help you throughout the year and provide information on how to self promote your art.  Past attendees have told us that this workshop helped them to prepare and anticipate what to expect.

The Marketing Workshop is especially useful for first time participants! So if this is your first time, you shouldn’t miss this! If this is your 10th time (more or less), come share your experience with your art community!

Please RSVP: (805) 544-9251 – or

Steven deLuque's creative signage... learn from one of the greats!

“In My Studio, I am…” by Debra Jurey

"In my studio I am a wanderer"

In my studio I am a wanderer.  As a bead weaver  my supplies are small and portable, and though I have a lovely bead/jewelry making room at home, I also have the luxury of being able to take my art-making on the road.  At the beach in my Airstream, in the woods under a canopy of green, sipping a latte at a favorite coffee spot or even out on my deck surrounded by lavender and the soft afternoon breeze through the oaks. 

So much of my inspiration comes from patterns and color, lighting and textures found in nature. Getting away from the same old surroundings fuels this inspiration and provides a constant source of new and exciting ideas.

Debra's beads

Visit Debra Jurey’s website to see more of her art.

Inspire Me! – Victoria Schmitt

Where does artist Victoria Schmitt from Light Workshops get her inspiration?

“My students. Every time we host a photography or digital painting workshop I get to look over my students work and see where they have been and what their interpretation of a scene is. Whether it is in the studio working with models, or going to Alaska on our adventure cruises, every student seems to come out with an image that makes me want to improve, experiment and get out and shoot! Sometimes they will process images on the computer so differently that it makes me want to play with my images.

As for reading materials… I actually read our blog and our Facebook pages. We invite guest photographers to blog as well as post on our Facebook pages (Light Photographic Workshops and Epic Light Photography Adventure). We get so many great posts, photos and stories that make me want to do less office work and more photography! It may sound shallow to some, but my photography is my business so I have to eat, breath and sleep this industry. So until I’m a millionaire I can’t read things like War and Peace.”

My students are my inspiration"

“In My Studio…” By Carol Paquet

Inside Cork Stop Studios - Carol Paquet

Cork Stop Studios

In my studio I get in touch with my African roots. I play world music, mainly from Africa. I play it loud. It helps me get into the “zone”.  My studio is a gorgeous, light-filled 2500 square foot space, designed and built specifically for the purpose of creating art. It is part of a huge red barn, which is also our home.

Paquet inspecting a print

I was born in Zambia, which used to be Northern Rhodesia. Grew up in South Africa and have traveled extensively. I have lived in Johannesburg, Cape Town, London, Munich, Toronto, and Oakland and San Clemente (California). I studied at The Johannesburg College of Art and The Johannesburg Art Foundation where I was lucky enough to have William Kentridge as a teacher.

I am acutely aware of the fickleness of time and the potential importance of any given moment. This informed my “Penumbra” or shadow series, which deals with our perception of a subject changing according to time of day and the direction of light and shadow. This series spawned a new working process, which uses photography as an integral part of the art. This was the first work on paper that I did and is now a process that I use almost entirely.

Carol Paquet's Penumbra process

Carol Paquet's Penumbra process, another angle

Carol Paquet's Penumbra series

I look for the everyday stuff that we all see, and find the intersection of the natural landscape and abstraction. That place where reality dissolves and is replaced with shapes and forms that take on another identity. It could be cracked paving or trash on the side of the road. This will spawn an entire series and in fact it has. “Heaven and Earth” is one of my newer series and it is an inspirational and astoundingly beautiful interpretation of the mundane and the detritus that encroaches on the edges of our lives. You may email me at or call 805 550 6399. You can see more of my work on my website.

Beautiful Decay series