Nature Painting

Twilight Karen LaFontaine Artist's Journal On The Easel


I cherish my time in my painting studio at day’s end. The daylight is fading and there remains just a bit of twilight to illuminate my paintings and the fresh new work of the day. In these moments, I like to be still and reflect on the day’s activity. Art life and family life intertwined… …

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Butterfly Wings Artist's Journal On The Easel

Butterfly Wings

Such Beautiful Things Among my new oil paintings this summer, Passion Butterfly Tango, which showcases the fleeting beauty of one of the South’s long-winged and most graceful butterflies. Known as, Gulf Fritillary, and more commonly, passion butterfly, the distinguishing markings that set this bright orange beauty apart are three silver white spots located on each …

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Detail from Spring's Cardinal, a bird painting by Karen LaFontaine

Spring’s Cardinal

My Feathered Friend Springtime is in full swing in Georgia. We are enjoying our lengthening days, increasingly, warm, and abundant sunshine, blooming fauna and most especially the activity of our birds and small wildlife clearly enjoying our warmer temperatures too. Recent sunny days have brought sightings of robins, morning doves and most especially cardinals pairing …

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Detail from Sunny Daze Oil Painting by Karen LaFontaine

Sunny Daze

As Garden Photographer Our erratic spring weather makes March a tricky month in Georgia. One day, it trends warm and sunny, and we all enjoy temperatures above seventy degrees. And, quick as a wink, an overnight thunderstorm will reset the weather for grey, cold days with temperatures in the forties. This is truly challenging, especially …

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