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Yesterday morning I joined Gwen’s class for painting “en plein air” as the French say. There is nothing like this experience. This is only the third time I’ve actually painted in the open air, just to explain why this looks more amateur than some of my other work. In spite of it’s flaws, I was still happy with this spontaneous sketch. I used pen and watercolour wash, and I think I like that combination and plan to use it more often.

Update (March 20th, 2011): I entered this in the Qenos art show, which is an annual competition held by Hobson’s Bay Arts Society. It won 1st prize in watercolour, and also sold. Well, goes to show you, that a little painting, done in just a short time can still kick ass, lol. :)

I have been a professional artist since 1990, starting out doing pencil portrait commissions. These days I have my own back yard studio, where I work towards future exhibitions, and teach weekly classes & workshops in watercolour and acrylics as well as drawing.
My studio is located in Hobson’s Bay ( Altona Meadows) , Victoria
Contact me at or mobile: 0413 741 085

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  • NJCameraman
    NJCameramanabout 4 years ago

    Karin this scene is wonderfully “real”…spontaneous was definitely the way to go here!

  • Thank you, Jim! I appreciate the kind words. I do plan to paint more local scenes, since this is what most people around here like to buy.

    – Karin Zeller

  • Loui  Jover
    Loui Joverabout 4 years ago

    beautiful breezy little whimsical work…so fresh as if one where on holiday…bloody seagulls…lol ’bless em"

  • Thanks, Loui! Always enjoy your comments! Yeah, in spite of their being so common, I actually love seagulls. They are fun to paint and draw, but the darn things didn’t hold still.

    – Karin Zeller

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillabout 4 years ago

    This is a beautiful painting, perfect for a childrens book, maybe telling a story of how the painter speaks with the seagull?

  • Thank you for your kind words and suggestions. I have always wanted to illustrate a children’s book. I’m pretty sure it’s going to happen in the near future.

    – Karin Zeller

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillabout 4 years ago

    Wie ich gesagt habe, für ein Kinderbuch genau die richtige aufstellung und farben verteilung
    Gruß Heidi

  • Toll, in Deutsch auch noch nette Worte von Dir. Vielen Dank, Heidi!

    – Karin Zeller

  • Shylie Edwards
    Shylie Edwardsabout 4 years ago

    oh i can feel the warmth of the day!!! great work!!

  • Thank you, Shylie! Yes, it was a lovely day, but with a fresh breeze.

    – Karin Zeller

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 4 years ago

    yes…worked very well!

  • Thank you, Sally!

    – Karin Zeller

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    This has an energy and vibrance to it. A wonderful work… though I still like the cats the best. :o)

  • Thank you, Bunny! I’m glad you like my cats as well. :)

    – Karin Zeller

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    delightful memories !Liz

  • Thank you, Liz! This painting will always remind me of a pleasant morning, painting with friends.

    – Karin Zeller

  • Tash  Luedi Art
    Tash Luedi Artabout 4 years ago

    Charming scene! Lovely painting :)

  • Thanks you for taking the time to have a look and the kind comment!

    – Karin Zeller

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 4 years ago

    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

    (your vote is needed here !)

  • Thank so much for this honour! :)

    – Karin Zeller

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