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Recommended Film About an Artist “Searching for Sugar Man”

Searching for Sugar Man

A Documentary About Sixto Rodriguez by Malik Bendjellou

This is an amazing story and film. It is about a poet/folksinger living in Detroit, Michigan whose albums did not fare well in the US in the early 1970s; however, unbeknownst to him, were wildly successful in South Africa and inspirational to the anti-apartheid movement. The movie follows the search of two Rodriguez fans as they unravel the mystery of what really happened to him and the outcome is truly fantastic!

If you are a Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, or Leonard Cohen fan, I am sure you will love Rodriguez.
I hope you enjoy this remarkable film and please leave your comments on this blog post.


This movie is available on Netflix; or you may purchase it from Amazon USA or Canada.



Jaime Ava Jones – Oil Painting Work in Progress Part II

Another great session with Jaime yesterday. I incorporated the vintage suitcases as an element in between our live model sessions. I’ve now added the mirror and developed the figure more. Next up; back to the suitcases and working on more background.

I hope you enjoy watching the transformation as the work evolves.
You can view additional work at

Enjoy, Karen

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Behind the Scenes:
Photos by André Paquette – Paquette Imaging

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Interim work without model:


First Session with Jaime:




Jaime Ava Jones – Oil Painting Work in Progress

I had the privilege of working with Jaime yesterday and started this new painting; we will be doing additional sittings to develop this work. I haven’t painted in oils in many years due to lack of appropriate studio space and it truly felt wonderful to return to my favorite medium.

This was Jaime’s first time as an art-model, but she has extensive experience as a photographer’s model. You may find her Facebook page here:

I hope you enjoy watching the transformation as the work evolves.
You can view additional work at

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Welcome to my Blog

Welcome to my Blog
My aim is to provide an interesting space related to many things Art; the root of which will be my website. Eventually, after I am more proficient in the Blog-sphere, my website will be native to the blog as opposed to an external link. For the moment it’s a link. I hope to post at least once per week and will be incorporating topics of interest to me, and relating to art, such as books, films exhibits; where possible, I will provide links to provide more information or purchase items. I welcome your comments or suggestions, either on the blog or via email at I welcome you to follow this blog as it evolves.


“Street Music” – Karen Paquette

This artwork is now completed and mounted (and hanging on our wall). It is called “Street Music” and is mixed media (pastel, conté, graphite, ink) on brown kraft paper, measuring 30 x 60 inches. The original plan was to use gel medium to attach it to the prepared canvas and put a top coat of the same, but it ended up being too wet and wrinkled the paper in the initial area – and yes I did a test first, but it didn’t seem to cause an issue on the trial run. I was very sparing with the gel medium for the balance of the piece and it seems to be holding so far.  I am debating using a matte spray varnish but am worried it will be too wet on the paper. If anyone has any experience protecting works on paper without the presence of glass in front, please comment below. There is currently a generous coating of fixative, but I feel there should be more protection for the longevity of the piece.

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Weekly Art Quote

“Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.” – Pablo Picasso

Karen Paquette – The Figure Expressed

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