A common criticism in graduate school was that a student’s palettes were more interesting than their paintings. Well, I’d like to think that an artist’s palette is attractive, but for different reasons. Looking at a painter’s palette can offer many clues as to how the painting was created.

A significant amount of my studio time is spent mixing colors. For every eight hour painting session, at least one of those hours is completely devoted to meticulously preparing colors. I do not do much mixing on the canvas, so I must have as many colors ready ahead of time. When it comes time to apply the paint to the canvas, I’m free from interruptions and find that the actual painting comes much easier.

Below are nine palettes for the painting Striped Diamonds II.


Striped Diamonds II

Striped Diamonds II (oil on canvas, 60″ x 36″) is finished! It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been a year since I finished the first Striped Diamonds!

Click on the thumbnails for details.



Class visit to the gallery

Coastal Carolina University students take a break from the classroom for a visit to the Rebecca Randall Gallery!


Carolina Arts

Check out this month’s issue of Carolina Arts. Turn to page 13 for a feature on my exhibition at the Rebecca Randall Gallery.


This is What Makes us Girls

I’ve just returned from a wonderful couple of days at Coastal Carolina University. Thanks to everyone that came out for the opening reception and artist talk. Below are a few images of the exhibition, entitled This is What Makes us Girls, currently on view at the Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery through September 27.


Karen Ann Myers