Thursday, August 16, 2012

21 under 31 Cover Artist

Each year since 2000, Southwest Art Magazine has published an article spotlighting 21 emerging artists under the age of 31. I am honored to be a part of this year’s feature.

My painting Sophie’s Seashell is on the cover, and The Sidelong Glance is pictured in the article.

I also want to congratulate my friends Adam Clague, Jonathan Stasko, and Angela Burns, all phenomenal artists, who are also included in the article.

Look for the magazine on stands this month!

Southwest Art Magazine
September 2012
Cover painting by Sarah Keller

Kitchen Art Series

When I was a younger artist, I used to think painting fruit and vegetables was BORING. Now, I understand this subject matter isn’t so much about ideas as it is about COLOR. I set up all of these vegetables right in front of me and painted them “from life.” An artists sees SO much more color and emotion painting this way, and I LOVE the results.








Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Portrait in Pink

My etsy shop MadAboutHue has given me the opportunity to do custom portrait work for clients all around and outside the United States. I do enjoy painting children. My palette is very well suited to the subject matter, and children are so delightfully straightforward in their expressions. As a painter,  I like to think that most people have one dominant feature that sums up their personality. With Katherine, it was her brow...thoughtful and intent. I like to imagine she grew into the rational child that always needed to know "why."


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne

Here’s another view I enjoyed from that golden summer spent in Washington state!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Westport Fishing Boats

Westport Fishing Boats

Before I married my husband, I was fortunate to spend a magical summer with him and his family near beautiful Seattle, WA. It really is a place worth visiting! The mountains, mists, and ocean weave an enchanting spell over visitors and residents alike. You can’t help but want to slow down, relax and drink in the outdoors. 

Westport Fishing Boats is a scene I enjoyed on a day trip with the family to the coast. I snapped this picture when the women were trapping crabs on the docks, and the men were out deep sea fishing. We enjoyed quite a catch of crabs and fish later that evening!

I really enjoyed painting how the blue sky and water influenced the colors throughout the painting, and the way the rigging and orange buoys caught the light was a very fun center of interest!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

My Nana’s Tea

My Nana’s Tea features a cup of tea from the antique china set I inherited from my nana; this is my favorite still life to date.

My preferred method of working is to paint “from life” not from a photograph. Painting this way helps me see deep into the soul of my subject, resulting in beautiful and insightful images. Most of my still lifes and small portraits and landscapes are painted this way. The larger studio pieces are painted from photographs for convenience’s sake. But I still attempt to paint quickly and decisively for the beautiful edges that can be achieved with wet paint. This painting method is called “alla prima.”

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Her First Glimpse

Her First Glimpse is actually a painting of the same place as The Sidelong Glance but from a different angle and with a different girl. The Dharma Blue cafe is one of my favorite places in historic, downtown Pensacola. I wanted to paint a chance meeting in a place where romance was, I purposefully shifted my palette toward pink, lavender, and blue to infuse the the mood with romance.

Her First Glimpse

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Sidelong Glance

Hello world! My name is Sarah Keller, and I’m a painter and a designer with a passion for color! The Sidelong Glance is a studio piece that I put a lot of time and thought into. I wanted to express in paint the idea of a girl’s reverie interrupted by something glimpsed from the corner of the her eye. WHO or WHAT? She’ll always have you wondering...

The Sidelong Glance