Flat Creek II pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers

LH022: Karen Chambers on Pastels, Art Competitions and Embracing Simplification

"Distant Horizon" pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers
“Distant Horizon” 13×19″ pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers

Host Meredith Adler speaks with Asheville pastel artist Karen Chambers.  Karen works out of a studio in Candler, NC.  She talks about her love for plein air painting and her longstanding history of painting plein air alongside her mother.

Karen is the daughter of watercolor artist Lorraine King, and we hear in this interview how her mother’s work was an influence on Karen’s development as an artist. Karen’s mother, by the way, does not have a website.

One of the original founding members of the local Appalachian Pastel Society, Karen generously shared in this interview about her experience as  a competition artist and as a judge for art competitions.

You will hear Karen light up when she talks about the benefits of her beloved medium, pastel!  And when she talks about how her style of painting is changing.

To connect with Karen and see more of her work:

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  • As mentioned in the audio intro, Karen needs to have a new website built, and the web address will be placed here when she has it completed

Highlights from this episode include:

  • how artists benefit from entering art competitions
  • what judges of art competitions are looking for
  • Karen’s own experience as a judge of art competitions
  • How she radically increased her enjoyment of the painting process by changing her style
  • Karen’s approach to teaching pastel painting
  • why Karen and her students formed the Appalachian Pastel Society

“I get up in my studio and I get to painting, I get to singing inside…all tension disappears…”                     Karen Chambers

Local resources mentioned during this episode:

Other resources available to pastel artists Karen mentions during the show

Other examples of Karen’s work

"Flat Creek II" pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers
“Flat Creek II” 13×18″ pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers, available unframed for $500, contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase
"Rushing Waters II" pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers
“Flat Creek III” 13×18″ pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers, available unframed for $500, contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase
"Twins XIV" 13x18" pastel painting by Asheville Artist Karen Chambers, available for $800, contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase
“Twins XIV” 13×18″ pastel painting by Asheville Artist Karen Chambers, available unframed for $800 (received an award in the statewide pastel show), contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase
"Palo Duro Canyon II" pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers
“Palo Duro Canyon II” 20×30″ pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers, available unframed for $800, contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase
"Palo Duro Canyon III" 18x13" pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers, available for $800, contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase
“Palo Duro Canyon” pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers, available unframed for $800, contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase

 

"Lava Flow" 18x13 pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers
“Lava Flow” 18×13 pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers, available unframed for $450, contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase

 

"Teeta the Bull I" 18x23" pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers, available for $900, contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase
“Teeta the Bull” 18×13″ pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers, available unframed for $900, contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase

 

Perennials in Red 19x12" pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers, available for $125, contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase
“Perennials in Red” 9×11″ pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers, available unframed for $250, contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase
"Cypress Swamp at Dusk" 13x13" pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers, available for $185, contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase
“Cypress Swamp at Dusk” 14×13″ pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers,available unframed for $350, contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase
"Just Bein' Lazy" 13x18" pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers, available for $350, contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase
“Just Bein Lazy” 13×18″ pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers, available unframed for $350,contact karenpaints@hotmail.com or meredith@localhearted.com for purchase
"Fog Comes in on Little Gray Cat Feet, Sandburg" pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers
“Fog Comes in on Little Gray Cat Feet, Sandburg” pastel painting by Asheville artist Karen Chambers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “LH022: Karen Chambers on Pastels, Art Competitions and Embracing Simplification

    • Thanks for stopping by and letting us know you enjoyed the episode, Sharon! If you try pastel, I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Have fun, and thanks for listening!

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