Archive for paintings by Karen Carpenter Williams


Posted in abstract art, acrylic painting, art, birds, collage, creation, mixed media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2016 by karenwilliams


What is happiness? The Chinese character says it all. It is made from 4 words, God, one, man and garden. When we are one with God, in our garden, we can find happiness. This one is a little smaller than all the others, its a 12 x 12. Now its time to work big again and with some new figures!



Posted in abstract art, acrylic painting, art, collage, creation, mixed media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2015 by karenwilliams

One advantage to working at a school that is in an old building, the heat goes out! NO SCHOOL TODAY! It is a studio day! Started this one a few weeks ago. I think the 6:26 collection has come full circle. The final word is freedom. After we realize that only in GOD can we be complete and find our self worth, that mans opinion of us holds no power over us, we have freedom. So the next few paintings will be called freedom! Here is the first. The Chinese character for freedom is stamped on the painting, but I couldn’t find anything relating to the symbols that make it up. I think I might use the Hebrew character in the next one.


16 x 20 acrylic mixed media

In the Garden

Posted in abstract art, acrylic painting, art, collage, creation, genesis, mixed media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2015 by karenwilliams

One of the Chinese words for garden is yuan. The image has amazing detail in it, it is made from the images, dust, breath, enclosure, person and person. This is very interesting to me because of the biblical significance here. Genesis 2:7 & 8 tell us that God made man from dust, breathed life into him and put him in a garden enclosure! The way that the person and other image for person are placed with in the image for garden, also is interesting. One person is coming from the right side of the other person. So the way the Chinese image is written is just like the story that the Bible tells us. Woman came from mans side. WOW, this gives me the chills! God is in the ancient Chinese characters, and now in my paintings. This  painting has the garden image in it, as a reminder to us that we are complete when we are in the garden with our creator. Keeping with the 6:26 ransomed theme, God created you exactly how He wants you, and you are beautiful in His image!


In the Garden, mixed media collage, 13 x 18

beauty in the broken

Posted in abstract art, acrylic painting, collage, creation, mixed media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2014 by karenwilliams

Here is another one in the collection, 6:26. I think I will be donating this one to the Black and White Art Auction this fall to benefit Arts Central. I am really enjoying the direction of these pieces. It is so important for us to remember that we are created in HIS image and even though we can feel broken we are beautiful!


Acrylic, mixed media 24″ x 32″

small warm ups

Posted in abstract art, acrylic painting, animals, art, birds, collage, flowers, mixed media, mono print, print making, recycle art, stitching with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2014 by karenwilliams

The last 2 weeks I have been doing some work in the public schools, so I have not had long periods of time to spend in the studio. Because of that I’ve been doing small work on paper that I can finish in a few hours. Just to stay creative outside of the classroom! Although the second graders were really fun to work with! These birds have some stitching and other things added.

WU neg space hum bird green

mona humbird

WU humming with leafs

WU mono print 2 blk birds

2 hum bird neg space

matted, 8×10, $20


Posted in abstract art, acrylic painting, art, collage, creation, mixed media, recycle art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2014 by karenwilliams

I have been going to a mixed media workshop the last few days, and one of the things the instructor encouraged us to do was figures. I NEVER work with the figure, so that was different. Then he told us to limit our colors and work with a new color. So I chose earth tones, I usually work in bold bright colors.  Sometimes working in a way you never do can be very free. Lets just say I was a little pleased with the results and I am going to do a few more on this theme. Today while I was working on these figures a lot of thoughts were going through my head. Because I have a teenage daughter, and there are a lot of teen girls in our house at any given time, body image is something that was going around in my head. I won’t even get into all the struggles in that area that a young lady goes through. These paintings are dedicated to ALL who struggle with that. Matt. 6:26 tells us we are VALUABLE!!! That is why these paintings will all be called 6:26! Just remember, God loves you and you are valuable.

figure #1

Acrylic mixed media on watercolor paper, 14 x 22

Two’s company

Posted in abstract art, acrylic painting, animals, art, birds, flowers, landscapes, mixed media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2014 by karenwilliams

Sometimes I like to work in the negative, I took the image of the birds and painted the negative space and added some raised circles for texture and interest.

1419 pos neg birds

To finish it I drew a branch, I really like the under painting showing through. It is saying, “hey what do you think I was!”

8×8, acrylic on canvas,