Friday, December 16, 2011

Ornaments - Progress Photo

Yoohoo!  I'm still here!  Hope this little blurb finds everyone well this holiday season.

Currently, I am working on three paintings--3 sizes--3 subjects.  This is the smallest of the three (6x6).  I'm still struggling with the reflections on these glass balls; hopefully, final touches will completed later today.  The final image will be in my next post.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fig on Leaf

Oil on Canvas Panel (museum grade)

A beautiful fig tree once resided on our farm; the drought and unbearable heat have taken their toll this summer.  Fortunately, I planted one of its sprouts in Georgetown a couple of years ago.  With extra babying, it continues to thrive and produce succulent snacks for me while doing yardwork.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Doughnut with Sprinkles

Oil on Canvas

Hello, blog visitors.  It's been ages since my last posting; please forgive me--life occasionally shifts one's priorities. 
This was my daughter's doughnut; alas, she is visiting Grandma and it sat in my kitchen the last couple of days--mocking me.  Needless to say, I immortalized her chocolately treat before sending it to the compost pile.  No calories were consumed during (or after) the creation of this painting.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Easter Eggs, No. 1

Oil on Canvas Panel (museum grade)

It's time to think about decorations for Easter.... :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pear on Wood Crate

Oil on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas, 20 x 20 x 1 3/8 -- View eBay Listing

I was looking at some old fruit crates the other day and decided to tackle the painting of wood on a larger scale.  Hopefully, I think I did it justice.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Framed Artwork

Recently, I completed a five-painting commission for the kitchen of a client.  These artworks were done on museum-grade panels which require framing.  My client was kind enough to photograph the paintings in their new home, complete with their gorgeous wood frames.  I'd say the frames were the "icing on the cake."

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Paints!

My essential 8 new paint colors in pristine condition.  Oooooooooooooooooooh....

For those who care (left to right):  titanium white, cadmium yellow light pure, cadmium yellow medium pure, cadmium red medium pure, alizarin crimson, French ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, and burnt umber.  NO BLACK.

My Promise to Myself

I promise to NEVER let this happen to my paint tubes again.  Really!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Oyster Shell

Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
20 x 20 x 1 3/8

The only thing better than this shell would be having the actual oyster to eat OR a pearl inside.  I'd take either.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bagel and Lox

Oil on Canvas Panel (museum grade), 6x6 -- View eBay Listing

A freshly made bagel, smoked salmon, salty capers, cream cheese, and red onions:  What could be a better start to your day?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pear on Wooden Crate

Oil on Canvas Panel (museum quality), 6x6 -- View eBay Listing

This pear was originally red--I posted it last week, but decided it needed reworking. 
This is definitely an improvement.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Key to My Heart

Oil on Canvas Panel (museum grade), 6x6--View eBay Auction

This key is actually the key to my front door.  It's much easier to locate on my cluttered keyring!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sewing School Artwork

I was recently contacted by the owner/instructor of Happy Pin Sewing School in Northern California regarding permission to use of one of my paintings for cards for her students.  I, of course, was thrilled.  Not only am I pleased that a fellow artist (albeit, one who expresses her creativity through fabric and design) thought highly enough of my work to incorporate it in her business, but she also followed the protocol for permission and proper credit.  Additionally, she sent me a sample card which looks gorgeous.  (I may need to switch my supplier for future client Christmas cards featuring my art!)

Permission to use artwork doesn't always involve money.  Artists can be surprisingly accommodating....  Just ask!

Happy Pin Sewing School (Grass Valley, CA):
Card Manufacturer:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Proposal

Oil on Canvas Panel, 6x6--View eBay Listing

This would certainly be a unique way to propose marriage to the love of your life.  (Of course, a ring is still appreciated by most!)  Valentine's Day is coming soon.... :)

Friday, January 14, 2011


Oil on Gallery Profile Canvas, 20x20 -- View eBay auction

How I miss the Atlantic Ocean and its shellfish!!!!!  If this painting doesn't sell, I'm hanging it over the clawfoot tub. (Yes, original art hanging in the bathroom.  Why not?)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Castilian Garlic Soup Recipe (by special request)

Painting by Kristine Kainer
Copyright 2011
Castilian-Style Garlic Soup
Note:  This recipe is in the book, Delicioso, by Penelope Casas.  I’ve adjusted it somewhat (more garlic, no diced ham) to reflect my memory of a similar soup I had in San Diego 16 years ago.
For the croutons:

5 T olive oil
4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
4 ½ c day-old country bread, cut in ½-inch slices
1 t sweet paprika

For the soup:

1 head garlic, peeled and crushed (Yes, all the cloves)
4 ½ c water
1 t sweet paprika
Salt, to taste
Pepper, freshly ground
4 c beef broth or consommé
6 eggs

Place 5 T olive oil and the minced garlic in a skillet and slowly heat until the garlic begins to color.  Add the bread pieces and sauté slowly until they are crisp and golden (about 15 minutes).  Sprinkle in 1 t. paprika and stir to coat the bread.  Reserve.

For the garlic broth, in a soup pot heat the remaining T of oil and lightly sauté the crushed garlic cloves.  Stir in the remaining t. of paprika, the water, salt, and pepper.  Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer 45 minutes.

Bring the beef broth to a boil.  Arrange 6 ovenproof soup bowls on a baking tray and add 1 T beef broth to each.  Carefully slip an egg into each soup bowl and pour in more beef broth until each bowl is half full.  Place the tray with the bowls in a 450 degree oven until the eggs are set (about 4 minutes).  Fill the bowls with the reserved garlic broth, simmering, and scatter the croutons on top.  Serve immediately.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Oil on canvas panel, 6x6 -- Commission

Here is the final painting of a five-painting commissioned series.  The eggplants at my nearby grocery store were pathetic; hence photos and two previous eggplant paintings I've done were my references.  (Unfortunately, that means there is nothing for me to eat!!!) The photo of the artwork (above) does not do justice to the rich, deep jewel tones of the flesh;  trust me, though, they are there.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Oil on Canvas Panel, 6x6 -- Commission

Painting #3 of a 5-painting commissioned series is one of the most indispensable ingredients in my kitchen:  a head of garlic.  This particular model will join several more for an indescribably delectable garlic soup.  I first discovered this unsung pleasure while dining at a Spanish restaurant in the gaslight district of San Diego sixteen years ago.  Though my attempts at recreating it were futile at first, I happened upon a recipe in a cookbook that is close--complete with a fried egg in the broth!  Heavenly.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Oil on Canvas Panel, 6x6 -- Commission

Here is painting number 3 in a five-painting commissioned series.  How I dearly miss tomatoes from my own garden!  Still, this model served me well.  With a little sea salt, it was a juicy snack.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Green Bell Pepper

Oil on canvas panel, 6x6 -- Commission

This is painting #2 in a five-painting commissioned series.  I think I will stuff the model and eat it for dinner tonight!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Red Onion

Oil on Canvas Panel, 6x6--Commission

This is the first painting of a five-painting commission for a client in Montreal.  I like the idea of a "permanent garden" in one's kitchen--especially at this time of year!