“Stump World”

“Stump World”

For if my world consists of only this

What says the greater universe to me

For thy world is unfathomable to me

I cannot see the beautiful oceans that you speak of, or volcanoes that erupt and smother whole towns

I know only of this in front of me…


And what of this “Faith” you speak of

I know the rain and wind and food before me

I know the night will come, the sun, the moon, and snow perhaps too

What more is there to be invested in…



Karin R Staples © 2020

Dr. Seuss in the Bahamas

Dr. Seuss in the Bahamas is an experimental acrylic painting. My most awesome Junger friend Kathleen gave me a two pack of 6″ x 8″ canvases in which to experiment, to “not be safe”. She wanted me to be able to have fun with new techniques, new brushes, etc without “wasting” a larger sized canvas. As soon as I opened the pack I immediately came up with the title and color scheme. (She likes Dr. Seuss, well, so do I.)

I mixed with each color Liquitex Slow-Dri Blending Medium. It gives the final product a “wet look” along with its other helpful blending medium properties. Below shows the breakdown of each section, their brush and paint color. As I typically do, the painting does wrap around to all edges. That way when you are approaching the painting from any side, there is already something interesting to drawn your attention. Also, there is no need to buy a frame.


Cadmium Yellow Light Hue and Titanium White acrylic paint, with Filbert Grainer brush


Dioxazine Purple acrylic paint, Filbert Comb brush


Cadmium Red Deep Hue, Cadmium Red Light Hue, Titanium White acrylic paint and Ridge brush

“Single Interpretation”

The above two are interpretive landscapes.

The below set are “Cross-Hatched”.

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At this year’s Family Life Radio’s Christian Singles Conference Weekend I was graced with permission to come early and stay late to paint.  I brought a bag of wooden crosses.  A couple had already been painted during Rochester MakerSpace’s Sunday Crafternoon events held, at that time, every Second Sunday from 12-2pm.  The rest I spent time experimenting with at the retreat.  The “cross-hatched” ones were created using a palate knife.  All were painted with acrylics.  I started off spraying them with water to prepare the wood.  Then the acrylics in layers.  After they had dried a few days at home I spayed them with a gloss sealant.  The top set are 6 3/4″ x 9 1/4″.  The bottom set are 4 1/2″ x 8″.  I believe that each one tells a different story.  That each one seems to illicit a slightly different reaction when the details are seen up close.

I hope that you enjoy them!

God’s Grace





May God’s Grace reach

          the tangle depths

releasing fogged folly

          tripping into joyfulness

Praises etch the darkness into gaiety

Bounty returns to breathe again

As God’s Grace traces

          moment to moment

          a giggle of gladness bounces up

          to remind the darkness

          that Light will break forth

          and forgive again


Poem by Karin R. Staples © 05-14-2020

Photo by Fred Dean

Fred graciously shared this photo assignment with me and I instantly said it was poetry inspiring… Well then my assignment began… And thus above is what God shared with me, and thus I now share with you…


clouds surrounded

surrounded in light,
surrounded in darkness,
surrounded by greatness,
surrounded by dread,
perspective creates,
perspective eliminates,
perspective relives,
perspective forgets,
surround perspective,
perspective surrounds

By Karin R Staples 08-15-2020 (c)

This photo was taken Saturday afternoon.  Instantly the word “surrounded” kept playing with me in all of its meanings to the scene, to life…   Late Saturday evening the poem revealed itself.   I emailed it after midnight to my pastor with hopes of someday being able to share it “in church”.  Pastor Wendy texted me early Sunday morning and said that the poem fit perfectly with her sermon and that yes, I could share it with Immanuel Baptist Church’s zoom worship that morning.

Another “God moment” witnessed and shared…

A Piece of Peace

A Piece of Peace

Greetings from the creative realm!
This is “A Piece of Peace”
Yes, those are actual puzzle pieces.
Yes, that is actual drift wood, shells and sand from Lake Ontario.  
This is a bit larger than my normal size canvas, it is 16″ x 20″.
This took 14 hrs to create from 3 sittings.  One I did outside in my yard at home over the Memorial Day Weekend.  The other two were done at the Rochester MakerSpace two weeks ago.
I used a gloss medium mixed with the acrylic paint to help give it more depth.  I also used a clear “triple thick” glaze to protect, glue and give the wet look on the shells, sand and drift wood.
This project continuously morphed while I was working on it.  That was both fascinating and troublesome.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

29th Annual Members Exhibition @ RoCo

29th Annual Members Exhibition at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) Dec 6 – Jan 12.  My piece “Spirit Work” can be found in the back room, left wall, top center.
“The Days the Artists Spoke” is a series of short, back-to-back artist talks and a great opportunity to learn more about a wide range of different artists. Don’t miss it!  I present at 8pm. Today, Friday, January 3, 2020.
Spirit Work

Bob Ross vs. Karin

“Bob Ross meets Karin”

At this year’s church retreat at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua I created one painting Friday and Saturday and another Sunday.  Both were inspired by a Bob Ross episode creating clouds.  Of course he uses oil and I use acrylics. The method doesn’t quite translate over well.  He uses “liquid white” and I used Liquitex Slow-dri Blending Medium which dries with a wet look.  Using a new technique and new medium created its own unique challenges.  I chalked it up to a learning experience.  All in all it was totally worth the experiment and time taken.

“Dramatic Retreat” (It is what you see it is)

Maker Faire Rochester booth#120

Rochester Convention Center Saturday!

“Not at Bristol”

Come see me create a new painting throughout the day at my booth “Labyrinth Landscapes”.  This one above was created during the STEAM Fest today.  Where the clouds were put and where the fall trees were created were influenced by the students that came to my display.  The interactive spontaneous nature of the event is both inspiring and exhausting.  I love it!  This is my 6th faire.

This painting was inspired by a Bob Ross episode creating clouds.  Of course he uses oil and I use acrylics. The method doesn’t quite translate over well.  He uses “liquid white” and I used Liquitex Slow-dri Blending Medium which dries with a wet look.  Using a new technique and new medium created its own challenges on top of being surrounded by students all day.  All in all it was totally worth the experiment and time taken.


hobby artist spreading her wings…