My Italian Fantasyscape

Wally thinks this is a big yawn, but I’m thrilled to finish this painting!

Today I finally finished this oil painting that I started in March. It’s a composition based on four different photos of the Umbria region of central Italy, that I shot while on a 6-day bike tour we did in 2018. Yes I’m the slowest painter, but I also had a lot of diverse projects all going on at once in the studio this spring and summer. It’s 48″ tall, made specifically for a wall space in our dining room.

This is the main photo that inspired the painting. It’s a hill town called Calvi dell’Umbria.
Here’s a different very small medieval hill town, where I got my reference for the vineyards in the foreground.
This photo has the church and its bell tower, plus good refs for building shapes.
And lastly, a photo I took in the town of Assisi, just because the clouds were so perfect. And begging to be painted.

New China Pieces to be Auctioned This Month

I will be selling a few new custom glazed china pieces at auction this month. The first two to go on sale are:

CMG Callahan

CMG Juniper

The Juniper is at auction right now over on my studio Facebook page. It ends Saturday August 22 at 3pm mountain time.

I’m slightly undecided whether the Callahan will go up for auction via an email auction web page here on my site, or again via FB. I’d like to hear from you if you can NOT do FB auctions. That will help my decision. Email Karen

Thank you! I’m working on other pieces, including the first bone china Denderah, which will be up for sale in the coming weeks.

Denderah Resin Nearing The End!



Denderah Resin, painted in oils by Karen Gerhardt

Hello and welcome to summer!

I know this isn’t the summer we expected or wanted. But like everyone else, I’m coping. Some days better than others. I did want to give my heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been so supportive regarding my husband Paul’s lymphoma cancer journey. He completed his last chemo on June 8th and now there’s nothing more to be done except HEAL! Yay!

Today’s message is mainly to let you know that the Denderah resin edition only has 5 pieces left to reserve, in the edition of 40. So if you had any thoughts about ordering one, now’s the time. I’ve been ordering the resins in batches of 10, slowly, as those who have reserved pay for them. There’s no deposit required and I don’t have any difficult or restrictive rules about payment schedules.

As of today, I have two in stock. I don’t plan to order any more until I hear from more people that they are sending payment, so please do let me know if you are getting close to being ready!

Here is the ordering page for Denderah resins.

I think I will be receiving one or two bone china Denderah’s next month! So stay tuned for that! All of those will be custom glazed by me, and when I have one for sale it will be auctioned via my website. I don’t have a set number in the edition but I’m guessing it won’t be all that many. They are proving somewhat difficult to make in bone china, so far.

I plan to start glazing some other chinas in my inventory this summer, and I may open one or two for a commission. Watch my Facebook and Instagram page (@traveldogartpony) for news about that.

Thank you as always for your support!

Denderah resin ordering simplified, and other news

Because of the current economic situation many folks are in an uncertain financial place. In sympathy to that, I’ve eliminated the June 1st order deadline for my Denderah Arabian sculpture in resin. You can now just send in a reservation for a resin and when you can pay, there will be a resin for you. No matter how long it takes you to have the money. There is no deposit, down payment, or time payments schedule required.

The resin edition is still limited to 40 pieces. I’m so happy that the pace of orders picked up in April and is more than halfway sold at this time. But there’s no need to feel rushed. I’m currently out of stock on resins but I’ve got another order in for 10 pieces with MVS, who is casting the resins. If you are ready to pay by the end of May I think I should have a resin for you by then.

Here is the link to the Denderah Order Page.

I remembered to update my website and have made a gallery page for Denderah. You can see many photos of him at this link. When you have got YOUR Denderah painted, please send me a photo and I will add it to the gallery!

I am in the process of painting one in oils, to a chestnut color:

Denderah, a painted resin (in progress)

The English bone china edition continues in production, the molds have been made, and I hope to start glazing them this summer. The “First-Dibs” promotion I held for the first glazed chinas has been cancelled because I am not going to be in Kentucky for Breyerfest (nobody is). So when I do have china Denderahs finished I will offer them for sale online, probably via an offers auction. I’ll let you know when the first whiteware arrives! That will be a great day to look forward to, in a not-so-great spring.

Thank you SO much for your support of my work. It means so much to me! Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. I hope the world will be back to normal very soon.

Email Karen

Denderah Resin Edition Update

Pictured: a Denderah resin painted by me and given a gloss finish. Because in my world if everything can’t be ceramic, at least it should look like one!

Many many thanks to everyone who has reserved a Denderah Arabian resin! I’ve sold enough resins to cover my molding and casting costs for both the resin and china editions. Which was the main reason to sell resins since I’m not into them at all myself. 🙂

If you’ve reserved one and are close to sending your payment, I’ve now got another 5 in stock. And just a reminder that you’ve got until June 1st to pay in full; after that all reservations will be discarded and the edition will be _closed_ at whatever number were sold.

The resins are not sold out and if you want one just go to THIS LINK. Because I’ve got a few in stock I can ship one out to you right now.

I assume the bone china Denderah’s moldmaking and production are going along ok, because I haven’t heard otherwise from Donna at Animal Artistry in the UK. No news is good news!

I’m not going to be doing any selling at Breyerfest this year (and right now I’m not sure I am even going). So you’ll need to buy/reserve a resin from me online if you would like one. I might be painting a Denderah resin myself this month and offering it for sale. Because I’m not going anywhere for awhile!

Lastly, please everyone stay safe and keep yourself well. Because my husband Paul is going though chemotherapy for lymphoma until June, he will shortly have almost no immune system to fight any kind of infection. So we are frankly very afraid of the Virus; we are taking every precaution. Please take this crisis very seriously even if you think you personally are not at risk. You could easily pass it onto someone who could die from it.

Thank you as always for your support. It means so much!

Questions, about anything? Email Karen