Thursday, December 13, 2012

Getting Motivated

I've been working on some 'motivational' posters that I will be selling in person this weekend at the CO World Craft Fair at the CO Exhibition Gallery, Saturday 10am - 6pm.
copyright Karen O'Bryan 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


I now have a Facebook page - go check it out and "like" it if you do!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Snap.Crafted.Pop! This Weekend Dec. 1 + 2

This weekend I will be selling my wares at the 2nd annual Snap.Crafted.Pop! along side many other fabulous artists, including my dear friend Jessie of Yellow Button Studio

"Join Jen Knoch of Radar Concierge for two-days of distinctive holiday shopping, celebrating unique Twin Cities' local artisans and crafters, some exhibiting for the first time. "This intimate shopping event has all the trappings of a holiday market," says Jen. "A stress-free, intimate experience that’s designed for gals, guys—and even their four-legged friends."

When: Saturday, Dec. 1st: 10am - 8pm

Sunday, Dec. 2nd: 12p, - 4pm

Where: 4312 Upton Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55410

Find the facebook event page HERE

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


"River" Acrylic and graphite on wood 9x12" copyright Karen O'Bryan, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Masquerade" Exhibition at Arc Gallery, San Francisco

I am pleased to announce that my piece, "Juliet's Sister" is currently on display for Arc Gallery's online exhibit of "Masquerade."

Acrylic and graphite on wood

Karen O'Bryan, 2012

"San Francisco’s Arc Gallery announces Masquerade, a national exhibition of sinister, macabre, and camouflaged works that create a virtual masquerade ball. Juror Jack Fischer selected forty works from artists who were encouraged to push the envelope in interpreting the masquerade theme."

“Masquerade” National Juried Exhibition

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 25th 7-10PM At Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco Phone: 415-518-6485 / e-mail:

EXHIBITION DATES: October 25, 2012 - November 18, 2012 Wednesdays & Thursdays 12-5PM & Saturdays 12-3PM ARTIST TALK & CLOSING RECEPTION: Saturday, November 18th, 12 NOON -2PM

See the entire exhibit HERE

You can purchase a catalogue book of all of the works HERE

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bike Riding in the Fall

I did a new little illustration for fall :) I love fall.



Sunday, September 16, 2012

kogiraffe is having a SALE

Many of my items in my etsy shop are now on SALE.

Well.. what are you waiting for? Go check it out!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

First Day of School

I did a fun little illustration in honor of all the kids back in school. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

"Playground" Opening Friday Sept. 14th

I'm pleased to announce that 2 of my pieces (below) will be shown this Friday at Prove Gallery's opening entitled "Playground"

"As the little and medium-sized ones among us return to school, Prøve honors the commencement of the academic year with 'Playground'. An exciting assortment of art, accompanied by storytellers and DJ's the Crunchy Bunch, will get you thinking. . .

The event will take place on Friday, September 14 from 7-11 PM. Storytellers from 8-9 PM. Kids are welcomed and encouraged to attend! Beverages provided by Lake Superior Brewing Company."

"Going For A Stroll"

Acrylic and graphite on wood


copyright Karen O'Bryan, 2011

"Circus Act"

Acrylic and graphite on wood


copyright Karen O'Bryan, 2011

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Living History Farms

Recently I had the pleasure of re-visiting a place I frequented as a child, Living History Farms in Urbandale, IA.

"Living History Farms is an interactive outdoor museum which educates, entertains and connects people of all ages to Midwestern rural life experiences."

When I was a kid, I attended the day camp at Living History Farms. It was great to go back and relive some of those memories as an adult. If you've never been, I would highly recommend a visit!

It's about a mile and half walking tour through a 1600's farm, 1700's farm, 1800's farm, 1900's farm and ending in a little town from the late 1800's.

Here are some photos that I took of the farms:

Living History Farms is located at 11121 Hickman Road Urbandale, IA 50322 Phone: 515.278.5286

Hours: May 1 - August 19 Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm Sunday, noon-5pm

August 20 - October 14 Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm Sunday, noon-5pm

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Salon Ladies

A new little personal piece, 'Salon Ladies'

copyright Karen O'Bryan, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

Red Hot Art Fest This Weekend

This weekend I will be joined by many fellow artists in the selling of our wares during the Red Hot Art Fest in Steven's Square in South Minneapolis.

The festivities are 11-7pm Saturday, and 11-5pm Sunday.

Stop by and check out beautiful art, eat delicious foods and hear some bitchin' tunes! Learn more on the facebook invite

Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Finished : She Waited In The Rain


"She Waited In The Rain" Acrylic and Graphite on Wood 9 x 12" copyright Karen O'Bryan, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

In Memoriam Grandpa Bill

William O'Bryan

Service: Friday, July 20, 2012 10:30 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church

William Marion O’Bryan (Bill) was born on April 6, 1926 in Philpot, KY to Annabelle (Head) and Joseph H. O’Bryan. He passed away peacefully on July 15, 2012 at the age of 86 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, IA surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson, Iowa at 10:30 a.m. on July 20, 2012, with Rev. Jeremy Wind officiating. Cremains are buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Jefferson, IA.

Bill spent most of his childhood in Kentucky, and first learned to repair shoes when he was 13 years old, in his brother Joe’s shop in Owensboro. In 1947, Bill met Kathleen (Katy) Flynn on a blind date set up by her sister. Katy had previously “checked him out” while he was working in the shoe repair department for Kresge’s in Sioux City, Iowa. He must have passed the test, as they were married on August 19, 1948 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sioux City. They lived in Clinton, Iowa above the shoe repair shop for 3 years. Patrick and Donald were born in Clinton. Bill managed a shoe shop in Maquoketa, Iowa for 4 years. The family grew to 8 with the addition of Susan, Marilyn, Rita, and Peggy, all born in Maquoketa.

For 27 years, Bill worked in shoe repair shops all over the country before buying his own business, located on S. Wilson Avenue in Jefferson in 1957. Bill received many awards through the years for his excellent shoe repair skills. In 1966, he won the Shoe Service Magazine National Silver Cup for his expert craftsmanship and his abilities as a businessman. Bill and Katy owned and operated the O’Bryan Shoe Store on the southwest corner of the square in Jefferson from 1963 to 1976. After retirement, Bill and Katy spent many winters in Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, and Florida.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and several siblings: Joe, Richard, Catherine, and John O’Bryan and Tony Hall. Survivors include Katy, his wife of 64 years, of Jefferson; sisters, Ida Sue Smith and Patricia Maugherman of Kentucky; sons Pat of Des Moines, IA and Don (Barb) of Papillion, NE; daughters, Sue (Tom) Wind of Jamaica, IA, Marilyn (Denny) Tilley of Churdan, IA, Rita O’Bryan of Argonia, KS, and Peg O’Bryan of Savannah, GA. His grandchildren include Lori (Scott) Meinecke of Sheldon, IA; Cheri Warren of Papillion, NE; Mary Jo (Ryan) Koch of Churdan, IA; Lori (Dan) Judge of Boone, IA; Kim (Robby) Stephenson of Lohrville, IA; Rev. Jeremy Wind of Storm Lake, IA; Joe O’Bryan of Loveland, CO; Kelly (Trevor) Petersma of Des Moines; Tami Tilley of Pataskala, OH; Marieta (Pat) Boberg of Des Moines; Karen O’Bryan of Minneapolis, MN; Katie Hammond of Havelock, NC; Chris Wind of Phoenix, AZ; and Shannan O’Bryan of Des Moines. Great-grandchildren include Eric (Katie), Kevin and Lyndsie Meinecke; Abby and Sydney Koch; Dustin and Haley Warren; Will and Jacob Judge; Karissa and Bryce Stephenson; and Atticus Petersma. Bill & Katy have one great-great grandchild: Avery Grace Meinecke.

In lieu of flowers or plants, the family requests that memorials be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson. Holy Rosary led by Knights of Columbus: 9:00 a.m. Family Visitation: 9:20 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Clark Loves Me

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by my friend, Clark Patrick for his on going project Clark Loves Me.

Here are some of the photos:

Check out the whole interview HERE.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Update / Progess

So many things have happened in the past month and 1/2 that I don't even know where to start..! Well, perhaps I should start with my very exciting and life changing news.. I got engaged! Last month Ryan and I took a trip to Maine with our good friends Chris and Jessie. On our 3rd day there, Ryan proposed in front of Moxie Falls - the largest waterfall in Maine. It was wonderful, adorable, memorable and AWESOME. (lots of other adjectives come to mind too like ridiculously romantic, utterly surprising, and soaking wet - from rain and my reaction of immediately bursting into tears...)

Ah yes, Maine was Amainezing. We did so much, I feel like it would take a week of posts just to recount it all. Instead, I will share some photos.

Check out Jessie's POST to see more photos from our trip

In other news, I've been working on a new painting. So far, I'm really happy with where it is going. Here are some process photos.

Well, I think that's enough updating for one evening..! Time for bed, I think.