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Colourful Seaside Villages: Painting by Karleen Kareem

A painting of several houses on the sea shoreQuaint Town by the Sea, acrylic

Florida-based artist Karleen Kareem uses acrylic and watercolour paints to depict colourful seaside villages. Karleen’s style is bright and friendly, and she has a knack for rendering complex collections of buildings and foliage in a deceptively simplified manner.


A watercolour painting of several birds and flowersBirds and Flowers, watercolour

I really enjoy Karleen’s acrylic paintings, particularly those where she paints houses on seaside hills as stacks of differently coloured geometric shapes. The artist adheres to a sense of slight imperfection, with houses and other buildings jutting out of exaggerated hillsides at slightly impossible angles, creating an almost cartoonish sense of movement that really draws the viewer in. Set against backgrounds of bright blue ocean water, these stacked buildings are quite pleasing.


A screen capture of the front page of Karleen Kareem's websiteThe front  page of Karleen's art website

In her watercolour paintings, Karleen more frequently looks at plant forms, with twisting tree branches and flowers covering many a page. With these subjects Karleen is freer to experiment, and her portfolio offers examples of trees and flowers depicting in varying styles. 


A painting of some small houses on hillsYellow Trees, acrylic

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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