Friday, March 16, 2012


My twin sister, Carole Foret and I, have just announced our 2013 Tuscan Painting Journey!

See all the details and register on their website here!

Thursday, January 5, 2012


I love the mysterious quality of crows.  Their super blackness intrigues me.  This is just a small study of a couple of crows on a red and raw umber - toned canvas.  I loved the juxtaposition and combo of colors, so I hardly covered my toning at all.

6x6" oil on canvas
$5 s/h

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


3' x 4' commissioned piece being shipped out today to California for Christmas!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Come one, come all!  Hope to see you there!  Email me if you have any questions!

Diane in the Sudan

This is a painting of a great friend who just spent 10 tumultuous, but highly rewarding, days in the Sudan on another mission trip.  She and the mission organization called e3 Partners witnessed to countless Sudanese and brought many to Jesus baptizing many and starting a church.  I'm so proud of her courage!  She sent me this photo when she got back and said, "This is the backpack I wish I could've brought home!"  After a show I'm having on August 18, I will mail this little painting to her as a surprise!  Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....

oil on canvas

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


This is one of two paintings of 3 brothers that I've been working on for a while off and on.  These were part of the Dodge Nature Center's Fall gala where I was the featured artist offering a "loose landscape portrait" in the live auction.  I shot photos of the boys, and we decided to use photos that included two in one painting and one in the other painting.  They were fun to paint!

12 x 24", oil on canvas, NFS

Saturday, March 19, 2011

"Hey, Baby"

Winter cardinals (cardinal couple - male and female).  Used palette knife and lots of paint with some scratching technique for added textural interest.  

16 x 20" oil on canvas, $295, $15 s/h  SOLD

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Peeking Cow

Another cow!  Surprise, surprise!  I've painted this one a couple of times on various sized canvases.  It's a fun view.  Loose!

30 x 12" acrylic on canvas, $495, $30 s/h


Friday, February 11, 2011

No Burger, Just FRYES!

This is my daily exercise today!  I am a SERIOUS LOVER of Frye boots!  These are Frye's Campus boot popularized in the 60s and 70s.  These are mine.  I own several pair of Fryes and love them all for look, comfort, fit and just for the overall feeling of fashion the never goes out of style and support of a great American shoe maker since 1863 when John A. Frye founded the company.  It's the oldest continuously operated shoe company in the United States.  OK, more about the painting.  Loved mixing all the oranges, browns, yellows and giving a hint of the daylight from the windows above them (not seen here, of course).  Trying to stay loose.  Fun little study!

5x7", oil on canvas, $125, $10 s/h

Friday, February 4, 2011

Jim's Ole Chevy!

I painted my friend Jim's old beloved Chevy for my daily painting exercise.  You might see it behind Timelines Antiques his great antique gallery in St. Paul.  Check it out!  Site is here!  I love painting old, vintage cars and trucks!  Wanted to keep this loose and a little funky!

8 x10" oil on canvas, $125 + $10 s/h SOLD

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Winter Cardinal

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..... Back at the easel this cold, Sunday afternoon, and it feels GREAT!!!  Am shooting to paint almost daily as an exercise, at least, and that's how I approached this painting.  Wanted to achieve somewhat of an abstract quality with the relatively described cardinal.  Used sharpie, brushes, and palette knife!  Fun!  I'm BACK!

12 x 12
oil on canvas


Thursday, November 11, 2010

COLOR CAFE balance

Nancy, please pay below!  Thanks!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Liz on NYC street

I painted this painting of my neice Elizabeth who recently moved to NYC!  She and her sister are both great photographers with an edgy style I love.  I loved this shot that her sister Catherine took of her lens flair and all!  Shooting towards the sun can create some cool effects.  I wanted to keep this loose, show the cool sunlight and shadows and hint at the architecture and perspective without describing too much.

24x30, oil on canvas, SOLD

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fall COLOR CAFE sign up!

ages 15 and up!
Demonstrations by Claire, learn color mixing, composition,
elements and principles of design.
Develop your own style and tap into that deeper place in your soul!


Bring your own supplies
Coffee, goodies, great music provided!
$100 deposit reserves your spot and will go towards your fee,
first come, first serve
$295 (for 6 classes)
$100 now to reserve spot, $195 due 1st day of class
Tuesdays: Sept. 28 - Nov. 2 (FULL)
10 am - 12 pm
Thursdays: Sept. 30 - Nov. 4 (2 spots left)
4:30 - 6:30 pm

Sign up below!
Visa and Mastercard accepted!

$100 deposit

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

For Allison ONLY!

Pay for "Sweet & Sour" painting!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Beach Gals

This is my first painting I've done in a month, and it felt so good to be back in the studio!  Woooooo Hooooo!!!!  We just got back from our trip to Alabama both north and down at our condo at my beloved Orange Beach!  I love shooting beach people and painting them doing what they do on the beach.  The beaches were BEAUTIFUL despite the threat of oil, and if any oil appeared, workers (those MANY FINE workers) were there to clean up as fast as it came!  I loved these two gals, obviously friends, and got a fun shot of them as they walked away.  My goal was for looseness and a certain slightly muted color palette.

16 x 16", oil on cradled board, $500, $20 s/h

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Summer Plein Air Class


We will be painting at various locations outdoors all summer!  It's fun to be challenged by the natural elements of changing light and shadows in this kind of painting.  Oils work best outdorrs, but acrylic will be fine, too.  You will learn about framing your composition, color mixing, and develop your own style.


Tuesdays 10 am - 12 pm
$40/ day
 Pay for 4 now and get a discount price ($150)
Pay for all 8 and get them for $300

June 1 - Irving Park (near downtown St. Paul)
June 29
July 6
July 13
July 20
July 27
August 3
August 10

Summer Plein Air Classes

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Orange Slices

This is a daily exercise painting that I wanted to play with a red undertone instead of my usual raw umber toning.  I love the simplicity and peaks of other colors in the slices.  Nice for a kitchen!

6 x 6", oil on canvas


Thursday, April 15, 2010


Cow20!  So much character they have!  I can't paint enough and people can't get enough! 
Paint is still very wet, so will need an extra week to dry.  So bid accordingly.  Good luck!

Thanks for viewing!  Email me if you have any questions.

Please understand colors may vary slightly between the actual painting and the image on your screen due to results from the camera and your monitor settings.
 8" x 8", oil on board

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

"Momma's Glasses"

I loved this shot of my daughter Olivia from a couple of years ago when we ate at a place in Minneapolis called Annie's Tavern.  We were on an outdoor deck under red and white umbrellas eating burgers and malts.  Olivia picked up my sunglasses and was trying them on.  Wanted to capture her puckered lips and child-like hand - the plumpy fingers that I love so much!

18" x 24", oil on canvas, NFS

Monday, April 5, 2010


Another of many I've painted!  This is such a gentle face - I had to paint it!
 8" x 8", oil on board

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Sunshine Blog Award!

I want to thank Tammy Hext for giving me the Sunshine Blog Award. Once you receive this award you are to post it on your blog and then pass it on to 12 other bloggers with links to their sites. Here are my 12 fabulous nominees:

1. Carole Foret
2. Susan Roux
3. Robin Cheers
4. Last Cup of Coffee
5. Carol Marine
6. Edward Gordon
7. Nancy Merkle
8. Ann Gorbett
9. Carol Schiff
10. Bonnie Heathers
11. Bryan Crowson
12. Donna Macdonald

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I'm about to several chair paintings for a client, so I decided to do this one that I shot in a New Orleans antique shop last November. It is one of a pair that were very old and just gorgeously preserved. This painting has lots of thick paint, full of color and texture. I love these small paintings of a subject like this. I see it propped on a table or tucked inside a bookcase or some intimate area. Very charming little piece!

Oil on board, 6 x 6
Very wet - may require an extra week to dry!

Thanks for viewing! Email me if you have any questions.



A lime, a clementine, and a lemon! These are 4 x 4" little paintings that would be great for a kitchen back splash! These are about shape, color and texture. I love little studies like this. Loosely painted. The images wrap around the edges so no need for framing. Selling as a trio! Could be hung horizontally or vertically together or, really, any way you want it!

Still very wet at time of posting so may require another week's drying time!

Thanks for viewing! Email me if you have any questions.

Please understand colors may vary slightly between the actual painting and the image on your screen due to results from the camera and your monitor settings.

$125 for all 3
oil on canvas, each canvas 4x4

Monday, January 18, 2010


I painted my favorite berry! I liked the idea of a challenge in scale - blowing up something small into a bigger image. I like working with complimentary tones here, too. In my COLOR CAFE class last week, we did a palette knife lesson. This piece incorporated the palette knife to add texture. Lots of various blues built up. LUSCIOUS! This would make a great little painting for your kitchen or a small, intimate area.

Oil on panel, 8 x 8

Thanks for viewing! Email me if you have any questions.



Friday, January 15, 2010

Here, Belle!

It's about time!

I FINALLY painted Belle, my English Bull Terrier! She was only about 6 months old here. She will turn 1 on Jan. 28th!

Let me know if you would like to commission a portrait of YOUR dog! I'll do it!

20 x 8", oil on canvas, NFS

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My sister and I were in New Orleans in November and were walking through the French Quarter one night heading back to our hotel. We did some window shopping on our way! Window shopping is phenomenal in the quarters which is loaded with wonderful boutiques, art galleries, antique galleries and just fascinating things! I love dress forms and loved these holiday dresses on these forms of this little boutique. I shot this through the glass and thought it would fun to paint! My students have loved watching this come to light! I wanted to convey the night time sense of light, the dazzling colors of the dresses and all the other "stuff" in the boutique loosely...

Oil on cradled board, 12 x 12

Thanks for viewing! Email me if you have any questions.



Please understand colors may vary slightly between the actual painting and the image on your screen due to results from the camera and your monitor settings.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Ebay Store!

Now, you may purchase my work thru auction on Ebay!

Claire Kayser Fine Art!

I've just opened up my online store and will be linking my paintings here to an online auction. I will usually have a "Buy it Now" option as well as the auction bidding. Working from my home studio and being able to show work is difficult, so this web store front will be great for those of you wanting to see my work and bid from anywhere in the world!
I will be adding more items in the coming days!

Check it out and bookmark it HERE!

Thanks, All!

Saturday, January 2, 2010



My first painting of 2010!

These limes were on the table one morning when my sister and I were visiting our two aunts who are artists - now, 81 and 83 years young - in Louisiana in November. I was shooting all the paintings in the home and turned to see the beautiful morning sunshine streaming in onto this plate of limes on the breakfast table. LOVELY! Full of various greens, yellows and other subtle shades in these limes.

9x12, oil on canvas

Purchase Info

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tabasco #5

This encaustic is my Tabasco #5! Loved the dark tones underneath the blue greens for the background. Lots of fun meltings and textures in this. Made it funky with a bent neck! OUCH!

Encaustic on cradled board, 12 x 6", $150, s/h $12


Oh, I'm sorry it's been so long since I've posted work! I cannot begin to tell you how busy life has been with 3 young kids and the dog, so I get done what I can. I have done several encaustic paintings lately that I am going to be posting that are small in size.

Encaustic requires the artist to be flexible and make decisions quickly in the process. Seldom do my original ideas come to fruition the exact way I intend with this medium, but I do love it nonetheless once I get over this fact. You kind of have to go with the flow of the paint and torch and watch colors melt and blend in such beautiful ways. I had toned this one in reds and burgundys with the intention of almost completely covering the background in blues. My students loved the burgundy tones as I did as the process went, so I decided to keep some that toning showing thru. This is "Fishy!'

Encaustic on cradled board, 6 x 12", $150 s/h $12

Thursday, November 19, 2009


My Tuesday COLOR CAFE class ALL did such wonderful work on Tuesday! The stars did indeed align! Just take a look at the few I was able to get pics of!

Dana's Tuscan landscape!

Pam F.'s horse that she's not finished with but that I loved as is!

Pam F.'s daughter in front of the Coor's mountain!

Pam B.'s pumkins painted from life (she brought them in...)!

Keep up the great work, ladies!!!! Just LOVE working with you!