River Meander Series by Karen Matheis

River Meander Series

The Kansas River, known as “The Kaw” by locals, is the world’s longest prairie river. River Meander Series is inspired by a recent comprehensive inventory of the Kansas River by several local groups. The inventory is a point by point map guide starting at Riley County and ending at Wyandotte County. One characteristic of the Kansas River seen from an aerial view is that it naturally meanders.


“The Kaw naturally meanders.  You can see the history of its wanderings in meander scars, oxbows, and terraces, by the deposition of sandbars on the inside of a bend, and the erosion of banks on the outside of the bends.  The Kaw snakes through side channels, forms islands, and braids its channel as it lazily flows across the sandy substrate that forms the river bottom.”

                                                                                     -- from Kansasriverkeepers.org

River Meander #1

River Meander #1

Image from the KansasRiverkeeper.org

Image from the KansasRiverkeeper.org

Frozen Over by Karen Matheis

We’ve been going through a patch of icy weather.

Love this picture of a frozen creek taken by my friend Frank.

Brush Creek  Photo Credit Frank Morris

Brush Creek

Photo Credit Frank Morris

Happy Kansas Day by Karen Matheis

January 29 is Kansas Day, a holiday celebrated since the 19th Century. . The purpose of this holiday is to commemorate the 1861 admission of Kansas into the United States. It is also a holiday which allows citizens of Kansas to rejoice and take pride in the state in which they live.

To celebrate this holiday, I am posting a landscape painting of Kansas in early spring.

“Early Spring”

“Early Spring”

New Works by Karen Matheis

I have been very busy in the studio. Here are some new works that are ready to frame.

Oil on Canvas  32 x 45 inches

Oil on Canvas

32 x 45 inches

Oil on Canvas  45 x 32 inches

Oil on Canvas

45 x 32 inches

Oil on Canvas   45 x 45 inches

Oil on Canvas

45 x 45 inches

Autumn by Karen Matheis

Autumn is particularly beautiful this year. The leaves have magnificent oranges and reds. The leaves are gently falling from the trees, leaving the ground filled with a mixture of colors. Some of these colors are finding their way into my paintings.

Sunflowers in Kansas by Karen Matheis

Sunflowers are native to Kansas.  They are prolific in September. Although we have had a hot and dry summer, sunflowers can be seen everywhere including in fields and by highways.  


Looking for Kansas by Karen Matheis

I just started a new series of landscape paintings based on the course of the Lawrence Southwest Trafficway, a new highway built to connect two larger highways.  A unique feature of the trafficway is a long curve that connects to a stretch of straight highway going east.  Farmland is still present around this section of the highway.  Interestingly, my favorite location to paint was destroyed when the trafficway was built.  However, the new highway offers a separate investigation. 

In my paintings, I want to explore the grid of the natural terrain with an overlay of manufactured curves. 



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Delivering Commission: Kansas Fields by Karen Matheis

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I visited Blue Gallery today to drop of an important commission.  These landscapes represent Kansas fields.  They are 35 x 46 inches and framed in a simple black frame. 

The client fell in love with a painting from my previous "Kansas Fields" series, but the painting had sold.  I was happy to create new works to continue this series.