Thursday, October 29, 2009

Let the Halloween festivities begin...

The project for the school is complete and tonight it will be used for a school function. It came out good although I give credit to Charles Schulz as I did a Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin project .
Also,on another note, I have recently come across a cache of vintage glass and am making some jewelry pieces using that glass. WOW, looks beautiful! Look to the right and you will see a link to my etsy page for jewelry. In the next few days I will be adding some more of those vintage glass pieces. They would make GREAT Christmas gifts.
Just to clear up confusion, my name is Kathryn Ramos but on my jewelry I work under my maiden name CORBETT. It's nutty but a while back I felt a tug of nostalgia for my family name so I use that maiden name to honor that childhood memory.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Artistic Expectations

I love being creative. I love it. Here is the only downside of saying, "Yes, I am an artist". Expectations!! When creativity flows and the Yin and Yang is in balance, I can feel it and it is exhilarating but when I have a creative job to do I can feel the hot breath of pressure down my neck. I can't wait around for the inspiration to hit so I sit, have coffee, peruse my favorite art books...still no inspiration. Time for a brisk walk, iPod, the dog, and motivating music. Nothing yet. Ahhh, finally, an idea for this project and yes, I think I can do it! So what is this project that threw me into artistic limbo today? Design a Halloween backdrop to use for the Trunk or Treat festivities at the local elementary school. I think a lot of artists are like this...no matter the size of the project, we want to create the masterpiece because we are, after all, the "artist".

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Finishing Touches





In my much younger days, I would start a painting and I could not work on any other painting until that one was finished. These days I find myself working on 3 or 4 paintings at one time, rotating throughout the day and week. My favorite part of the process is when I get down to the finishing touches on a nearly complete painting. It is as though, at that one moment, the piece comes alive. I'm posting the two pieces just completed this week. These will be for sale (or at least the prints)on my ETSY website within the week.
www.KathrynRamos.etsy.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fall is in the Air

Love this time of the year...my easel is waiting for me, coffee is one, today's music is big band hits of the 40's. Okay, those 40's hit are way before my time but I still love them. It is about this time of the year that I pullout a painting that has been 3 years in the making. It is so wrong, really, 3 years on this one little painting. But once a year, maybe twice, I get this very wintery, holidayish feeling and when I do I pick up this one particular painting and add some more details. It is a folk art winter scene and just can't be worked on when it is blazing hot outside.
The java and paintbrush are calling...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Italian Street Painting Festival




What a fabulous way to spend a weekend ! My back and knees have almost recovered from 12 hours of a continous hunched over position as I recreated a Rufus Porter piece of folk art. We had a great time, artists everywhere, great weather, live bands, simply perfect.