Saturday, July 30, 2011

Travel, paint, travel, paint....




This has been a month of traveling, concerts, and painting in between other events. So I just thought I would post a few pictures of my work studio and a three pieces I'm working on right now. The two cupcakes are a couple of commissioned pieces , very fun and lighthearted. They still need a lot more work but that's where I'm at right now. The larger piece on my easel is a more colorful but Rufus Porter-esque painting.









Quote of the Day : “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”   Mark Twain

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

VW Van and Blue Dog

I just finished this painting a couple nights ago. A VW Van on a warm summer day, the potential for adventure is just an afternoon drive away...

Quote of the Day:  "Adventure is worthwhile in itself."  ~ Amelia Earhart

Friday, July 8, 2011

Thoughts on Plein Air Paintings...

What is it about plein air paintings that are so enchanting? Why are they so intriguing? I spend a fair amount of the early mornings going to other art blogs. It's my routine to keep up on some of my favorite artists and more often than not, I find myself completely absorbed with the whatever plein air piece has just been posted. Maybe it's just a miracle to me that a moment in time was captured by the hand of the artist. That moment was never before and will never be again. Even more intriguing is to feel the essence of the artist in that piece. I guess that is why two artists sitting on the same bluff, overlooking the same landscape will paint a very different interpretation of the valley below.

Quote of the Day:  I hope with all my heart there will be painting in heaven.   ~ Jean-Baptiste Corot


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Painting and Notes on a Book...

As the Summer of Color marches on, I'm adding this little number to the collection. It's an 8x8 on canvas and will be in my ETSY shop soon:  www.KathrynRamos.etsy.com
Using these brighter colors, veering away from my normally toned down palettes has been, hmm, how can I describe it...a little like practicing penmanship with my left hand.  I'm loving it because it feels like I'm exercising a different part of my brain. 
I just bought the new Rufus Porter book by Linda Carter Lefko and Jane E. Radcliffe. If you like the art of Rufus Porter, I recommend it in a big way. It's full of history, art technique, and great images. Through the years I've studied Rufus Porter, often copied his work trying to extract that "something" that I love about his work. I've always felt a kinship for his limited palettes and historical landscapes.
As a matter of fact, for the last two years, I have been a participating artist at a street art festival called Via Arte. Every participating artist created magnificent pieces of art with chalk pastels on the pavement. Each year I have chosen a Rufus Porter piece to re-create on the pavement and the response I get is predictable and touching. Here in the Western half of the U.S., we have less exposure to the art that typically is found on the East Coast. Most working artists here in the west are doing lovely modern work. I find myself explaining the origins of artist like Rufus Porter, where to find true American Folk Art, and why I passionately love it.

Quote of the Day: "All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on." ~ Henry Ellis