Monday, December 29, 2014

On the Road

I'm out of town right now, enjoying some holiday festivities. The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity but it all calms down this week. As you gear up to celebrate New Years Eve, I will be hunkered down working on some pet projects of the artsy sort. The biggest is the construction of my new art studio....more on that later. It truly is a labor of love.

Two books I am passionate about right now: Show Your Work by Austin Kleon...recommended reading for any artist and the second book is Portrait of an Artist-A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe by Laurie Lisle.

To all of my Art Blog friends worldwide, from my very soul I wish you a loving and peaceful 2015. Happy New Year !

Artfully Yours,
Kathryn

Quote of the Day:  "I don't believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it."  ~  Dave Grohl



Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lazy Saturday Morning

With only a few moments to spare this morning, I wanted to post a video that I just can't get enough of lately. God Only Knows is a classic by the Beach Boys but it's not the song that keeps grabbing me back.  It's the music video by the BBC that knocks me out. From the perspective of visual arts....it. is. STUNNING.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Via Arte 2014 and a Life Lesson

    It was another great Via Arte celebration of the arts this year. Last weekend the annual event took place courtesy of the Bakersfield Museum of Art.  There were lots of wonderful artists converging in one area for the sake of raising money for the museum and sharing our talents with so many visitors to the event. The festival takes place at a local open air marketplace. A wide expanse of parking lot is blocked off and artists are assigned squares to work on. The size of my area was 8 x 8. I arrived at 8:00am Saturday morning. Worked on my piece until 6pm and then back again on Sunday morning for 6 more hours, finishing around 2:30pm. During those hours I had a chance to talk with lots of other artists as well as so many wonderful, admiring spectators. It was a fabulous day in every way.

    Many of the people I had a chance to talk with truly felt sad to know that just 24 hours later all of the artwork would be washed off and once again,the parking lot would be nothing more than a parking lot. 

    The whole experience is a lesson in embracing and letting go, passion for anything needs to be embraced by the heart and soul but nothing tangible is ever permanent...and so until next year... 

8:00 Saturday morning


11:00am Saturday


1:00pm - time for a break


                           3:30pm Saturday - sporting the Nevada Wolf Pack Hat (my alma mater) and of course wearing as much chalk as I'm laying on the pavement   :)






Back to it on Sunday




I can't resist stopping to talk with art lovers.

Yeah!  Made Sunday's Paper




Mosaic Sunflower - DONE !




Overview of the festival


Quote of the Day:  "The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go." ~ Steve Maraboli













Saturday, October 4, 2014

Painting Class

Saturday. Today is a painting day.

Being a teacher as well as an artist means that during the school year I find extra time to paint almost impossible. For quite a few years I have taught an after school acrylic painting enrichment class. When I started it years ago I thought, well this is great, it filled up within 12 hours of sending home the notice. Now I  offer at least 3 classes a year with a waiting list and teaching this class is my favorite time of the day. I learn as much from them as they do from me.
Here is what I have learned from my art students:

  •  Their passion for learning something new inspires me.
  •  Their lack of adult imposed boundaries frees them to go with their gut, I give them the "how to" and they run with it to create their own masterpieces.
  • Kids need art. It allows them expression. It heals. 
  • Most importantly, when the parents of my students come to me and tell me things like..."my son says you get him, you understand his uniqueness" or "she is not a great student but painting has given her confidence".... That is the payoff for me.  :)

Time to get back to my canvas and paint but before I do, I'm posting a rough sketch of this years Via Arte piece. Seriously rough, but I know it will be stunning when done on pavement in art chalk. If you are in the Bakersfield, California area next weekend, October 10th -12th, this event is worth  your time. All of the artists do some spectacular work.




Mosaic flower

Quote of the Day: "The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed ."  ~ Eminem

Song of the Day:  "With or Without You" ~ U2

Monday, August 25, 2014

Do-overs

With school in session again, I'm using any spare time I have to clear out the "mistakes" in my studio and begin preparation for one of my favorite events of the year, Via Arte October 10-12th.

On the subject of mistakes....one of the reasons I love art and artists as much as I do is that art can always be in the category of do-overs. No matter the finished product, it is always okay to refine, add, start over, change perspective, trash it, call it a masterpiece,...whatever. No consequences to that. As the creator, the artist, it is all up to you.

In life, those damn do-overs are not quite as simple. No, they are downright complicated. As an artist most of what you do is very solitary. Your actions rarely have any repercussions other than serving to frustrate you and maybe, with luck, you end up with an accidental masterpiece. But humans with their fallible nature, well.... do-overs seem not to ever go right. As a matter of fact, we generally muck it up just trying to turn our mistakes around. With art, it's just me and that canvas and it doesn't judge me or my mistakes. It just waits patiently while I correct the obvious errors. In real life, no one lovingly waits for you to correct your mistakes. As a matter of fact, life is just a bit more harsh with our human frailties.

No particular reason for posting this piece of art other than I love Salvador Dali. Title is Cadaques.





Quote of the Day: "I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best"  ~  Marilyn Monroe


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

End of Summer Painting

With school starting on Thursday, this will most likely be the last painting for a couple of months. 8 x 24 original acrylic on canvas, soon to be in my ETSY shop.  The San Joaquin Valley and its abundant harvest have inspired this months paintings.  A trip to the local farmers market is all you need to truly appreciate the abundance of nature....


 Music of the Day:  Beethoven 9th Symphony - Movement IV - Ode to Joy

Quote of the Day    "Some evenings call for Beethoven, Pop-Tarts, and wine...I'm weird that way." ~ me

Monday, August 4, 2014

New Paintings

Three new paintings listed on ETSY this week.  A couple more in the works coming soon....
Pear #2 - 8 x 10

Rufus Porter 16 x 20

The American Dream 16 x 20


Quote of the Day: "In a world where what we want is only what we want until it's ours.....I'm calling all angels" ~ Train

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Artist's Block and Dick & Jane

         I try to stay as honest as possible on this blog, sharing my thoughts on art, life and whatever else strikes me. For the last two nights I have stayed awake late into the night (early morning) to work on paintings. This is something I've talked about with other artists, and I have a hunch it is the same with many types of creative people, we hit walls....solid, brick, unbreakable walls.  I mean places where good art does not happen, at least not easily. It's the place where all of your great ideas simply disappear.  Hmmm,.... in thinking about  this, I think it may be like writer's block. Years ago I remember a documentary about a writer (name slips my mind now) who had severe writer's block. He was told by his therapist to write through it, write very day regardless of the product. He pulled out the typewritten pages (yes, before computers)  from these days and faced with no outpouring of inspiration, he had typed all he could remember from the old Dick and Jane reading books. Page after page were filled with things like - Go, Spot. Go and find Dick. Go and find Jane. Run, Spot, run.  Yes, his writer's block eventually ended and he found his voice again. So in my own way, I've been pushing through even though I am entirely at a standstill. Trust me when I say, all creative types have these times and various ways of coping. I guess it is our demons to battle as we all have them. That's probably why so many artists have a propensity toward drugs and  alcohol. So back to my present dilemma....The hot air balloon piece I talked about earlier this week?  It has been reworked at least 6 times in the past two days and by the grace of God it is still on my easel and not in the trash. There is still hope on that one and I may even like it eventually. Two other paintings, started this week, did not fare so well. Both were unceremoniously walked out to the trash bin in the early morning hours. My paint brushes will be waiting for me tomorrow. So today I've taken a step back,  pulled out my artsy doodle pad (my version of Dick and Jane) and just chilled....turned the music up, the noise in my head down, poured a glass of wine and relaxed...

Song of the Day: "Demons" ~ Imagine Dragons

Quote of the Day :  "I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later".  ~ Mitch Hedberg

Monday, July 28, 2014

Stormy Skies and Comfort Zones

The skies are filled with ominous grey clouds, pretty  unusual for my part of the world.  It's still  105 degrees even with these clouds but it reminds me that the change of seasons is on the horizon, both literally and figuratively.  Well, literally it will be hotter than hell here for a couple more months but with school starting soon I will begin the countdown to cooler temperatures, rain, fog, snow in the mountains...and all that goes with Fall and Winter. Figuratively...well as time marches on we all face a change of seasons, ready or not, don't we.

I returned from Cabo, rested and ready, with a whole "bring it on" attitude.  I love to get out of my comfort zone, I even thrive on that element of the unknown. Yea, as a matter of fact, I do get bored easily. While standing in line at a Starbucks in the Cabo San Lucas International Airport (dang Starbucks is everywhere!) I got into a conversation with a couple from New Zealand.  We were sharing our thoughts about the necessity for getting out of comfort zones, how true growth won't happen unless you can have experiences outside of your element. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward. Let go of fears, take chances.  

I'm posting a few photos. The first is a collection of work I did at Cabo.  Buying paints on vacation rather than packing them along was....sketchy....the only paint I could find was from Walmart (ugh*$%#&). It was an assorted package of soft body acrylics. I'm not Walmart's greatest fan but I guess they sell what is purchased by the masses and I suppose for craft projects these paints would have been okay. I had some serious frustration with painting plein air as I just could not  get enough structure out of those paints, or even the right intensity of color. So, I only did a couple of ocean scenes just for fun. It was also as windy as all get out so it was a  canvas blowing away, water spilling, hair in eyes kind of experience.  I spent one morning painting the vase in the picture. Now THAT was one of my favorite  moments  :)  The next photos are a just a couple of touristy type images that I couldn't resist capturing.


Finally, on the last photo,  I'm returning to a painting I started last year. Yes, I do procrastinate, once in a while, sometimes, often. This piece is far from done, but hopefully I will finish it this week and post the end result. It's an homage to balloon races, something I have always loved and the patchwork of farmland that makes up the San Joaquin Valley.

Two Quick Cabo Plein Air Paintings and a Vase

Cabo's Famous Arch
Perfect Cabo San Lucas Beaches



Work in Progress

Very Beginning of Painting

Quote of the Day:  "Someday after we have mastered the winds, the waves, and gravity, we will harness for God the energies of love; and then for a second time in the history of the world, human beings will have discovered fire."   ~  Teilhard de Chardin

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Adios


Thank you for the ideas on traveling with paint. I've decided to go with the suggestion that I take canvas and brushes and buy a few small tubes of paint in Cabo.  I just didn't want to take any chances that might complicate what should be a restful trip.

On another note,  I love to travel and even though most anyone will tell you that car travel is more dangerous than air travel, I have a love/hate relationship with planes.  I always feel that I need to make peace with those near and dear to me before I board a plane, you know, just in case.... When I was younger and a little more reckless I made a couple of bungee jumps from, shall we say, questionable places?  I felt the same on those jumps as I do getting on a plane. You just have to know that if it's your time, it's your time and accept it. If I don't have that mind set I will break the tiny bones of the stranger's hand who ends up sitting next to me on the plane. :)  

Have a lovely week. Adios for now my friends.


Quote of the Day :  "Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come."  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Holiday

Cabo San Lucas is calling me and I'm leaving for that beautiful gem this next week. A restful escape is imperative...  When life gets crazy, a one way ticket to paradise seems like a logical choice. I'll pack my paints, my camera, good coffee and my bathing suit. What the heck, I'll throw in some aspirin with the hope of so much fun that I'll need it. That should do it for the week. 

 But on a more serious note, I would  love to hear from artists who travel with acrylics. How did it work for you, the air travel and all. I usually only take my watercolors or just a sketchpad but I have read a few opinions on the rules when taking acrylics on board a plane. Would love to hear from some of you who have traveled with acrylics.

Quote of the Day: "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun." ~ Katharine Hepburn



Sunday, July 6, 2014

Aldo Luongo

               I consider it a blessing that I have only been bored a few times in my entire adult life and today is one of those times. I guess that's not too bad, all considered. With temperatures hovering around 105 degrees, painting outside is not an option.  For reasons I can't explain, I sat staring at my canvas today and realized that I simply have nothing that I want to paint. This is so rare for me that I am taking advantage of the moment to ponder why and maybe do some soul searching.  Usually when I have some down time, I like to read and I'm enjoying Austin Kleon's new book, Show Your Work but not today. When it's not art books,  it's Dan Brown, my future lover/boyfriend/husband/whatever  and his book Inferno. Love his writing. Mrs. Brown might have something to say about this sooooo.... just for the record, it's a joke...really... seriously...but a girl can dream...and in all truth, I do love his books.

                So I got off track....reading is not even on my list today. So the next favorite activity is to browse the internet for up and coming artists as well as visit some of my absolute favorites and see what they're up to.  There are so many wonderful artists whose work I really enjoy.  Today I spent some time on Aldo Luongo's website. He is one of my all time favorites.  All of his work touches me but my favorites are those with The Hawk.  Some paintings just make you feel privileged to even view them. He's an artist I would love to meet. Okay, truth, he's an artist I'd like to personally learn from.
A Good Red Wine by Aldo Luongo

Pacific Breeze by Aldo Luongo

Mid Morning Cappuccino by Aldo Luongo

Quote of the Day: "It's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring" ~ Marilyn Monroe

Song of the Day: "Brave" ~ Sara Baraeilles

Saturday, June 28, 2014

My Favorite

       I don't think there is an artist alive that doesn't appreciate knowing that their work has touched someone's life. I suspect that no matter how much fame you achieve or how much monetary value is attached to your paintings, it is still the sheer joy of pleasing someone with your creation that is just the best feeling.  I have sold many pieces of art in my career, some from galleries, most over the internet. Some have been purchased at shows where I had the chance to meet the collectors in person and still ranks high on my list of favorite times. That moment when someone lays eyes on your work and their feeling of pleasure is almost palpable, it is like no other.  There is a painting in my own collection, one I completed a few years ago, that still touches my heart. "Grace of an Angel" is very large measuring 30 x 40. She hangs in my home now but on occasion I still get the same reaction from those who see her up close....there is something about that painting.  She is special even a little magical...


Quote of the Day:  "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."  ~  Maya Angelou

Song of the Day:   "Last Time I Fell in Love" ~ Johnny Mathis & Jane Olivor

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Father's Day

                 In honor of Father's Day, I'm printing a favorite poem of mine but more importantly a favorite poem of my own father.

                "Desiderta" written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann.


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. 

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. 

Strive to be happy.





 Song of the Day (in honor of all those dads out there) :"My Hero" ~      Foo Fighters

Quote of the Day : "You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens".  ~  Mandy Hale


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Music and Good-bye Robert Genn

                For so many years I have looked forward to the thoughtful writings by Robert Genn. For those who don't know of Genn, he was a supremely talented artist who sent out a twice-weekly newsletter for  many years. I saved every newsletter in my "inspiration file" and this computer file became like an old dog-eared book that I would go back to often and re-read even though occasionally I didn't agree with an artistic opinion he expressed. But he always gave his readers food for thought and I loved that. Unfortunately he passed away on May 27th.  His daughter Sara will continue his newsletters. Thank you Sara. I'm not ready to let go yet and your taking over will be a nice transition. If you would like to sign on to receive these wonderful newsletters I am including the link:   Robert and Sara Genn    Sara will be resending some of her father's "best of" newsletters as well.
                Studio time is always on the top of my list for favorite moments. I've been working since sun-up today -  break time!   Unless I'm painting outdoors, I always have music on (thank you Spotify). One summer I spent three months working on Van Gogh reproductions, just to try and connect with his technique.  Every day I listened to Verdi, Chopin, Mendelssohn, operas La Traviata, and La Boheme. I don't know if Van Gogh enjoyed music but it helped me get into a different mindset.   
                There have been many articles on what music artists listen to while painting. Everything from country to classical to screamo and yes, I think the style of painting does seem to match the musical tastes. Although if you are a screamo fan and paint traditional American folk art, I would LOVE to hear from you. I'm a lyrics girl. James Taylor is tops this morning interspersed with Sara Bareilles' Brave , Train, John Mayer, and  Rufus Wainwright's Hallelujah. 
Back to work, Keep Calm and Paint On.

Quote of the Day:  "When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or saying that we are not yet ready."  ~  Paul Coelho
                 
Song of the Day:   "Say" ~ John Mayer





Sunday, May 25, 2014

Switching Hats

            Another day in the life of a teacher by day/artist by night, well it's actually teacher by Sept-May and artist by June-August. We are approaching the last week of school when I shed my teacher hat for the artist hat.  I do love this time of the year.  Lots of blank canvases are ready and waiting. Stocked up on paint. Bought  a couple of new brushes to go with the 50 or so I already have. Really, can you ever have enough! Nope.

            Through the years I've had conversations with other artists about the choices we make to jump full time into our art or to balance our passion with a career with more stability. Art careers, particularly independent artists are at the mercy of art dealers, luck, public whimsy, luck, ....well you get the idea. There are so many talented artists that never get "discovered". I have been fortunate in that I have found the balance to enjoy stability as well as pursue my art as I please.  When I was a young girl, I was taught to "do what I love, and the money will follow". Sadly that is not always the truth. Better advice might be to "do what you love, educate yourself on doing what you love better than anyone else, and have a meaningful career so that you can still pursue your passion without the anxiety of poverty". So my tidbit of wisdom is a little longer but truthfully, the arts are sometimes cruel lovers. The neighborhood Starbucks has a kid that sits in front now and then and plays his guitar for tips. That kid is good but where will he go from there?  That luck thing may pass him by. Or he may be the "one".


            Thank you to Mark and Judy from the beautiful state of New Hampshire. They bought these two paintings from my Etsy shop today.  
Rufus Porter Style Folk Art Painting        American Folk Art Original Painting

Quote of the Day:  "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."  ~ William Shakespeare

Song of the Day:  "Remember When" ~ Alan Jackson


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Life and Art

                I'm working on a painting for a wonderful couple in the San Fran area. They own two other paintings of mine and this will be a beautiful addition.  In the quiet of my thoughts, with every brush stroke, I am reflecting on our love of art, our need for art  and how it is so analogous to life:

                1- A great painting is always wonderful no matter how many years go by. The beauty of every brush stroke shines through regardless of age.  I think that is true of people also, it doesn't matter the age, that true beauty is everlasting, the good, the pure, it stays in those eyes. Maybe with that thought, the reverse is also true, but that is a debate for another day.

                2- When you truly fall in love with a painting, like a first great love, that love affair never ends. I still remember the day I first stood a foot away from Van Gogh's Irises at the Getty Museum. It touched my heart in a way I can never explain. No matter how many years go by, I still feel a tender love for that piece. Van Gogh painted it soon after he entered the asylum at Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France. He felt that if he kept painting, he could hang onto his sanity...which leads me to my 3rd thought.

                3- For most of us, life is a plethora of ups and downs. If you have the wisdom of age, you can be sure that no matter where you are in life, the tide will eventually turn and you will find
yourself reveling in the joy....or....praying that you can hang on for another day.   To create, no matter what your medium, is to be connected to the world around you. I read a quote that said, "to cry is a sign that you are still alive",  but I say that "to create art is a sign that you are still alive and you are still strong".
                              


Quote of the Day: "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world about you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it"  ~  Roald Dahl

Song of the Day: "Iris" ~ Goo Goo Dolls

Monday, May 12, 2014

Redemption and Karma

I sat down to paint today. For the first time in so very many years I simply could not find my inspiration. How is it possible to misplace something like that? Yes, it's a little tongue in cheek but it is bothering me. This year has brought a fair share of challenges, some karma to be dealt with, and even some redemption.  I can't speak for every artist but for me painting is an extension of me, it is my every mood, my unspoken psyche. I think a lot of artists are that way. A friend of mine does some absolutely magnificent paintings, they are large canvas, powerful, a little dark, and intriguing.  Knowing him allows me to know that he has a very turbulent presence and these painting allow him to let it go.  No particular end to this thought today, just more questions.  


Quote of the Day: "Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't." - Steve Maraboli

Monday, April 21, 2014

En Plein Air Days

A few days spent oceanfront is enough to inspire any artist. I completed three 12 x 12 plein air paintings and met some great people at each location. It was fun. Pure and simple. It was fun.
This particular piece is a spot on Aniso Trail at Refugio Beach.


Off the beaten path is a cliff overlooking the beach. The view changes from hour to hour, with fog, changes in sunlight... 

As the school year starts to wind down, I'll be working on two series of paintings this summer. The first is a group of plein air paintings, ordinary places that inspire me, simple but profound at the same time.
The second is old houses in small towns...they fascinate me with their style and craftsmanship.


Quote of the Day: "Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today" - Mark Twain

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Day Off

I'm a few hours from finishing a couple of paintings but as usual, I can't, won't. I need to step away, take some time off, maybe even a day out of town,...but for today an afternoon trolling through antique shops will be the escape I need.  First a stop at Starbucks and then it's time for my afternoon treasure hunt.  I don't go to antique shops to look at Baccarat crystal of Limoges dinnerware...don't get me wrong, I love the stuff. I go to get into the antique trenches, meaning I find the back corners, the downstairs, the treasures buried deep. I love the smell of old quilts gently folded at the bottom of an old chest. I love old Midwestern overalls with patches lovingly sewn on,  and I especially love to find old paintings abandoned in the shadows. This is my nourishment when I feel distracted. I paint scenes from a time gone by and this wonderful old stuff inspires me :)  


Quote of the Day: "Even as I wander
                              I'm keeping you in sight
                              You're a candle in the window
                              on a cold, dark winter's night" 
                                                     - REO Speedwagon






Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Beauty of Painting

The paint sits on my palette, the studio windows are open. I can smell the wisteria and roses. The music plays and if I close my eyes I'm in another place, another time.  This is the beauty of painting for me: I create because it fulfills something deeper inside but it's a very meditative time as well, stills my ever contentious mind. Every stroke of the brush is a breath captured for all time.

Quote of the Day :  "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts,..." - William Shakespeare

Saturday, February 22, 2014

2 New Paintings

Just listed 2 of my newest paintings on ETSY.
8 x 24 on stretched canvas


16 x 20 on stretched canvas
I have painted this one before but each time I make small changes and I suppose it is a favorite of mine. It is a loose duplicate of a Rufus Porter wall mural. Both paintings have my traditional aging for a vintage appearance. They can be found  in my ETSY shop and for a while I will have a free shipping deal where you "follow" on Twitter and "Like" on Facebook for free shipping.

https://www.facebook.com/KathrynRamos
https://twitter.com/KathrynRamos

Quote of the Day: 
"When shall we three meet again?
  In thunder, lightening, or rain?
  When the hurlyburly's done,
  When the battle's lost and won."  
                         - William Shakespeare


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Switching Roles

As an artist and a teacher, I lead a dual life. Once in a while these two lives merge into one moment of crystal integrated clarity.  It is a profound experience to learn from a student and I love those moments. One of my kids has almost completed a painting, seemingly void of all the direction I had given. Now this did not happen on purpose, I think he just has a unique view of the world. Even though his one landscape is completely absolutely NOT what we were painting exactly, it is fabulous!  When it is completed, maybe he will let me post a photo in this blog.

Quote of the Day : " I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught." - Winston Churchill

Monday, February 10, 2014

Uninterrupted Studio Time

Very focused this weekend. There are times when the studio needs to be off limits to all but me, and this was that weekend. Finished a wonderful antique-ish piece !  And I started a new one that is really making me happy with every brush stroke. I completed a Rufus Porter inspired painting (16x20) and it came out just as I had hoped. Trying to make a copy of an American Folk art painting from the 1800's is a unique challenge. To achieve the folk or primitive appearance you need to fight the inclination to paint correctly or to paint the way a skilled artist would paint. I admire early American folk art so much but I have to think very hard as I paint, to stroke the canvas as the original artist would have, not as a present day artist would. The true beauty lies in the naive approach.


This painting will be in my ETSY shop soon....  The next painting is in the very beginning stages but hopefully I will have time to finish this one within a few days.

Book recommendation :  How to Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Quote of the day: “The thing is: It takes a lot of energy to be creative. You don’t have that energy if you waste it on other stuff.”― Austin KleonSteal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Twitter :(

Okay, so  I barely keep my occasional posting on this blog, even though I wish I could find more time to post. It's fun. An artist friend of mine has been giving me grief over the fact that I don't use my Twitter account. Not at all. I'm guilty of loving the posts by all the people I follow but never giving back. I guess it's just that if I have a little time to spare, well I want to be working on one of the few commissioned pieces I have in the works right now.  But I have been guilted into the realization that Twitter is here to stay and connecting with my customers in this way is important. So, I'm on a mission to Tweet at least twice a day.
I'm laughing even as I type this, not gonna happen.... okay I'll take baby steps and Tweet twice a month and just see how that goes....

Quote for the Day : "Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul." - W. Somerset Maugham -