Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Chance Meeting With a Couple Degrees of Seperation

The dishwasher repairman was in my home last weekend.  After I explained my dishwasher problem to him he casually bent down to begin mechanical CPR on this pathetic unit. As he was working he said to me, "So you're an artist".  Now I was more than a little fascinated because, well, I don't wear a name tag that reads Kathryn Ramos-Artist. My dishwasher is not in my studio. Most of my art is sold to buyers far away from the area of California where I live. I was thinking that maybe he was gifted with some kind of psychic ability that allowed him to know all and see all (especially good for my sick washer).

I'm sure he could see my amazement as he said, " your hands, your clothes". So of course, as usual, I forget how much I neglect my appearance when I'm working. My hands had splotches and smears of paint and just like every article of clothing I own.....there were paint splatters here and there and you know, everywhere. This wasn't even the most interesting part. He said his dad was an artist and he could recognize one, even without the paint evidence. We talked a bit as he worked and he shared some things about his dad and his dad's paintings and the life he had growing up with a professional, somewhat eccentric artist.  He casually used his dad's name and this is where I did the "NO WAY!" moment. Not only did I know of his dad's work but most of the art savvy US population probably did as well!  He shared a little more as he did his mechanically artistic work on my dishwasher and brought her back to rip roarin' life. And yes, like a starstruck fan I had to tell him that our conversation was probably the highlight of any artsy conversation I have ever had.

This is where it got a little uncomfortable for him. He asked me to keep our conversation to myself as his life choices were a source of contention within their family.....I did the the yada yada yada thing in my head because I totally got it. No explanation necessary.  But I have to say that my dishwasher repairman may be the closest I will ever get to an art superstar :)

New work on line this week. My favorite (today) is an ACEO card titled "Strong Woman" :
The words on the side read-
"I know what I bring to the trust me when I say I'm not afraid to eat alone."  Hopefully most people will understand that quote and understand why it is so important. If you know who said it first, I would love to know and give them their due credit.

Quote of the Day: "None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives". ~ Jane Austen

Song of the Day: "We're Not Gonna Take It" ~ Dee Snider

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


I have a damned fascination with art trading cards! Makes me wonder if there's a 12-step program for collectors.....Hi, my name is Kathryn and I am addicted to miniature artworks.   In all seriousness, my infatuation with miniature art probably comes from collecting wine labels. Such beautiful works of art on such a small space. So I've been working on art trading cards although they are technically ACEO's as I sell them rather than trade them. There are some absolutely extraordinary works of art on those little cards, 2.5 x 3.5 inches. And although their prices can escalate and they are very collectible, you can usually find them quite affordable.  I will try to choose my top 5 artists and post some of their work here in the next couple of weeks.

My latest 4 ACEO's are listed on EBAY for the next week:  kathrynramosstudio on Ebay

On a sad note, lost my pup to old age this week. Scout was her name and she was the best damn dog! She was 13 years old, a German Shepherd mix and she was loved. I held her sweet face in my hands as she was euthanized and I honestly don't know if I will ever stop missing that ol' gal.

Quote of the Day: "If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons." ~ James Thurber

Song of the Day: "A Better Man" ~ Eddie Vedder (on the Letterman show 2015)

Monday, June 13, 2016

Looking for the Joy

When the news is overwhelmingly sad and the future looks bleak, when elections, terrorists, and hate seem to dominate the headlines, I turn to art more than ever. Art heals. It doesn't discriminate. Creating is a salve for a wounded soul and oh my God is there ever a greater need than now?

I've read this quote from Mr. Rogers many times over the years and given my age, I can safely say I heard it the day it was spoken:   When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

These 4 paintings are sitting in my studio now, I'll live with them and add finishing touches until later this week when they will head to the online

Song of the Day: "Lean on Me" ~ Bill Withers

Quote of the Day: "An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind." ~ Mahatma Ghandi

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Winery and a Wedding

Heading to a wedding at a winery today. There aren't many things that will take me out of my studio on a weekend but combine a wedding with a winery and I'm the first one there!

I was up before sunrise and painting by early light. Posting a photo of my studio this morning. I'm always curious about other artists' studios so I like to share.....   The "wardrobe" in the corner is an antique with a mysterious history.  Enter Narnia....

The photo shows a few paintings in their last stages, soon to be on ETSY.

Song of the Day:  "Life Is Too Short" ~ Scorpians

Quote of the Day:  "Like life is short,....Like you don't know when it's going to end. Like some things left unsaid, can't ever be said." ~ Jim Butcher

Sunday, April 17, 2016

FoLk aRt

When people ask me what type of artist am I, I usually get the same reaction each time when I say I'm a modern day folk artist. A few will know what that label  might mean but mostly I need to explain....a lot. I love folk art. There are a few different definitions, funny but there is not a firm definition. And that is point one of what I love about folk art.
                Art originating among the common people of a nation or region usually
                reflecting their traditional unschooled artists.

I have never been so great at loving to follow the rules. I will, But I don't like it. At all. Folk art is freedom from rules. I can and do traditional art pieces but always go back to my roots.

On the subject of folk art, almost finished with two paintings. I will need to live with them for a week or so to decide if I am done or not.

 I have been somewhat consumed by mandalas lately. Funny how one thing leads to another as we step and side step our way through this life.  On a recent trip to Santa Barbara, I was exploring some shops when I entered a spiritually warm almost ethereal little shop. The walls were lined with mandalas. I was completely in awe as I saw folk art at its most raw, most intricate.  By coincidence the rock hound in me had been collecting rocks from surrounding beaches seemed the perfect matching....round flat rocks and mandala paintings. Another form of folk art.

Quote of the Day: "Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas."
~ Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist

Song of the Day: "I Lived" ~ One Republic