While in the Netherlands last month I visited the Frans Hal museum again, but this time was really struck by his depiction of his ruffled collars. A week or so later, in Spain I created these two works, both different but both influenced by my recent viewing of Frans Hals works.
I spent another week at the Snow White Art retreat with Mike Snow about a week ago. This time I focused on pushing depth perception, loosing up my work, and painting fabric (which I always have avoided). The thing Mike really focused on with me was to encourage me to push a bit further. When I go for a feel, a color, or an idea to just keep pushing it without fear of going too far. As he loves to say “There is always more paint!”
Little Freedom Fighter
View from bedroom window at retreat
I have been painting some rather peaceful landscapes lately. Most in monochromatic shades, probably inspired by how much time I have spent outside this summer, either at the shore or visiting the desert, or even just driving through the local hills. Also teaching a watercolor class this fall has required me to focus less on my acrylic and oils and play more with the the watercolors. Some of my favorite are on sale on my Etsy page. www.etsy.com/shop/katinkabelleart
I occasionally paint small unframed works and sell them at reasonable prices because I like the idea of art being for everyone. It gives me an opportunity to explore a different media for a while or a different subject matter. You may remember my “Little People” paintings, or maybe you have a few of my “Still Life with Tangerines”, or some pencil sketches of big eyed girls that I have returned to over the years. Sometimes I explore something completely new, this is both fun, and often a learning experience. Landscapes and still lifes are not “my thing”, yet I have somehow painted dozens, scores, who knows, maybe hundreds, over the decades. People always say they can tell what is my work, and it doesn’t matter if its acrylic, mixed media, oil, watercolor, my signature portraits or a stormy sky, or a bowl of jalapeños, or a single giant nose. Maybe it’s obvious its my art because there isn’t one defining thing about my style, except that it is usually colorful, not very traditional and a bit of fun, and sometimes people don’t know what to make of it. Kinda, just like me.
These recent works are all watercolor on paper. Most have a unwinged figure flying through the sky, or walking through a desert, another signature in many of my landscapes the last few years. They are all small 6×9 at the largest. I will be putting them on my etsy page over the next few days and you can find them there, each under $45.
My Watercolor Class will be starting soon through the city of Temecula. It will be slightly untraditional, (like me) a focusing on color and self expression. Participants will explore both abstract and representational art exploring watercolor medium in a playful way. I invite anyone interested to sign up through the city of Temecula online at Temeculaca.gov. for $30, plus a $20 Material fee in the class.
Well I am back to wordpress, to a webpage in blog form, Shopify was very expensive and didn’t work for me, as I still sold much more art pretty much everywhere else than from the actual website. It will take me a wee bit to get this one up to date so bear with me and I will make sure the links are all undated and I get some new art up. I am currently touring Europe now, and will be featuring that on my other blog, Painting in the Shadows of the Paris Bohemians. For now here is a storm cloud I painted in Palm Desert about a year ago.
I have found many ways to stay creative and make some money while not feeling my best. One of those ways is I design t-shirts. I have created a few where I express living with chronic illness. Here is one of them. If you have any interest in purchasing them they are on Amazon and you can find them by searching Katinkabelle Tees. You can also see my art website by googling http://www.katinkabelle.com.