Portraits of Imaginary Friends and Other Impulses

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So excited about teaching this double canvas heart, to couples on this Valentines!  In Temecula, near the 15 and Winchester at Bigfoot Art Classes, Studio.

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Bistro Art on Ebay

I have listed the remainder of my Bistro Series up on eBay for a starting bid of $1 each.

Search Katinkabelle on eBay to find them and get them while you can.

In order to clean my studio and hopefully make a little cash during this government shut down I am placing many of my works that don’t fit into any theme that I would have in a current gallery show.  Currently all these small paintings (under 11×14) are all starting at $1 bid with no reserve.  They are on eBay and can be found easily by searching Katinkabelle. Enjoy!!

Sketches on the go

 

I actually don’t sketch or draw much; it’s not my thing. But drawing seems natural when I am traveling.  I travel with a few ink pens, often brown instead of black, and a tiny set of watercolors that fit into a recycled Altoid tin. These were done on my last trip to Europe, I think mostly in France and Spain, but most were inspired by two art exhibits I saw in Haarlem, the Netherlands.  The Frans Hall Museum was full of his work and work inspired by him and neck fluffs, or giant clown like collars were everywhere.  The other exhibit that really influenced these sketches were Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘grotesque’ sketches, that were featured in a Da Vinci show at the Teyler’s Museum.  I loved his character sketches featuring exaggerated features like large noses, lopsidedness, and what some would consider rather ugly distorted faces.  I could relate.

Bees

The last few weeks I have painted about a dozen bee paintings.  These are two of my favorite.  Three or so have already sold which means plenty are still available if you want one!

Influenced by Frans Hal

 

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.

Art Retreat in Spain

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!”

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