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 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.
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.
Every now and then I get a little obsession that leads me to compulsively paint in a subject or style for a while that is a different direction than my usually work. This is a good thing I feel. I don’t like to feel restricted, but more it keeps me exploring different techniques and medias and subjects; it keeps me playing. Very often I will learn something that i then incorporate into my work, something that becomes part of my style, influencing my future art. In this way, playing with my art helps my art evolve. Those who follow my art would say these works are still recognizably mine. My landscapes will not match many sofas, if I paint an egg, its a might feel like the egg is a bit aggressive. A colleagu, who I am not sure really loves my art, remarked yesterday, that my art no matter what else always moves him.
But I have a stack of paintings of tangerines, and older paintings of big eye girls I no longer display, my choir boy sketches, my Catalina series, my pub series, and many that don’t fall into any other catagory that I would just not display at galleries at this point. I have plenty of big eyes, and more current portraitists and my bunnies and silhouettes to keep the gallery walls full for a long long time. I am going to clearance out my less expensive older works and anything that doesn’t fit into what I would currently show at any of the galleries. I will be having a sale on etsy. I will list them on facebook as I go, but I am thinking of a deep clearance, selling most of them for about $40 plus shipping or less. If they don’t sell within a short time I will simply plaint over them and save myself the money of a new canvas. So it will be in fact a going going gone sale. So keep your eye out. Follow me on Etsy. My store there is https://www.etsy.com/shop/KatinkabelleArt