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.
This painting of a grandfather wine vine will be what you can create and take home on Saturday, July 26 at BigFoot Studio in Temecula. Class is $40 which covers instruction, wine, and materials.
Once a year or so I like to continue my own education with an indepth workshop with someone I consider a modern master. When choosing the workshop, of course the mentor must also suite my own work. That doesn’t mean that have to paint in the same style as me but they must have knowledge I can absorb and that will help me in my own art journey. When searching for a workshop mentor I look for someone contemporary and colorful and most importantly, who’s work grasps my attention, freezes me in my tracks and inspires me. My three favorite workshop teachers are Caroline Jasper, Linda Kemp and Robert Burridge, each who challenge me and inspire me, and I feel not just inspiration but a jump in my work immediately following the classes.
What a great week with Caroline Jasper at Venus Art Studios in Palm Desert. Caroline is a color expert and this is the second time I have taken her workshop and it won’t be the last. I have a good grasp on color so this week for me was all about exploring ways to create the illusion of depth in my work. I completed 5 works this week, spending half of the last day making slight changes to the first four. I feel I have a much better grasp on creating perspective in my work. What I learned and wasn’t expecting to is how to be more critical of my own artwork. And I don’t mean a general “I don’t like this” or “I fail”, but a gentler “this isn’t working yet” and a more specific critic of why. By the end of the second day some things were not working, and Jasper was excellent at suggestions that worked. By the end of the 5th day, I was finding the things that could be improved myself, and figuring out how to improve them. I am excited to spend some long hours in the studio next week.
Loving this workshop. Today was more emphasis on creating the illusion of Depth.