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.
I had such an amazing time at my Art Expressions Class last night. Every single work of art not only turned out beautiful but each had a unique personality that added so much self expression to the work. Art and yummy cupcakes and making money for the Fallbrook community and Food Pantry was just an incredible combination, add a dozen fabulous women to the mix and I had one of the best nights of my life. Thank you Lila for having me be a part of this wonderful event!
This Weekend is the Catalina Arts Festival, the longest running event on Catalina Island. I am excited to visit fellow artists, Snake Jagger, Carlos Martinez, and the man I consider a mentor who inspires me always, Danny Peterson.
The show will be three days from Friday-Sunday and a lot of work, but I can’t imagine a more lovely place to work than on the beautiful shoreline of Catalina Island. I will be hoping to see my good friend Anna more than once, and enjoy the worlds bests waffles and fried chicken while I am there. My friend Rachel has graciously offered to help me as there is no way I could carry the 40 or so paintings over there myself.
Following the full weekend I will have a reception in Temecula on Monday the 23rd from 4-6 at Earth Bistro, where my abstract art is now on display!
Thank you to both Catalina and Earth Bistro for having me, and to Tony Moramarco who curates the Earth Bistro shows.
I often will work on color wash abstracts when I am not particularly inspired to paint something specific. It gets me painting, and it is so relaxing and often enough they turn out so lovely that they become back grounds for other paintings. Sometimes I love them so much they become the finished work. This week I have been working backwards. I am doing the washes on top of the under paintings instead of using the washes as my underpainting. The result is some stormy, expressionistic Catalina Island abstract Landscapes.