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.
Here is Charlotte modeling my new T-shirt. T-shirt available on Amazon here My Darling Wolf Tee
Grey Matter Tee
100% Gray Matter ~ (There is also an id and a smidgen of ego in there, too)
My Darling Wolf T-Shirt
After waiting a couple of months my first T-shirt is now live up for sale on Amazon. While on a girlfriend vacation in early December, I spent most of it working on my book while my life long bestie designed her t-shirts. She has been suggesting I create some for a while. She not only helped me with font and formatting with the book, but she also took the time to teach me basic T-shirt design. My first design was her choice, and its a bit her personality, some may even say it looks a little like her.
I just now finished writing the final creative content of the book. That means all the internal pages are done. I still have the cover to finish and the editing to complete.
The editing and proof reading process is already weeks in, but its a much bigger job than I had realized. Thank goodness I am getting a lot of help. I have a friend who has turned sitting beside me, point out my grammar errors, and there are many (but even more run on sentences, see what I am doing here?), into her full time job!
With a little luck and a lot of determination we hope to have it all edited on time to get it to printing in a few weeks. Fingers crossed.
For those of you who have given your support and asked how my book is going? It’s a full time creative endeavor, I am really happy with the results so far, and It’s going great! Thank you for asking!
For that family member who asked how my “little project that he hadn’t bothered to open the link for” was. It’s going great, thanks for asking…
Linda likes Manhattan, Mixed media on Canvas $650
I have been obsessively working on my book for the last two months or so now. I had a few set backs with my computer dying and such but I am pushing ahead and hopefully still on track for a February publishing. It just might be late February and this is with zero distractions. (So don’t distract me). I am really happy with how it’s turning out. It is just a wee bit more work. (Like a thousand times more work). Wish me luck and I will see you when I come up for air again soon. This is a photo of how I take a break to eat.