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
I now have several tipsy bunnies available at my online store. Just $50 each.
I am loving how great these story people look with the black frame and contrasting white mats. The moonlight in them just glows. Above is Midnight Swim and below is Tin man, both are acrylic 8x10s on paper with a 11×14 frame.
This is a painting of lovers taking a midnight swim. It’s layers of acrylic on handmade paper made from newspapers. I got it framed and matted and I just love it! Painting is 8×10 in a 11×14 frame. Wired and ready to hang. $100.
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.
I want to recommend Jaspers color workshop to artist of any level. She teaches around the country from coast to coast. Today we worked on a landscape on red grounds, which I have done before, but still learned from. I still obviously need to work on value, but also on creating depth with simplicity. For todays landscape we created two studies of our reference photo, for me it was a photo I took of my favorite childhood place in Arizona. We did one value study and one color study, both meant to be discarded. By the end of the day I was a bit frustrated with my painting but I will work on it again tomorrow after a night off. I am very happy with my little color study and will make a point of doing this more often if not all the time.
Most people think of my wide eyed wistful girls when they think of my art, but my story people are close to my heart as well. They are probably my most expressionistic, soul spurting, muse directly to canvas paintings that I do. I haven’t figured out a nice way to show them with my girls yet or I would show them more often at shows. The Earth Bistro walls hung with them for about 4 months last year. Even to myself they seem such a departure from my low brow girls, more abstractions, ideas, even the color scheme is different. My girls live in worlds of berry reds and cerulean blues, pinks, black, whites. My Story people prefer the bold oranges of Mars and the greens of Venus, bright sun yellows, Deep midnight skies.