Portraits of Imaginary Friends and Other Impulses

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Choir Boys

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Stinking cute coin purses

Available at ArtBeat starting on Saturday.

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Art reception tonight at Artbeat

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Join us at Artbeat on Main St. In Vista tonight at 5:30. Free event with refreshments.

Katinkabelle Keychains at ArtBeat on Main St.

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So excited that I got these keychains in.  They will be at Artbeat by Tuesday.

Ebay Dollar Sale

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In the past I have had tried several online forums for selling my art, from having my own online store, to Etsy, to Fine Arts America, and Ebay.  Ebay was not only the easiest for me but also the most successful.  One thing I found though is you have to be consistent.  Posting a painting ever few months might work ok, but having a work or two constantly up, and another set to go when one closes seems to help a lot.  That way people who like your work can follow you and see new works. 

I have an online friend who I met because she was also selling her art on ebay.  She was been much better at being consistent and when a work of hers goes up the bidding wars begin.  I was lucky enough to get a few of her paintings before the rest of the world knew about her.  Her name is Kim Keek and we had some of her paintings in Brazen Arts Gallery last year. 

I have decided to commit to three months of ebay art listings starting at $1 each. On top of that every time an artworks bids go over $20 I will list an additional work starting at one buck.   I will do my best to list at least one thing a week.  I will be listing things that will ship in the smaller USPS flat rate boxes or envelopes to keep the postage costs down as well, so shipping will be only $6.  Included in what I will be selling will be sketches, 5×7 watercolors, tiny canvas paintings and some trading card paintings.  I love the idea of art being affordable and being able to offer something at every price level. 

I will try to put up the listings on my facebook page as well as here but if you don’t want to miss any you should follow me on ebay. My ID is katinkabelleart.

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Bird Brained

Bird Brained

Framed watercolor

Palm Springs Desert Arts Festival

I will be showing my dolls at the Palm Spring Desert Arts Festival on March 1 and 2. I just got notice today. I visited this show last time it was held and it looks great, professional with lots of wonderful artwork. I am happy to be included.

Finished paintings from the Jasper workshop week

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.Image

Art Retreat- Day one

I am taking a 5 day workshop in Palm Desert, with Caroline Jasper, who I consider my color mentor. She does primarily landscapes, so I probably will wind up doing one or two this week, but today I got to cheat and sneak in painting a girl. Color already is my thing and I would hesitate to take a workshop in color from anyone but Caroline, but in my mind she is a bit of a color god.

Today I focused on value, and the main lesson I am taking home from her today, and hope to apply to my work in the future is that value is just as important, or maybe even more so, as color.

Below is what I spent the day painting. I don’t think she is quite done but I like the direction she is heading.corpse

Sketches

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Sketching isn’t something I love doing, but I know its very good practice.  I love the flow and spread of paint, and really I hate the drag of pencil across paper.  If I am going to sketch I prefer charcoal, but I don’t like it all over my hands.  I have found a nice solution in charcoal pencils.  Sticks of charcoal nicely wrapped up in wood.  Here are a few of the new friends I have created this week.  Three girls each with a different feel.

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This one was inspired by my daughter, Z, who always seemed a bit like Wednesday Adams.

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