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Monday, August 24, 2015

On the Easel

Here are some process shots of work in progress. Above, a storm in the Angeles Forest underpainting.

The storm painting with descriptive color layers. It's coming together fairly quickly. Another refining layer or two might finish it.

The first color layers of clouds over the Chain of Craters Road and a detail of the turbulence below.

Chain of Craters clouds painting further along. These clouds are complex. I suspect it will take some time to untangle all the shapes. 

And finally, a small volcano painting in the underpainting stage.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Romantic and Sublime, The Critique of Reason at Yale

Lion Attacking a Horse George Stubbs
I was fortunate to take in The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art 1760-1860 at Yale University this summer. I had never had the opportunity to visit Yale or the Yale University Art Gallery and I was happy to find the gallery is extensive is size, located in a substantial building. The exhibition took up the entire 4th floor of the building, accessed by an enormous elevator. Someone attuned to the current tiny house trend might find the elevator large enough to live in.

As told by The New York Times review, this exhibition is a sweeping, 300-piece survey of the Romantic movement that reformulates the concept of the Romantic artist from dreamy introvert to critical, political thinker. 
Hadleigh Castle John Constable 
The exhibition's title, recalls Immanuel Kant's two philosophical tomes: Critique of Pure Reason and Critique of Practical Reason. The rise of Romanticism out of the Age of Reason encompassed the general shift against the scientific rationalization of Nature and towards subjectivity, and includes the sublime; the overwhelming forces of Nature and the vulnerability of mankind.
Vesuvius in Eruption Joseph Mallord William Turner
As the first major collaborative exhibition between the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, as might be expected works of Turner and Martin were present, but none of Caspar David Friedrich - whose work to my mind is almost synonymous with Romantic art. However, for me, the absence of Friedrich was compensated by the abundance of Stubbs.
The Deluge John Martin
A Lion Attacking a Horse George Stubbs

The Stubbs painting above is one of sixteen in a series that preoccupied him for nearly 30 years. This one is almost life size in scale and was displayed at the entrance of the building.  The sublime in art, as in Nature, activates the emotion of awe. The sublime is defined as a terrifying or disturbing event, contemplated from a safe distance or within the controlled confines of art and inspires the more potent emotion of excitement stoked by terror. In Stubbs 'sublime actionone form of the sublime is overpowered by another.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Spectrum-Gestalt 2

Vent   Katherine Kean
oil on linen   10 x 10 inches
The painting above will part of a group exhibition at BG Gallery opening this weekend. This exhibition's theme is popular with interior designers.
"Part curatorial, part installation Spectrum-Gestalt brings together artists’ works from a wide variety of genres and mediums, grouping them into an expansive spectrum of color. Spectrum-Gestalt is part of an ongoing series of installation/curatorials exploring gestalt principles by Australian artist/curator, Airom."
Date: August 8th – August 16th
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8th 6-9pm
bG Gallery Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue
Space G8A
Santa Monica, CA 90404
T: 310-906-4211

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Kicking Dust

Kicking Dust Katherine Kean
graphite 5x10 inches

"If you are walking on a path and not kicking up dust, then you are not walking on a path."


Visiting a wild horse sanctuary and watching the horses race around, kicking up enormous clouds of dust, I noticed that when the sunlight glowed through the dust cloud, the shadows of the running horses were captured as if on a screen. 

There was no reason for the horses to run other than we were there watching and they didn't mind showing off.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Someone's Desert Sunset

D's Desert Sunset Katherine Kean
oil on linen 6 x 6 inches

Every now and then someone will send me an image, usually a sky, that strikes them in a particular way, and ask me to paint it. I'm happy to do that when the subject is already aligned with what I have set out to do. The painting above is one such painting, with a few details added from my imagination.

Monday, July 13, 2015


Wide Dusk Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 5 x 10 inches
“It is the quietening of the day that most appeals.” 

Fennel HudsonA Meaningful Life - Fennel's Journal - No. 1

Monday, June 29, 2015

Beach Day's End

Beach Day's End Katherine Kean
oil on linen 16 x 20 inches

“The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place.” 
 - Rachel Carson