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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Finishing Touches


I'm putting the final touches on this painting. I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sketches: El Niños and Other Atmospheric Conditions

Angeles Forest Storm Square Sketch Katherine Kean graphite 8 x 8 inches
Angeles Forest Storm Square Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 8 x 8 inches
Conditions are good for more storm cloud artwork. It looks - and feels - like an El Niño year and my favorite weather blog confirms it. El Niño is already here and is expected to be one of the largest, in fact, "a majority of the global atmosphere ocean models are currently suggesting the potential for an event rivaling the strongest event in the historical record." Even though El Niño doesn't guarantee rain, it does draw the probability closer. And even though it won't solve our drought, it can't hurt.

Chain of Craters Clouds Sketch Katherine Kean graphite 8 x 8 inches
Chain of Craters Clouds Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 8 x 8 inches
 The sketch above is from Hawaii, along the Chain of Craters Road. Storm clouds are much more dependable there. They also have a different look. I'd say the clouds are taller - loftier - and brighter.

Volcano Fumes at Night Sketch Katherine Kean graphite 6 x 10 inches
Volcano Fumes at Night Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 6 x 10 inches
This last sketch, also from Hawaii, is of the atmospheric conditions over the volcano. It wasn't easily apparent to me whether the clouds were from weather or from the volcanic fumes, or a mix of both.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Painting Dusk

Caspar David Friedrich A Walk at Dusk
Have you noticed how sometimes the sky at dusk creates an unbearable phenomena of color? I am often startled when I see it and pause to look and try to imagine what color, or combination of colors, might create the same indescribable low light effect in paint. I'm thinking of that almost colorless color that is still somehow full of light. The Friedrich painting above comes close in some ways to what I am thinking of.

Edward Hopper Shakespeare at Dusk
Conversely, sometimes at dusk one color seems to predominate. I suspect that part of the secret is in how our eyes perceive at this time of day. Hopper above, and Shaw below, nail down the effect simply and boldly.

George Shaw Scenes From the Passion: 10 Shilling Wood
Romantic pastoral or urban decadent, the indeterminate light of dusk compels with it's elusiveness, it's mystery, and it's mood - whatever that might be.

John Felsing Far From Babylon
Other well known favorites are George Innes, Atkinson Grimshaw, Dwight Tryon, the tonalists.

Katherine Kean Suburban Murmuration 2 work in progress
This last one is a work in progress, with much to be done to the house.

For more on this topic from others follow these links:

Nocturne: prettiness in a face-off with edgelands grit

The Phenomenology of Twilight

Monday, May 04, 2015

Wilderness Mind: Activating Wonder Opening


 I managed to arrive at the Modest Fly Gallery in time to get a photo before the room filled up, not a difficult maneuver since I live just over a mile away.


Let the conversations begin; from left to right, artists Ann Isolde, Carolyn Applegate, Merion Melchiorre, and Sandra Mueller.


 Congressional staffer Teresa Lamb from Adam Schiff's office spoke about being delighted to see galleries and art exhibitions in the Foothills.

 

Curator Marie Cenkner told her vision for the exhibition.

 Carolyn Applegate, Amy Bauer, J. Cheryl Bookout, Marie Cenkner, Danielle Eubank, Ann Isolde, Katherine Kean, J.J. L’Heureux, Nancy Lissaman, Meg Madison, Marion Melchiorre, Sandra Mueller, Annemarie Rawlinson, Seda Saar, Louise Wannier, and France White at the Modest Fly Gallery

Looking west at the Foothill corridor; the San Gabriel Mountains are north of Tujunga and the Verdugo Mountains to the south, as the sun goes down.

Wilderness Mind; Activating Wonder will be up for two weeks. The conversation continues at the closing on Sunday, May 17, from 2 - 4PM, with Suvan Geer and local activists.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Wilderness Mind: Activating Wonder


Opening this weekend this group exhibition of the SCWCA Eco-art collective features sixteen artists whose environmentally themed work explores the state of wonder as experienced in both wilderness areas and in dense urban habitats.

Curator Marie Cenkner shares that the exhibition is part of an ongoing “Wilderness Mind” initiative by the collective that includes exhibitions, programs and public conversations to foster sustainable stewardship.

I am happy to be among the participating artists: Carolyn Applegate, Amy Bauer, J. Cheryl Bookout, Marie Cenkner, Danielle Eubank, Ann Isolde, Katherine Kean, J.J. L’Heureux, Nancy Lissaman, Meg Madison, Marion Melchiorre, Sandra Mueller, Annemarie Rawlinson, Seda Saar, Louise Wannier, and France White.

Opening and curator's talk Saturday May 2, 2015 from 5 - 7 pm.

Community Conversation and Closing Sunday, May 17, 2-4 pm
Moderator Suvan Geer with area activists

Wilderness Mind:Activating Wonder 
May 2 – May 17, 2015
Modest Fly Art Studio Gallery
7578 Foothill Blvd.
Tujunga, CA 91042
(818) 331-4780
 Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 12-5pm
Saturday 10-4pm
Sunday and Monday - By Appointment Only

Monday, April 20, 2015

Quick Sketches From Dream Images

Children Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite  9 1/2 x 13 inches

The particular image I have in mind is of wild horses running past children who are crouching at about eye level with the horses hooves, and just visible through the kicked up sand.

The sketch above is a detail of the children. I've sketched them in in the drawing below, can you see them?

 I'd like the painting to be large and tonal, shapes just coalescing out of the dust.

Wild Horses Running Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 6 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches

Monday, April 13, 2015

National Weather Center Biennale

I Stop for Drops   Katherine Kean
oil on linen   12 x 16 inches
Two paintings from my Atmospheric series have been selected for The National Weather Center Biennale - the only international exhibition showcasing artwork with weather as its central theme. Distinguished guest juror Mel Chin has selected eighty - eight works from around the world, categorized into three mediums: painting, photography, and works on paper. In conjunction with Earth Day 2015, the exhibition opens on Monday, April 20 and closes Sunday, June 14, 2015.


The National Weather Center 
120 David L. Boren Blvd. 
Norman, OK 73072

The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is free to the public.



Visitors are asked to provide a photo ID for entry.