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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.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Surface Damage and Airport Dress Rehearsal

Marks imprinted on varnish caused by plastic wrapping
adhering to surface.
I learned last week the unfortunate news that a painting that I had shipped off to an exhibition arrived at the venue with damage caused by the packaging materials. I felt for the exhibition’s director since that must be very difficult news to tell an artist. Fortunately it was quickly determined that the damage was only affecting the varnish and not the paint surface. I've never experienced this problem before, in all my years of shipping artwork, and it wasn’t an issue for another painting that was varnished at the same time and wrapped and shipped at the same time, in the same way.

Although it was generously offered to have restoration performed, I think that artists make the best conservators of their own work. I also know the peace of mind of seeing with one’s own eyes what the problem is and getting it solved.

Plans were put into place for me to fly there and remove the damaged varnish prior to installation.

When the travel day arrived I was up bright and early, supplies packed; lint free cloths, gloves, etc., at the airport and beginning the checking in procedure only to find that the kiosk wouldn’t accept my reservation. To make a long story short, I had been sent to the wrong terminal and by the time I got the information and got to the correct terminal, the check in “window” was closed. The airlines (there were multiple airlines involved, hence the confusion about which terminal) made it right in the end, but it meant flying out the next day instead. So I went home and rescheduled cat sitter, dog boarding, rental car, and accommodations and repeated the entire departing procedure again the following day, except with better knowledge of which terminal to show up to.

Shadow box to hold any protective wrapping
away from the surface.
The remainder of the trip was uneventful. The exhibition manager and staff were amazing; providing solvent, drop cloth, encouragement, and a well ventilated, quiet place to work. The repair went well and the surface was even and without plastic imprints when I finished. I am glad that I used Gamvar for the varnish because it removes easily with oderless mineral spirits or Gamsol. These are fairly weak solvents that mean it is easy to remove the varnish without affecting the paint at all.

The packing solution? It’s been suggested that crates can be built that support the artwork with screws fastened into the sides of the stretcher bars that hold the artwork suspended during shipping so that nothing touches the surface. The drawbacks are the weight, time, and expense. Another solution is to build a cardboard “shadow box” that keeps any protective wrapping an inch or two away from the painting surface.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Magic Island

I'm back from visiting the Big Island Hawaii. I travelled first to the Kona side, to the beautiful Mauna Lani Bay. The air was soft and warm, and not too hot. On the way there I could see the summit of Mauna Kea covered with snow.

A couple of days later, rested and refreshed, I drove north and then east and then south past Hilo to Pahoa. 

Along the way I found waterfalls and tropical gardens. In Pahoa I went to a Robert Moss dream workshop: The Temple of Dream Healing, which was like a journey - or series of journeys within a journey.

After the workshop disbanded I went to the Volcano and stayed on the crater. At night, and at dawn and dusk, I drew, painted and photographed the glow from within the crater. I got a couple of lucky shots of  nēnē flying over the crater.

In the daytime I explored the area around the volcano and drove the Chain of Craters road, tracing the history of the lava flows all the way down to the ocean and back again.

These 3 x 5 and 4 x 6 inch studies are reminders, that I'll use along with memories and reference photos to paint by.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Murmuration on the Water Sketch

Murmuration on the Water Sketch  Katherine Kean
graphite on paper 8 x 10 inches

Imaginary bird murmuration sketch; a rather simplified composition. I might want to change the ratio. A wider composition seems like it could be more dynamic.

Murmuration on the Water Wide Digital Sketch  Katherine Kean

Monday, March 09, 2015

Exhibition at Towns Burr Gallery in Burbank

Rapidly Changing Conditions Katherine Kean
oil on linen 20 x 30 inches

I am very pleased to be part of Pasadena Society of Artists New Members Exhibition at Towns Burr Gallery in Burbank, March 14 - April 4, 2015.

Over 20 artists will be exhibiting with works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, mixed media, sculpture, and photography.

3609 West Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

(818) 845-7144
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 11AM - 5PM 
Saturday 10AM - 5PM

Monday, March 02, 2015

Upcoming Exhibition: Blinn House in Pasadena

Home Stretch Katherine Kean
oil on linen triptych 8 x 24 inches

I'll have two paintings among over 60 artworks in an exhibition at Blinn House in Pasadena, March 7 - June 4, 2015. Details below:
Blinn House (Women's City Club of Pasadena)

160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101


Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM
1st and 3rd Saturdays 9AM - 3PM
Please call 818-796-0560 for additional opportunities to view the exhibition.

The Pasadena Society of Artists continues celebrating their 90th anniversary. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, March 7, 2015 with a reception from 2pm to 5pm. The exhibition will remain open until Thursday, June 4, 2015.

The Blinn House (Women's City Club) is located at 160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
NOTE: There is ample parking behind the building off Madison St. (between Union and Walnut) across from the Scottish Rite Temple. Look for PSA signs.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Grant Street Winter Murmuration Sketch

Grant Street Winter Murmuration Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 8 x 8 inches

Another imaginary murmuration, I obtained a photograph of the house we grew up in from my sister, photographed by a friend of hers - and permission to use it as reference - thank you kindly Kris and Mark.

The house, built in 1896, is a historical building and has had some restoration. The enclosed second story sunporch was my first art studio. The depth of the snow and the wintry feeling are as I remember New England winters to be.