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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Back to Work

Volcano, Hawaii, atmospheric, haze, clouds, storm, under-painting
Storm Clouds Over Lava Field Underpainting

© 2009 Katherine Kean

Now that I've unpacked all the hastily stowed paintings from the trunk of my car and got back to work things feel almost back to normal. The sky here is clear again and temperatures are below normal - perfect weather, really. Painting is one of those activities that always help me to feel at ease, so I got back to it as fast as possible.

This is the latest large linen with the initial underpainting for another in the "volcano" series. I had a lot of fun doing the cracked lava forms in the foreground. I'm working on a Signature Canvas and it's the first time I've worked on one of their products. So far I like it quite a bit.

This weekend I got to see the Pompeii exhibit at LACMA which along with sculptures, jewelry, and frescoes from the excavation also included later painterly interpretations of the Mount Vesuvius eruption.

Eruption of Vesuvius Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes
While we were at LACMA we wandered over to the new wing and rode the red escalator up to the third floor. The third floor! I didn't look up as I stepped on and it was about halfway up that I realized how high we were - and we still had about 45 feet more to go!

My schedule is in need of revision. I lost about a week because of the Station Fire, so I'm still working on paintings that I expected to complete by Labor Day. They're moving along though, so perhaps I'll catch up soon.

Related Post:
Storm Clouds Over Lava Field Sketch


Derek said...

I love that image Katherine - stunning!! Looks vaguely like the surface of Mars (and I love art showing the solar system.)

How are things? All ok here!

Jean Spitzer said...

Glad you're back painting.

Katherine Kean said...

Thanks Derek! I see what you mean - it has Mars colors.

Thanks are better here, the fire situation is improving anyway. The weather is awesome right now.

Glad to hear you're okay!

Katherine Kean said...

Thanks Jean, me too!

Gabrielle said...

I am thankful that you are safe and able to get back to painting now!

Palmer said...

This is really coming to life. I love seeing the progression.

Katherine Kean said...

Gabrielle - thanks. Thanks to the firefighters there's something to get back to!

Katherine Kean said...

Palmer - Thanks!

Dianne Poinski said...

I am so happy things are almost back to normal for you but sorry you had to go through that. Working on our art is always the best way to get back on track - but you know that!

Katherine Kean said...

I do Dianne, though I do appreciate the reminder!

Anita Stoll said...

I love your underpainting, it's very moving,inspiring.

Katherine Kean said...

Thanks Anita!

loriann said...

Beautiful underpainting Katherine. That fire must have been very scary. Glad you are back home.

Katherine Kean said...

Thanks Loriann. I'm glad to have that danger behind us!