Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Changing Conditions

original oil painting, Hawaii,  volcanoes, ash plume, blue, atmospheric, contemporary, medium, fumarole
Rapidly Changing Conditions oil on linen 20 x 30"
©2010 Katherine Kean

Although I am technically finished painting for my show, new images continue to come to mind. The painting above shows the Kilauea fumerole as the wind shifts direction scattering the ash and steam emanations. I love the shapes and patterns that the wind makes.

I've heard that the lava is flowing again and I hope to get a chance to go see sometime in the next few months. In the meantime I've been keeping up to date through the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory page.

Here at home our amazing weather has shifted from a pattern of late season marine layers and cooler than normal temperatures to warmer, yet still nice, conditions. Maybe now the summer vegetables will make some more progress! In the meantime, I've been enjoying grapes, beans, greens, and an artichoke.

7 comments:

Casey Klahn said...

Your work is stunning, Katherine. Best wishes on your upcoming show.

Katherine Kean said...

Hi Casey - thank you! I'm in the midst of all the planning details now - using the other side of my brain for a change.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

It must seem EPIC in life at that size. You capture so much intense drama in this "ash and steam" painting, really lovely.

Lynne E. Windsor said...

Wow! this is gorgeous Katherine! We are going to have so much fun in Scotland!

Dianne Poinski said...

Beautiful Katherine! Congratulations on finishing painting for the show, but even more for the continued flow of inspiration! Enjoy!

BETH ROMMEL said...

Katherine your work has blossomed. I went back to look at your last few posts and love what you have been creating. After driving many miles I feel like the driving painting was painted from my steering wheel. I love it.

Katherine Kean said...

Thank you Diane! It is a surreal experience to see the fumarole in person.

Thanks Lynne! I am so looking forward to the Scotland workshop - I know it's going to be fun!

Dianne - thank you! Inspiration is enjoyable - the trick seems to be having the energy and focus to take advantage of it!

Thank you so much Beth - that means a lot!