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Monday, December 27, 2010

Annual Group Exhibition at TAG Gallery


I have one painting in this exhibition that starts December 28 and runs through January 22. The reception will be Saturday afternoon, January 8 from 3 - 6 pm. This should be early enough in the day to avoid the traffic jams that can occur on Michigan and in the parking lot from so many galleries holding simultaneous openings. The gallery will stay open until 8pm on that evening and will be open from noon to 4pm on Sundays, as well as during the regular Tuesday through Saturday hours of 11am - 5pm.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Holidays - Happy Winter Solstice


I'm emerging from an epic cold that's been with me for a little over two weeks. It couldn't have come at a better time as I've been looking forward to a little "down" time and I was relatively free of obligations. Still, it's nice to be able to breathe without coughing and I never did master the new, cough into your elbow protocol. I understand the principle, but I think my arm is too long, so I end up coughing at my elbow, allowing the germs to escape all over, which is what we are trying to avoid, right?

Outside the rain is relentless - up to an inch an hour, hour after hour, causing problems for all sorts of people and flooding my mailbox. This means that the holiday cards that were waiting to be picked up were soaked and had to be thrown out and redone. Now my mail waits inside a plastic envelope within a tarped mailbox.

So, with all of this going on, why am I celebrating? Today is the shortest day of the year. After today the hours of sunlight grow longer, and the light grows stronger, and there will be more natural light to paint by and this thought makes me very happy.

This is not to say that I've been minding the shortened days that much. It's been a good time to dream, and to count my blessings. I've enjoyed home improvements, new kittens, painting breakthroughs, sales and new collectors, travel and connections, and friends; both vintage and new. It has been a good year.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Birds, Branches, and Torn Edges

Katherine Kean, drawing, tress, branches, birds, triptych, graphite, small

Separation Anxiety work in progress graphite 4 x 12"
©2010 Katherine Kean

Between Holiday shopping, card writing, parties, and some artwork shipping (more on that later), I found some time to squeeze in this drawing. I've been captivated with the patterns that birds make in the air when they are flocking and roosting, and even more so with the bare branches starting to appear.

This piece is not quite finished, but the changes are so slight you probably wouldn't be able to notice from a the low resolution photograph that you are seeing online. It is composed on three pieces of paper with torn edges and I plan to frame them together in one frame, floating (no mat), with a tiny separation between the three - hence the title. I actually enjoy tearing paper and I usually prefer the way it looks over cut paper.

On another note, would you believe that I just now found the spell checker on blogger? Now I have no excuses left for my typos!