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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

When the weather is fine

Marsh Path sketch ©2011 Katherine Kean 6 x 6"

I find this time of year the best for painting. The days are long and there is plenty of light.On warm days my studio is always cool and inviting and I have a freshly stretched 48 x 48" linen ready to paint.

The drawing above combines a typical view of the sky from my house together with a marsh field from Cape Cod. These elements together male a place that doesn't exist, but could be almost anywhere.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

You can still see raindrops...


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Friday, June 17, 2011

What Do you Listen to While You're Working?

What do you listen to while you're making artwork? Is it music, the TV, the radio, your pet snoring, or maybe silence? I've learned that for me it's often helpful to have something in the background to keep my left brain occupied.

I have a television in my studio. It's placed slightly behind me, not to watch, but to hear. Too often it's tuned to news channels. I find the news compelling during natural disasters, but close to unwatchable during election years. Too often it's too depressing to leave on for very long.

I've recently rediscovered audible books. I've had books on tape in the past and now get books from Audible.com to listen to on a Kindle. I'm currently listening to The Time Traveler's Wife. Even though I've seen the movie version it's fun to hear it read aloud by Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole. Having two voices reading from the two perspectives of the story keeps it fresh and makes it more entertaining. I find it interesting also to notice the words that are chosen; how the words that are describing scenes that I can see in my head as a result of the movie differs from the words that
I'd use - and how the images in my head change as a result of these other words, even though it is the same story. This process reminds me of how large a part choices play in all art forms and how often what is left out may be as important as what is included.

 

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Energy and Art:Part Two


Katherine Kean, Separation Anxiety, original oil painting, red orange trees, birds
Separation Anxiety work in progress  ©2011 Katherine Kean  Private Collection
oil on linen triptych 18 x 42" overall
With a little time, listening, to music, watching a movie, or reading a book can change your mood. Artwork can also effect your mood, often instantly - something to keep in mind when choosing art and considering where to place it.

There may be places in your home that you want to maintain as a soothing sanctuary, so you might want to hang art there that conveys tranquility and calm. Places where you entertain or create may call for something that sparkles or energizes. In places where you do business you might want artwork that reminds you of abundance. A traditional Feng Shui choice might be images of birds – the birds representing opportunities and good news, and the more of them the better.

Color as well as content play a role as well and the effects these have will vary from person to person. What may be a soothing sage green to me, or an uplifting red, may seem a sickly or irritating shade to another. We all see color differently, so let how it makes you feel be a determining factor.

I believe that there is no value in adopting a belief unless it serves you well to believe it. Symbols may have cultural meaning as well, whether you consider a dragon lucky or threatening may depend on beliefs you were brought up with and haven't changed as well as experiences you've had. There is no need to change what you already consider auspicious – it’s easier to go with the flow. Just consider whether you are attracting or repelling energy, even, or especially, if it is on a subconscious level.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Summer Show: Tell Us a Story

 
Katherine Kean, Counting Raindrops, contemporary landscape painting, rain drops, road, contemporary realism
Counting Raindrops © 2010 Katherine Kean
oil on linen 12 x 16"

I'm pleased to say that Counting Raindrops has been included in Segil Fine Art Source's Summer Show "Tell Us a Story". The premise of the exhibition is that each painting, whether whimsical, emotional, or purely narrative, should tell a story. The story must be original, but may be either real or imagined. The story, in 100 words or less, will be displayed alongside the painting.
The show runs from June 18 through August 20, 2011, with a reception on Saturday, June 18 from 5-7pm. Segil Fine Art is located at 110 West Lime Avenue, Old Town Monrovia, California 91016. The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 1:00 -6:00 pm.