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Friday, December 30, 2011

Wrapping Up

Clouds, Birds 8 in progress
©2011 Katherine Kean
oil on linen 8 x 8"

I'm putting final touches on this years work while thinking back over the year. In my studio 2011 work adds up to 36 paintings, 5 group exhibitions, and 3 awards. The biggest challenge, of pulling myself together to go to Scotland to paint, had also the biggest rewards in a fantastic experience, new friendships and wonderful memories.

I'm updating my online resumes and remembering art world losses this year; Leonora Carrington, Cy Twombly and just recently, Helen Frankenthaler. A more complete list here.

I'm still assembling resolutions and goals for 2012. Perhaps a goal will be to double how many paintings I paint or take more painting trips. To aid artists in reaching their exhibition goals, gallerist and artist adviser Sylvia White has posted a list of opportunities for artists, more than one for each day of the month.

What are your goals for the new year?

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!


Wishing peace and joy to all.

I'm excited just knowing that the daylight is beginning to last longer.

Monday, December 19, 2011

And More Birds

Clouds, Birds 5 in progress
©2011 Katherine Kean
oil on linen 8 x 8"

There is an advantage to working on these paintings right now. Because of their small size they are easy to illuminate with artificial light. Another plus I've found to painting in winter is that the studio is so cold at night that any paints left out on the palette stay fresh. I can never get away with leaving paint out in the summer!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

More Birds

Clouds, Birds 4  in progress 
©2011 Katherine Kean
oil on linen 8 x 8" 

Here's another in the birds flocking series.Since these are small I can often work on two or three in a day, building up layers, and then setting them aside to dry while I go on to others.

Meanwhile a 40 x 60 inch linen is stretched and toned and will be dry enough to work on this week. It was having odd puckering issues, but now, to my relief,it has finally flattened out.

Monday, December 05, 2011

A Burst of Color: Holiday Greeting Cards

Leading a selection of Holiday Greeting Cards available through
Zazzle is one with bright red orange against blue grey.

Separation Anxiety, Panel One card

Counting Raindrops Variation card

Holiday Still Place card

Autumn's Veil with Snowflakes card

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