Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Art for Youth L.A.


I'll have one piece of artwork in this art auction on Saturday November 7th at Bergamot Museum - G1. This charity event starts at 11am and lasts until 6pm. Reception is 2pm-6pm.
Sophia Deutsch and Noah Kennedy are co-hosts for a silent auction featuring both student and professional artwork. All of the proceeds from the event will go to the organization A Sense of Home.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Storm, Eucalyptus Tree Sketch

Storm, Eucalyptus Tree ©2015 Katherine Kean
graphite 10 x 12 inches

I'd like to make this a larger painting. I've been working on small and medium size work the past three months. I work in the smaller space under my house in the summer. It's much cooler! Now that the days are getting shorter and aren't as hot, I've moved back into the larger space, allowing me to scale up. 

 I was pretty happy with this sketch until I decided that the tree is just too static. Considering the wind that's pushing all the clouds around it ought to be moving, or bending. I'm looking at these Burchfield and Hopper paintings for inspiration. I'd be happier if I can get the tree to have the same feeling of wind and energy that I get from these paintings.


 March Winds  Charles Burchfield


Windy Day Edward Hopper

And then, just about the time I was wondering where to turn for inspiration, I got lucky.



The Santa Anas came. Above, a quick video of a neighbor's enormous Eucalyptus in the wind.

And last, a revised windy tree.

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Cool Idea - Lawren Harris, The Idea of North

Mount Lefroy Lawren Harris
I like being reminded of North. Never more so than at the tail end of a late season heat wave while living in a hot, dry, congested city like Los Angeles. Lawren Harris's paintings do a remarkable job of transcending summer at the newly opened exhibition at the Hammer Museum titled, The Idea of North.

Mountains Near Jasper Lawren Harris 
To many of us here in the Northern Hemisphere, the idea of north means cool, cold, snow. It may also mean remote, and isolated.

Isolation Peak Lawren Harris
The blues are strong, the shadows deep. The whites are made of many pale shades of yellow, gray, violet, and even green.


Included among the large paintings were smaller versions; studies and variations. Many of them painted on beaver board; once a trademark, beaver board is a compressed fiberboard.

In Buchanan Bay, Ellsmere Island Lawren Harris
Arctic Sketch XXII Lawren Harris

Harris's paintings admirably restrained, simplify form. These landscapes are refined to essential shapes and subtle palette choices, giving us the peace and space we crave.

This refinement has not reduced the sense of scale and strength. Harris has not left out the sense of awe and sweeping grandeur and immensity these landscapes evoke.

Lawren Harris

Monday, October 05, 2015

Pencil Sketch "Dominion" from Dream Image

Dominion ©2015 Katherine Kean
graphite on paper 4 1/2 x 10 inches

This is an initial sketch from a dream. My idea is to get the image and mood while not fretting too much about detail and accuracy. Later on I'll need to refine the scale of the animals to each other and their environment.

 The dream? I'm on a rocky shore, towing a large, old, wooden boat full of animals, through shallow water. The animals are not all exotic animals. I remember there was a cow and a cat among them.

 Did I mention I've been pet sitting all week?