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Monday, July 27, 2015

Kicking Dust

Kicking Dust Katherine Kean
graphite 5x10 inches

"If you are walking on a path and not kicking up dust, then you are not walking on a path."


Visiting a wild horse sanctuary and watching the horses race around, kicking up enormous clouds of dust, I noticed that when the sunlight glowed through the dust cloud, the shadows of the running horses were captured as if on a screen. 

There was no reason for the horses to run other than we were there watching and they didn't mind showing off.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Someone's Desert Sunset

D's Desert Sunset Katherine Kean
oil on linen 6 x 6 inches

Every now and then someone will send me an image, usually a sky, that strikes them in a particular way, and ask me to paint it. I'm happy to do that when the subject is already aligned with what I have set out to do. The painting above is one such painting, with a few details added from my imagination.

Monday, July 13, 2015


Wide Dusk Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 5 x 10 inches
“It is the quietening of the day that most appeals.” 

Fennel HudsonA Meaningful Life - Fennel's Journal - No. 1

Monday, June 29, 2015

Beach Day's End

Beach Day's End Katherine Kean
oil on linen 16 x 20 inches

“The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place.” 
 - Rachel Carson

Monday, June 22, 2015

Bar Harbor Sketch

Bar Harbor Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 8 x 10 inches
“Surely joy is the condition of life.”  - Henry David Thoreau

I've taken major liberties in this sketch of Bar Harbor; moving Bar Island on the horizon to the left and further away, and eliminating the pier that to me obscures the landscape. This also demands a color study. I think the mood will live in the pearly gold of the sky and the glimmering mauve of the water - if I pull it off.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Angeles Forest Storm Wide

Angeles Forest Storm Wide Katherine Kean
oil on linen 8 x 16 inches

There are times when the local landscape is especially inspiring. In this painting it's the mountains and skies of the Angeles National Forest.

In these links you can see the initial sketch and middle painting, and a companion painting.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Thunderhead Over Marsh Sketch

Thunderhead Over Marsh Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 7 x 8 3/4 inches

I'm eager to get started on this painting - looking forward to balancing deep, bright blue skies with luminous clouds, gold grasses, and dark rain clouds. I need to decide on the size. Maybe 40 x 50inches.

Coincidentally we have been having amazing Thunderheads appearing over the Angeles National Forest. Yay, El Nino!