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Monday, October 05, 2015

Pencil Sketch "Dominion" from Dream Image

Dominion 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?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Sheltering Cloud, Restless Land, Desolate Tree

Sheltering Cloud, Restless Land, Desolate Tree Katherine Kean
oil on linen 16 x 16 inches

Driving the Chain of Craters Road, that starts at the volcano and ends at the ocean (for now) is one of my favorite drives of all time. I find it as amazing as driving on Highway 1 heading to Big Sur, but far less crowded.

As you descend you follow the trajectory of past lava flows, and as you go the weather changes. On this trip it was cool and misty at the top, then rainy, then partly cloudy, then sunny and hot and windy, and back to warm and mild.

There are many places along the way to turn off and follow trails, see vistas, explore lava tubes. I love that there are no services of any kind until you go the 18 miles to the bottom. You're on your own here. Just you and the wild.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Pop Up Exhibition at West Elm Thursday

Saatchi Art is celebrating their new partnership with West Elm Los Angeles by presenting a new exhibition of works by Los Angeles artists, curated by Hayley Miner, Director of Art Advisory to the Trade at Saatchi Art. I am honored to have a painting included.

Between the Drops Katherine Kean
oil on linen  12 x 16 inches
Join us for a special pop-up on Thursday, September 17th from 5 to 8pm at West Elm, located at 8366 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90048. 

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

PSA Group Exhibition Opens This Weekend in Pasadena

Slow Release of the Day Katherine Kean
oil on linen 18 x 36 inches
I'll have two paintings in a group exhibition at Blinn House in Pasadena opening on Saturday, September 12, 2015. The reception is from 2-5pm. Details below:

Historic Blinn House (Women's City Club of Pasadena)
160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM
1st and 3rd Saturdays 9AM - 3PM
Please call 818-796-0560 for additional opportunities to view the exhibition.

Bird in Brush Katherine Kean
oil on linen 8x8 inches
The Pasadena Society of Artists continues celebrating their 90th anniversary. This exhibition will be hanging at Blinn House through Thursday, December 3, 2015.

The Blinn House (Women's City Club) is located at 160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 NOTE: There is ample parking behind the building off Madison St. (between Union and Walnut) across from the Scottish Rite Temple. Look for PSA signs.

Monday, August 24, 2015

On the Easel

Here are some process shots of work in progress. Above, a storm in the Angeles Forest underpainting.

The storm painting with descriptive color layers. It's coming together fairly quickly. Another refining layer or two might finish it.

The first color layers of clouds over the Chain of Craters Road and a detail of the turbulence below.

Chain of Craters clouds painting further along. These clouds are complex. I suspect it will take some time to untangle all the shapes. 

And finally, a small volcano painting in the underpainting stage.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Romantic and Sublime, The Critique of Reason at Yale

Lion Attacking a Horse George Stubbs
I was fortunate to take in The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art 1760-1860 at Yale University this summer. I had never had the opportunity to visit Yale or the Yale University Art Gallery and I was happy to find the gallery is extensive is size, located in a substantial building. The exhibition took up the entire 4th floor of the building, accessed by an enormous elevator. Someone attuned to the current tiny house trend might find the elevator large enough to live in.

As told by The New York Times review, this exhibition is a sweeping, 300-piece survey of the Romantic movement that reformulates the concept of the Romantic artist from dreamy introvert to critical, political thinker. 
Hadleigh Castle John Constable 
The exhibition's title, recalls Immanuel Kant's two philosophical tomes: Critique of Pure Reason and Critique of Practical Reason. The rise of Romanticism out of the Age of Reason encompassed the general shift against the scientific rationalization of Nature and towards subjectivity, and includes the sublime; the overwhelming forces of Nature and the vulnerability of mankind.
Vesuvius in Eruption Joseph Mallord William Turner
As the first major collaborative exhibition between the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, as might be expected works of Turner and Martin were present, but none of Caspar David Friedrich - whose work to my mind is almost synonymous with Romantic art. However, for me, the absence of Friedrich was compensated by the abundance of Stubbs.
The Deluge John Martin
A Lion Attacking a Horse George Stubbs

The Stubbs painting above is one of sixteen in a series that preoccupied him for nearly 30 years. This one is almost life size in scale and was displayed at the entrance of the building.  The sublime in art, as in Nature, activates the emotion of awe. The sublime is defined as a terrifying or disturbing event, contemplated from a safe distance or within the controlled confines of art and inspires the more potent emotion of excitement stoked by terror. In Stubbs 'sublime actionone form of the sublime is overpowered by another.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Spectrum-Gestalt 2

Vent   Katherine Kean
oil on linen   10 x 10 inches
The painting above will part of a group exhibition at BG Gallery opening this weekend. This exhibition's theme is popular with interior designers.
"Part curatorial, part installation Spectrum-Gestalt brings together artists’ works from a wide variety of genres and mediums, grouping them into an expansive spectrum of color. Spectrum-Gestalt is part of an ongoing series of installation/curatorials exploring gestalt principles by Australian artist/curator, Airom."
Date: August 8th – August 16th
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8th 6-9pm
bG Gallery Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue
Space G8A
Santa Monica, CA 90404
T: 310-906-4211

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