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Monday, March 02, 2015

Upcoming Exhibition: Blinn House in Pasadena

Home Stretch Katherine Kean
oil on linen triptych 8 x 24 inches

I'll have two paintings among over 60 artworks in an exhibition at Blinn House in Pasadena, March 7 - June 4, 2015. Details below:
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.

The Pasadena Society of Artists continues celebrating their 90th anniversary. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, March 7, 2015 with a reception from 2pm to 5pm. The exhibition will remain open until Thursday, June 4, 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, February 23, 2015

Grant Street Winter Murmuration Sketch

Grant Street Winter Murmuration Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 8 x 8 inches

Another imaginary murmuration, I obtained a photograph of the house we grew up in from my sister, photographed by a friend of hers - and permission to use it as reference - thank you kindly Kris and Mark.

The house, built in 1896, is a historical building and has had some restoration. The enclosed second story sunporch was my first art studio. The depth of the snow and the wintry feeling are as I remember New England winters to be.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Storm Study

Storm Study Katherine Kean
oil on gessoed paper 4 x 6 inches
A quick small oil painting of local mountains and storm clouds. The palm tree probably gives it away.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Vertical Sky

Vertical Sky Katherine Kean
graphite on paper 6 x 4 inches
"It is more natural to me, lying down. Then the sky and I are in open conversation..." 

I'm trying to decide which piece to send to the Twitter Art Exhibit in Moss, Norway. It'll probably be this one, because it is right in front of me and it must go out now if it is to get there in time.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Suburban Murmuration 2

Suburban Murmuration 2 (working title) Katherine Kean
graphite on paper 8 x 8 inches

Another in a series of bird murmurations in the skies over suburbia. All made up, of course. The first sketch can be found here, and the finished painting from that sketch here.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Fishscale Clouds, Field, Trees Study

A tiny 4 x 6 study in oil on gessoed paper - still shiny wet when photographed. It's been cool, which means oil paint dries oh - so - slowly.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dream Sketch: Books, Chair, Fire, Water

I've been drawing from dreams, choosing a few that stand out, especially after much time has lapsed. Many of these dreams are long and segments of them overlap, so in each I've decided to focus on selected key parts. In this dream what stayed with me was this scene. A chair in a narrow room with art books stacked on and around it. The left wall is on fire and through the right water comes into the room. I am mesmerized watching to see which; the the fire or the water, will reach the chair and the books first.

I drew it first as I remembered, getting all the essential elements. The feeling is there, although the scale seems off.

I allowed some distance in this sketch and still retained much of the feeling of the dream scene. While I like the openness and shape of the window on the right, the perspective is wrong.

More distance and better perspective and the chair is far away. I begin to wonder if it wouldn't be more elegant to simplify.

Better? I'm not sure if I'm satisfied with how the books are arranged. They seem to lead the eye in a semi-circle and out of frame. Also, this way it is more of a still life instead of an interior landscape.
I'll likely do both, but in the meantime another sketch or two, or ten, is on order.