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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!

Monday, June 01, 2015

McGroarty Art Center's Inaugural Artist Studios Tour



I'm participating in McGroarty Art Center's Inaugural Artist Studios Tour. The day long event is Saturday, June 27, from 10am to 4pm. 


Visitors will be able to browse sketchbooks, works in progress, plus a selection of finished artwork, or stroll about the garden. I'll have a painting in progress and be available to answer questions about my process for the curious.

Joining me for the day will be a special guest artist and fabulous painter, Rosanna Norton. 

Additional information and Ticket sales can be found here: McGroarty Arts Center Inaugural Artist Studios Tour.  All ticket sales benefit McGroarty Arts Center.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Finishing Touches


I'm putting the final touches on this painting. I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sketches: El Niños and Other Atmospheric Conditions

Angeles Forest Storm Square Sketch Katherine Kean graphite 8 x 8 inches
Angeles Forest Storm Square Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 8 x 8 inches
Conditions are good for more storm cloud artwork. It looks - and feels - like an El Niño year and my favorite weather blog confirms it. El Niño is already here and is expected to be one of the largest, in fact, "a majority of the global atmosphere ocean models are currently suggesting the potential for an event rivaling the strongest event in the historical record." Even though El Niño doesn't guarantee rain, it does draw the probability closer. And even though it won't solve our drought, it can't hurt.

Chain of Craters Clouds Sketch Katherine Kean graphite 8 x 8 inches
Chain of Craters Clouds Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 8 x 8 inches
 The sketch above is from Hawaii, along the Chain of Craters Road. Storm clouds are much more dependable there. They also have a different look. I'd say the clouds are taller - loftier - and brighter.

Volcano Fumes at Night Sketch Katherine Kean graphite 6 x 10 inches
Volcano Fumes at Night Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 6 x 10 inches
This last sketch, also from Hawaii, is of the atmospheric conditions over the volcano. It wasn't easily apparent to me whether the clouds were from weather or from the volcanic fumes, or a mix of both.