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Monday, March 30, 2015

Magic Island

I'm back from visiting the Big Island Hawaii. I travelled first to the Kona side, to the beautiful Mauna Lani Bay. The air was soft and warm, and not too hot. On the way there I could see the summit of Mauna Kea covered with snow.

A couple of days later, rested and refreshed, I drove north and then east and then south past Hilo to Pahoa. 

Along the way I found waterfalls and tropical gardens. In Pahoa I went to a Robert Moss dream workshop: The Temple of Dream Healing, which was like a journey - or series of journeys within a journey.

After the workshop disbanded I went to the Volcano and stayed on the crater. At night, and at dawn and dusk, I drew, painted and photographed the glow from within the crater. I got a couple of lucky shots of  nēnē flying over the crater.

In the daytime I explored the area around the volcano and drove the Chain of Craters road, tracing the history of the lava flows all the way down to the ocean and back again.

These 3 x 5 and 4 x 6 inch studies are reminders, that I'll use along with memories and reference photos to paint by.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Murmuration on the Water Sketch

Murmuration on the Water Sketch  Katherine Kean
graphite on paper 8 x 10 inches

Imaginary bird murmuration sketch; a rather simplified composition. I might want to change the ratio. A wider composition seems like it could be more dynamic.

Murmuration on the Water Wide Digital Sketch  Katherine Kean

Monday, March 09, 2015

Exhibition at Towns Burr Gallery in Burbank

Rapidly Changing Conditions Katherine Kean
oil on linen 20 x 30 inches

I am very pleased to be part of Pasadena Society of Artists New Members Exhibition at Towns Burr Gallery in Burbank, March 14 - April 4, 2015.

Over 20 artists will be exhibiting with works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, mixed media, sculpture, and photography.

3609 West Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

(818) 845-7144
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 11AM - 5PM 
Saturday 10AM - 5PM

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.