Monday, December 29, 2008
It got me to thinking about studio practices and how well the concept might transfer and at what place preparation and forethought, spontaneity and creativity intersect. When I'm working with encaustics or watercolor I know that I spend a lot more time in preparation, mainly because both mediums set so quickly. That means laying out a palette - in watercolor waking up the colors with water so that they are ready to use, as well as stretching the paper, wetting and laying out the brushes, sponges, and whatever else is used to apply the paint, and making sure plenty of clean water is on hand. With encaustic preparation involves getting out specialized tools, many of which need to be plugged in and warmed up. The paint also needs to be brought to melting point. In oils I plan to have the right size and proportioned canvases or boards ready ahead of time and to have paint on hand, within reason, but since the drying process is slower preparation doesn't have the same intensity for me, at least not until later on in the process. Then I find, in the heat of the moment, it's imperative to be able to have exactly the right color and brush at the tip of your fingers.
Anyway, something to think about while I paint the studio walls this week.
Update: I have learned from a reader from France that "mise en place" is not a French term, but an American term coming from France that seems to translate more accurately as a verb: "an action to fix things in place."
Friday, December 26, 2008
Works For Everyone is the next exhibit I'll have a piece of work in at TAG Gallery. It's a group show that opens January 7th and runs through the 31st. The reception is on Saturday, January 10th from 5 - 8 pm. Until then the gallery is closed for renovation.
Monday, December 15, 2008
|Evening's Light Not Yet Gone © 2009 Katherine Kean|
oil on linen 18 x 24"
TAG Gallery is starting 2009 with a group exhibit in January so I'll be painting the edges and wiring for hanging the painting above. The exhibit starts January 7th and runs through the 31st.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
It's been a strange couple of days with fires everywhere and all the wind and heat complicating the scenario. This fire seems to be a bit closer than the last one, just one month ago, but has been traveling in the other direction. My heart goes out to the people that had to evacuate and those who lost their homes. The winds have died down now, so it looks like the fire will be contained in the next couple of days. I hope it's all out before the wind changes direction - I don't mind not having to breathe all that smoke.
One thing that's been helpful about these winds is that it knocked the olives out of the tree that were too high to reach to pick. I just happened to be out in the garden (mulching again - or is that still) and looked down to see a couple of ripe olives on the ground, so I picked them up. Then I saw another and another and before long my pockets were full. (It helps to wear cargo pants in the garden.) I've had to move the whole curing process to a much larger jar.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
I was going to just ignore the olives this year, but with the winds the olives from my neighbors tree rain down onto the roof and deck, sounding like very fat raindrops. I decided to check my olive trees to see if they had olives and ended up picking about a pound. I think I'm going to try a simple salt cure this time - it seems easier, just layering the olives with the salt and shaking them every day for three weeks or so.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
When I was in Hawaii I attended a Lucid Dreaming Workshop. One of the techniques we learned to aid in lucidity is to do reality checks throughout the day - that is, whenever things seem a little odd to stop and check to make sure it isn't a dream.
The other day, for example, I went to the gas station and while I was filling the tank I noticed a very tall man who seemed to be wearing no pants, or if he was wearing pants they were shorter than his shirt, so it had the effect of wearing no pants. He was waiting at the bus stop up until it was time for me to pull back into traffic, at which point he stepped right into the oncoming traffic motioning for the cars to stop. Horns blared, cars swerved, people shouted, nobody stopped, but luckily the man was not hit. Then unfazed, still standing in the middle of the traffic lane he turned and looked at me. I shook my head at him and pointed at him and then at the sidewalk to indicate that he should get out of the road. This he did and went to the corner waiting for the light to change before crossing the street, apparently forgetting about the bus. Maybe he realized he needed pants, or longer pants.
This was followed by a couple of days of things in general not functioning. The power went out for a few hours, an application on the computer stopped working and while looking for the software the lighbulb on a halogen light blew out. Hmmm, my dreams are so normal in comparison.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The fire was 5 or so miles away with the wind blowing the smoke and flames in the other direction. I did eventually unpack my suitcase. I thought that if things took a turn for the worse I should have clean laundry to take with me during the evacuation. I'm feeling lucky that it didn't come to that.
Monday, September 29, 2008
One of the artists in the two person show is friend Carole Garland. I'm really looking froward to seeing her latest pieces.
Overtaken By Dusk
Unraveling the Day
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
And, just in case you should happen to fall in love with them - they are for sale!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I was heading out the front gate just as my new friend was heading toward the same gate. This time I ran back in to get my camera. The snake waited obligingly in place until I could get back outside and allowed me to take these pictures. I shot a few motion pictures as well, but until I figure out how to edit them I won't be posting those.
I hope my snake friend can help out by reducing the critter population around here. This week I was surprised on two occasions by a rat falling off the bird feeder - he was startled by my stepping out the door and lost his grip. The third time he managed to hang on as I came out and then disappeared up on the roof. Every single young vegetable plant and seedling has been chewed down to the root, perhaps by possums, but I'm not sure. This only happens while I'm sleeping. Cole, my cat, has stepped up to the plate to catch one or two a day. He brings them inside to show me. Unfortunately usually at 4:00 in the morning.
Monday, August 04, 2008
I opened the front door to find a California King Snake, a beautiful, big one - about 3 feet long. The snake's appearance got the dog barking, causing the snake to slither away, rather gracefully down the steps and into the wood pile. I'm happy about having him on the property (now that I've Googled to make sure it's not harmful). Apparently they make wonderful pets, and they eat rodents. Maybe I should have invited him in.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
I'm signed up to attend a lucid dream workshop this fall. My dreams have been wild since I signed up - but except for one - not lucid.
And, I've been painting of course. TAG will have a group show in October, in addition to the two person exhibit in the West Gallery, the East Gallery will be all work 12 x 12". Currently the piece below is available, and can be found in the North Gallery.
|Above and Below Katherine Kean|
oil on linen 18 x 24 inches
Sunday, June 29, 2008
This is Malibu Lagoon, a saltwater marsh where Malibu Creek empties into the Pacific. As I understand it this area was previously used as a dump site, but in the 80's was excavated to restore the marsh habitat. The restoration results in a beautiful and very popular place, although it continues to suffer from pollution caused by urban runoff.
We had a great time getting here. Deciding to take surface streets instead of freeways we ended up taking Moomat Ahiko Way to get to PCH instead of the California Incline. We are both long time residents of Southern California and we couldn't remember ever taking this street before. It turns out that the name was changed in 2004. It was formerly Route 187. The new name means "Breath of the Ocean" and is of the Tongva language
Fellow painter Barbara:
Curiously, after finding a spot with a decent view off the main path and concealed somewhat by vegetation we set up to paint only to have two men come along needing to measure a part of the area we were occupying. Fortunately it only took them a few minutes to take their measurements and leave.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
This is the first time I went to explore this location. It's full name is Ken Malloy Regional Harbor Park, or just Harbor Park for short. I was curious after seeing some beautiful photos on a website about the park. I took heed of the warning about not going alone, and brought someone with me, although it seemed perfectly safe, even the geese weren't too menacing. Our goal was to capture images late in the day, but having seen the place I now think it might have more atmosphere in the morning. Maybe next time my dog will want to go with me. I wonder what he'd make of the wildlife.
Friday, June 20, 2008
I haven't picked out a permanent place in the garden yet and given the current heat wave I'll wait until conditions are better for planting.
Friday, June 06, 2008
We had perfect weather for the artist reception at TAG Gallery last weekend. And since the new, cooler lights have been installed it never became too hot in the gallery even with all the people filling the space.
It was great to see so many friends and wonderful to have the opportunity to meet some new friends. A couple of people came that I've only emailed with before; it was super to meet them in person.
The exhibition continues through June 14th. The gallery hours are Wednesday - Saturday from 11am until 5pm.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
There is a nice blurb about the gallery in the current issue of Luxury, Life and Style Magazine on page 39.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Where the Water Goes oil on linen 18 x 24" (c) 2008
May 21 - June 14, 2008 at TAG Gallery in Santa Monica.
Also exhibiting is Danielle Eubank Waterscapes and Anne M. Bray Irwindale.
We will be having a conversation with the artists on May 21st from 6-8pm. The reception is Saturday, May 31st, 5-8pm. Please join us!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I also went to see Tula Telfair's grand scale paintings - ranging from 60 x 60' to 72x 92 1/2" - at the Forum Gallery. The exhibit felt very airy and magical in a very grounded way-if that makes any sense. This exhibit continues through May 30th.
And I'm still working along on new paintings-here's one:
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Then I made it to the last day of Brad Benedicts Sideshow at The Merry Karnowsky Gallery to see Byron Werner's psychedelic collage portrait of Timothy Leary. I've posted a jpeg below. Byron's work is always amazing and this one is no exception and of course it's even more dazzling in person. In my opinion the best work in the exhibit. I'm glad I got to experience it.
Byron Werner's Tim Leary portrait: 2X3 ft., 8,000-10,000
pieces, and two months in the works.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
After I took the pictures I went back to bed for another blissful 6 hours of rest.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Presented by the Canoga Park Youth Art Center Gallery
Linda L. Carlson
January 26th - March 1st, 2008
Reception: Saturday, January 26th
Artist Talk: Saturday March 1st, 2008
Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm
Canoga Park Youth Art Center
7222 Remmet Avenue
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Like the point between dream and waking, subtle edges of earth and water, tree and sky, dissolve and reappear, caught at that moment when boundaries are undetermined and reality is malleable.
Beginning with underpainting, I modulate the intensity of light that spreads from the center of the canvas. Lines and shapes are defined and then partially obscured. Layer is painted over layer, resulting in unexpected gradations and tones. Elusive shapes are muted by fog or shadow.
Imagination’s alchemy transforms the recognizable into delicately nuanced layers of color and tone, to gently invoke mystery, sensation, and mood.
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