Sunday home studio cleaning.
A few months ago I set about planning and mentally laying out a new show for the City Gallery at the Harrison Center for the Arts. I knew almost right away that it would revolve around maps. I would tie these maps to important places in Indianapolis, my home.
And, the work would be big - the first piece I started for this show was 4 x 3 feet. I had been itching to do larger paintings for a while.
Three weeks ago, several paintings were in progress, some more than others, but nothing was finished. Also three weeks ago, a disc in my lower back herniated. Great timing, right?
Many things became uncertain. For a time after I couldn't go to work, drive, walk up stairs, and certainly couldn't get to the studio to continue these big pieces. But, with everything I couldn't do, I needed a goal (besides all the things listed above) and that was to commit to this show, even if I wasn't sure I could make it to my own opening.
What you will see at tonight's opening and throughout January was created, in large part, in the last two and a half weeks. And I love it all.
The work is much smaller, and all on paper, things I could work on from home. And I'm really proud of it. It's not what I originally planned. It's better.
While I wish I could have avoided injury, it pushed me to re-examine my approach and the results are on view this month.
Deadlines drive us.
Who wants to be a studio sponsor?!
If you've ever thought "Hey, I really like Kate's work. I wonder how I can add to my personal collection on a regular basis for a minimal amount of money?", I have the answer for you. Okay, infomercial voice off.
I've just launched my Patreon page. Patreon allows you to support creators in a world of genres, media, and style for a monthly fee that you set. In exchange, each creator will offer some rewards. Sounds fun, right?
Here's my goal - through Patreon, you become an official sponsor of my studio, located at the Harrison Center for the Arts. Having a defined space to work and create, and being among a bustling community of fellow artists, is vital to my work. Your monthly pledge will go directly to studio rent, equipment, and supplies.
So what do you get in exchange for your pledge? Here's the list:
Pledge $5 or more per month
You'll receive a handwritten, personalized thank you note and a 5x7 inch piece of original art on paper following your first month as a patron + you'll have access to my patron-only feed on Patreon, where I'll post insider, for-your-eyes-only content, AND I'll add your name to my sponsor wall in my studio so everyone will know how awesome you are!
Pledge $10 or more per month
I'll send you a monthly mailed art mystery package. Your package could contain a sampling of original art, stickers, postcards, recipes, doodles, or other goodies + the above.
Pledge $20 or more per month
You'll get 15% off all purchases for one year in studio or my Etsy Shop. I’ll send you a custom non-transferable coupon code good for anything in my Etsy Shop as well as a non-transferable gift certificate for in-studio purchases (Offer cannot be used for purchases in galleries through which I am represented/exhibiting) + the above.
I hope you'll consider becoming an official patron! I'm looking forward to coming up with some great items to include in my mystery art packages. Can't wait to get started!
I'm jumping on the coloring bandwagon (something that has been my jam for years, YEARS!) with a new line of color-able postcards.
I've created the black and white line art, you add your own twist of color, or send one off to a coloring page obsessed friend.
Currently, there are three designs available, but watch for more...
Each postcard is printed on matte cardstock that can stand up to markers and even some wet media (think watercolors) and is mail friendly - yes, please feel free to mail them!
These three designs are currently available in my Etsy shop, as well as two retailers in Indianapolis - Silver in the City and the Basile History Market at the Indiana History Center.
Have a shop? Interested in carrying these or any of my postcards (or prints)? Contact me about wholesale pricing!
Upon returning from a trip to Lake Michigan with friends last week, I sat down to paint a short series of quick studies inspired by my time at the lake. Each features the horizon line extending across the plane, the place where water and sky meet.
This was one of them - it's since gone to live with a friend who was compelled to own it after a recent Vlogbrothers video by author John Green. It's a simple video - the horizon across Lake Michigan with John's insights on being an observer and things at the "edge". You can watch it here. (Thank you, Donna, for mentioning the video!).
I had a similar experience, without words. In the middle of the night in my room in the trees, listening to the waves and watching the moon.
Go out an observe.
New item alert! There's this little race that Indianapolis hosts each year at the end of May, you may know it.
In any event I've created an original painting, 'Let's Go Racing', in honor of this years running and am now taking pre-orders for fine art prints.
You can sign up for a pre-order of this 8 x 10 inch print in my Etsy shop, here, now through Monday, May 9 with prints shipping out by Monday, May 16. Prints are $25 (plus a bit for shipping).
I've worked in mostly acrylic for a long time, it's what I would consider my primary media. I combine it with collage, drawing, textures, and more. I've also to a lesser extent kept up with watercolor. Usually though, watercolor has been reserved for planning sketches for other paintings and projects.
Recently, I have been bringing it back to the forefront to stand on its own. I'm still working back in with ink and graphite and other materials, but am also relearning to love watercolor all on its own again.
Here are a few color wash starts for a series of "floating neighborhoods", now underway. They will be available, both framed and unframed at Open Studio Night at the Harrison Center for the Arts on IDADA First Friday, May 6.
Happy Valentine's Day, loves!
Each winter I get a shipment of Honeybells (sometimes called Honeybell oranges) - a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit, that are only in season for a very short time in January and February. It's a welcome bright flavor in the middle of the cold and snow.
This year's shipment hasn't yet arrived, but I've had them on the brain this Sketchbook Sunday.
I'm also trying out my new travel watercolor set. It's a compact set of cake paints with brush with its own reservoir of water. It's an odd feeling to not have a cup of water standing by while I'm painting, but I like the ability to take paints with me on the road (or to the living room).
I've been working on this 3 x 6 foot painting for a client for about a month and am excited to show you its progress. While past paintings for this client have been shared with his household or in his company's new offices, this one is just for him and will greet him each day when he enters his own office.
It will be delivered in January and I'll show you completed pictures then, but for now, here is the progression over a month-long period.
Greens. Purples. Gardens.