SAVE THE DATE–DECEMBER 12 & 13

I just want to give you a heads up that I am participating in a PRIVATE HOLIDAY SALE with 15 other artists/artizens in 4 houses on Marlborough Road, Brooklyn on Friday evening, December 12th and Saturday, December 13th. A great gift buying opportunity for that truly special and unique gift.  Nothing says LOVE like a gift that’s handmade!

Put it on your calendar! More info coming closer to the event.

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OPEN STUDIO THIS WEEKEND

It’s been pretty crazy around here as I put the finishing touches on the Open Studio Show and Sale. I am getting excited, anticipating visitors but, at the same time, I feel vulnerable as I open my doors to share work that is so much a part of me. That’s made easier knowing friends will be there, so that’s why am sending you this reminder!

When you come, the colors and the energy of the paintings will envelop you, making spirits soar! There will be wine and refreshments to enjoy as you peruse the art. You can be part of the fun of a hidden Brooklyn Bridge game where you will have the chance at a gift giveaway. There will even be framing and art gifts that come along with any painting purchased!

So don’t forget to join me as I pop the cork on the Open Studio this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9, 12 noon to 5 PM at 190 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn.

Can’t wait to see you!
Karen

P.S. The Q train is on my corner, Beverly Rd. station. And of course, admission is free.

I’ve made my first flipagram–a 15 second video portfolio. Check it out:

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GETTING REAL

Happy Election Day! Let’s hope our leaders take us into prosperous and peaceful times.

As I get ready for the Open Studio this weekend— Saturday and Sunday, 12n.-5PM, 190 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn —I am inviting you into my home to see my REAL art.  Not interpreted by photography or published on paper as a print but rather the original, unadulterated thing! You’ll see the textures, brush strokes, underlayers and true colors.

Reality in the digital age seems to be a far cry from what is real.  It used to be we could tell the difference between truth and fiction. Historic novelists would point out in their preface that only historic figures are not fiction and what they say is made up. When we watched a television show, images-2they would tell us-“this is a true story but the names have been changed to protect the innocent.” In this day and age, no one is protected and there are no innocents.  Everyone and everything is in your face. Watching reality TV doesn’t represent reality in any way.

Technology has also had a dramatic impact on visual arts. Many artists were early adopters of computers and the use of computers in art has become endemic. It has spawned its own art form, digital art, where the image is throughly manipulated with the computer. Others use it to enhance what they have actually made themselves. How artists use computers runs the gamut.

So each person’s reality varies. In my case, I occasionally use the computer to find images to draw or collage.  Beyond that, there is no computer manipulation of my art, except for color correcting photography of my work to make it more true to the original. Come see what I mean at the Open Studio this weekend.  You can see what my art REALLY is.

PURPLE CLOUD 10" X 10"  Mixed media on hardboard

PURPLE CLOUD 10″ X 10″ Mixed media on hardboard

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Last year, at this time, I was in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico celebrating El Di′a de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. I spent a good part of the day in the cemetery where families were honoring and celebrating their dead loved ones with flowers and music.

Cemetary in San Miguel de Allende

Cemetary in San Miguel de Allende

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Day of the Dead, San Miguel de Allende

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In the evening, people celebrated by dressing as Katrinas & Katrins and made installations all over the city

Katrinas & Katrins in San Miguel de Allende

Katrinas & Katrins in San Miguel de Allende

Installation for Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Installation for Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

I wanted to buy skull or skeleton earrings but found none in Mexico or NY.  When I found them in Paris in April, I bought them anticipating how great they would look at Halloween. Guess what? I can’t find them anywhere! Tore apart everyplace I could think of to find them but no luck. So I will leave you with best wishes for a Spooky & Sweet Halloween!

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PRIVATE STUDIO SHOW & SALE

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ART AROUND THE WORLD

This post is part of the Art Around The World Blog Hop where we will be visiting online with artists from all over as they share their studios, art and inspiration. Invited to participate by my friend and cohort, Jennifer Blair-Cockrum *(who designed this cool logo)Blog-hop-logo I have to answer four questions:

  1. Why do I do what I do?
  2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
  3. How does my creative process work?
  4. What am I working on now?

 

Why I do what I do is an interesting question that I can’t remember answering before.  Surely it’s not for the fortune or fame, which rarely come to most artists (although it wouldn’t be bad!). I have always had a hankering to be creative, making things or figuring stuff out. I floundered through lots of endeavors, including weaving and plastic craft, training as an interior designer before I became a painter. I love making things and recently ventured into mixed media and ceramic sculpture. Whatever it is, I try to bring color, energy and joy into people’s lives when they see my work.

My work differs from others in its genre with its energy. I use color, put together with form and design, as a means to generate a burst of beauty and happiness and excitement and a warmth for the soul. The effect lets your spirit soar!

How does my creative process work? I often go to sleep thinking of what I might create. While I usually don’t visualize what the art will look like, I see colors as I go to sleep.  None of this is consciously accessible to me as I begin my work the next day in the studio but I like to think that the dream time comes through in my artwork some way. When I approach the canvas, I begin with adding texturing materials, collage or a beautiful transparent stroke of paint. I build intuitively from there.

What am I working on now? I thought I would share with you my step by step process on a painting I recently finished.  Called “Buddha’s Alchemy”, I think the process on this painting is interesting because of how it started and what it became.  I have been working in non-objective abstraction (where there is no “thing” in the picture) and was really surprised when several figures started to emerge. Here is how the painting progressed.

I started with collaged canvas and newspaper & filled the canvas with color.

I started with collaged canvas and newspaper & filled the canvas with color.

Adding more color & putting in more form.

Adding more color & putting in more form

Adding more color and definition.

Adding more color and definition.

The Buddha forms appear, one behind the other. Other shapes in the picture allude to Buddha as well.

The Buddha forms appear, one behind the other. Other shapes in the picture allude to Buddha as well.

More definition as the main figure sits down & flames appear below.

More definition as the main figure sits down & flames appear below.

 

"Buddha's Alchemy" 24"x24" mixed media In the final version, the 2nd figure becomes a shadow/dream as colors are enriched.

“Buddha’s Alchemy” 24″x24″ mixed media
In the final version, the 2nd figure becomes a shadow/dream as colors are enriched.

Coming Soon:  Save the Date for my OPEN STUDIO, Saturday and Sunday, November 8th & 9th, 12 noon-5PM.  See this piece and lots of other new work in person!

I’d love to hear how your creative process works! Let me know what you’re thinking in the comments below.

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*Jennifer Blair-Cockrum, my friend who led me into this, has always been interested in the art of science and the science of art. The Colorado artist considers herself an organic abstractionist where method and process are integral into each unique creation.  Jennifer allows each medium she paints in; pastel, watercolor, acrylic, or ceramics to retain its own voice or style within the piece.

Next up in the blog hop is another friend and cohort, Lezette Markham.  She is a Creative Mentor, Artist & the Founder of SimplyArtOC.com. She inspires all walks of life to harness their brave, creative power and rock their passion projects! You can have your own ridiculously creative, deeply satisfying and abundantly inspiring life in the world of Simply Art. Look for her post next Monday on her blog.

While you’re waiting, check out the amazing artists below:

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The Daily Practice

I don’t know about you but since I work at home, without anyone’s supervision (except the rest of my family, of course, but that’s another story!), I need to find ways to structure my time and add discipline to my work.  So I decided to create a daily practice.  I’ve decided that each day I will do some kind of drawing.

I went to the New York City Ballet over the weekend, in the NYS Theater

Lincoln Center plaza, looking toward Avery Fisher Philharmonic Hall

Lincoln Center plaza, looking toward Avery Fisher Philharmonic Hall

of Lincoln Center where I saw an all Balanchine program.  The ballet is always beautiful, the dancers, lighting, costumes, orchestra, the setting.  But this program was magnificent.

It is great fun for me to take a sketchbook to theater or the ballet, and if there is enough light, to draw during the performance.  Sometimes I am thwarted because it is too dark but we have third row center seats to the ballet, so there is enough ambient light. The sketches are very fast and drawn over, not quite right but I thought I’d share them with you.

Do you like the ballet? Do you ever draw in the dark? I’d love to hear your comments below.

Donezetti Variations was a compendium of performances with the dancers dressed in old country style from northern Europe.

Donezetti Variations was a compendium of performances with the dancers dressed in old country style from northern Europe.

The Prima Ballerina, Wendy Whelan danced as an ethereal dream in La Sommunbula.

The Prima Ballerina, Wendy Whelan danced as an ethereal dream in La Sommunbula.

My all time favorite artist, Marc Chagall, painted the screen and created the sets and costumes for Firebird. A piece of such brilliance, on all levels, it fills me and stays with me for days after.

My all time favorite artist, Marc Chagall, painted the screen and created the sets and costumes for Firebird. A piece of such brilliance, on all levels, it fills me and stays with me for days after.

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And The Winner Is…

First of all, let me apologize for being so out of touch.  Just after the last post, my computer crashed.  I have been without it until a couple of days ago, but now I have it back with a shiny, new solid state hard drive in it and it is working like a dream.  Shout out here to my brilliant son-in-law, Ari Kalish, for fixing it for me.

I want to thank everyone for their participation in The Blank Canvas Blog Hop.! It was lots of fun for me to share how I approach my work with you and to learn what you thought about it.  Please keep those comments coming–it lets me know you are out there. Feel free to chime in any time!

Because Rafflecopter doesn’t work with macs, I handled the contest in the old fashioned way. I combed through all the comments and social media for each time someone entered, wrote their name, folded it and put it in a bucket.  It was a big task but one that was a lot of fun!  Here are pictures of me drawing the winner.

Here I am with the bucket of entries into the blog hop giveaway.

Here I am with the bucket of entries into the blog hop giveaway.

Drawing the winner!

Drawing the winner!

Drawing the winner!

Got it!

And the winner is…Susan S. Miller!!! Congratulations Susan!

Hooray, she won!

Hooray, she won!

Susan won her choice of ANY print from my art store.  She has let me know that she selected Rug Shop-Morocco, seen below.

Rug Shop Morocco-hi res copy

While traveling outside Marrakesh, we stopped in a small shop to look at rugs. They were rolled and stacked everywhere. Imagine my surprise when I found a sleeping boy amongst the stacks!

It’s been ordered from the printer and should be on its way soon!

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GOING WILD IN THE BLANK CANVAS BLOG HOP

Have you ever felt something that just urges you on, an inkling from deep within that you can shake? A couple of years ago, my inner voice kept pushing me, “I want to paint big-much bigger, to be loose and bold!”

TURBULENT TIMES 26" x 34" acrylic on board

TURBULENT TIMES
26″ x 34″
acrylic on board

BY THE CANAL  acrylic on panel 26" x 34"

BY THE CANAL
acrylic on panel 26″ x 34″ inspiration for Turbulent Times

There was an image that I had painted years before, of Amsterdam with its houses and  canals. I felt this image tugging at me but it wanted to be bigger and wilder-the vision made me wild.

I started drawing it-small at first then larger and larger until it was on two 30″ x 40″ canvases, making a diptych (a two-piece painting) that was 40″ high x 60″ wide.

Drawing for the painting, Turbulent Times, on two canvases

Drawing for the painting, Turbulent Times, on two canvases

The houses tilted and rolled until they took on their own distinct personalities.

Turbulent Times laying in house colors and windows

Turbulent Times
laying in house colors and windows

Keeping that in the forefront when I began painting, each house was painted directly and decisively.  I felt a quandry with the windows, they were the eyes to what was seen inside and out.

I chose to use thin watery layers of paint which had a more organic, soulful touch.

Turbulent Times in process, houses & windows

Turbulent Times
in process, houses & windows

The sky was giving me particular trouble. I loved the idea of green clouds and looking for a strong contrast, I put in pink.

Turbulent Times with a pink sky, green clouds

Turbulent Times
with a pink sky, green clouds

Did not work for me at all! So I covered the sky with copper which had a similar value to the pink but the metallic gave it more edge.

TURBULENT TIMES sky of copper

TURBULENT TIMES
sky of copper

But a copper sky didn’t work it for me either. So I covered it with the blue, leaving some of the copper shining through. This let me complete this fantasy place with verve! (Final version at top.)

So glad you have come by for this Friday Frenzy entry on The Blank Canvas Blog Hop. All our members are revealing such interesting entries, I hope you continue to follow along to read everyone’s story.  Don’t forget to leave a comment or the other actions to get additional entries for the great giveawayYOUR CHOICE OF ANY  16″ PRINT FROM MY ONLINE SHOP–A $100 VALUE!

Enter to WIN this fabulous giveaway! You can win any print you choose from my online shop!

Enter to WIN this fabulous giveaway! You can win any print you choose from my online shop!

You enter by leaving a comment below telling me what you think about my or other’s creative process.  

Other stuff to do to get more entries? Each action will give you another entry into the drawing.

  • Subscribe to this blog by clicking “SIGN ME UP” in the upper right corner of this page.
  • Sign up here for my mailing list (below) and get all the insider’s news on what’s happening
  • Like me on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/ArtistKarenF
  • Follow me on Instagram http://instagram.com/artistkaren
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Then each day visit these other artists’ blogs to learn about their process and win other giveaways!

Giveaway rules: Giveaway is open to US residents only. Entrants must be 18 years of age and up. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Comment entries close 11:59pm, on September 23, 2014. Winner will be chosen by random drawing on September 24, and will be officially notified via email and must acknowledge the notification email by October 4th, 2014, or the prize is forfeit and will be given to the runner up. Artwork will be shipped within a month of getting the winner’s selection shipping address. Giveaway Value-apx $100.
 
  1. Sept 8….Karen FriedlandTHAT’S ME
  2. Sept 9….Lezette Markham
  3. Sept 10…Cynthia Patton
  4. Sept 11Jennyann Carthern 
  5. Sept 12FRIDAY FRENZY ← today’s spotlight —– Kiala Givehand, Tori Deaux, Karen Friedland←THAT’S ME TOO
  6. Sept 13Jan Blount
  7. Sept 14Effy Wild
  8. Sept 15Virginia Simpson-Magruder
  9. Sept 16…Dariana Cruz
  10. Sept 17Susan Miller
  11. Sept 18Grace Howes
  12. Sept 19Tori Deaux
  13. Sept 20Kiala Givehand
  14. Sept 21Martin Arkenstone
  15. Sept 22Nicole Piar←today’s spotlight

Thanx so much for coming along on our blog hop and for your participation here!

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THE ARTIST’S PROCESS – THE BLANK CANVAS BLOG HOP

I am an experimental and experiential artist. It’s not that my experiments are so wacky, I just love the journey. I like solving new problems. If I have already figured out how to do something, I’m not much interested in doing it again. As an experiential artist, I want to create a new experience for myself and those seeing my work.  It’s a very different approach from other artists who are making something that looks real.

“What fun it would be”, I thought, “to learn about the process of other artists and to share my process with interested folks.”  Got together with a group of visual artists and we picked “The Blank Canvas” as the topic for our blog hop. Make sure you read to the bottom, where you will see how you could win my fabulous giveaway and read about the process of the other participating artists.

"The Eyes of War" 24' x 24' acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

“The Eyes of War” 24′ x 24′ acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

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Here is the painting in the very initial stage. You can see the transfer images, newspaper and canvas collage.

This painting,”The Eyes Of War” started out with my trying out some new techniques. I used a transfer process to reproduce some images from magazines and the New York Times, as well as newspaper collage. This was at the start of when the Ukraine and Middle East seemed about to blow up and the images of eyes led me to feel the sadness in the souls of those involved. I created large framing elements by collaging strips of frayed camvas onto the existing camvas. I used molding paste, gesso and acrylic medium to add additional texture. This would not be a smooth painting if I wanted to get a sense of the upheaval of war.

Adding layers of color to the painting gave it its direction and color palette.

Adding layers of color to the painting gave it its direction and color palette.

I then began adding many layers of color including metallic gold, with each layer obliterating some and highlighting others.  I felt the presence of the eyes I had placed in the under layers, throughout my painting process. I intentionally limited my range of colors, preferring to delve into the nuances I could create from yellows, greens and blues. This created a cohesive and unified color theme for this busy and intense canvas.

 

 

Adding black and deeper color provided a gravitas to the painting that helped express its theme of war.

Adding black and deeper color provided a gravitas to the painting that helped express its theme of war.

In order to simplify some of the activity and emphasize specific elements, I added strong lights and darks to the painting. The use of black evoked for me the emptiness and darkness of war.

By converting the picture to black and white, I am able to see more easily, the dark and light patterns,

By converting the picture to black and white, I am able to see more easily, the dark and light patterns,

I also use contrasting values (lightness and darkness) as a dramatic device to keep the eye of the viewer moving through the painting.

The final painting is distinctively different from anything I have created before. I find its asymmetry and allusions in shape somewhat disturbing and evocative of conflict. Hence, the title “The Eyes Of War” seems appropriate.

Did it surprise you? It certainly surprised me as I was working on it, to see where it would end up. That’s one of the reasons that I enjoy doing the work I do. It is a great gift to be able to create work where I surprise myself on a regular basis!

WIN THE FABULOUS BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY – $100 VALUE

Enter to WIN this fabulous giveaway! You can win any print you choose from my online shop!

Enter to WIN this fabulous giveaway! You can win any print you choose from my online sbelow.

You enter by leaving a comment below telling me what you think about my or other’s creative process.  

Other stuff to do to get more entries? Each action will give you another entry into the drawing.

  • Subscribe to this blog by clicking “SIGN ME UP” in the upper right corner of this page.
  • Sign up here for my mailing list (below) and get all the insider’s news on what’s happening
  • Like me on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/ArtistKarenF
  • Follow me on Instagram http://instagram.com/artistkaren
  • Follow me on Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/karenfriedland/

Then each day visit these other artists’ blogs to learn about their process and win other giveaways!

Giveaway rules: Giveaway is open to US residents only. Entrants must be 18 years of age and up. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Comment entries close 11:59pm, on September 23, 2014. Winner will be chosen by random drawing on September 24, and will be officially notified via email and must acknowledge the notification email by October 4th, 2014, or the prize is forfeit and will be given to the runner up. Artwork will be shipped within a month of getting the winner’s selection shipping address. Giveaway  Value-apx $100.
 
  1. Sept 8….Karen Friedland  THAT’S ME
  2. Sept 9….Lezette Markham
  3. Sept 10…Cynthia Patton
  4. Sept 11Jennyann Carthern 
  5. Sept 12FRIDAY FRENZY - Kiala Givehand, Tori Deaux, Karen FriedlandTHAT’S ME TOO
  6. Sept 13...Jan Blount
  7. Sept 14Effy Wild
  8. Sept 15Virginia Simpson-Magruder
  9. Sept 16Dariana Cruz
  10. Sept 17Susan Miller
  11. Sept 18Grace Howes
  12. Sept 19Tori Deaux
  13. Sept 20Kiala Givehand
  14. Sept 21Martin Arkenstone
  15. Sept 22Nicole Piar← today’s spotlight

Thanx so much for coming along on our blog hop and for your participation here!signature

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