PHILOSOPHY AND VALUES

It has been a very busy time for me of late, with the Open Studio & the Holiday Sale (see here) coming up this weekend, as well as 2 eight day stints with house guests.  But the underlying project that I was aching to have done was the redesign of my website.

I have hired a web designer to create a site that will make it easy for folks to purchase the art and he is building it right here on WordPress. But, there is a tremendous amount of content–images and text that go into it. So it was a big job for me too, creating and organizing content–including over 100 images–and writing what I wanted to tell my visitors about who I am.

I thought a long time about it. I wanted a statement of my philosophy, to tell you why I do what I do, from my heart and from my gut. I also wanted to let folks know what my core values are. Now that I’ve finished it, I thought I would share it here with you.  I hope you don’t think it’s overly flowery, it is my raison d’etre from deep within. Please let me know what you think.

My art is a business of the heart.  My creations are the vibrations that well up from within–an expression of life force as it bubbles forth with brilliant color and emotional energy. The vitality of my art flows from its vivid colors, and its movement dances across your soul. When you look at my art, I want you to become immersed in a lush environment of saturated colors where you can luxuriate in both energy and serenity, bathing your spirit. And I want that sense of lushness to imbue your living or work space, wherever you bring my art into your life. I value the connection my art makes when it touches the soul, making a living space joyful and exuberant, calm and meditative. I value the honesty of creative expression and the inspiration it provides.  Mine is a beauty quest, sharing what happens when color, form, texture, and design unite synergistically and make the spirit soar!

Here is a painting recently completed that you can see in person at the Holiday Sale:

"Under The Sea" 10" x 10" acrylic on hardboard, framed

“Under The Sea” 10″ x 10″ acrylic on hardboard, framed

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CREATIVITY FOR SALE

Now that we’ve all survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, taken a deep breath, it’s time to start shopping for our really special people. They are the family and friends who I know I want something unique for but I haven’t the faintest idea what!
And I hate those crowds!

It’s a challenge but I have a solution. It’s the PRIVATE Fine Art & Crafts Sale!

Fine Art & Crafts Salon

Friday, December 12th

6:00pm – 10:00pm

 Saturday, December 13th

11:30am – 5:00pm

 5 Houses on Marlborough Road

91, 92, 100, 120, 190 from Beverley Road to Church Avenue

Q to Beverly Road

Q or B to Church Avenue

Over twenty-five artists & crafts people are presenting a wide array of noteworthy art and distinctive hand-crafted items at five houses on Marlborough Road in Brooklyn.

Stop by to meet the artists, learn about their process and inspiration!

Catch up with neighbors and friends over a glass of something warm…and perhaps acquire the perfect gifts for the noteworthy and distinctive people on your list.

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P.S.  GREAT GIFT IDEA! An archival print, on paper or canvas. Take a look here. and let me know which you like. I will have it shipped here, personally sign it and it will be waiting for you at the sale.  (If there is a picture of mine you want from my website but don’t see it in the shop, email me and I’ll see if it can be done.)  Framing available. 

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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:

http://flipagram.com/f/LWHvmj4wbb

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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:

Art Around the World Blog Hoppers

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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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