Monday, April 13, 2015

New Abstract Watercolors and Apologies for My Long Silence

I apologize for not posting a blog since last summer.  I've been posting most of my new paintings in the E-Mail Newsletter on my web site and got tired of writing much the same thing on my blog.  So, I encourage you to go to my web site and sign up to receive my E-mail Newsletter. The web site is www.kathrynclarkfineart.com  On the Home Page, just put your email in the box (Join my e-mail list).   I'll try to post new paintings, exhibitions, etc in my web site Newsletter, and more informal, chatty conversation and things in my blog, probably not as often.  If you click on "E-mail Newsletter on the Home page, you can sign up there too and also see Past Newsletters.

I've been painting representational images in oil since 2008 when I retired from making handmade artist papers at Twinrocker.  Before then, I was creating abstract images using paper pulp with hand papermaking techniques that I developed and then drawing on the dry handmade paper.  During the past six years, I've enjoyed using my eyes to interpret the beautiful landscape around me and learning the craft of painting in oil.  However, I've slowly missed using my imagination and finding out what images are in there. So I've decided to begin creating abstract images from my imagination in watercolor.  I know this will be a big shock to all the people who think of me as a representational painter, but, going forward, I want to paint BOTH representational and imaginative imagery.  Please let me know how you like them.  For many years, in my past "abstract" life,  I was interested in exploring the illusion of space, deep space, distorted architectural space, and movement through space.  Now I'm trying to see how these visual interests can be expressed in watercolor rather than paper pulp.  Here are two of the first three:

   "Center Refuge"  22" x 30" watercolor on Twinrocker Coldpressed Watercolor paper


"Riding the Wave"  22" x 30" watercolor on Twinrocker Coldpressed Watercolor paper

I may only post the new abstract watercolors on this Blog and not in my website E-Mail Newsletter because it might be too confusing for my collectors.  What do you think?  Should I keep the two different types of imagery separate?  I'd appreciate your advice. 

Thank you for viewing this blog and for your past comments and support.  Remember to sign up for my E-Mail Newsletter on my web site, and I'll try to post on this blog a little more frequently than once every six months.  ----  All the best, Kathryn


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"The Beauty Around Us" Exhibition at The Lillian Fendig Gallery

"Apple Tree II"  Oil on Canvas, 14" x 11"  $950 framed

I'm delighted to have been asked to have an exhibition of my paintings at The Lillian Fendig Gallery of the Prairie Arts Council in Rensselaer, Indiana.   Margaret Hanke of Indianapolis will share this venue with me, each of us showing about 18 oil paintings.  Rensselaer is quite close to I65, about 1/3 the distance from Chicago to Indianapolis.
"The Beauty Around Us'
July 11 -- August 15, 2014
The Lillian Fendig Gallery
301 N. Van Rensselaer St, Rensselaer, IN
(two blocks north of the Jasper county courthouse)
Gallery Hours M-F 10am - 3pm or by special arrangement 
prairie@rhsi.tv or 219-866-5278 
Artist Reception July 11th,  6:00-7:30 (Rensselaer /Chicago time-Central) or 7:00 - 8:30pm (Eastern time)

"Windy Dunes"  Oil on canvas panel,  9" x 12"  $650

"October on Moot's Creek"  Oil on Canvas,  16" x 20"  $1800

"Cliff on Sugar Creek" Oil on Canvas, 24" x 18", $1500

"Voyager on the Wabash"  Oil on Canvas, 16" x 20"  $1400

I hope you can come to the Opening this Friday.   If not, it will be on display just over a month.  Of course you can see all of my paintings on my web site www.kathrynclarkfineart.com.  


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"The Final March Thaw"

"Final March Thaw"  Oil, 18" x 24"  $975 framed 

2014 has been such a cold, cold winter, but in March we could feel spring in the air.  This is a favorite creek of mine just west of Brookston.  This same view was the subject for one of my 12" x 16" winter paintings, "Snowy Marsh".  What a difference a month makes.  With warmer weather comes fog and misty, cloudy days, so subtly beautiful.  

Now, in the middle of April, I'm putting my paints and brushes into a backpack to go painting plein air.  We could still get a snow, but not likely. 

The Indiana Artists Club is now having its annual juried exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The juror was the new IMA Director, Dr. Charles Venable.  With just 44 chosen from about 150, I am happy to have "Snow Fence" hanging in that exhibit.  The Awards Reception will be April 27th at 2pm.  If you can, please come to see the paintings and enjoy the refreshments.   It will be up through June 8th. 



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Friday, February 28, 2014

"February 6PM"

"February 6PM" is the fourth and last of this series of snow oil paintings, all 12" x 16".   One very late afternoon as I was painting in my studio, I happened to look out the window and saw this amazing light.  The sky was very cloudy until it reached the western horizon where it became completely clear, letting the intense setting sun rake across the landscape, bounce off the clouds, and hit our neighbor's farm house and trees.  I grabbed my camera to record the light.   

""February 6PM"  12" x 16" oil,  $800 framed © Kathryn H. Clark

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Monday, February 24, 2014

"Snow Fence"

We had a couple of days of warmer weather, in the high 30's, so I thought that winter might be coming to an end.  Then I saw the forecast for this week:   1F for a low tomorrow and 5F for the next three days.  Guess I don't need to worry about the snow completely melting any time soon.  I meant to post the next "winter" painting right after the last one, but our internet connection went down on Friday morning (naturally) with no hope of a fix until today.  So I had a quiet weekend of reading a book on old fashioned "paper".


"Snow Fence"  12" x 16", oil on canvas panel, $800 framed

Snow shadows offer wonderful blues and purples, reflecting the sky as they do.  This broken down farm fence with the brush created a a nice drift and an opportunity to paint mainly snow, warm in the sun and cool in the shade.  What fun!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"Snowy Marsh"

"Snowy Marsh"  12"x 16", oil on canvas panel,  $800 framed

This is the second of four winter paintings I've completed in four weeks of very cold and snowy weather.  It's been an absolutely beautiful winter season!   It's a scene of a completely covered snowy marsh creek basin that flows northwest from Moot's Creek which is just west of Brookston.   The temp was about 5F so I intentionally drove out to this spot which I thought might be "good", jumped out of my car in the late afternoon with a setting sun, took several photo references, and choobled back to my warm studio.  For the painters who are reading this, I loved painting it on a Raymar canvas panel that was half flax and half cotton (They call it a "smooth cotton" for portraits, but it's actually half flax which is why I like it.)  There are two more winter paintings in this series which I'll post in the next few days, but I want you to see them one at a time so each can stand on its own.  

Thanks so much for your emails.  It's great to hear from you, and thank you for viewing my painting.
--Kathryn

Sunday, February 16, 2014

January Thaw


"January Thaw"  12" x 16", Oil on linen panel,  $800 framed  © K.H. Clark

Goodness, it's been so long since I sent out a blog that I bet you've about given up on me ever sending one again.  Well, I want to change my ways and post new paintings as they're finished.  I know I have some catching up to do, but will begin with some new ones.

It's been a cold, cold winter as you probably are well aware of if you live east of the Rockies.  A snowy winter presents many beautiful colors and light in the landscape.  This painting is of Moot's Creek, just west of Brookston, IN.  It was completely frozen with a full cover of snow until the January thaw melted the huge drift and allowed the creek to flow some.   The setting sun created the "wow" effect on that drift about 5pm one day.   I took a photo reference and painted it in my warm studio which was a delight!

Remember, I always love to hear from you.   Stay warm!
Kathryn