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  Swallowtail (working title), roughly 10"x12", ink and gouache on watercolor paper, from my new series of drawings, pieces which are pulling me into some powerful places. Last fall I had two pivotal experiences. I took a drawing workshop with   Stuart Shils   and I joined a mentoring group led by   Anne Siems . Stuart's teaching (Reframing the Ordinary) ignited a desire to work in black and white. He showed me how to pare down what I see into exciting compositions without the need of color (I know, life changing and so unexpected!) and encouraged risk taking via drawing exercises. Anne's leadership sparked a volley of ideas based on using drawing as a gateway to break open new ideas. I had worked with Anne in the past and knew she would push me into some exciting territory, but I underestimated the exponential power of the group. I imagine our sessions are much like graduate school, with deep conversations about ideas, methods and materials, as we each search for the
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The 100 Days Project

  Day 1 of the 2024 100 Day Project. My source drawing on the left and a monotype pulled from it on the right, mixed media on watercolor paper 5"x7".  Not for sale - yet.... stay tuned! The 100 Day Project   is a global challenge to be creative for 100 days straight. It can be anything you desire - write a poem, learn to play or sing a song, try a new recipe, whatever floats your boat. I'm choosing to do more drawings - yes, I have been drawing every day (well, 5-6 days'/week) for the last year plus, so this shouldn't be too far of a stretch. And I won't beat myself up over missing a day or two. It's the idea of committing to a series that I find so appealing. Butterflies have been featured in many of my drawings lately, and I have an idea for a large scale project with multitudes of them. So why not take on this project as a mechanism to get the groundwork done? 100 days of little butterfly drawings. By the time I'm done, it may even be warm enough he

A Homemade Valentine for You

Sal (Salvatore Doggie, one of my studio dogs) wanted me to you remind you how much you are loved. Today and everyday. Always and forever. Hope you are feeling it. And thank you so much for your interest in my artwork, All my best, warmly, Kim  

Speciman I, a new drawing

  Speciman I, 6-1/2"x9", mixed media on Fabriano paper, collection of the artist. please tell me more about Speciman The onset of a new year is when I love to burrow in with books, blankets and new ideas. The fireplace beckons and the dogs circle, waiting to snuggle in alongside. This year there's been lots of great reads (I am really enjoying my new Kindle) and reflecting (I've filled 2 notebooks already!). This always results in a good amount of new ideas bouncing around. And oddly enough, they have to do with ink and paper. My daily drawing habit has hooked me in - drawing as a warm up for the easel leaves me hungry for more. I found myself lingering at the drawing table longer each day. So I decided to indulge my muse and let her play at the drawing table. This is ok - part of the ebb and flow of being creative. It's an important reminder that not everything I make has to be for sale. When I reflect 2023, I spent too much time focused on deadlines and lost tou

Lucidity, a new fox painting

  Lucidity, 18"x24" original acrylic painting on panel, $1000 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Please see the links below. please tell me more about Lucidity make Lucidity my own I'd like a payment plan please During the pandemic I obsessively  drew faces , then destroyed the linework, then teased out a couple facial features. This process transferred to the Talisman paintings which started around that same time. It continues to show up in my brushwork, the way I draw various shapes, and even inside my painting process. Create. Destroy. Rebuild. This cycle has become important to me. It reflects our current world, it is a story of survival, it is a metaphor for humanity's resistance to change. To create, destroy and rebuild one has to be vulnerable and relinquish control, knowing that what emerges afterwards will be different. Lucidity is all about this concept. The roses and peonies spin on their own axes (stems) so quickly that they have become little worlds

Dear, a new painting, now available

Dear, 23"x24" original acrylic painting on panel, $1200 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Please see the links below. please tell me more about Dear make Dear my own I'd like a payment plan please We have a small herd of deer visit us nightly. Sometimes they linger under the gazebo and enjoy the moonlight. Or they amble down the brick walkway, directly through the hydrangeas and trample the wildflower bed to gather outside the family room window. To the untrained eye it would seem that they want to watch Netflix and chill. However, we know they are reminding us the bird feeders are empty. Which we are well aware of - we fill those in the morning. Because another thing deer excel at in addition to trampling flowers and driving dogs crazy is gluttony - deer do not share.  I am amazed by their solid bodies and spindly legs. And those giant, wet eyes that see straight through to your soul. I like to hold still and wait to see their breathing, then synch mine up with th

Meet Persephone

  Persephone, 24"x30" original acrylic painting on panel. Available at a future date.  inquire about Persephone Last week I was awakened by the image of a mother bear. She was staring me in the eye, daring me to follow as she turned and disappeared into the darkness behind her. I caught glimpses of sky, little holes punched through the veil she passed through. Her head was full of red and green, which I interpreted as apples on the branches. I'm never sure how much these visions are snapshots of my dreams or amendments of dreams with things extrapolated as I wake up. Regardless, I knew she showed up to be painted. I started two Momma Bear paintings that same day. Eve , yesterday's piece, was the first one. And Persephone, pictured here, the other. I rooted Eve in the Garden of Eden, and Persephone, the goddess of Spring who lives 6 months of the year in Hell, inhabited a space strewn with smoke and flowers. This set the stage for each rendition to contain its own valu