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A Resolution

IN PROCESS, working title "Resolutions," 24" x 30", acrylics on panel. $899 plus s&h when finished. Reach out tomeif you are interested. I accept personal checks, paypal, venmo and payment plans. As most of the world, I am reflecting today - looking at the past, and planning for the future. This painting, particularly in it's unresolved state, is a beautiful reflection of the cusp of a new dawn.

I approached this painting with the idea of acknowledging the likely truth that I will not own a horse in my lifetime. I thought sitting inside that space would help me be open to what the future brings. I know that disappointment travels hand-in-hand with joy, and I need to have my eyes and ears and heart ready to see and accept that splendor when it shows up.

So I had this plan - a reference photo, dramatic lights and darks, and the idea of a misty atmosphere similar to the equines I've been painting the past few weeks, my dream fading like a lovely old memory.…

The Truth (Finished)

FINISHED! "The Truth," an Echo painting, 24" x 30", acrylics on panel. $899 plus s&h when finished. Reach out tomeif you are interested. I accept personal checks, paypal, venmo and payment plans. I got a full day in the studio, complete with loud music and very few interruptions, which is how I prefer to work (but that doesn't mean I always get what I want).

And magic happened. I started laying marks down, and the painting pretty much told me what to do. The thing I'm most pleased with is her eye - it is SO alive and SO calm - and the little reflective bits of truth that glimmer about her profile (best seen here, in a detail shot).

Here's a video short outlining the painting's progress.

Thanks for following along with my art journey, Kim

The Truth (in process)

In process, "The Truth," 24" x 30", acrylics on panel. $899 plus s&h when finished. Reach out to me if you are interested. I accept personal checks, paypal, venmo and payment plans.
I am back in the saddle today, continuing with the Medicine Hat paintings as I explore my lifelong connection with horses. This is today's stopping point, and you can see my chalk lines overtop the paint. I do this to ascertain necessary shifts needed to properly build the form of the horse - the chalk will wipe right off, and I can continue on my way. There are a few things I need to adjust - tomorrow!
I've chosen a title for this series - "Echo." I'm painting memories, traces and ideas that may have been my own or could have been transplanted from someone else. The root cause doesn't matter, because ultimately these are a reflection of the human experience, a reverberation of sorts.
And now I'm off to let paint dry. Thanks for following along with my …

Believe

"Magic," 16" x 16" x 2", acrylics on panel. $699 plus s&h. I accept personal checks, paypal, venmo and payment plans. Inquiries can always come tome. As another year draws to a close, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the blessing of being able to call myself a working artist. Because of YOU, I get to push paint every day, teach others how to do the same, and live a life packed with beauty.

Wishing you much magic this season. Make new memories, cherish those you have, and believe.
Love to you all, Kim

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

"Roses are Red, Violets are Blue (Medicine Hat #4)," 18" x 24", acrylics on panel. $699 plus s&h. I accept personal checks, paypal, venmo and payment plans. Inquiries can always come to me.
Horses (to me) are akin to a holy spirit. They wrap me in an earthy, quiet calm that melts worries away. Time in a horse's company is healing and blessed. There is a magic about the gift of breathing in their scent, warming one's fingers underneath a mane, and looking into that eye which seemingly knows all. They can cure any ailment that weighs upon one's heart.
At least in my rainbow and glitter filled world, they can. Warmly, Kim

Powerful Medicine

"Powerful Medicine (Medicine Hat #3)," 14" x 18", acrylics on panel. $599 plus s&h. I accept personal checks, paypal, venmo and payment plans. Inquiries can always come tome. I have always felt my worries melt away when I'm in the company of horses. Even if I'm in the company of shoveling their s^&*. Nothing quite equals their companionship and how it lifts the weights on my heart.

Thanks so very much for following along with my work.
I must be feeling better - I'm getting all sorts of things done at the easel.
Warmly, Kim

Medicine Hat

"Medicine Hat," 10" x 10", acrylics on museum quality panel. $499 plus s&h. I accept personal checks, paypal, venmo and payment plans. Inquiries can always come tome.
For those of you unfamiliar withMedicine Hat horses,they have been prized for centuries and are believed to have mystical qualities. So what better sort of horse to explore my personal equine connection than one already in tuned with the universe's energy?

Thanks so very much for following along with my work. Warmly, Kim

Ancient Magic

"Ancient Magic," 7" x 12", acrylics on museum quality panel. $499 plus s&h. The scanned image appears much flatter than the original painting, which features layers of transparent and opaque color, including a generous amount of metallic and mica dense pigment which flash and reflect the light. There is a short videoherewhich you can get a stronger sense of the depth to the painting. I accept personal checks, paypal, venmo and payment plans. Inquiries can always come tome. I'm still lounging about – this sinus bit has been going on for 3 weeks now, and yesterday my stomach started acting up. All in all, it mandated yet another pajama day, which was a huge bummer because I missed out on my critique groups' gathering. Boo hiss. But this afternoon I felt well enough to spend a little time at the easel, toying with an idea I started exploring yesterday, and I had to share the results, they were so pleasing. At least to me. I am painting moments. Not the so…

Gertrude Stein

"Gertrude Stein I," 16" x 20", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas. $599 plus s&h. This one will be very hard for me to let go, so you must ask even more nicely than usual. I accept personal checks, paypal, venmo and payment plans. Inquiries can always come tome.

A dear friend called me up over the weekend. A friend of her hubbies was moving out of state and couldn't take her rabbit. Did I happen to know of anyone who might be interested?  Shortly afterword, said girlfriend was in my driveway, unloading a rabbit hutch and one substantially sized bun.

Gertie is incredibly sweet, and made herself right at home in our menagerie. And wasted no time moving onto my easel.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork.
Warmly, Kim

Smallest Light

In process - "Smallest Light," 20" x 30" x 1-1/2", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas. This one will be $899 (when finished), plus s&h to the first one asking nicely. I accept personal checks, paypal, venmo and payment plans. Inquiries can always come tome.

Inspired by a favorite song -"Smallest Light," by Ingrid Michelson

Break my heart
Break my hands
You can take anything but my plans
Ooh ooh I got big things to do
You can laugh,
Have your fun
I'll be standing right here when you're done
Ooh ooh I got big things to do
Just because you don't see us
Doesn't mean that we don't exist
Sometimes the smallest light
Shines so bright
Yeah, sometimes the smallest light shines so bright
I got heart, it's enough
It's the only thing left that they can't pull apart
And when they try, I'll fly
I can't win, there's a cost
You can't lose what you've already lost
Ooh ooh I got big things to do
Just because you don't see us
Does…

Incredulous (finished)

FINISHED - "Incredulous," 18" x 24", acrylics on panel, $699 plus s&h to the first one asking nicely. Inquiries can come tome.

I can't believe it. December is almost here. It sneaks up on me every year.

I've updated my website to make your shopping easier - whether it's December or any other time of the year. A complete inventory of originals available directly from me ishere, you can order prints/reproductionshere, shop my book titleshere, and learn more about workshop opportunitieshere(2019 dates will be added in the next week, once contracts are completed).

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork.
Warmly, Kim

Incredulous

In process detail view of "Incredulous," 18" x 24", acrylics on panel. This one is currently unspoken for - inquiries can come tome.

On the eve of American Thanksgiving, I am feeling enormously gratefu to be living a creative life. And this is a life that you, the reader, has made possible.  "Thank you" can't possibly sum up the entirety of what I am feeling.

Regardless of whether you celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, know that I will be celebrating your presence in my life. Love, whether delivered in person or across the miles, is coming your way from Michigan.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork.
Warmly, Kim

PS I have gotten SO many Black-Friday-Markdown-Buy-Now-and-Buy-Lots emails the last couple weeks that I've become numb to them. It saddens me, my culture's seemingly total focus on consumerism vs a focus on joining together around a table to share a meal. I hope that your hearths and hearts are overflowing with the things t…

The Ninth Life

"The Ninth Life," 11" x 14", acrylics on museum quality panel, $499 plus s&h to the first one asking nicely. Inquiries can come tome.

Starring one of my current studio kitties Mona Lisa, but harkening to memories of Turtledove, the studio namesake, who passed away on Thanksgiving Day eleven years ago. There's something tender and precious about the delicacy of old age; the lines of a life well lived, battle scars and smile lines both. The surface of this painting bears those same sorts of marks, telling the story of a peaceful rest after a grand adventure.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork.
Warmly, Kim

Rearranging the Lines

"Rearranging the Lines," 11" x 14", acrylics on museum quality panel, $499 plus s&h to the first one asking nicely. Inquiries can come tome.

Nobody wants to be predictable, nor do they want to be limited by others' notions of what they can or should be. So move those lines - they aren't barriers, just starting points - and reach for your goals.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork.
Warmly, Kim

Not Content With Discontent

"Not Content With Discontent," 18" x 24", acrylics on panel, $699 plus s&h to the first one asking nicely. Inquiries can come tome.

This painting is for my fellow American's who voted this past week. And for all those beyond our borders, who watched and waited and maybe even held their breath a bit.

And might I also add that foreshortening is very, very difficult.

Thanks, as always, for humoring me.
Warmly, Kim

A New Book!

I have been working - mostly quietly, but most definitely diligently - on a new book. I wanted to take the Sirens, all their nuance that doesn't transfer via screens, and place them in readers' hands. The design had to foster introspection, conversation and personal discovery. As I laid the pages out and refined my vision, this book also became a vehicle for marrying the paintings with my passion for art journaling.

I couldn't be prouder to announce the publication of "Reflections, a Personal Melody." This book features over a dozen of my favorite siren paintings; in process imagery, details, and other snippets of the series which pretty much ruled my world this last year. The design is simple, with the idea that readers can soak up the message of a single painting, or embellish the pages with their own words or artwork as they see fit, working in direct response to the paintings. In addition to this publication, which arrives in time for holiday gift giving, rea…

The Strength of Her Convictions

"The Strength of Her Convictions," 15" x 30" x 1" gallery wrap canvas, $799 plus s&h. I accept personal checks, credits cards through Paypal, and welcome payment installations. I also ship worldwide. Inquiries may cometo me.

This painting is about my daughter, also known as The Princess. Inspired by her resolve and integrity, I started it over the weekend. As the piece revealed itself to me, I recognized it also made for a universal statement about standing one's ground or speaking out. Which is poignantly clear today, Election Day in America. Also the same day I signed the painting and called her finished.

Your voice matters. If you can vote, please do.
And if you have a Princess (or Prince) of your own, please hug them.
Warmly, Kim

Fjord

"Fjord," 20" x 30" x 1-1/2" gallery wrap canvas. This painting is available to the first asking kindly for $1299 plus s&h. I'll hold onto her through the end of the year, after which she'll be available throughEquis Art Galleryin Red Hook, New York. Inquiries may come to me.

These new equine pieces are carrying me into uncharted territory, yet I feel as though I'm coming home. Working with one of my favorite things of all times, the form and energy of the horse, has been a balm.

The news is getting more disturbing and painful than ever before, and there's no escape. Even here in the studio, where I try to keep things mostly rainbow and glitter, the unsettled ugliness of the world trickles into paintings via my subconscious. Something as basic as two toy horses left on the floor become the impetus for a piece about keeping fear at bay. I don't even have to ask why.

I will sign off by wishing all a safe Hallow's Eve. And a couple bit…

Primordial

Detail of "Primordial," a 24" x 36" x 1-1/2" gallery wrap canvas. Scroll down for the full image. This painting is available for purchase to the first asking kindly - $1599 plus s&h. Inquiries may cometo me.

This one came from deep inside where my most horrific fears lie. I won't bore you with their details, but I'm certain you can relate, because we all have a similar place inside us filled with hot, black tar. At times I can smell it. I can feel it bubbling at my toes. My breath shortens while my pulse rises.

And then I fight to clear my head. I inhale deeply. I close my eyes and think of something comforting. And She came to me, Primordial.

Thanks, as always, for supporting my art,
Kim

Dawn

Something New

In process and currently Untitled, 24" x 36", acrylics gallery wrap canvas. Inquiries may come to me.

So it seems that podcasting has replaced blogging. Technology evolves, and one thing replaces another - it's called progress. We can't fight it. I've beenbloggingsince 2007, the majority of that time doing so daily. And yes, my blog traffic has dropped significantly over the years. I chalked it up to social media and youtube being far more exciting. But I continue blogging because I feel it's like a visual diary, and it provides context to my body of work. To me, that's more important than the number of hits my site gets.

But I couldn't drop the idea of podcasting. It would be great to have a regular opportunity to connect with followers using a format that was meaningful to them. There's an entire generation I'll never get to interact with if I don't embrace the opportunities progress and change create. So I am compromising with what I'…

Stanchion

At top, detail, below, the entire painting. "Stanchion," 24" x 36", acrylics and water media on gallery stretched canvas, $1599 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.

This is why I work and study with other artists - cross pollination and fresh takes on old ideas. "Stanchion" would never have happened withoutVianna Szabo'scolor instruction,Stanka Kordic'sintroduction to intuitive painting,Lynn Whipple'senthusiasm for drippy paint,Christina Haylett'sfearlessness,Ardith Goodwin's constant gentle nudging, andFonda Clark Haight's mixed media processes. These artists do all the hard work defining their own styles and processes, and then are generous enough to share their enthusiasm with other painters. How lucky am I that I can bring them into my studio every single day!

Thanks, as always, for supporting my art,
Kim

Bound

"Bound (Siren #71)," 24" x 30", acrylics on panel, $899 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.

It took me a while to figure this girl out. Which happens with many of the sirens. First I thought she was seeking direction, then I saw that she wasn't lost but merely deep in thought. And then I realized she wasn't truly deep in thought, only still. And this was because there were binds holding her down, limiting her mobility. Ties that are unbending, restrictive, anchoring. And yet, despite these (or perhaps in SPITE of them) it remains green and lush around her feet.

Such are the stories swimming in my head right now.

Thanks, as always, for supporting my art,
Kim

Cows Cows and Cows

I've been working on cow paintings this last week. The ones above have just returned from their travels to New York.  Clockwise from left:  Dude, 9x12, $469, Girlie, 10x10, $499, and One+One, 8x8, $399. S&H additional, each painting is an original acrylic on museum quality panel. I will combine shipping on multiple purchases. I accept personal checks, paypal and payment plans. Inquiries may come to me.

There's a couple newer ones on my Facebook page - 16x20 canvases - up for grabs. Alfalfa and Bangs.Reach out to meif you are interested in either - they are specially priced at $599 each.

Thanks, as always, for supporting my art,
Kim

Change of Seasons

The fall is my favorite time of year. The colors in Michigan are insanely beautiful, and there is the added edge of enjoying time outside before the wintery air moves in. It's like a limited time offer - you have to take advantage of it. So I hope that you are doing the same at your end.

This weekend was a roller coaster, just like fall itself.

After spending the day in the ER with one of my kids (they are ok - don't worry!!), while following the senate hearing committee news on my phone and closed captioned TV, I came home to quickly change out of my pajama bottoms and clean up before heading to the opening reception for theDetroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptorsmembers show.

This is a group with over 100 years of history in Detroit, a membership deeply committed to the arts. The show is amazing in it's variety and quality - if you get a chance to visit The Annex Gallery, it's well worth the trip. I was tickled to learn that"Farewell,"a painting sparke…

Catharsis

"Catharsis (Siren #67)," 24" x 30", acrylics on panel, $899. Payment plans/check/paypal accepted. Inquiries may cometo me.

This weekend My Better Half built me an easel wall in the home studio, which was no small task. That wall had been lined with bookcases which he cut down to hip height and reconfigured for painting and brush storage underneath. This means I can now paint BIG on this wall, while also working small to medium sized pieces on my floor easel - I am so happy about the expansion of my home work space!

This weekend it also became obvious that I need to purge far more than I originally thought. So older inventory, miscellaneous books, some decorative items, and a few of my toy props have been set aside for a quick salehere. You can purchase via commenting on the item you wish, and yes I will combine shipping, provided it is not detrimental to the welfare of your purchase. I will ship items the end of next week and into early October in the order payment …

Studio News

It's been a lovely year in the studio - yes, it's been a year already!! Over 65 sirens came to life in this magical space. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to create and push a LOT of paint!

Starting in October, my building will be under construction, getting partitioned into smaller spaces. This will result in additional rental units, but none that will serve my painting process more than my home studio. So over the next few weeks I'll be settling back into my original space, nestled comfortably between the kitchen and family room, with an actual Harry Potter-ish cupboard under the stairs.

And thanks to a wise friend, I'm reminding myself that while this space was pretty darned wonderful, I am the one who brings the magic. And that will come to wherever I find myself working.

If you have a painting you can't get out of your mind, this next week would be idea timing to ask. I have a fair percentage of my inventory - well over 100 pieces - stored at the s…