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NEW PAINTING Daydream 18

"Daydream 18," 20" x 20" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled birch panel, not currently for sale. Inquiries may always cometo me. I can't stop looking at her.

The fragmented bits in the light, crystallizing as they approach the darker area, feel like Hope. I needed this. Perhaps others of you do, too.

Take this Hope and spread it out into the world.

Thanks so very much for following along on my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

NEW PAINTING Daydream 17

"Daydream 17," 11' x 14" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled birch panel, not currently for sale. Inquiries may always cometo me. Can you tell what inspired this Daydream? I don't think it matters, really. The inspiration was merely the gateway to this image, and that's the true starting point I think.

so what do you see here? where does it take you?

Thanks so very much for following along on my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

NEW PAINTING Daydream 16

"Daydream 16," 11' x 14" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled birch panel, $499 plus s& h to the first asking nicely. ** Inquiries may always cometo me. It's interesting how the design shifts, moving from the square daydreams to a rectangle. I'm also experimenting with some other media, seeing how just how juicy and just how blurry I can push things.

And recording the process for my online students to learn from.Are you in my classroom? why not?

Thanks so very much for following along on my art journey,
Warmly, Kim **Daydream 16 is entered in a juried exhibition, which means, if she is accepted she becomes available for purchase on August 29th directly through the gallery, and can be shipped after the exhibition comes down on September 29th. I am happy to coordinate introductions to facilitate your purchase ahead of the show opening. If she does not make the cut for this show, her mood would be greatly improved by having a welcoming new home, which can be arra…

NEW PAINTING Daydream 15 (Daisy)

"Daydream 15 (Daisy)," 12' x 12" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled birch panel, $449 plus s& h to the first asking nicely. ** Inquiries may always cometo me. Someone said these recent Daydream paintings were spiritual. That's a five star compliment.

Thanks so very much for following along on my art journey,
Warmly, Kim **Daydream 15 had been entered in a juried exhibition, which means, should she make the cut, her dance card is full until the exhibition closes on October 5th, 2019. I can ship her off shortly afterwards. If she doesn't make it in, she's available for shipment after August 27th, 2019. Any questions may always cometo me.

NEW PAINTING Daydream 14 (Yellow)

"Daydream 14 (Yellow)," 12' x 12" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled birch panel, $449 plus s& h to the first asking nicely. ** Inquiries may always cometo me. I approach the daydream paintings intuitively, without a clear idea of how they are going to turn out. They reveal themselves, ideally without any micro management or control battles. Today's painting showed up, delicate, vulnerable, maybe even a bit weary. But she's a moment of substance and truth. I feel like I properly channeled things this time around.

Thanks so very much for following along on my art journey,
Warmly, Kim **I am entering her in a juried exhibition, which means, should she make the cut, she will grace the gallery walls until October 5th, 2019. I can ship her off shortly after the exhibition closes. If she doesn't make it in, she's available for shipment after August 27th, 2019. Any questions may always cometo me.

Finding My Happy Place

Detail of a larger painting in process, currently untitled, acrylics on gallery wrap canvas. Inquiries may always cometo me.
Current events have gutted me. So today I crawled into my proverbial cave, turned my music up loudly, and tried to forget that we live in a world where hate grows invasively. This painting doesn't have a title - yet - but she is going to be special. She will be hopeful, a glorious beacon, filled with the strength we need to combat the divisiveness. And somehow her title will reflect this.

Meanwhile, the voting continues for the Pixels Billboard Contest, which seems very shallow in the whole context of life, but there it is. I have until August 15th to garner 250 likes for my three paintings, and if this happens, they advance to the jurying phase. If you are looking for a simple distraction,PLEASE VOTE FOR MY PAINTINGSby following the links below. Inclusion in this national campaign would be a wonderful boost for my business (which helps pay college tuition fo…

Studio News, August 2019

Finnigan, 12" x 12" x 1", acrylics on cradeled birch panel, not for sale.  Studio Newsletter, August 2019 Finnigan's health had been steadily declining, and a few weeks ago he let us know he was ready to leave. Our family surrounded him with love well beyond his last moments, something we had been dreading doing, but it was the greatest gift that we could ever have given, other than our home and companionship during his lifetime. It seems strange without him here. Thank you to all who reached out with their stories and support during this time - we felt part of a greater, gentler community.

I am continuing to paint the Daydreams - that magical space where lucidity fades and our imagination begins to bloom. I'm putting them on my website as fast as they come. Some of the paintings are smaller and on paper, so there's a variety of price points.  And I am already seeing that I may choose to go back into one or two and repaint some areas. That's always a risk…

NEW PAINTING Cornflower Dream 2

"Cornflower Dream 2," acrylics and mixed media on bristol paper, 14" x 18", $250 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. This painting will need to be framed and set behind glass by the collector. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me- thank you!

These dream pieces are becoming quite a bit of fun (here's the last one). A fusion of the sirens, echos, and my art journaling ventures along with a good dose of drawing from life. Kinda like my art world has come full circle.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

NEW PAINTING Cornflower Dream 1

"Cornflower Dream 1," acrylics and mixed media on bristol paper, 14" x 18", $250 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. This painting will need to be framed and set behind glass by the collector. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me- thank you!

At my weekly critique, I got some significant feedback aboutThe Daydream paintings. To work through some of the comments and resulting ideas, I decided to do smaller daydream type sketches on paper. This gives me the opportunity to pursue a variety of directions in a smaller window of time.

You should see the studio - I'm horizontally surface challenged as it is, without adding a dozen drying paintings on paper lying about. And I want to do more - my muse is here, spinning like a dervish - but where to stack these while they are wet?

As I study and learn from them, I'll be making the most intriguing sketches available for purchase. I'm imagining they will go qui…

NEW PAINTING Daydream #2 (in the clover)

"Daydream #2 (in the clover)," acrylics and mixed media on a 30" x 40" x 1-1/2" gallery wrap canvas, $1999 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me- thank you!

Clover has always been a magical plant for me, particularly the purple ones, which seem to dip and dance and carry on a conversation in the garden. I spent hours as a kid, on my belly, searching for the 4 leaf-ers. As a matter of fact, it remains one of my favorite past times to this day.

Grandma Kelly could always find them so easily.

Now that I think about it, maybe they found her.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

NEW PAINTING Daydream #7

"Daydream #7," acrylics with water soluble graphite on gallery wrapped canvas, 15" x 30" x 3/4", $699 to the first one asking nicely. Painting continues around the sides and will be varnished upon receipt. Detail image below. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me- thank you!

There is a delicacy to this painting that I particularly like. It's fragile, just like that dissolving dream upon wakening.  But these tendrils reach and tangle and persevere with a lovely gentleness, and hint deliciously at what was dancing through our mind just a moment earlier......

And the surface just begs to be touched..... see the detail below.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

NEW PAINTING Daydream #6 (Daisies)

"Daydream #6 (Daisies)," acrylics and watermedia on a 24" x 30" panel, $899. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me- thank you!

This is another Siren turned Daydream - there's something fascinating that happens when one uses a previous painting as a jumping off point for something new directly overtop. Contrary to what some may think, I do not simply coat the previous painting with an even layer of gesso and begin on a clean slate. Instead, I allow what was there before to interact with what reveals itself as the new design builds, responding intuitively (you can't plan this sort of thing!) and all these happy accidents happen. Approximately 1/3 of the surface of this Daydream remains untouched from the previous Siren incarnation.

There's an echo of the previous siren figure behind the glazes (lower left), but only if you knew she was there to begin with. And the (mostly green) color from the earlier pain…

Studio News, July 2019

Luminary (Medicine Hat #19), 48" x 48" x 2", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas. She is a BIG one and lush with marks that simply don't translate in this scale -let me knowif you want detail shots. Luminary is $3299 to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Pleaseinquire directly to me.Studio Newsletter, July 2019 Despite the hectic onset, summer has settled in rather quietly. There is a relaxed routine at the house, and I've been able to tuck into the studio nearly every day for at least a little bit of work. Painting is my mental health check, and it always makes me feel lighter in spirit when a regular creation schedule gives me the opportunity to process life and world happenings.

My work is evolving, which is a natural progression of a regular painting practice. With the studio move back home last fall, I began to look inwards, seeking a deeper understanding of myself. A lifetime companion at the easel and in my h…

NEW PAINTING Daydream #5

"Daydream #5," acrylics and watermedia on a 24" x 36" x 1-1/2" cradeled birch panel, image painted around the sides, $1899. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me- thank you!

In a previous incarnation, this Daydream was aSiren soaring in space, made of roses and leaving a trail of petals. And, even though she's not really visible as such any longer, the echo of her presence makes the piece all the more powerful for me. I see the remnants of her blooms and the fading pathway, and I am reminded ofThe Butterfly Effect,which then begs me to find wings in the composition.

I thought about giving the piece a more descriptive title than "Daydream #5," but then I was afraid that would limit others' interpretations. So the above is all you're going to get.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

NEW COMMISSION Roxy

"Roxy)," 18" x 24" x 1", acrylic on museum quality panel. This is a commissioned portrait done posthumously and is in a private collection (thank you CW!), however I can work similar magic with your pet and your photos. Interested parties mayreach out to me; commissioned portraiture starts at $499 Thank you so very much for your interest in my work.

I worked on Roxy for about a month before delivering her top secret style, for a fabulous reveal. I am particularly grateful, because in this instance, Roxy's portrait is the second piece of mine this family owns. While the circumstances of their return weren't the happiest, they were utterly delighted in the end to have a wonderful touchpoint for their girl. And I was honored to be the artist entrusted to do so.

I have a track record of delivering well over 1000 portraits to satisfied customers since 2001. And lucky you - I can squeeze one more project into July if you reach out now; otherwise the wait may b…

NEW PAINTING Aflutter (Daydream #3)

"Aflutter (Daydream #3)," 36" x 48" x 2", acrylic on museum quality panel. Pictured below is a detail of this lovely's face and the inspiration piece behind this painting, "The Rebirth of Wonder." "Aflutter" is best viewed in person, and I am looking to arrange a trip for her to accommodate just that. There is SO much nuance here, and layers upon layers of marks, that one gets entirely lost in the piece (which is perfect for daydreaming, no?). Meanwhile, I've decided to let her fly the nest - "Aflutter" is available. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Interested parties mayreach out to me; she is $2799 plus s&h. Thank you so very much for your interest in my work.

Her inspiration, "The Rebirth of Wonder," is a 16" x 20" gallery wrap canvas, $649 plus s&h, if "Aflutter" is a little too big for your wall. Please inquire directly to me about either painting.


As this …

IN PROCESS Daydream #2 (in the clover)

IN PROCESS  "Daydream #2 (in the clover)," acrylics and watermedia on a 30" x 40" x 1-1/2" gallery wrapped canvas, image painted around the sides. Dang, but this concept has dug itself deep into my head. #2 will be $1999 when finished. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me- thank you!

The past few weeks I've seen my muse, but mostly from a distance. I've been trying to entice her to stay, but she doesn't cave for the normal sort of thing like copious amounts of chocolate. However, I think that she's completely sold her soul for these last two Daydream paintings. And hence a new series is born. And I get all the chocolate.

Also, this one was very much influenced by my newest acquisition, a vintage print on linen of American Impressionist painterRobert Reid's Fleur de Lis. That blue got me thinking ofThomas Wilmer Dewing'sblue, and the rest is history.

Thanks, as always, for following along…

In Process - Daydream

IN PROCESS (but I'm feeling like she's ALMOST done), "Daydream," acrylics and watermedia on a 20" x 30" x 1-1/2" museum quality cradeled birch. Lush layers and harmonic color mimic the feel of an overgrown cottage garden. This one will be $1299 when finished. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me- thank you!

You know that magical space between lucidity and stepping into a dream? where you still hear someone's droning voice, but there's something else just slightly out of reach, coming towards you. It's far more interesting than what you should be paying attention to, so you let go and step closer to that unseen beauty.......

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

Blue

"Blue," an 8x10 acrylic painting done on museum quality cradeled birch. Blue is going directly into my own collection, but I can create something similar starring your own pet. Inquiries may cometo me- thank you!

Continuing to think about how gesture impacts brushwork, and how brushwork can both carve and interrupt form. Learning that the essence of an object exists in energy that is not contained by neat and clean edges.

Going to tackle a new piece today and see how far I can push these ideas.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

Red Shevlino

Inspired by the work of David Shevlino, done overtop a sketch completed in Aprils 30Dogs30Days. This is "red Shevlino," an 8x10 acrylic painting done on canvasboard. He is $199 plus s&hto the first asking nicely. I take paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may cometo me- thank you!

Artists pull inspiration from a variety of sources. A revisit to The Little Prince firmly lodged the fox's words in my head:  "One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eye." And that got me thinking, how the heck do I paint things that are essential and therefore intangible?

It got me googling last night - I started out with an exploration of edges and how various treatments achieve different results. I got distracted byGregory Manchess'spaintings, and ultimately ended up onDavid Shevlino'swebsite (and of course I had gloriously colored, fractured, blurrey edged dreams!).

This morning I thought I would give it a try,…

The Elephant Sanctuary

Pictured above, from the left, "Forgiveness," "Love," and "Innocence," original paintings commissioned as reflection on a once-in-a-lifetime trip toThe Elephant Nature Park, an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of reproductions of this special project will be donated toThe Elephant Nature Parkto help continue their legacy - please read more below.

Each commission project is a deeply personal journey shared between myself and my client, as they communicate their unique relationship with the subject matter, and I capture the physical and emotional likeness in paint. A recent commission involving elephants went entirely beyond the realm of what I typically learn and experience while collaborating with my collector.

As usual, the project began with an explanation of why - why did my collector want these paintings? "V" told me about her lifelong fascination with these animals, and then invited me to travel virtually as …