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NEW PAINTING Schematic (Daydream 34)

"Schematic (Daydream 34)," 11" x 14" x 1/2", acrylics and graphite on cradeled wood panel, $499 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. I spent a good time today looking at the Daydreams and Figment paintings collectively. Independent of each other, they are fascinating. But when grouped together, there's all sorts of whispered secrets.

It's magical.

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

NEW PAINTING Daydream 23

"Daydream 23," 11" x 14" x 1/2", acrylics and graphite on cradeled wood panel, $499 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. What do you see in this painting? there are so many delights hiding-in-wait.....

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

NEW PAINTING Warbler (Daydream 32)

"Warbler (Daydream 32)," 13" x 16", acrylics and graphite on wallpaper, $299 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. The rectangular section with the bird is the wallpaper itself; the remainder of the surface carried layers of marks laid down by me. The crease in the middle is part of the painting. This piece will need to be framed behind glass. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. I am intrigued by the addition of collage materials to my Daydream pieces. The conversation that happens between the painting itself and the collaged item is fascinating. But what happens when the collaged bit isn't collaged at all - it just looks that way? I'm figuring that part out right now.

This is a Ralph Lauren wallpaper remnant I picked up at a garage sale. The pattern, from 2006, is called Marlowe Floral Cinnabar. If you know how I might acquire additional bits of wallpaper (not necessarily this pattern, although beca…

NEW PAINTING Anemone (Daydream 31)

Detail of "Anemone (Daydream 31)," 24" x 24", acrylics and graphite on panel $899 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Full painting pictured below. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. Siren meets Daydream.

I beganthe Siren paintingin May 2018, but I couldn't figure out how to resolve her. That's because she showed up far too early - I hadn't yet learned how to dothis, with the glazes and lines. So she waited in the studio. Very patiently, I might add.

Thanks so very much for following along on my art journey,
Warmly, Kim Join My Virtual Classroom

STUDIO NEWS October 2019

Currently untitled, this is an early stage of an ambitious 36" x 48" Daydream painting. Acrylics and graphite on canvas.Studio Newsletter, October 2019 September sure flew by. Punctuated with 4 shows (The 59th Annual Thumb Area Art Exhibition atStarkweather Gallery(Romeo, Michigan) theDetroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptorsannual show (Grosse Pointe, Michigan) theAnton Art Center(Mt. Clemens, Michigan) and theGreater Michigan Art Exhibition (Midland, Michigan)), I certainly had a full calendar. I enjoyed getting out to the openings to see the exhibitions, meeting up with friends who had been traveling over the summer months, and connecting with new friends as well.

In other news, My paintingWabi Sabiwas part of FASOs TOP15% for their August competition. This is a lovely honor, particularly because the painting is all about resilience, and while I painted it two winters ago, the message remains important.Last winter I filmed a segment for the television seriesMetro Ar…

NEW PAINTING Daydream 30 (Migration)

"Daydream 30 (Migration)," 30" x 30" x 1-1/2", acrylics and graphite on gallery wrapped canvas, $1499 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. I need to stop daydreaming and get to work.

Oh, wait, this is my work!

(Also, if you didn't see the earliest version of this one on FB, we've been playing a fabulous round of "what do you see".Please come join us!)

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

NEW PAINTING Daydream 29 (Aspirations)

"Daydream 29 (Aspirations)," 30" x 30" x 1-1/2", acrylics and graphite on gallery wrapped canvas, $1499 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me.
This one, she makes me suck in my breath. And hold it. And forget to breathe until I feel all lightheaded and stuff.

Then it starts all over again.

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

NEW PAINTING Figment 5

"Figment 5," 16" x 20", acrylics and graphite on panel, $599 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. So this one doesn't "feel" as mushroomey asyesterday's painting, Figment 4,but trust me, it's there. Can you see the stem extending off the underside of the cap on the right, above my watermark?

As can sometimes happen when I power ahead without a clear direction, this one got painfully overworked, particularly the lower left section. So I introduced a bit of collage (cut from one of the Cornflower Dream sketches), and that inspired the rework, bringing some beautiful and much needed value jumps into the design..

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

NEW PAINTING Figment 4

"Figment 4," 16" x 20", acrylics and graphite on panel, $599 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. Rememberthe red mushroomsI discovered last week? well, they are inspiring some pretty cool paintings. Something about the color of the mushroom, plus the ribbing (??I don't know what it's called??) underneath is utterly fascinating to me.

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

NEW PAINTING Daydream 12

"Daydream 12," 12" x 12", acrylics and graphite on panel, $499 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. Purple clover are one of my favorites.

they are muppets
nodding on sinewy stems
leaves a flouncy tulle

You would think, because I loved them so much, that painting them would be easy peasy.

Not in the least. This painting has been a troublemaker since the very beginning. But I FINALLY figured her out.

It was well worth it.

Also, in last week's journaling class, we had great fun writing haikus.

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

NEW PAINTING Daydream 26 Figment 1

"Daydream 26 Figment 1," 18" x 24", acrylics and graphite on panel, $799 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. This onestarted weeks ago as a Daydream,and I struggled to hear her message.  Last week I added a bit of collage (cut from an original sketch on paper), and still nothing spoke to me. Today I heard her voice, loud and clear. Funny how that can happen, eh?

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

NEW PAINTING Daydream 28

"Daydream 28," 24" x 30", acrylics and graphite on panel, $899 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me.
This Daydream is inspired by an oyster shell, this wonderously magical creature that turns an irritant (grain of sand) into something precious (a pearl).

A total life lesson for today's world. Get out there and change what you don't like. You are wonderously magical too.

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

NEW PAINTING Figment 3

Figment 3," 18" x 24", acrylics and graphite on panel, $799 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me.
I am thinking about the elements, and wondering aloud (and with my paints) as to whether I can paint something that contains all of them.

Spirit.
Fire.
Air.
Water.
Earth.

This one is a step closer in that direction.

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

NEW PAINTING Daydream 27

"Daydream 27," 18" x 24", acrylics and graphite on panel, $799 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. This painting is inspired by a conch shell, one that I secreted out of The Princess's empty bedroom and brought into the studio last week. It's got a story, as does this painting.

The Princess is named for my Grandmother, whom I called Gompie but was christened Anna. Gompie was my best friend on pretty much every level for my entire life. As my Anna grew up, I was delighted to see so much of Gompie in her. It was a heartwarming reminder to recognize facets of the woman I aspired to be growing up in my own home.

So when we planned a drive down the east coast last summer, it was important to me that I introduce Anna to Assateague Island, where Gompie took me when I was about her same age. Assateague is one of those places that is raw and vulnerable and fierce, where I …

Studio News, September 2019

With "Untitled (Pigtails)," at the opening of the Artists' Choice Show at The Anton Art Center this past Saturday. Photo courtesy of The Anton Art Center. Studio Newsletter, September 2019 Remember last month when I told you about all the exhibition rejection letters I was bracing for? well, to my surprise, they did not arrive. I was juried into 4 different shows, which delighted me to no end. Which means you can now see my paintings in the 59th Annual Thumb Area Art Exhibition atStarkweather Gallery(Romeo, Michigan), as part of theDetroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptorsannual show (Grosse Pointe, Michigan) and at theAnton Art Center(Mt. Clemens, Michigan). At the end of this month, theGreater Michigan Art Exhibitionwill open at the Aldon Dow Museum of Science and Art (Midland, Michigan), and I'll have work there as well. I've included links to each of the shows so that you may see their various details and plan a visit to one - or more - of the spaces.

NEW PAINTING Daydream 13

"Daydream 13," 24" x 30", acrylics and graphite on panel, $899 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. This painting is a very personal one. The figure is myself, as a child, inspired by a school photo. I was so lost (and not because the photographer made me take off my glasses for the picture) - aware that I was different and convinced (wrongly so, I might add) that this was very much not ok. If I could go back to Little Kim, I would tell her to own her story and let her heart shine more brightly. I would teach her about spirit guides, tell her that intuition is a fabulous navigator, and being 4 eyed was not a curse.

And I'd whisper in her ear that she was, and will continue to be, an artist with every breath she takes.

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

9/11 changed Americans forever in so many ways. It saddens me that my children grew …

NEW PAINTING Figment 2

"Figment 2," 16" x 20", acrylics and graphite on panel, $599 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me.

The Daydreams have become multi-faceted. Original Daydreams included a representational object as the starting point, like a bit of clover or a daisy. They were about that moment when lucidity dissolves and imagination steps up to the plate.

Some of my recent pieces, though, are complete abstractions, even though they started (just like the others) with a snippet of something from The Real World (this one was milk weed pods). Today's painting was not about the moment a Daydream began. Instead, it was all about the dream's journey and how it made me feel. So that inherent difference meant that I had to somehow classify this painting (and similar ones) as being separate from the others.

Which means there's now a new kid in town. Well, let's be real, pretty soon…

NEW PAINTING Daydream 25 (Glory)

"Daydream 25 (Glory)," 18" x 24", acrylics and graphite media on panel, $799 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. I'm staring at this painting, reaching for words, but I just can't. I have a gut level connection to these Daydream paintings, and each one pulls me more deeply into a space I simply can't articulate. Which I suppose means they are successful, but it's hard for me to truly and objectively assess that because they are meant to be an emotional response, not a representational painting.

I know how to measure the success of a representational painting. But measuring an emotional response? that's still a bit hazy to me.

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

NEW PAINTING Daydream 24

"Daydream 24," which, ironically and synchroniously is also 24" x 24", acrylics, collage and water based media on panel, $899 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me.
Yes, this is a painting in a painting. One of the Cornflower Dream paintings (remember those sketches on paper I did a couple weeks back?) sacrificed herself to be a part of this larger daydream. She's pretty pleased with her decision, too.

There's plenty more where this came from. The paintings are pushing and shoving, rushing to get out of my head. I'm trying to keep them calm and somewhat organized, but it's an awful lot like herding cats. Which Blue tries to do quite frequently to Mona and DaVinci, with great enthusiasm and always unsuccessfully. I'm hoping for a better outcome.

Meanwhile, the Daydream paintings are being well received as they venture out into the world. There are 2 in the …

Commission a Pet Portrait

"Cannonball," a pet portrait which now sits in a private collection (thank you SO much LH!). Portraits start at $399. Inquiries may always cometo me. You can read this in a whisper if it helps, but summer is coming to a close. Our local grocery has had ceramic pumpkins at the front of their store for a couple weeks, which I find offensive in August, but nevertheless, there they sit because noone consulted me first.

However, now is a great time to take outdoor photos of your pet if you are thinking about commissioning a portrait in the coming months (I won't say it, but, ahem, the h*(!$@&$......). Turn the flash off on your camera, and get down to their eye level while they are playing. Don't worry about a "sit, stay" - those sorts of photos are fine, but casual non-posed action shots also translate well to a WOW portrait. And I happen to know someone who's got nearly 20 years of experience in creating custom, original WOW portraits that will knock yo…

NEW PAINTING Daydream 22

"Daydream 22," 11" x 14" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled wood panel, $499 plus s&h. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me. This one is fascinating to me. There's magic happening in the depths of the garden. Jack might have dropped a bean seed, and it's just germinated.

What do YOU see?

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

NEW PAINTING Daydream 21

"Daydream 21," 11" x 14" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled wood panel, $499 plus s&h. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me. I literally cannot stop painting these.

When I am at the easel, it's for hours on end, working multiple compositions back to back.

And when I'm not in the studio, I get swept away by a beautiful detail, and begin to paint another daydream, this time in my head.

Years ago I heard that an indicator of a true artist is that they simply can't stop creating, even when they aren't holding their tools. I didn't truly understand that until the act of painting slowly consumed the bulk of my gray matter.

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

NEW STUDY Dreaming of Vincent

"Dreaming of Vincent," 16" x 20" x 3/4", acrylics on gallery wrap canvas, $249 plus s&h. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me. Last week my daughter moved into her freshman dorm room. It was a fun day, unpacking her life alongside her roomie's (who, although they essentially roomed blind, is basically my kiddo in different packaging), watching them settle into their own independence. This is what we raised her to do, and there she was, jumping in with an open heart. It filled mine with joy.

Then, at the end of the day, she and her roomie agreed that they needed one more thing to complete their room. A sunflower painting.

You know I was all over that one!

The girls got their painting personally delivered yesterday, and on the drive home from campus I decided to do another one, because who knew who else was looking at their walls, thinking that they, too, needed a sunflower painting to complete their own …