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Heaven Hold Us (Medicine Hat #12)

"Heaven Hold Us (Medicine Hat #12)," 20" x 24" x 1-1/2", acrylics on museum quality cradeled panel with image painted around the side, so no need to frame unless you wish. This original painting is $999 plus s&h to the first one asking nicely. Inquire directlyto me- I take personal checks, paypal, venmo and will arrange payment plans.

The Medicine Hat paintingsbegan as an exploration of what horses have meant to me over my lifetime. I figured out all along that they - horses - have been a safety net for my love. They don't judge or expect anything in return or withhold their attention. And I felt worthy when in their presence. Whether I was imagining it while making art/reading stories/watching horse races or simply blessed to actually be in their company.

The last couple days I was blessed to be in this one's company. She has provided a lovely escape from the snow and ice and winds howling about outside. And reminds me that feeling loved is one of …

The Daylight Waits for Her Command (Medicine Hat #11)

Above, full painting, below a detail. "The Daylight Waits for Her Command (Medicine Hat #11)," 16" x 20", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas with image painted around the side, so no need to frame unliess one wishes to do so. This original painting is $649 plus s&h to the first one asking nicely. Inquire directlyto me- I take personal checks, paypal, venmo and will arrange payment plans.

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I didn't realize my own identity until well into my adulthood. I was acutely aware of being a square peg in a round world. It was a well kept secret - at least from my it was - that the square pegs are the ones with all the magic. And I'm very glad that Past Kim didn't try to sand her corners off.

It can be lonely, holding onto one's corners. Reach out to the square pegs you know and tell them how amazing they are. And how perfect they are in their own unique qualities. And that one day they will find a community of quadrilaterals and be cherished for…

Your Destiny Will Keep You Warm (Medicine Hat #10)

Above, full painting, below a detail. "Your Destiny Will Keep You Warm (Medicine Hat #10)," 22" x 30", acrylics on panel, $999 plus s&h to the first one asking nicely. Inquire directlyto me- I take personal checks, paypal, venmo and will arrange payment plans.

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Seems like the paint has been flying in these parts, due to no lack of inspiration as I spend time reflecting upon and painting these magical horses. Each Medicine Hat piece has gotten stronger than the one prior - or maybe it's that collectively they are gathering more power. There's so much magic in these pieces, I can't stand it.

I am feeling the need for some sort of restoration, but also fearing to take a break and potentially interrupt the flow. So perhaps it is convenient that tomorrow I have to leave the studio and go out into The Real World to deliver several paintings across town, then attend a gallery opening and cheer on good friends who's work will be gracing the w…

Why I rework a perfectly good painting

"Your Tears Have Been Worthwhile (Medicine Hat #8)," 20" x 30", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, image painted around the sides so there is no need to frame. $1299 plus s&h to the first one asking nicely. Inquire directlyto me- I take personal checks, paypal, venmo and will arrange payment plans.

I sharedthis paintinglast week, thinking she was finished. But it was later pointed out** that the painting could be improved - my story wasn't as clear as it could have been. You see the gesture of this horse, which was paramount to me, materializing as she approached the viewer, was not strong enough. Nor was her connection with the flowers explained - that they have taken root and are pulling sustenance from her existence, even if it is imagined. So I dug back into the piece and made some changes - subtle, yet I feel, critical ones that make the painting all the stronger.

At times I'm able to see a painting's shortcomings on my own, but they aren'…

Feeling My Way

In process, this is a rework of an older painting titled "Comfort and Peace." It will get a spiffy, new title, since the painting's story has evolved. I've just not figured that part out yet. The ending to the story, nor how to get there. Such is the joy (or pain, depending upon one's point of view) in working intuitively. I never know where I will end up, but I do know that it's always an adventure, and there often is language as colorful as my brushwork.

This is acrylic on panel, 24" x 30", and will be $999 plus s&h to the first one asking nicely. And of course you may ask prior to the piece's completion - I'm happy to offer first dibs. All it takes is a "pretty please." Inquiries may come directlyto me- I take personal checks, paypal, venmo and can also arrange payment plans.

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I was never fully satisfied with the earlier rendition of this one. I mean, it was ok in the whole scheme of things, but it didn't thril…

All We Ever Dreamed We Had (Medicine Hat #9)

Detail of "All We Ever Dreamed We Had (Medicine Hat #9)," 16" x 16" x 2", acrylics on archival cradeled panel, image painted around the sides so no need to frame. $699 plus s&h to the first one asking nicely. Inquire directlyto me- I take personal checks, paypal, venmo and will arrange payment plans.

This is a tough one to photograph, as she changes dramatically as you walk past. There is lots of layering and reflection and refraction that happens inside the paint layers. For instance, the majority of the white you see in this photo is translucent pearl, and only visible when you are on the opposite side of the light source.Here is a little videoto provide a better idea of how things shift.

This painting is one of my favorites of all time. I'm just going to sit here and look at her all night long.

Thanks for following along with my painting journey, Kim

Your Tears Have Been Worthwhile

"Your Tears Have Been Worthwhile (Medicine Hat #8)," 20" x 30", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, $1299 plus s&h to the first one asking nicely. Inquire directlyto me- I take personal checks, paypal, venmo and will arrange payment plans.

I see you.
Love, Kim

Untitled, in process

IN PROCESS, "Untitled," 20" x 30", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas. Inquire directlyto meif interested in having first right of refusal on this one when she's finished.

Boy, the incarnations this has gone through are mindboggling. There has to be at least 6 different compositions under here. I am wallowing, but that means that I am pushing the envelope, and one has to step outside their comfort zone in order to grow. I am learning, though, to listen and be patient, and not to second guess gut reactions but just lay them down. It IS only paint, as I have been known to tell my students.

So we've established that this one is trying my patience and making me question why I thought the combination of line and form with roots and stems as veins might even work. But then I stopped just a few minutes ago to really look at her, and discovered how very worth it this particular struggle is.

Is she telling you a story yet? and is it the same as mine?

Thanks, as alway…

Blue

"Blue," 16" x 20", acrylics on panel, not for sale. Not even if you ask nicely. My family will burn me at the stake if I let this one go.

When My Better Half works nights (like he is tonite), I play while the sun's up and work at the end of the day. It's a fun change to my normal routine.

Today included a little day trip with one of my favorite peeps in one of our favorite places. It was a delight to enjoy each other's company while the rest of the world was at work.

And tonight I had blocked time out to paint for a juried exhibit. My entry is due next week, and, true to form I waited until the nth hour. Because the next painting is always going to be the better one. Well, not always, but I do like to pretend. And I think tonite I might have played my cards well.

Well, mostly I played my cards well. You see, I turned my back, and Blue - yes, sweet little adorable - ate half my pizza** while I was feeding Gertrude Stein. Gertie the bunny, not Gertie the art…

Listen to the Colors

ABOVE, full image, detail BELOW: "Listen to the Colors," 18" x 24" x 1", acrylics on gallery wrap canvas with image painted around the sides (so no need to frame). $899 plus s&h. If you love her, act quickly. If I still have her in the morning, she'll be entered in an exhibit (and, assuming she gets accepted, not available until the show opens, plus you'll have to wait until the show closes for shipment). I accept personal checks, paypal, venmo and payment plans. Inquiriesto meplease.

This is the same pony fromyesterday's painting- I wanted to try again with a treatment similar to the moodier ones I've been doing in previous weeks.

Thanks for following along with my art journey, Kim

PS Title from the lyrics ofThe Breaking Light by Vienna Teng.

She Used to Be Mine

"She Used to be Mine," 24" x 36" x 1", acrylics on gallery wrap canvas with image painted around the sides. $1899 plus s&h, but you have toask nicelyas this one will be tough for me to part with. I accept personal checks, paypal, venmo and payment plans.

I started out with the miniature horse as a self portrait, Young Kim, and the pansies represented my desire to own a horse (in Victorian times pansies meant "thought"). Then a Sara Bareilles song came on, She Used to Be Mine, a song I associate with The Princess because of a gut-wrenching dance she once performed to it. I put the song on repeat to mentally replay that memory, and as the song cycled, the lyricstook on new meaning. They evolved from mourning who the singer used to be, to singing about a child grown and off into the world.

So there is a paradox to this painting, at least for me. It is Young Kim, full of dreams and as yet un-materialized magic. It is also Present Kim who's still…