Happy New Year!! (They don't look like this anymore - it didn't take long for me to get paint on them, like the majority of my wardrobe)
Studio News, January 2020
If you are reading this, you made it through the holidays, one of the most stressful times of the year. Congratulations on surviving and getting a start on the new decade.
How weird is that? We've got a new decade on our hands. I don't remember 2010 being that big of a deal, but I was pretty engrossed in raising my kids then, and social media was much quieter, too. As someone who's never watched a whole lot of television and currently limits their online time, I rather prefer things on the quieter side. I have enough voices already in my head, lol!
So here we are, feeling even more pressure because it's the start of a new year and a new decade, to make resolutions and throw out those habits that don't serve us well. I'm going to tell you something, though - each day is a new start and a chance to love ourselves a bit harder, faults and all. That's how I look at it. January is just a month to hunker down (if you live where there's colder temps), rejuice and be a kinder person.
I am looking forward to all that this year will teach me. My eyes, ears and heart are open and taking it all in. It's going to be epic because I'm going to treat it that way.
I made you aplaylist. Just 10 songs that maybe you haven't heard before, favorites of mine. Maybe you'll fall in love with one of these artists yourself. Or add a couple to your own painting/creating/housecleaning/commuting playlist!!
As to what's happening in the studio, I did start with a thorough re-organization of my paintings' storage and a little re-organization of my working space. I'm preparing exhibition entries for 7 shows and curating work for an installation of Daydream paintings, coupled with a tutorial on how to appreciate abstract art, at my local library in March. I am continuing to paint movement studies using butterflies, bumble bees and now dragonflies, and taking the Daydreams BIG (36"x48") with collaged bits of smaller Daydreams added. I am reading (here'sa link to my virtual bookshelf), journaling, meditating and yoga-ing.
And I am currently sniffling. It would appear that I'm coming down with a sinus thing.
Meanwhile, the ever constant nitty gritty:
If you would like a pet portrait (they make wonderful Valentines!) Message mefor details.
For about the cost of a cup of coffee, you can join my online classroom. It's perfect for creatives of all walks. Via video and other resources coupled with a private online community space, I provide exclusive behind the scenes footage of idea germination, painting progressions, materials, inspirations, studio management, etc. Access is $5/montth.
My journaling classmeets on the 3rd Thursday of each month in Lake Orion (MI). This month I will be teaching/sharing some of the processes I use in the daydream paintings - this is an exclusive opportunity to try some of the approaches out.
MyFIneArtAmerica storefrontis open 24/7, with over 300 paintings which can be reproduced on a variety of textiles, along with smartphone cases and other traditional surfaces. Prices start around $3 and go up.
Wanting to gift yourself or someone special an original painting? Reach out - I have Daydreams, Echos and Sirens in my home studio, and can ship worldwide. I am happy to arrange for payment plans, too - I want you to be able to live with the painting you desire.
THANK YOU so much for making it this far, for reading all my wordy words, for buying my art or taking my classes or commenting and sharing things on social media. I am so grateful to share this journey with you. HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Warmly, Kim
"Lashes and Corkscrews," 5" x 8", buckskin tobiano curly horse portrait, acrylic on board, $289 to the first taker. Do I see any hands? Inquires to email@example.com .
I really DID intend to paint today, but things got out of hand quickly. I think it was the Snickers bar breakfast that me going in the wrong direction right off the bat. Then the mid-morning helping of caramel corn followed by a Kit-Kat lunch.... straight downhill from there.
For the last hour I have had my palette open and the brushes out, but trick-or-treaters are coming thick and heavy, and it's becoming very clear that I will NOT be finishing the sheltie paintings tonight (so sorry JB - they are coming, though!!).
Instead I'll share with you a piece I did last week for an art competition. I won't find out about the juror's decision until December, but in the meanwhile, please enjoy Percy, my friend's new gelding. Isn't he a dear?!
I am so excited to share with you the lessons I've created exclusively for this year's Make Create Express event. The first one features butterflies and will be part of the free Creative Retreat Weekend July 11-12th. The butterfly lesson will only be available, entirely for free, during this weekend event. However BOTH lessons, the butterfly and a wonderful rabbit painting workshop, are part of the year long Make Create Express. And I'm just one of 25 other artists who have made extraordinary content. Want in? Of course you do! We are less than 3 weeks out from the Creative Retreat Weekend, and to celebrate we are having a Blog Hop Giveaway. I get to give away 1 place in the Make Create Express year long workshop. This is a $120 value - think of the art supplies you can buy with that sort of savings!! To enter just share this particular blog post on Facebook and be sure to tell me that you have done so (shared this) by commenting here on the blog by 8pm on June 25th. I will an…
"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…