Trance

I have fallen a little bit behind in keeping the blog up to date these days! Lots of events happening, a whole lot of art happening, and also a little bit of uncertainty about the audience interest in reading blogs these days. much as I love this format, the bite sized tidbits of social media seem to be the preferred choice of information consumption. However, I was gratified to hear from many of you that you have missed my blog posts on the process of my paintings. Now that i am coming to the end of a big deadline crush, …

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Interviewed on One Fantastic Week

Yesterday morning, I sat down to chat with Peter Mohrbacher and Sam Flegal of the video podcast “One Fantastic Week” for an interview. We talked about how I got started in the industry and the direction I took my work, the business of being a creative professional, making art, and how being a parent fits into all of that as well.  Oh, and bubblewrap. Can forget the bubblewrap! If you missed the live event, you can still come check out the hour long conversation on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RU09FQP75q8  

Abutilon Flower Study – steps to paint

I have another botanical piece in the works for an abutilon (flowering maple). It’s still in the sketch phase. But since I won’t have a chance to work on it for a while, I did some studies of the flowers so that I could record the colors, just in case I can’t find any flowers when I get back to painting the final piece.Here are the colors I ended up using: Gamboge Genuine, Yellow Ochre, Quinacridrone Red, Quinacridrone Purple, Quinacridrone Coral, Leaf Green, Sap Green, Hookers Green, Neutral Tint I started with a dilute glaze of Gamboge Genuine on the …

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Ink Textural Demonstration Video

Okay, you guys finally wore me down. I’ve been getting requests for some video demonstrations for years, and though the hermit-artist in me hates video record of her existence, I’ve buckled down and done it.  At least, one video. We’ll have to see if there are more. If anyone has requests for short-demonstration type videos you would like to see me do, feel free to offer up suggestions here. I can’t do a full painting video, I don’t have the setup capability for that, but I can do little 5-10 minute bits like this one. So, that said, here it …

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Pigment geek-out

Okay, artist geek-out time now. I just bought a bunch of new Daniel Smith paints. Haven’t had a chance yet to play with them, but I did at least get to do a quick test swatch of each this morning. *Quinacridones – the top row of red-pinks-purplish colors. I’ve heard a lot about quinacridones lately from various artists, and I’ve decided to finally give them a shot. They’re extremely vibrant, and beautifully translucent, in tones that I definitely don’t have with any of my other colors. *Lunar – the next row, there’s three of DS’s Lunar colors. These are semi-transparent. …

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Winter Botanicals

A batch of new botanical pieces, all wintery themed. I did several of these while out visiting my husband’s family in Setauket, New York. My mother-in-law has the most lovely garden, even in the depths of winter, and I spent many hours with my daughter, with our noses to the ground, gathering little bits of nature that we found of interest. The unusual turquoise flowers are from some bulbs I purchased at the Berkeley Botanical Garden. I couldn’t resist these Cape Cowslips, also sometimes called Turquoise Hyacinths, with their incredible blue flowers. They are native to Africa, and are a …

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Thriae: Melaina the Black

Melaina the Black Size: 14×18 inches Medium: Watercolors Prints ($16.95 & $27.75) -available here- In The Homeric Hymns, the Thriae were a trio of nymphs on Mount Parnassus, who were said to have taught and given Apollo the gift of prophecy. They were called Melissae, bee-priestesses, with pollen in their hair and honeybee wings. Homeric Hymn 4 to Hermes 550 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th to 4th B.C.) : “[Apollon to Hermes:] ‘There are certain holy ones, sisters born–three virgins gifted with wings: their heads are besprinkled with white meal, and they dwell under a ridge of Parnassos. These …

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December gallery happenings

A couple of gallery events happening in December. Modern Eden – December 13, 2014 – January 3, 2015, San Francisco, CA. Presenting group show “Wanderlust“. My two paintings “Migration” and “Vivace” be on exhibit. To inquire about purchase of my paintings, contact kim@moderneden.com “Vivace” – 4×6 inches, watercolor, gold leaf. $360.00 “Migration” – 4×6 inches, watercolor, gold leaf. $360.00 And Red Raven Gallery – December 6, 2014 – January 1, 2015m Port Townsend, WA. My painting “Memory of Summer”, along with many prints will be on exhibit at the Copycat Violence Collective group show, “Echoes of Perception”. Contact Red Raven …

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Rosemary

Rosemary Rosemarinus officinalis 11×7 inches, watercolors I was pleased to find that the recent rains hadn’t knocked off all the flowers from my rosemary bush. In fact, I was surprised to find it full of blossoms. I decided this would be a good one to start on for the herbal guide I need to get working on for Llewellyn (the book is due out late 2015, I think). Here’s a specimen on my desk, smelling quite fragrant. And the pencil sketch. Added some closeups of the flowers, buds, and leaves on the side. The main stalk is drawn at 1:1 …

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Dreamdance Oracle: Serenity

Dreamdance Oracle: Serenity 8.5×13 inches detail closeups & prints -available here-  Satyros Phil Brucato writes for this card: Poised between extremes, the dancer hovers in a tranquil place of balance – temporary, perhaps, but currently at peace. Movement, for the moment, has become stillness, the fifth of Gabrielle Roth’s five rhythms that guide our lives. Harmonizing with the sublime source of the universe – the First Sound, Om – this passion is actually a LACK of passions. In place of thorny and tumultuous emotions, the dancer has attained serenity. Yet serenity is almost always fleeting in this life. The pace …

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Inktober in Review

We’re going to call this entry “Adventures of Bumblebird” (or, “How Stephanie Attempted Inktober with Moderate Goals Attained”) About a week into the month, I heard about inktober, and I was so inspired by the ink drawings of my fellow artists, that I had to jump into the fray as well. I didn’t quite manage to do each day of the month, but I gave it my best shot. I blame fixation on sewing Halloween costumes, a family vacation, and a sudden burst of botanical art with deadlines for shows.   Anyway, here’s what I did manage to scrape together …

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Stag Cycle Sonata: Scherzando

Stag Sonata Cycle: Scherzando Medium: Watercolor, gold leaf, ink Size: 11×10 inches Photos of the process of creating this painting: Started off with a slightly different composition, with the tree extending up, and the dryads playfully taunting from above. I’ve been trying out some new paper because my old favorite seems to have changed up a bit and is no longer suitable for my style of working. So I went to the art store a month ago and bought a sheet of every hot press watercolor paper they had available and have been slowly making my way through the stash …

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