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9th Annual Art-a-Day Challenge, January 2018!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January 31

I have completed the January challenge of 30 paintings in 30 days.  Only finished 27. below is a collage of the finished paintings.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

More Paintings

I have almost finished the 30 paintings in 30 days. I am just posting some of them.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Dominoes and Doodles

I added an image to my Jan 17th post.  The original doodle that turned into Floodwaters brooch.

Yesterday was the first day in my studio since the weather turned cold.  Good to be in the studio and I LOVE working with the old dominoes for making jewelry!  These aren't complete - just dinking around with ideas.  

The far left is a man brooch. I plan to embed the heart halfway down into the ebony and create a 'rail' so the silver piece can slide up and down about a 1/2".  Right now its in the down position as if the "armor" is protecting his nethers or it can slide up partially covering and protecting the heart.  Seems ripe with symbolism.  
I'm pretty intimidated about creating the rails but will figure something out.

The pink stained one in the center failed in that the black ink bled somewhat through the porous bone. I've been wanting to try silver inlay so might give that a go on the fleur de lis(ish) part.  

The square on the right is very rough yet.  The ebony surrounds a cast-off from years ago -a cash register key cap filled with fresh water pearls w/a zirconium crystal embedded on the top.  I absolutely love the diverse twists and turns these dominoes take.

I got out to the studio again today but pretty much stared at and  touched things.  Simply could not engage.   ho hum 

I came across this doodle while looking for the earlier Floodwaters one.  Always thought it'd be a sweet little piece to make.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

                                          Video Number 2                                         
                                          Looks like I'm all alone on this blog, but I'm having fun.
                                          "TRANSPARENT PAINTING OVER GOLD LEAF"

Friday, January 20, 2017

                                          MY VERY FIRST VIDEO IS NOW PUBLISHED
                                          ON ART-A-DAY!!!   Kathryn Kaye

Correction for Kathryn Kaye

Hi - The last four paintings I posted the size was 8" x 8" rather than 12" x 12".

January 20

I have 4 more paintings to post, and one short video, my first, but I don't know how to post it.

                                          Collision               Acrylic/gold leaf   
                                           Power                    Acrylic/gold leaf        12"x12"   
                                          Charge of Energy    Acrylic/gold leaf      12"x 12"
                                          Power                   Acrylic/gold leaf          12"x12"

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Clearly I've been a total slacker here!

Plenty of valid excuses but nothing truly preventing me if I were committed. Like I said..., *slacker*.

I don't consider myself much of a drawer but I can do passable when I try.  At least enough for my basic needs.  Some of my favorite jewelry pieces are from random sketchbook doodles.  
So, that's my plan when I get off the computer.  I will draw.  

I posted the brooches here earlier with the Dominos Jewelry - now including the initiating doodle.  I plan to make the single heart on a stick one as well.  Maybe call it The Red Balloon?   :)
Image result for the red balloon movie
I'll find the original doodle for the one below tomorrow when I brave my studio..."Baby it's cold outside!"  I doodled it years before but built it during the time of the New Orleans flood so it's titled Flood Waters.  I'm eager to find the original doodle because I think I stayed pretty true to the sketch.  Tomorrow - I will post something totally new - I promise!

Sketch is tough to see but pretty much pulled it off!

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13

Here we are with the next four paintings.  Ten completed!

                                          Rotating Motion      8" x 8"

                                          Shockwave      8" x 8"

                                          Color of Light      8" x 8"

                                          Passing Through      8" x 8"


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

European Tapestry and laser pointer?

Silk, wool, bobbins, winter white with weather personakin Woodie, "Steady weaving and snow accumulation is the forecast for the month of January plus a pillowy pile of cherry blossoms in the foreseeable future!"
Slow Art and loving it! Patti Kirch

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Saturday, January 7

Hi Everyone!  I got off to a late start, but have six paintings finished, and a seventh on the way.  We'll see how it goes.  I am going to post six of the seven paintings.

                                          Cool Winds     10" x 10"

                                          Low Tide,     8" x 8"

                                          Season's Return,     12" x 12"

                                          Secluded Space,      8" x 8"

                                          Summer Breeze,      10" x 10"

                                          Wetlands,      8" x 8"

See you next week.  Kathryn Kaye

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Domino Jewelry

My new fascination  - turning vintage dominoes into jewelry.  These are my first study pieces.  I try to make the backs interesting too, so it's like a wee secret for the wearer.  

These are part of January Allied Arts show.   I am honored to have been selected for the Szulinski Award at Allied Arts and doubly delighted to be sharing the space with the Desert Fiber Arts show. 

Weavings at Allied Arts

The Desert Fiber Arts show at Allied Arts, Richland, is one of my favorite shows.  So much lusciousness. I love seeing Agent Carter again, Patti, and Schweitzer is absolutely breathtaking.  

Monday, January 2, 2017

Tapestry Loom, dressed in Winter White

Tapestry Loom, dressed in winter white!

Partially dressed Tapestry Loom, waiting for it's first half pass of the Cherry Blossoms/Enso design.
Sett at 8 ends per inch and woven with ALV Norwegian wool and USA milled wools.

11"w x 14"h woven
Weaving tapestry is Zen like, a daily ritual that cannot be rushed.

Patti Kirch

Water Color Sketching

 5x7 Water color sketch on Fabriano ex white 140 lb.
 Jan 1st
Sketched from a photo of a stained glass section @ Sainte-Chapelle
5x7 Water color sketch & ink on Fabriano ex white 140 lb.
Jan 2nd
Sketched from a photo taken at The Gorge White House cutting garden 

I have been desperate to pick up my brushes and do something, anything since Thanksgiving.  I believe I have cooked the last meal for the holiday season last night! Phew!  Now that family and friends have retreated for the moment I am back in my studio but with just enough creative energy to play with little bits of color on little bits of paper.  I am glad even this meager display of unction was a result of my resolve encouraged and supported by this page and this yearly activity that may or may not keep me going every day but definitely gets my butt in gear again for the new year.  I have lots of paintings to complete from a summer of plein air attempts.  So most likely that will be my first main focus.  For now though I will get my creative spirit re- lit by playing with water and color. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

What is Black and White and Red all over?

Cherry Blossom and Enso
Water Colour and India Ink
Bamboo Brush and Water

White Elephant Journal for a White Elephant gift exchange
I used bees waxed hemp for the coptic binding and braided closure. The journal on the right is for mammoth and or small ideas, filled with 5 bundles of engineering paper and the journal on the left, a combination of 140# watercolor and hemp papers.
Thank you, for the Art a Day blog opportunity, Patti Kirch.

I did a painting of a chicken today.  This is the Chinese year of the rooster as was the year I was born. I wished every on a Happy Clucking New Year.  Wish I could post the picture.  It is on my facebook.

Happy New Year

I love that the calendar rolls around eventually and gives us another chance to renew all those good intentions. Looking forward to seeing all of your beautiful works and becoming inspired. - Tracy

Mandala painting in ink and watercolor by Tracy Horner