Friday, April 10, 2015

Call for Art! Deadline April 30.

Opportunity! Georgia artists are invited to submit 2D and 3D work to Kudzu Art Zone's Open Juried Exhibition. First prize $1,000. April 30th deadline. I am currently the chair for this exhibition.
Please share!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dancing Jennies just completed

Dancing Jennie's by Karen Phillips, acrylic and mixed media painting
Dancing Jennies by Karen Phillips, 2014
I started with a plan...I was going to do an abstract painting of some rock formations I saw  on a trip to the Hoover Dam. I had it all sketched out. I created a textured surface using gesso and a couple of pastes. Then using inks and acrylic paint, I created additional textures with all kinds of things including bubble wrap. Once that dried, my plan went out the window.

The way that layer of texture interacted with the bottom layer demanded I do something different. So I grabbed a little of this and a little of that and danced this painting into being. What a great time I had playing with color and building lots of layers.

I've named it "Dancing Jennies" and it is now at Kudzu Art Zone, in Norcross, Georgia, as a part of their 12x12 fundraiser. Starting bid is $60!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Call for Art: Kudzu Art Zone's Open Juried Exhibition 2014

Call for Art
Kudzu Art Zone invites all Georgia artists working in two- and three-dimensional media to participate in our Second Annual Open Juried Exhibition.

Deadline to receive entries
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Click here to download the prospectus.

The exhibition will open from Friday, June 6 and close Saturday, July 19 at Kudzu Art Zone gallery in Norcross, GA. More than $2500 in cash and merchandise will be awarded. The juror is Craig Dongoski, a professor of Art at Georgia State University, an acclaimed artist of international recognition and reputation. 

For eligibility requirements, submission information and to access the online prospectus and entry form, please visit   

Exhibition Calendar
April 30, 2014
Deadline to receive entries
May 17, 2014
Artists notifications
May 30 & 31, 2014
Hand deliver work
June 6, 2014
Show Opens--Reception and Awards Presentation
July 19, 2014
Show Closes
July 19, 2014
Pick-up artwork

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

C4ward March Blogathon Day 5: Dynamics & Ecstasy in the Studio

Oh what a joy it is to be in front of my easel or sit at my work table with a brush full of paint in hand, or a pencil, crayon, charcoal or whatever suits my fancy in that moment. And there is music too! All sorts from jazz to world, from soul to rock, yes! It's playing and I'm dancing my images into being. Oh what fun!

As my brush, pen, mark-maker dances across the page, canvas, board, time disappears, hunger fades, doubts drop away and there I am doing the work I was meant to do.

Ideas and dreams posted in my studio
I am always looking to improve my skills, so I read books, attend workshops and experiment with new shapes and textures. The goals I have set for myself this year include bringing more value changes into my work and allowing the ideas to breathe in the space they inhabit.

Tools and doodads
I love my light-filled studio the only thing I would change would be...more space!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

C4ward March Blogathon: Taking on My Dreams

Taking on My Dreams, acrylic on paper study, by Karen Phillips
One of my favorite quotes is from Goethe (it's true, I have a bumper sticker to prove it):

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

Day 4 prompts us to dream big and list some goals we would like to achieve within the next 30 years. At first I thought this would be soooo easy. But, right now I'm in a weird space where I'm comfortable with what I'm doing creatively and personally.

Aha! Perhaps I'm too comfortable because it took some real thinking to get to a place where I could start thinking about what I would like to have accomplished in the next 30 years. Boy, 30 years from now...hmm...that would make me #@!! years old! I'd better get started!

In having dug deep to do this exercise, I found that became more focussed on the direction I'm headed and I feel excited by it. Where will you be in 30 years? Try on a dream or two. Go on, I dare ya!

My goals:

1) List FIVE GOALS you would like to achieve in the NEXT 30 YEARS (or 10, or 20 years… think long term)
  1. Live in another country with my husband for 1 year to experience a new culture and make new friends
  2. Travel to Africa
  3. Show my work in major galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Shanghai and South Africa
  4. Paint a series of portraits
  5. Know the history of my mother's side of the family, especially my great-grandmother
2) Now, thinking of the above far-reaching goals, list FIVE GOALS you need to accomplish in the NEXT FIVE YEARS to move towards achieving them. (Some of these might be the same as your goals above.  That’s okay!).
  1. Visit three countries to if we would want to live there
  2. Save $10k for trip to Africa
  3. Create 10 series of 10 works, get shows in local galleries
  4. Do 1,000 studies of drawing and painting
  5. Meditate, help people learn to read
3) Finally, list FIVE GOALS to be accomplished in the NEXT 12 MONTHS… as if it were the last year of your life! What will you have accomplished by March 4th , 2015?

  1. Visit one country with my husband
  2. Save $2k towards trip to Africa
  3. Create 5 series  of at least 10 works, find a local gallery to show my work
  4. Study Barnstone Method and draw everyday
  5. Meditate 20 minutes per day and volunteer for reading program

Monday, March 3, 2014

C4ward March Blogathon Day 3: My favorite work - Red Flight

Red Flight, gouache on board, by Karen Phillips
I am most proud of this piece of art. I started experimenting with gouache on paper and was having a lot of fun. I wanted to take the experiment further by adding texture to see what would happen. I like to ask myself "what if" questions a lot.

I took a piece of lauan board and smeared it with gesso and light molding paste. I learned very quickly that it was quite different painting with gouache on a hard surface (after all I'm an acrylic gal), one has to use a delicate touch in order to obliterate what was done before.

I also learned that I could actually work slower and over a longer period of time. I worked on this painting off and on over two months in 2012. Guess what? Now that I'm looking at it again, I see some areas that could use some additional work. Well, it's back to my easel...

Sunday, March 2, 2014

C4ward March Blogathon: The Big WHY

Image of painting Grateful, Acrylic on paper, by Karen Phillips
Grateful, Acrylic on paper, by Karen Phillips

Welcome to my blog! This is the first entry for the C4ward March Blogathon. We have been asked about the big "Why" behind the creative work that we do. My initial response was "I just have to." If I don't create, I get cranky and restless. Art is an integral part of my being.

After thinking about this question of Why for a bit longer, I wrote this poem to describe my process and how I move through this world.

Dancing with the big WHY 
I hold you close and whisper in your ear
Together we travel through this existence on the road to discover what is
Beloved we open our arms wide welcoming all
Let us witness together that breath of life that flows through our veins and just
I am grateful to be able to create art and to share it. What are you passionate about? and Why?