Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Curve & Texture Show Opening December 15th

Curve & Texture

December 15, 2013 – January 15, 2014

Please join me for the Opening of Curve & Texture at the First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta in Candler Park on Sunday, December 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Included in the show will be works from my latest series Seeking Unity.
The First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta
470 Candler Park Dr., NE 
Atlanta, GA 30307 

I look forward to sharing my art with you.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Blogtoberfest 2013: Day 24 Contemplation

Universes among the River Birch by Karen Phillips
Contemplating the universe in this image. Do you ever think about what's beyond our universe? What other inhabitable worlds are there out there? Is there another me? Is there another you?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Blogtoberfest 2013: Day 18 Gouache It!

Red Flight, gouache on board, by Karen Phillips

This is Red Flight, a painting I did earlier this year. I wanted to try gouache on a board with some texture. I used light molding paste and gesso to create some yummy texture underneath the gouache. I had a lot of fun working this painting and learning more about gouache.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Blogtoberfest 2013: Day 15 Blast from the Past

This is an image I created towards the beginning of this year. I painted this using gouache and lots of water. Again, more circles.
What kind of symbols or shapes show up in your creative work?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Blogtoberfest 2013: Day 14 Field Trip

Mr. Cason's Vegetable Garden
Callaway Gardens
I find it relaxing and inspiring to take day trips around the Atlanta area to discover new places. Recently, my husband and I visited Callaway Gardens and saw some beautiful vistas and gardens.

As we visited the various gardens, I caught glimpses of patterns and shapes that I found intriguing and took a few pictures.

The contrast of the light colored veins and dark green foliage in these plants caught my eye.

The size contrast in these green leaves was quite nice! The overlapping oval shapes and pattern of the smaller leaves makes me want to run to my paints.

I find it's important to take time away from my studio and experience new environments that may or may not lead to inspiration for new work. How about you? What do you do to relax and/or inspire yourself?

Blogtoberfest 2013: Day 13 Circle Series - Exclusivity and Unity

This painting is the start of my Circle series that I started working on earlier this year. My inspiration for this work started with a question, "When is it ok to be exclusive?"
Seeking Unity, Acrylic on canvas by Karen Phillips
At the time, there was so much in the news about one group or another wanting to exclude another. I started thinking about why we form groups or cliques and recognized our need to feel a part of something, something that helps us feel whole. We seek to join with others, to perhaps become something more than we are as individuals.
Circle Series, Mixed Media on canvas by Karen Phillips
Circle Series, Mixed Media on canvas by Karen Phillips
So I've been playing with these ideas and seeing what I can discover. This grouping of five circles has my attention for the moment. In the above painting there is some separation between the first circle and the rest of the group. Does it want to join or doesn't it? I'm not sure yet.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Blogtoberfest 2013: Day 11 Looking Back

Stream of Consciousness painting, 18x24, gouache on paper by Karen Phillips
Stream of Consciousness painting, 18x24, gouache on paper by Karen Phillips 

I've been looking through some of the paintings I did on this paper from last year and found this colorful image. It's amazing how often the circle appears in my work. Recently, I've been working on a series of paintings in acrylic with the theme of circles. I am using this series to dig a little and find out what my attachment is to this symbol. I will post some of those tomorrow. What recurring symbols or images do you find in your work?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Blogtoberfest 2013: Day 10 Gratitude

Feeling so grateful today.

I am so grateful for all the family and friends that are in my life, all that I'm able to do, and all that I am able to share along this wonderful road called life.

What are you grateful for?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Blogtoberfest 2013: Finding hope in a bottle

Well I've done it. I've located all the bottles that I will need for this class. I went to a convenience store at a gas station and our neighborhood market (where I found out that I can't buy just one bottle of beer). I ended up having to do a little dumpster diving (recycled dumpster, that is). Next step: spray paint them all a nice matte white.
Bottle #2
My hope for this course is that I learn new skills that help me create paintings closer to what I envision, to get better at composition, and find a shorthand for jotting down ideas before they slip away. How do you find ways to do things a little better or a different way?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Blogtoberfest 2013: Meet my first bottle

Here she is. My first bottle for the video course Barnstone Method I'm studying. She will go through a bit of a transformation and meet new friends soon as I progress through the program.

My first bottle for use with online drawing course, Barnstone Method
Right now I'm learning how to do quick sketches using circles, triangles and squares. Everything has a relationship!
Notes and initial sketches
I'm off to hunt down three more bottles to complete the set. Wish me luck.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Blogtoberfest 2013: Searching for new forms

There are times when I like to approach a blank sheet of paper with a paintbrush full of color and see what I can discover. A line here, a dab there and lots of drips lead to new possibilities for paintings.

What fun! Creating drippy shapes can lead to lovely discoveries. What do you do to find inspiration?

Friday, October 4, 2013

Circle series inspiration

Sometimes, it's just a matter of asking "what if?" I've been working on paintings with circles for a while now and I wanted to give myself a break. So I started playing with gouache on paper, looking for new forms to explore. In a flash the "what if?" question pops up. What if I tried the circles with gouache?
Exploration of Circles in gouache by Karen Phillips
This leads me to ask, "What if I tried this on canvas with some texture?" I must see what happens.
Circle Series, 12"x12"
Acrylic on canvas
by Karen Phillips
Oh! I just love what happens when I listen to that little whisper of inspiration. How do you find inspiration?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I'm so Excited!

I love color! I love watching it flow down a piece of paper, leaving traces of itself behind. While I've picked up tidbits from friends and books I've read, I don't feel that I have the mastery I would love to have. I marvel at Eva Macie's and Patricia Bohannon's knowledge of color.

Exploration of Circles in gouache by Karen Phillips
I'm so excited! Today I found some online courses that I believe will help me take my use of color and design to the next level. Myron Barnstone offers a several online classes (and DVDs) that are just what I have been looking for. I'll keep you posted as to my progress.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Blogtoberfest 2013

Today is the first day of Blogtoberfest and is being hosted by Michelle Reynolds on her blog Shells in the Bush. I'm so excited to participate in a group blog-a-thon. My intention for the next 31 days is to share with you exploration of ideas and observations I create using paint, paper, and whatever else I find to use in my art making.

Finding Ideas in a Frying Pan

The idea I'm playing around with now started a few days ago when I was sautéing some mushrooms that my husband had cut up. For some reason, he cut one of them differently and seeing one of these slices in the pan sparked an idea that I had to explore. I started off using gouache (opaque watercolor) and charcoal in Exploration #1 and ended up layering images of painted tracing paper onto a larger image in Exploration #4.
Sautéed Mushrooms Exploration #1 by Karen Phillips

Sautéed Mushrooms Exploration #4 by Karen Phillips

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

Ok. This is an addiction that I have. I fully admit it. I love painting on this paper. And not just any kind of way. Oh no, this is a full-on, let-it flow kind of thing. No preplanning involved. It's about making a mark followed by another and following whatever my inner impulse (voice) says to do.

I've got lots of these sitting in a portfolio. I used gouache (think of it as opaque watercolor) on many of them. Often I do two and three at a time. While there are times when I use this a warm up exercise, the majority were done because I just love painting on this paper. 
The paper is very absorbent and not very forgiving. If I use a lot of water, I have to be careful not to scrub too hard with my brush because it will disintegrate.

More to kitty, kitty!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Loosening Up!

Loosen Up Circles by Karen Phillips
Taking time to loosen up my imagination. I've been working on a series of paintings involving circles and wanted to explore incorporating making marks with various drawing materials. Lots of fun!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Art-Fix: Tough Love: Why You Should Stop Asking People to "Like" Your Facebook Page.

How are you using your Facebook page? To be popular with a lot of "likes" or to truly communicate about your art? Kesha Bruce writes a "Tough Love" post on her blog Art-Fix.

Art-Fix: Tough Love: Why You Should Stop Asking People to "Like" Your Facebook Page.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Kudzu Art Zone Call for Art

Kudzu Art Zone OPEN Juried Exhibit 2013
June 4 to July 27, 2013

Entry Deadline: May 17, 2013

Kudzu Art Zone is inviting all Georgia artists working in two-dimensional and three-dimensional media to participate in our 2013 Open Juried Exhibit. More than $2,000 in cash and merchandise will be awarded.

Open Juried Exhibit 2013...
The Kudzu Art Zone Open Juried Exhibit is open to all artists 18 years of age and older. Artists must be able to hand deliver artwork to KAZ.

KAZ will consider two-dimensional and three-dimensional media for this exhibit. All artwork must be original; no preprinted or computer generated images will be accepted. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and not previously exhibited in any KAZ show.

Show Juried by Larry Walker...
Larry Walker will be our juror.  Mr. Walker’s career spans 50+ years and includes an extensive exhibition record: more than 200 invitational and juried group presentations and sixty solo exhibitions in galleries, museums and art centers in various parts of the country.

Entry Information...
Visit our website for the complete prospectus, submission requirements, and entry form.

Exhibition Calendar…
May 17, 2013
Deadline to receive entries
May 29, 2013
Artist notifications
June 7, 8, & 9, 2013
Hand deliver work
June 14, 2013
Show Opens
June 17–20, 2013
Lynn Wiesbach’s Visual Journey to Better Paintings Workshop
June 21, 2013
Reception and Awards Presentation
July 27, 2013
Pick up artwork