baa baa black sheep



11:37 a.m.

Sometimes I consider showing some of what I've been working on here, then I feel foolish or stupid and don't. I think about talking about my work, but then...I don't. However, I thought I'd show this, because we both got a little attached to it. I keep thinking I need to quit doing these stupid cloth/paint landscapes, but the western landscape is stuck in my head like an annoying commercial jingle. I fight with myself. Do I keep doing them, and hope this phase works itself out? Or do I force myself to do something new, something uncomfortable? It's important to be uncomfortable, but I don't want to turn away if I'm on the verge of finding something out.

I don't know. Anyway, this is an untitled wedding gift, about family. It's paint, papers, and cloth. Pardon the sucky photos.

black sheeped


Blogger Jess said...

Wow, it's completely gorgeous and if I were the recipient I would be awed and flattered and hang it in the most prominent place I could find. I'm glad you shared.

Also, the only art I've ever gotten into is photography, but from my experience both with my own art and with looking at art produced by other artists over time, going through a phase where you just concentrate on one thing that's really calling to you can be really great, and lead to fantastic, creative work. Lots of artists go through phases like that, and sometimes it becomes their signature thing. Maybe when you're really famous and your work is hanging in MOMA or the Louvre or wherever, tour guides will say things like, "And here is a series of Kara's paintings from the western cloth/paint landscape years." And how cool would that be?

12:37 PM, September 20, 2007  
Blogger Artemisia said...

Oh, K., I love the red. And I've always really liked the combination of your paint strokes and the fabrics.

When I get in a place where I start to think I need to move on, but yet still drawn to current themes/techniques for whatever reason, I start to work on both threads. Sometimes I discover something about both topics/themes/techniques that I wouldn't have discovered separately.

Thank you for sharing your work! And Yay! You are painting!

12:52 PM, September 20, 2007  
Anonymous Pickles & Dimes said...

Oh my gosh. That is just gorgeous! I love the red. And the whole contast in textures is really interesting and dramatic. I agree with Jess; I would frame it and place it in my dining room (because that's the first room people see when they enter our house).

I wouldn't fight your natural urge to continue in this medium; when you're ready to move on, your subconscious will let you know by making you paint/create in a slightly different way.

1:07 PM, September 20, 2007  
Anonymous Swistle said...

Oooh, I really LIKE that!

I know nothing about being an artist, so I am even more unqualified than usual to give advice, but I wonder if you could do BOTH? Like, allow the phase to work itself out, but take short breaks to also do uncomfortable things?

I think you should do this sharing-art thing more often. I REALLY enjoy it.

2:17 PM, September 20, 2007  
Blogger Shelly Overlook said...

Wow, absolutely beautiful! It would be such an honor to receive something so personal as a gift.

I agree with Swistle, more art sharing please. Do you sell your stuff anywhere?

3:04 PM, September 20, 2007  
Blogger Mommy Daisy said...

Thanks for sharing these. I love your work. It's so neat to see it.

My sister used to do art. I have a few of her landscape paintings in my house. I LOVE them so much.

Good luck figuring out which direciton to go with things.

3:19 PM, September 20, 2007  
Blogger jen said...

ooh I love it! I love multimedia like that. As an artist, you are just going to have to get it out of your system, sorry :)

if you don't, then you'll be stuck.. it'll throw off your whole rhythm and timeline.. who knows what you'll uncover if you just keep your momentum.

3:41 PM, September 20, 2007  
Blogger Shannon said...

I would just go with the flow and do what comes to you. Whenever I try to force something, it is crap. Of course, I'm talking graphic design and not true art.

I would totally buy that.

4:01 PM, September 20, 2007  
Blogger Marie Green said...

Ohhhhhhh, I LOVE it.

Beautiful, unique. What an awesome, awesome gift.

You have a talent, and I would love it if you shared more with us!

6:05 PM, September 20, 2007  
Blogger Tessie said...

So, so gorgeous!

9:12 AM, September 21, 2007  
Blogger el-e-e said...

Beautiful. So glad you shared!

11:00 AM, September 21, 2007  
Blogger Allstarme79 said...

I think that's totally neat!

12:09 PM, September 22, 2007  
Blogger Duck Hunter said...

that is an awesome piece! I'm glad you posted some shots of it. I've not seen art done like that before. I love it.

9:57 AM, September 27, 2007  

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