Playing for Increased Creativity

27 Jan
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Wild Horses carved stamp by Katie Turner

Over the month of December 2016 I participated in Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s #CarveDecember challenge.   At first I wasn’t sure I would be able to carve that many stamps because December is incredibly busy for me but I managed to find the time.  The commitment to this Instagram challenge helped me step out of my comfort zone.  It was playtime!

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Carved rubber stamp Chair by Katie Turner

I’ve read that playing with other mediums can do lots to enhance creativity, but how does it work?  Play can feel like permission to make anything – including making a mess.  It’s a way to say “hey, it’s ok to fail”.  It allows the mind to daydream and be frivolous.

Brian Sutton-Smith wrote the book “The Ambiguity of Play” which outlines the importance of play and Stuart Brown wrote “Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul” which outlines detailed studies of people as well.

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Vintage Square carved by Katie Turner

Doing the #CarveDecember challenge was fun and refreshing and gave me new ideas to work on this season.  If you like to challenge yourself and grow creatively, there are many places on the internet to participate.  The www.artistsnetwork.com is only one of them with their Studio Saturday Art Challenges.  You can also find challenges across the various social media – Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook.  Why not try one out this month?

(If you want to follow my posts on Instagram its under katieturnerart)

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Carved Cowboy Hat Rubber Stamp by Katie Turner

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Carved Heart Rubber Stamp by Katie Turner

Photography Gives Direction to Painting

12 Jan
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Sample of an early daguerreotype.

 

The first daguerreotype appeared in 1839 and ostensibly people thought the introduction of the camera would be the end of painting.  Remarkably, over 170 years later we can see painting is alive and well.  We find events like paint and sip parties are extremely popular.

Photography has influenced painting in many ways.  Is it possible that photography has pushed painting towards abstraction?

Photography has steadily stood as an authority in representation and has increased the need for articulation of the importance of painting.  So, the question of which medium produces the greatest representational work has been settled.  Now the goal in painting can focus on how to go beyond representation rather than to supplant photography.

The rejection of conventional technique is one of the ways painters avoid this camera-competition.

I’ve been reading about Fairfield Porter (a painter from 1960s) and how his paintings are an unfinished style of representationalism.  Many of the contemporary paintings today are similar in that they are both straight forward and almost unfinished, the color moves in and out of naturalism and the compositions are usually casual.

You can read more about Porter’s work here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairfield_Porter  and http://www.theartstory.org/artist-porter-fairfield.htm

Painting on the Edge

29 Dec

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“Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts” by Edgar Degas c. 1891

Degas is one artist that is widely recognized to be among the first to break from traditional composition with his arbitrary edges.  Similar to how a photograph has edges which cut the broader landscape, Degas makes a sharp cut in his painting, “Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts” above.  Of course edges in a painting are far less arbitrary due to control by the painter, but I see this as a fun challenge and a great opportunity for experimentation and creativity.

Art Rewards

19 Dec
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“Garden Visit” painting done with watercolor on paper

For me, art as a life style is more about choosing to look at the world in a different way.  Creating provides me with lots of deep satisfaction and contentment.  Creating is fun and exciting and I find ways to make it part of everyday.  The rewards of being an artist, a creator far outweigh the disappointments and rejections.

Mixed Media Art Journal: How to Make a 3-D Cover

30 Nov
Spiral Journal Cover made with shells, drift wood, leaves and feathers

Shells, drift wood, leaves and feathers adorn this Art Journal cover by Katie Turner.

I find it invigorating to switch to a different medium once in a while.  It seems to help keep my art fresh.  My art journal is where I can do that.  Actually, I keep several journals and use certain ones for watercolor ideas, other ones for mixed media ideas and even one for business ideas.  The picture above is the front cover of a Mixed Media journal.  I made this into a three-Dimensional cover by using shells, drift wood, leaves and feathers I found at the beach.  Using found objects is a great way to remember a special trip or event.

To make one of your own, follow these steps:

  1. Find a sturdy cover to use as a base. If it’s too flimsy, it won’t hold up to paint or epoxy.
  2. Paint cover. I used a deep red acrylic.
  3. Clean the shells and wood with bleach and let dry several days.
  4. Cut and layer several different textures and colors of paper for center piece.
  5. Place all items in a pleasing arrangement before mixing the epoxy.
  6. Mix epoxy and pour onto items and page. Remember to protect other pages with plastic and work in a well ventilated area.  My favorite product for this is Envirotex Lite.
  7. Sprinkle glitter and beads into center area. Let dry several days or until it’s not tacky.

Artists Have Resonance

15 Nov
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Watercolor on paper, 20″x 16″ by Katie Turner

Art is an extremely reflective process that brings the artist closer to his/her own beauty and sensitivity.  It connects the artist to his/her inner thoughts and feelings as well as connecting others in the general population.  Artists become sensitized to patterns, content, narrative, movement, and nature. Art is a deep form of communication and great rewards stem from that create process.

Harvest Time Show

14 Oct
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Harvest Flowers in Vase, Watercolor by Katie Turner

For local art enthusiasts, come join me for the Central New York Art Guild Semi-Annual Fine Arts Show at the Aspen House in Radisson NY.

I’ll be demonstrating some of the techniques and paper I use in my paintings throughout the day Saturday.
Saturday October 15th, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Sunday October 16th, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Enjoy the beautiful works of art by the Central New York Art Guild including watercolors, ceramics, pastels, oil paintings, photography and more.

Free Parking and admission, light refreshments served.

Artwork donated by Karen Goldman, Liliya Lifanova and Don Seib. Drawing for the donated artwork will be at 4:30 pm on Sunday and all proceeds benefit the CNY Art Guild Student Scholarship Fund.

For more information go to: http://www.cnyartguild.com/ or to my website: KTArtStudio.com

Hope to see some of you there.