Inspired Mandalas

31 Oct
fruit and logo

Simple Shapes to Inspire Mandala Drawing

madala flower with logo

Mandala Drawing

Mandala Fruit with logo

Fruit Inspired Mandals Drawing, Ink & Watercolor

Mandala flower with logo

Mandala Drawing using stencils

Mandala means “circle” in Sanskrit.  It signifies wholeness and usually begins with a central point with patterns that radiate outward.  Louise Gale (Mandala For the Inspired Artist by Walter Foster Publishing) explains that we are “to think of a mandala as a sacred space.”

Mandalas can occur in nature and are seen in flowers, the moon, the sun, and more.  Although Mandalas are specifically associated with Hindu, Buddhist and Tibetan artwork the geometric patterns can be seen in other cultures.  Often you will see them on buildings, in various art forms, and in religious text and religious items around the world.

I photographed some fruit I had in my home.  The kiwi, clementine and tomato were sliced in half and have some very interesting shapes within.  They gave me a creative starting point for my drawings.  I found the process very relaxing, giving me time to reflect on the intricate beauty of simple things.  Take a look around your home or office and see if you can find simple items to inspire your own Mandala drawing.

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Fall Radisson Art Show & Sale

13 Oct
Fireweed Watercolor Painting

“Fireweed” Watercolor by Katie Turner

 

Calling all local art lovers.  Please join me this weekend for the 2017 Fall Radisson Art show in Baldwinsville, New York.

Sat., Oct 14, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Sun., Oct 15, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Over 40 local artists will be displaying their art and the event is free.  Free parking, Free Admission and Free Refreshments.  A raffle will be held to win some beautiful donated art and the proceeds benefit the Student Scholarship Fund.  Hope you can make it.

For more information visit CNYAG website here: CNY Art Guild Postcard Invitation & coupon

Feeling Old? Make Some Art.

28 Sep
Fall Leaves 2017

“Fall Leaves” Watercolor by Katie Turner. http://www.KTArtStudio.com

Creating Art will keep you healthy.  The latest NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Research and Analysis Quarterly Newsletter (September 2017 issue) announced a new report finds older adults who create art and attend art events have better health outcomes than those who don’t.

Although there are challenges to getting older adults to events, the benefits can’t be ignored.  Those who both created art and attended arts events showed higher cognitive functioning and lower rates of hypertension and other physical conditions.  The art activities included more than visual art (painting, photography, graphic design, film, sculpting, ceramics, knitting, jewelry-making, etc.), performing arts (dancing, singing, playing a musical instrument, acting) and also the literary arts (reading and writing prose or poetry), etc.  Attending arts activities was defined as listening to a live concert, going to a museum or gallery or seeing a film.

The research found that even if the adult did not create and only attended an arts event, there were still positive benefits.  But the greatest benefits came from doing both.  This study is one of many research projects the NEA has going on.  The NEA has a five-year research plan which touches on the topics of social, scientific and behavioral aspects.   To read more about the report, follow this link:  https://www.arts.gov/news/2017/new-report-reveals-findings-about-arts-and-health-older-adults

September Reception

5 Sep
Along-the-St.-Lawrence-shore-in-the-Fall

 Rocky Shore on the St. Lawrence      16″x20″    Watercolor  on paper  by Katie Turner

 

The Central New York Art Guild has a show at the Baldwinsville Library for the month of September 2017.  There are many paintings and sculpture pieces from the CNY Art Guild members on view.   The painting pictured above is one of the several watercolors I have on display.  I was inspired by the rough rocks along the shore of the St. Lawrence river and the delicate flowers that grow in such a challenging location.

The reception will be Monday, September 11, 2017   Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm with light refreshments.

Watercolor Show Reception

23 Aug
First Harvest

“First Harvest” Watercolor on Yupo by Katie Turner 16″x20″

The Central New York Watercolor Society has its second Signature Show of 2017 at the Kirkland Art Center Gallery.  The Show reception is this Sunday, August 27th from 3:00-5:00 for those who are located in Central New York area.  It’s a lovely area to visit, with delightful coffee and cheese shop and boutiques.

The Exhibition runs until September 22nd, 2017.  The Kirkland Art Gallery hours: 9-4:30 Tuesday-Friday and by appointment.  Click here for more information on KAC: KAC Link

The CNYWS show will exhibit 41 pieces of watercolor and I’ve posted one of my watercolors that will be on display at the Show.  A second piece titled “Wisteria” will also be on display.  Hope to see you there.

Katie

Show Closing

28 Jul
watercolor painting, flowers, abstract

“Flower Dance #2” watercolor on terraskin by Katie Turner

 

Tomorrow, Saturday, July 29th, 2017 will be the final day art lovers can view the Point of Contact Gallery Summer Art Show.  

Three of my watercolors are included in this show (one is pictured above).  For those who are near Syracuse, New York, you may wish to stop by the show and check out all the great artworks.  There are many different artists with a variety of styles.

40 Below’s Public Arts Task Force (PATF) and Point of Contact Gallery collaborated to hold this 3rd annual summer art show.  Free parking is available in the Syracuse University lot on the corner of West Street and Fayette Street.  

Point of Contact Gallery located at 350 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.  

Works will be on display the final day July 29 from 12-5 p.m.

For more information call the gallery at (315) 443-2169 or email pointofcontactgallery@gmail.com or http://www.puntopoint.org

Paint Chip Challenge

14 Jul
Landscape painting of low moon rising in woods, purple flowers dot the landscape

Low Moon 20″x 16″ watercolor on paper by Katie Turner

Sassy Lilac color

Sassy Lilac #4003-9B

There are two weeks left to view the CNY Art Guild Liverpool Library Show.  “Paint Chip Challenge” will hang until the end of July 2017.  For hours and location click here: www.lpl.org

This challenge was an interesting project and it was fun to see what each artist came up with.  The color was given to me by the show organizer.  It is not a color I would have chosen.  I primarily work with transparent watercolors. This particular color required me to use Chinese white to make it opaque.   After painting several different paintings using this color, I settled on entering the picture above into the show.  It was done on watercolor paper using wet into wet techniques and a palette knife to scratch in some of the texture.

Having parameters can make painting more of a challenge but some rules also fuel creativity.  I enjoyed this challenge and would definitely participate in another one.  I highly recommend a challenge like this for healthy art exercise.