Harvest Time Show

14 Oct

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.


It’s Not All in Your Head

3 Oct
A sketch painting in Katie Turner's art journal.

A couple of pages out of one of my art journals.

Concept is a key part of the creative process.  A lot of times I come up with the concept in my head.   Inspiration can be fleeting sometimes though … and that’s why I keep many of my concepts in my art journals.


Weeds as Inspiration

28 Sep

Goldenrod is from the aster family and native to North America.

yellow flowers, watercolor on terraskin by Katie Turner

Goldenrod, Watercolor on Terraskin paper, Katie Turner

I have a patch of weeds that I’ve purposely left in my back yard.  It’s about 5 feet by 5 feet and sits just inside my fence.  This year I watched as Goldenrod took over the section and grew vigorously.  This week it bloomed into beautiful rich yellow flowers.   The flowers are bunched together on branches of the tall plant and so heavy they are bending over.  Individual delicate flowers grouping together to make a large mass of yellow.

Goldenrod, or Solidago is a perennial that some people say causes hay fever but other sources say it’s really Ragweed that makes people sick.  Native Americans used the plant for food, tea and medicine.  Bees and butterfly’s love it and its the state flower of Kentucky, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Delaware.  I’m finding it irresistible inspiration for my watercolors.


Art Reception at Kirkland Art Center, NY

13 Sep
watercolor painting of seaweed

Maine Coast Seaweed, a watercolor painting on paper by Katie Turner will be on display at the Kirkland Art Center, NY through October 30th.

Maine Coast Seaweed was accepted into the CNYWS (Central New York Watercolor Society) Annual Juried Exhibition.

The show runs from September 15 through October 30, 2016

Kirkland Art Center

9 1/2 East Park Row, PO Box 213, Clinton, NY 13323

For directions and hours go to kacny.org

For those who are local, please join me and all the CNYWS artists at the reception this Sunday afternoon.

RECEPTION held on Sunday, September 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Signature Exhibition at the View

11 Aug
Two Vases

Two Vases 17″x13″ Watercolor by Katie Turner

Two Vases, a new watercolor painting, by Katie Turner will be on display at the View in Old Forge, New York.  The Central New York Watercolor Society will hold its 2016 Signature Exhibition at the View from July 23 through September 25, 2016.  The View is located at 3273 State Route 28, Old Forge, NY 13420 and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The show will be in the upstairs area.  Reception will be Friday, August 5th from 5 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with the ANEAW opening.  For more information on the View, go to their website: http://www.ViewArts.org or the CNYWS at http://www.centralnewyorkwatercolorsociety.org.  To view more of Katie’s paintings, go to http://www.KTArtStudio.com.

Finding My Own Voice

7 Jul


By The Coast #2, Watercolor on Terraskin by Katie Turner

Every once in a while I take a step back and pull out my old paintings.  I take a look through the old ones contemplating if I should discard or continue working on various ones and then ask myself, what can I do to rescue these paintings?  I am developing my own voice.  I think about the times I felt pressured to paint what others wanted and when I did, how forced the paintings now look.

Discovering my voice in my art is a process.  It’s exciting and a lot of fun.  I recognize all the practice art and the deep creative learning I’ve had and look forward to more.  It’s like walking down a path that curves beyond the trees.  I can only see so far and I don’t know where the future will take me.  I only know that continuing to create in my own voice will help me stay on the right path for me.


Inspiring Mothers

29 Jun
brown barn painting

Watercolor Painting by Faith Fritz

faith sitting at clothesline show

Faith Fritz at an art show 1970s

landscape painting by faith fritz

Watercolor painting by Faith Fritz


Some mothers are creative.  My own passed away a few years ago and I feel like I’m quite lucky because she was very artistic.  Her favorite medium was watercolor although she did work in other mediums as well.  I’ve enjoyed looking through old slides of her work – long gone.  Only a few paintings are left and some old sketches and notebooks.  But it’s incredibly inspirational to me looking through her artwork.  I’m sure other artists are inspired by their mothers and other loved ones in their lives.  It gets me to thinking – will I be an inspiration to my children?  Maybe…  I hope so.  Meanwhile, I am all for creating as much as we can while we are here.  I encourage those around me to pursue their passions – art or science or whatever gets them excited.