Archive | July, 2015

Practical Work

29 Jul
painting in airfloat box for shipping.

Packing up a painting for shipping.

It’s blazin’ hot outside today, so I’m working inside.  I’m packing up a painting to ship for a show next month.   I have to make sure it has all its proper paperwork.  This is the boring part of running an art business.   Although it does feel good when the paintings go out into the world!


French Impressionists Deliver Inspiration

20 Jul
dancer by degas sketch by Katie Turner

Degas Sketch by Katie Turner

Dreamer painting sketch by Katie Turner

Sketch of Chagall painting – Dreamer – by Katie Turner

The Joyous Festival sketched by Katie Turner

Sketch of Gaston LaTouche painting – The Joyous Festival – by Katie Turner

Sketch of renoir painting by katie turner

Sketch of Renoir painting – The Wave – by Katie Turner

Watercolor sketch by Katie Turner

Watercolor Sketch of Marc Chagall’s Bouquet of Flowers with Lovers 1927 by Katie Turner

It’s fun to take a field trip once in a while and summer is the perfect time for it.  I drove about an hour to Utica, New York  for the “Monet to Matisse: The Age of French Impressionism” show at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.  My watercolor sketches above show a couple of my absolute favorites.  You can get an idea of how I sketch – I do make some notes on the colors, and I really only sketch my favorite parts of the paintings in order to remember.

I found the show very inspirational.  I can’t believe I can get that close to these original paintings and really soak them in.  The tour/talk the gallery offers is terrific but I went back and spent another hour just sitting in front of my favorite paintings and really studying them.  I pulled out my sketchbook and got busy because the gallery doesn’t allow pictures.  I spent some time roaming around other rooms after a delicious lunch at the gallery café and discovered a tiny room with Pratt Student works.  I was very impressed with the amazing work these students had on display.  There were paintings, sketches, collage, 3-D objects with moving parts and more.  These talented students were:  Maxine Greij, Nichole Hess, Jared Diaz, Caleb Wesley Young Shelton, Taisha Carrington, Ji Hye Kim, Madaline Gardner, Adam Heisig, Ching An Wu, Ruby Ann Munoz, Francesca Volerich, Shannon Nisiewicz, and Adrianna Enoch.  For those who live in the area, make sure you check out the student’s work and the Impressionists show.  You will definitely be inspired!

Inspirational Quotes for Art Journal Pages

10 Jul
sunset with silhouette trees

Inspirational page – acrylic

Inspirational page -2- acrylic & felt flower

Inspirational page -2- acrylic & felt flower

The quote on the page above says

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” by Helen Keller.

Another favorite:

“The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is – it’s to imagine what is possible.”  by Bell Hooks, 1994

Inspirational Calendar Pages

2 Jul
Don't you dare give up, quote on colorful page

Page from my handmade inspirational calendar.

What we see depends on what we are looking for, quote on colorful page.

Pages were made using my Gelli printing plate and stencils.

Start with where you are, quote on colorful art page.

Another page from my handmade inspirational calendar.

Last year I made my own inspirational calendar using my Gelli printing plate and some stencils.  Before I toss the pages, I thought I’d share them on my blog.  Having inspirational words or quotes hanging around my studio helps on slow days.   The words remind me to throw my creative heart into each piece I create!  I often wonder what kind of things are hanging in other artists studios that they find inspirational.