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Traveling Watercolor Kits

14 Jun

sketchboxes

 

When I prepare my travel art bag, I’m always struggling with the desire to bring every art supply from my studio.  By trial and error I’ve figured out what my bare necessities are.  The picture above shows my two favorite traveling watercolor kits.  The white one is made by Sakura Color Products Corporation and it’s called a “Koi Watercolors Pocket Field Sketch Box”.  It has a removable mixing tray, 24 colors, a nice space for brushes or pens and it even has a pop-out thumb hole on the bottom making it very easy to hold.  My second traveling watercolor set is by Lukas and originally came with tubes of watercolor paint.  Those tubes of paint have been used and now I use the plastic tray to squeeze my own favorite colors into.  Underneath the tray there is room for more brushes or a few paper towels or a small tube of paint.  I have a small blue handle brush on the side of the plastic tray, as you can see in the photo.  The lid makes a great spot for mixing colors.

My favorite sketchbooks have heavier watercolor paper inside but sometimes I just use regular light weight sketchbooks to paint or sketch.  It’s nice if the sketchbook has a heavy cover and a rubber-band to hold it closed.  It will be less likely to fall apart from wear and tear if it’s bound.  I usually throw a pencil and pen into my bag for sketching and a Sakura Aqua-brush.  I also use Pentel Arts brand Aquash water brushes.  The water brushes have a refillable water chamber which makes it possible for me to pull out the brush and immediately start painting.

Making art every day is important for me and bringing supplies along makes it possible.  Travel doesn’t mean I have to give up painting – I can just bring the studio with me.   Painting while traveling is a great way to remember the event and it always makes me smile.

 

Lakeside Statewide Art Reception

14 Mar

deep red floral blooms on burnt umber stalks

For those who are local to Central New York, please join me on Saturday, March 18th from 6-8 p.m. for the Lakeside Statewide Juried Art Show Reception.  Information below.

March 18-April 23, 2017

The Lakeside Statewide Juried Exhibit by the Art Association of Oswego will be open March 18-April 23, 2017.  Reception will be Saturday, March 18th, from 6-8 p.m. at the Oswego Civic Arts Center, East Fourth Street (in the former Fort Ontario Quartermaster’s Building, directly across from historic Fort Ontario).  For more information, go to www.oswegoarts.org

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.

Artists Have Resonance

15 Nov
beautiful watercolor painting of white and pink baneberries by artist Katie Turner

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.

 

Weeds as Inspiration

28 Sep
goldenrod-pic

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.