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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.

Traveling Watercolor Kits

14 Jun

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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.

 

Installation Inspiration

23 Mar

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Photo collage by Rachel Turner based on the art of Vanessa German.  Link to Rachel Turner’s Flickr here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/94351890@N03/

 

A recent visit to Everson Museum of Art was full of inspiration for my daughter and I.  Vanessa German had an installation titled “de.structive dis.tillation” that had many interesting sculptures, photos and even small paintings.  My daughter used some of her photographs from our visit to produce the photo collage above.  Another blogger wrote about Vanessa German which you can read here: via be the rage and be the light — Monica Aissa Martinez  If you get a chance to visit the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York, the exhibit will be up until May 7th.  The link for Everson is here  https://www.everson.org/explore/current-exhibitions.

 

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

15 Minutes in the Studio

27 Feb

I’m pleased to announce that a short piece I wrote has been included in the NLAPW’s Winter 2017 Magazine.  To purchase one of these magazines, go to the National League of American Pen Woman website or click here: NLAPW PenWoman Magazine Link

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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