Tag Archives: creativity

Show Closing

28 Jul
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“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

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.

 

Installation Inspiration

23 Mar

everson

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

Swapping For Inspiration

10 Mar
artistic journal

Smash Art Journal

Mail Art Wrapping

I know swapping sounds like “shopping”, but it’s not.  This is less expensive and more fun.  For fun, I began swapping art with a couple of artistic friends in other states.  Receiving artwork from friends in the mail has been just as exciting as sending things back to them.  One of these friends sent me some collage pieces and a mini scrap journal you can see in the picture above.  She calls them “Smash” journals because they include whatever comes in the mail or whatever paper she comes across during her week.  They are filled with common everyday items, such as advertisements, tags and junk mail, but then she took it one step further and added gesso, acrylic paint, stamps and collage on various pages.  She kept with a yellow and purple theme and did a great job.  The second photo is a collage sheet she used to wrap up the journal for shipping.  Doing creative swaps can add new ideas for your own art.  If you are looking to join a swap you will find some in yahoo groups.  Other places you may find artists willing to swap would include your own local art guild, church or local college or university.  Swapping can inspire you creatively, give it a try.

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