Tag Archives: painting

Developing Tenacity

21 Feb
The Starry Night by Van Gogh

The Starry Night by Van Gogh

Van Gogh must have felt a lot of satisfaction staring at a completed piece he had just finished.  Maybe he felt sad that he wasn’t a financial success but I bet he felt the excitement of completing a good painting.

Van Gogh sold only one painting while he was alive yet he produced 900 paintings and over 1000 amazing drawings that we enjoy today.  It doesn’t seem like he was discouraged enough to give up on the art.  It seems Van Gogh created with drive and passion.

As creative people, we will face difficulty and discouragement.  Will we keep creating our art?  Van Gogh sets a good example for those who might be discouraged.  To read more about Van Gogh’s and his art, visit https://www.vincent-van-gogh-gallery.org/  To see more of my art, visit  https://fineartamerica.com/artists/4+katie+turner  or my website http://www.ktartstudio.com/

red flowers with abstract design

Red Flowers, Mixed Media Painting by Katie Turner


Cadmium-Free Paint

18 Dec

Today I received a sample of paint from Liquitex.  They have a new Cadmium-Free acrylic paint out and are encouraging artists to test their paint and see if you can really tell the difference between the Cadmium-Free and the regular paint.  Some artists say that the Cadmium paints are more vibrant with better opacity but there is a health risk with Cadmium.  Here are my test samples below.   I don’t know which tube, A or B has the cadmium but will have to visit liquitex.com to learn the results of their artist challenge.  I really couldn’t tell the difference.   They both seem to function the same with the same coverage.   If you would like read more about it, go to https://www.liquitex.com/cadmium-free-challenge/


liquitex tubes

a testb test

Inspired Mandalas

31 Oct
fruit and logo

Simple Shapes to Inspire Mandala Drawing

madala flower with logo

Mandala Drawing

Mandala Fruit with logo

Fruit Inspired Mandals Drawing, Ink & Watercolor

Mandala flower with logo

Mandala Drawing using stencils

Mandala means “circle” in Sanskrit.  It signifies wholeness and usually begins with a central point with patterns that radiate outward.  Louise Gale (Mandala For the Inspired Artist by Walter Foster Publishing) explains that we are “to think of a mandala as a sacred space.”

Mandalas can occur in nature and are seen in flowers, the moon, the sun, and more.  Although Mandalas are specifically associated with Hindu, Buddhist and Tibetan artwork the geometric patterns can be seen in other cultures.  Often you will see them on buildings, in various art forms, and in religious text and religious items around the world.

I photographed some fruit I had in my home.  The kiwi, clementine and tomato were sliced in half and have some very interesting shapes within.  They gave me a creative starting point for my drawings.  I found the process very relaxing, giving me time to reflect on the intricate beauty of simple things.  Take a look around your home or office and see if you can find simple items to inspire your own Mandala drawing.


Fall Radisson Art Show & Sale

13 Oct
Fireweed Watercolor Painting

“Fireweed” Watercolor by Katie Turner


Calling all local art lovers.  Please join me this weekend for the 2017 Fall Radisson Art show in Baldwinsville, New York.

Sat., Oct 14, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Sun., Oct 15, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Over 40 local artists will be displaying their art and the event is free.  Free parking, Free Admission and Free Refreshments.  A raffle will be held to win some beautiful donated art and the proceeds benefit the Student Scholarship Fund.  Hope you can make it.

For more information visit CNYAG website here: CNY Art Guild Postcard Invitation & coupon

Feeling Old? Make Some Art.

28 Sep
Fall Leaves 2017

“Fall Leaves” Watercolor by Katie Turner. http://www.KTArtStudio.com

Creating Art will keep you healthy.  The latest NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Research and Analysis Quarterly Newsletter (September 2017 issue) announced a new report finds older adults who create art and attend art events have better health outcomes than those who don’t.

Although there are challenges to getting older adults to events, the benefits can’t be ignored.  Those who both created art and attended arts events showed higher cognitive functioning and lower rates of hypertension and other physical conditions.  The art activities included more than visual art (painting, photography, graphic design, film, sculpting, ceramics, knitting, jewelry-making, etc.), performing arts (dancing, singing, playing a musical instrument, acting) and also the literary arts (reading and writing prose or poetry), etc.  Attending arts activities was defined as listening to a live concert, going to a museum or gallery or seeing a film.

The research found that even if the adult did not create and only attended an arts event, there were still positive benefits.  But the greatest benefits came from doing both.  This study is one of many research projects the NEA has going on.  The NEA has a five-year research plan which touches on the topics of social, scientific and behavioral aspects.   To read more about the report, follow this link:  https://www.arts.gov/news/2017/new-report-reveals-findings-about-arts-and-health-older-adults

September Reception

5 Sep

 Rocky Shore on the St. Lawrence      16″x20″    Watercolor  on paper  by Katie Turner


The Central New York Art Guild has a show at the Baldwinsville Library for the month of September 2017.  There are many paintings and sculpture pieces from the CNY Art Guild members on view.   The painting pictured above is one of the several watercolors I have on display.  I was inspired by the rough rocks along the shore of the St. Lawrence river and the delicate flowers that grow in such a challenging location.

The reception will be Monday, September 11, 2017   Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm with light refreshments.

Show Closing

28 Jul
watercolor painting, flowers, abstract

“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