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May 30, 2017

animated fish-work in progress 3D

Work in progress–for an animation project–made with blender3d

Work in progress – fish made with #blender3d obra #animation en proceso -pescados hecho con Blender3D

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May 26, 2017

new painting-watching the clouds

I finished a new oil painting this week. It’s called, “Watching the clouds”, and is a reminder for me to take time to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. 
You can click the picture to see it in my online gallery, or see it in person tomorrow, Friday 26 May at the Pendleton Art center in downtown Cincinnati. 

May 18, 2017

A 3D Pug for my nephew

My nephew lives a long way from Kentucky, so when he asked if I could make a pug for him, I couldn’t resist. 

Here is the work in progress:

I also wanted to send him the wirefram, so that he could see some of the math/geomentry behind the artwork. He’s still pretty young, and I thought he might like to see how things work.

I’m an adult, and IM interested in seeing that kind of stuff…and that’s why I decided to share on my blog, because maybe it’s interesting for some of you too!

May 16, 2017

Tootin’ my own horn – winning awards at Duveneck Art Show 2017

I don’t participate in a lot of outdoor art shows, but whenever I can, I go to Covington’s sculpture park along the Ohio river for the Duveneck Art Show. It’s usually the day before Mother’s Day.  The people who organize the show are community minded, and love artists. They even treat the artists to a garden party after the show!  How can I resist?

This year, I tried something different: I used Facebook’s ‘Live Video’, to let my friends see what was going on at the show. Because it was live, the video is completely unedited, and un scripted. I had stage fright at first, but it was fun, and it has given me some ideas for future live projects that I can do in my studio. A copy of the video is still on my  facebook profile, so you can click the link below to see how it went.

Click to see video

I won the Duveneck Award! I was really excited about that because the art becomes a part of the Kenton County Public Library’s collection, and is exhibited in one of their libraries. This show and award is in it’s 48th year.  The Duveneck show art collection has never been displayed as a group…until June 4th. The Behringer-Crawford museum is going to have an exhibit of all 48 Duveneck Art Award winners. I’m thrilled to be a part of it!

The winning piece was an ipad drawing of the view from my studio at the Pendleton Art Center. I think it’s interesting because it contrasts downtown Cincinnati’s old historic architecture, with it’s newer towers in the background.

I also won ‘Best in Show’ for my overall body of work. I was embarassed, because it isn’t common for the same artist to win two big awards at the same show. My work isn’t easy to catagorize, and that can be an advantage or penalty, depending on how traditional the judge is. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the recognition (and prize/rent money!)

It was the ‘day of Ken’, because in addition to the two awards, I also won the ‘People’s Choice’ award. Guests at the show were invited to vote for their favorite artist…and it was me and my work! I am thrilled to know that my work is reaching and inspiring others.

Outdoor shows are a lot of work, but it feels more like a day of hanging out with friends-in contrast to a ‘day in the office’…especially when it’s the Duveneck Art Show. Thanks again to everyone who worked hard to make it happen!

I am only doing one more outdoor show this season… it’s Art In The Garden, in Augusta, KY on June 3rd. Don’t miss the fun, I hope to see you then!

May 10, 2017

3D virtual gallery experiment

I recently upgraded my cellphone. As a promotion, they gave me a VR headset. The experience was a lot better than I imagined it would be. It inspired me to use my 3D modeling skills to create a virtual gallery to showcase some of my artwork.

This is an experimental piece…just an example, but I can already tell that it is interesting to me for a few reasons:

The sensation is similar to seeing a work of art in person.

Being a ‘virtual’ space, I can showcase my real work beside digital in a way that isn’t possible in reality.

I have a lot of friends who can’t visit my studio or gallery in real life, this gives them a chance to see the work…almost in person.
So I hope you all are as excited as me about this. And if you don’t have a headset, you can see me in reality this Saturday at the Duveneck art show in Covington, KY. See you there!

May 8, 2017

New Paintings-Children’s Theater Of Cincinnati

Earlier this year, I was invited to exhibit some of my work at the Children’s Theater Of Cincinnati. Most of my experience with theater has been from the audience. While visiting their facility, I discovered just how many different creative disciplines work as a team to make the theater happen. Rather than just exhibit work that I have already created, I was inspired to start a new series of oil paintings which celebrate the different people ‘behind the scenes’ in theater.  This weekend, they unveiled the first two paintings of the project during their spring fundraising gala.  These depict the cosutme designers and the set designers.  

Ken Swinson pictured with Kim Deaton and Roderick Justice of The Children’s Theater Of Cincinnati.

I’m interested in celebrating all forms of creative expression, and theater is unique because it combines so many into one work. I’m grateful to the Children’s Theater Of Cincinnati for the opportunity, and also the Maysville Players – Mike Thomas and Mark Funk, in particular…who are an encyclopedia of knowledge about theater, and have been a great resource for my research. They manage Maysville’s Theater -an AMAZING program, especially considering the size of our rural community.

I’m thrilled with how the series of paintings are developing – (coreography, music and makeup are next), but I’m even more excited how the project gave me a chance to learn about the local theater in my community. I love what they are doing, and want to encourage you all to support your local theater the next time they have a performance…not only is it entertaining, but it’s supporting a wide range of arts.


May 3, 2017

3d wiener dog-work in progress

May 2, 2017

in the studio- color palette

I’m working on a project, and can’t show it off yet, but I love the color palette I am using. greens and yellows! (there are oranges and browns too)
trabajando sobre un proyecto, no puedo mostrarte ya, pero me encanta la palette de colores. (hay naranjo y café también)


April 28, 2017

Final Friday at the Pendleton Art Center

a virtual look around at my studio for you folks who can’t make it tonight…live, unscripted unedited ken swinson goofyness. 
un vídeo de mi taller para mis amigos que no pueden venir este noche. en vivo, sin editar, en inglés ken swinson el payaso.

April 21, 2017

Empty Bowls – 2017

I love art-based community projects, and ‘Empty Bowls‘ is one of my favorite!
I don’t make pottery or soup, so my contribution to fight hunger is this small oil painting; which will be raffled off tomorrow at Maysville’s Empty Bowls dinner