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I’m just a little superstitious. I believe the way I choose to spend the turning of the new year reflects the way I will spend the entire year.

The last 2 years while working at the Beehive Tavern, I always worked during the new year, and made a point to leave the tavern 5 minutes before the stroke of midnight with a sketchbook to make art while welcoming the new year. Now that I am a full-time studio artist, I spent the new year in my studio hard at work.

This painting was started a few months ago, if you don’t know, I have some of the ADD and often start projects without finishing them. I thought it would be appropriate to finish one of my unfinished works before the new year…especially since it already has a buyer! So, these excellent pickin’ and grinnin’ bluegrass players are my final painting for 2008.


I have been working on a few sculptures to put in the wood-fire at the Artisan Center at Maple Creek.One of our area’s potters delivered some clay that I needed. She brought more clay than I really needed,suggesting that I could make a few pots for the wood fire.

Well, I’ve told you that I have the ADD, so that’s all it took. I spent countless hours hunched over the wheel…throwing bowls…getting the hang of centering and throwing clay. I haven’t thrown pottery for a few years, but it is something I like to do. I think it is my hobby. I won’t make it my life’s work, but it is fun to get muddy every now and then.

Later that day, I finished my first painting of the New Year.It is a small one, titled “A Year Of Peace”.It’s my big wish for 2009.

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year!

5 thoughts on “2009

  1. Kenny, I love your peace painting. It’s hopeful looking. I envy you and your new “woods” you discovered donated by the good doctor. How I miss my grass and trees and birds and cows and quiet!

  2. that’s a very nice New Year’s painting 🙂

  3. Thank you both!

    Jo Ann stay in New York til spring…there are probably more things to do there while the grass and trees and birds here in Kentucky are hibernating. I sure miss the noise and culture of the city sometimes.

  4. Hi Ken,
    I don’t visit your website often enough! Glad to hear Art From the Heart was a success. As always, your new work is beautiful… love the Yellow Dog piece. Looks like a fun group of folks! You might be interested to know that some fox(es?) can climb trees. The gray fox which is shyer and less common can climb. Lucky for those hens you painted a red fox.
    I’m going to try to be more ‘social’ this year… How about a potter’s (yes, that’s you)
    meal at my place soon? Annie

  5. Hi Ken,
    Have enjoyed my journey across your website. A very gifted young man. Would have liked to see which are available to purchase and price. Could you e-mail me a price list
    I was in Old Washington, Ky (outside Maysville) yesterday–Is that where you are?
    My daughter is on the board of the Lexington Humane Society- saw your paintings there. I am the founder of the Woodford Humane Society here in Woodford County and was touched by the Factory cat Project in Ohio.
    All of my ancestral roots are in and around Maysville and have been doing research there, so will be in and out quite often. Would like to see you and your original work sometime.
    Would appreciate hearing from you in your leisure ???? time.
    Blessings and peace,
    Julia Hahn

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