Awhile back, I sketched a family of cows in a field. I rarely paint larger than 16X20, but I could tell it would become an epic painting, so I used a large canvas.
While visiting my studio, my good friends and neighbors from Augusta wanted to buy the painting. I told them it was not finished, but they could buy it when it was done.
Over the course of a year, their painting stood proudly on that easel. I have ADD, but the real reason it took so long was that I wanted to keep the painting. It is so large and colorful, guests gravitated toward it.
If you look at the hay bales, they turn into abstract squares as they fade into the distance. This painting was the starting point for my recent “cubist” paintings.
Today, Jim and Deb came and took their painting to its true and rightful home. The painting will be very happy because they live at Legends Farm, a farm that is a work of art. Visit their website to see their gorgeous alpaca farm. A few babies are due soon, and I am looking forward to paying them (and my painting) a visit soon!
I was invited to join a group of potters for a pit firing and dinner at Ann Legris studio in Mayslick. She demonstrated her burnishing and firing technique, and we all had an opportunity to fire a piece with hers. above is a short video of us bringing our pots out of the kiln.
For the Kentucky Gateway Museum’s auction fundraiser, I painted the museum with Maysville’s other great landmarks in the background. I missed the auction, but heard the painting fetched a good price – thanks Andrew!
Saturday, I helped with the wood fire at the Artisan Center at Maple Creek. The kiln takes 30+ hours to reach its temperature, so work is divided into shifts.
The Artisan uses unused sticks from a drumstick factory to fuel the kiln.
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Ken is a self-taught artist from rural Kentucky, whose work includes painting, printmaking, animation and ipad art. He considers himself to be a 'lifetime learner' and he uses art as the vehicle to explore and learn more about the world around him. Much of his work reflect his optimistic views on rural folk culture, river life and simple pleasures.
You can visit Ken every Final Friday of the month at studio 400 at the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati. He can also be found picnicking near his home in the Historic Village of Old Washington, KY.