Last week, during final Friday at the Pendleton Art Center, my neighbor on the 4th floor, Barbara Ahlbrand was the ‘Artist Of The Month’. If you haven’t visited Barbara’s studio, you are missing a real treat. Her studio is a true artist studio with all original work (no digital reproductions). She is in her studio almost every day, and her space delights the senses with beautiful abstract paintings, accompanied by the smell of freshly used oil paints.
Many spaces at the Pendleton Art Center are used strictly as pristine showroom spaces, it’s a rare treat to have the opportunity to see an artist (in the wild) working in their studio. You can visit her website at
I have been spending a lot of time painting, but found the time to carve this little block print. I’m using a deep blue ink to make one-of-a-kind note cards. If you want one, they will be dry in a couple of days. I will sell them for the amazing price of $5!
I feel like I have lost one of my best friends. The Beehive Tavern is closing.
It was more than just a place to go eat. It was a cultural institution. Musicians, writers, actors and artists all made it their home. In the difficult times as a struggling artist, the Beehive was a place I could always find some work and a delicious hot meal.
Over the years, while working+visiting the Beehive, I learned about history, music and art. It played a major role in my development as an artist.
The Beehive will be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and then will be a collection of great memories. I’ll be there all 4 days…
I wanted to make a loop animation of me making serigraphs.
I have a whole new appreciation for the moving image. Although it looks simple, this 15 second clip took an afternoon to create.
I can still see where the animation ends/begins, but its not too bad.
How does it look on your device? It’s a GIF image, and should be web friendly.
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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.