Last month, I did a printmaking activity at Sunflower Sundries. The farm hosted a ‘day at the farm’ for the kids at ‘Camp Discovery’. Camp Discovery is a special summer camp program for Maysville’s youth.
One objective for the different activities was to teach the children to enjoy nature. They had a chance to pick berries and make jam, walk in the woods and write poetry.
My activity was walking through the farm to look and learn about different leaves. We picked a few leaves, then used the press to make 3 different types of prints.
If you plan an outdoor activity, it is probably going to rain. It rained off and on the whole day at the farm. We picked leaves in the rain, then made prints in the farm’s shop.
Rather than dampen our spirits, the weather was an exciting addition to the activity. Nothing makes you feel like a kid, the way playing in the rain with a busload of children does.
Thank you Carol Marnell for the wonderful photographs!
So I opened my paint box, and was welcomed by my colorful friends.
Oil painting can be a slow process, so I like to work on a few paintings at once. Here are 2 paintings in the beginning stage. It’s enough to get the basic idea. If you think they look good now, just wait until I bring out the COLORS!!! I love this one…goats raiding the garden!
Don’t forget, tomorrow, Wednesday July 6, I am giving a free art class in Old Washington, KY. I’ll have an online version for those who want to participate from home. You can get more details here:
I took a canoe trip with my friend, Jim. He was jotting notes in his book, while i took video snapshots. At the end of the day, we compared our creative work, and decided to combine our talents into this short video.
If I knew I was going to use the video clips to illustrate a poem, I would have gotten some different shots. Since I couldn’t go back, I used what I had. It was enough to share a peek at a beautiful morning.
For those who want to know how exciting and carefree the artist’s life can be: here’s what I did for the last 2 days:
Cutting matts and boards
taking measurements and using math
The weather has been really nice in Kentucky so I took some of my work outside.
sawing boards to make my picture frames
after that, I put the wood through this planer 4 times (once for each side)
It will take another full day of sawing, nailing and painting to get a finished picture frame.
Don’t worry, I didn’t spend the whole 2 days doing factory work.
I took my union break for a bike ride.
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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.