I just made a major change to the art gallery on my website. I’m only showing 14 pieces of art at a time, and I will change the art every two weeks (or so). I do so many different types of work (and so much) i can tell i was overwhelming people…a ‘can’t see the forest through the trees’ kind of thing. I hope you all enjoy, an visit often!
I was honored to have been invited to participate in the greater Cincinnati Artists as Activists art show featuring 50 local artists who use their art for a change.
The show was curated by Saad Ghosn, a visionary who always encourages Cincinnati artists to use their talent as a tool for social change.
Beside each artwork was a portrait of the artist by the photographer Michael Wilson. I didn’t take a lot of pictures at the reception, i can’t take photos of art without the artist’s permission…PLUS, you need to see the show in person anyway. but I did get a snapshot of one of my favorite artists (and neighbor at the Pendleton Art Center) Halena Cline (pictured above).
and my good friend+artist, Lauri Aultman.
After the show, Lauri and I went to see an art project by ArtWorks that was part of the Midpoint Music Festival. It is a Box Truck Carnival, where moving trucks are converted into different arts spaces.
“Take Another Piece Of My Art” – by the Kennedy Arts Center encouraged people to make a small art piece and pin it on the wall. In return, you get to take someone else’s art piece.
Can you tell which one was mine?
Another interesting exhibit was the “Short Order Poetry” by Chase Public Participants ‘place an order’ for their poem. I asked for a poem that included a kitten, bunny rabbits, garden, corn and a raccoon. I was given a ticket, and after a little bit of time, a poet wrote my poem, and typed it out on a analog typewriter.
I wanted to see the art circus, because I have a 4-year-plan to create a similar traveling art experience. I was inspired by how each truck had a different type of art: visual, literature, music, dance, performing, printmaking, etc.
So if you want to see any of these things over the weekend;
Artists As Activists is on display at Northern Kentucky University until October 25
The Box Truck Carnival is Friday and Saturday in Over-The-Rhine between vine and walnut street.
ALSO, my studio at the Pendleton Art Center will be open Friday 6-10 and Saturday 11-3. Come see me and 150+ other artists under one roof!
I was delivering some artwork in Lebanon, Ohio, and I had some free time to do some sketching.
My first stop was the ‘Black Barn’ a produce stand with a field of corn and a pumpkin patch…I sketched the barn while eating 2 sweet and crispy apples.
I walked around the town, and was inspired by the old homes in the area. This part of the country is much more flat than I am used to, instead of hills and mountains, it is the trees that break up the sky.
This house had a great garden…it’s hard to sketch a garden in black and white, so I worked in color
I love it when i get a chance to wander around a new place
for you folks interested in my ipad art, here’s a short video of an INCOMPLETE painting i did while in Danville, KY. Everything was sketched from life using my ipad and the app PROCREATE no photos.
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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.