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printmaking at Winton Hills

Today, I volunteered to do a printmaking activity with the kids at the community center in Winton Hills. We took a walk through their community garden, and made prints from leaves we collected. I did not have permission to take pictures of the kids, but just close your eyes and imagine a room full of smiling children holding their artwork.

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We had about 15 minutes left over, so we made stop-frame-animations using their prints…it might not be an academy award winning animation, but each child animated their artwork, and they learned about animation.

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Monotype printmaking In Berea

Last week, I was at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea to give a monotype printmaking demo.  I think I learned as much as the people who came to watch me. Whenever I explain my process, the act of teaching gives me a better insight on why I do the things I do.
Here’s a short illustration of the day:

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And the finished artwork:
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Thanks to the folks at the Artisan Center who are always working hard to promote Kentucky Artists. I had a great time!

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Chasing Windmills With Jim Lally

There is a possibility there might be a wind farm in May’s Lick, Mason County. My friend Jim Lally lives on a farm very close to the proposed wind farm, and has a lot of questions about what it would be like to live by a wind farm. We thought our perspective would be interesting because he is a poet/writer, and I am an artist, so I agreed to team up with him and spend a few days exploring wind farms.

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I don’t have much experience using my art to explore complicated and controversial ideas, but I believe pushing my boundaries as an artist, so we packed up my artMobile and headed north for Van Wert, Ohio.

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We’re spending a few days with their windmills, and talking to the residents who live with them every day. I have learned a lot so far, and expect to learn more as the project develops.

 

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If you are interested in windmills, stay tuned, once we finish our research, our plan is to bring it all together in an artistic and educational way to share with everyone.

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13 years of Augusta Love

Exactly 13 years ago, I had my first art show in Augusta, KY. I was new to Kentucky, and wasn’t sure how I would fit in as an artist.

They were having a community festival, called the ‘Turning Of The Leaves Festival’, and the organizers offered me a a space beside “The Beehive Tavern”. That day, I met many of my best friends.

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One friend I met that day was a woman named Bertha Hough, who had a Folk Art Shop in a little cabin on main street. She bought some of my pottery at that show, and continued to sell my artwork for years since. She was a constant source of inspiration and encouragement, and played a major role in my development as an artist. Recently, she has passed away, but I will always carry a piece of her in my heart.

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I decided to celebrate my anniversary by visiting Augusta, and painting Bertha’s cabin.

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I had a great time, and it was like a ‘family reunion’. I was not able to focus 100% on the painting, because I kept seeing old friends, and I would stop to catch up with them.

I did get to finish the painting!

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Ken’s Art At Elk Creek Vineyards

I was invited to display some of my art at Kentucky’s largest vineyard, Elk Creek Vineyards, in Owenton, KY.

My exhibit will be there for the next 3 months, so if you are driving between Cincinnati and Lexington, stop by and see what I have been doing.

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While I was there, I was able to do a little sketching at the vineyard.

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It’s far from finished, but will be a cool painting when its all done.

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Ken’s ‘Art In The Wild’ – Historic 1800’s Cincinnati home

I was excited to get these photos of my artwork ‘in the wild’ at the home of two patrons of the arts from Cincinnati.

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I don’t always get a chance to see my artwork after it leaves my studio or the gallery.

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It’s an awesome feeling that my art is a part of other people’s daily life.

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Thank you for sharing! I am honored that my artwork is a part of your beautiful home.

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Plein Air Painting in Lewis County with Sue Gorman and Margie Lakeburg

Yesterday, I met 2 of my favorite painters for some plein air painting in Lewis County.

I made a short video about it, you can watch it here:

Thanks Chuck Keller for the music

I also took a few portraits of the artists at work:

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Sue Ellen Gorman. See more of her artwork on her facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sueellen.gorman

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Bill and Margie Lakeberg. See more of Margie’s artwork at her website: http://mlakeberg.com/works

 

Here are photos of my finished paintings.

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