As an artist, I like to think the work I do is essential. If nothing else, during this time of high anxiety, making art has helped me ‘keep calm and carry on’. The COVID 19 pandemic has brought a lot of our non essential economy to a halt.
I’m self employed, which means I don’t have the safety net of unemployment insurance, but IM OK: I have plenty of art supplies, food and toilet paper. I’m paid up on all my bills. I don’t have children to provide for. I’ve already started this year’s vegetable garden- sweet peas are in the ground!
This global emergency isn’t the right time for me try to sell art. I don’t have to be pushy and beg my friends and patrons to support my work right now. IM OK. Take care of yourself, and your family, check on the elderly and at risk people in your community, support someone whose business is in free fall…I am going to keep making, and I’ll sell you something really pretty and big and expensive once life gets back to normal.
Most of my business is ‘in real life’ sales. A lot of us have had to move their work online, and I’m going to try to do the same. I have been making some charming (6×8″) woodcuts printed on 8×10 heavyweight paper. If your financial situation is secure, and you’d like to have one, they are for sale at $20 each. You can use the purchase buttons above, or visit my online gallery to view other work for sale. The sale will help, but don’t feel any pressure to buy. IM GOING TO BE OK.
Keep an eye on this space. I’m going to keep making art, and will share online in hopes of providing cheer and inspiration for you all. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES AND EACH OTHER -Ken
Its printmaking day at the log cabin print shop. Im ready to start a new 16×20 woodcut. Heres my sketch (only about 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches in size) ive transferred the sketch to tracing paper and drew a rough grid so i can flip the image and transfer to the wood block. No photos or computers…all analog. Stay tuned for progress reports
Awhile ago I started 3 paintings. They were different interpretations of the same scene. Since then, I’ve made some progress
also, since then, I have been gifted with an old drafting/artist table. It belonged to one of my best friends, also an artist, Lucciano Moral. He was making room in his house, and thought I would like it. He was RIGHT!!! It’s perfect! Thank you!
Last week was busy at the cabin. The cabin was filled with artists, so i didnt get a chance to do any personal printing. The holidays are over, and its a rainy saturday. I expect it wont be as busy, so my goal is to carve this linocut.
I want to start the year doing more painting. Over the summer, while in Vicco, KY, I sketched a scene of a little church beside a creek. Using the original sketch as reference, i drew these three compositions, using a sharpie marker.
I like all 3 for different reasons, so I’m going to make 3 different paintings
the one on the left has it’s base colors…now time to color the other 2
UPDATE: 7pm a little more color, will do some more painting tomorrow
in 2020, i want to spend less time on social media, more on my personal website. Happy New Year!
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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.