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
I just published the DECEMBER editon of my US ROUTE 62 Zine! Giving myself a monthly *deadline* has been a good motivator–to make sure I keep moving forward with the project. As we all know, if you wait for the perfect time, that never happens.
If you’d like your own copy of the zine, You can pick up a free copy at the Log Cabin Print Shop or Pendleton Art Center. I’m also including a copy with all my online orders.
If you want me to mail one to you, just mail a one dollar bill (to cover the cost of envelope and stamp) to: Ken Swinson, PO Box 84, Old Washington, KY 41096
A long time ago, a teacher named Harriett Beecher came to Old Washington to visit. She later became famous for her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which depicted the cuelty of slavery. Her book was a big influence in the USA’s shift in attitude away from slavery. Part of the inspiration for ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ came from her experiences here in Kentucky, and across the river in Ripley, Ohio.
It’s inspiring how Harriett used her talent to help social progress in the USA. I wanted to honor her with a linocut.
I wanted to portray her with a halo, a quill in hand, her book in the other
I thought they’d make good notecards. They are a fun way to share art with your friends, and Harriett would probably appreciate seeing us write letters using ink and paper
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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.