Whenever I type the title of my blog post with a countdown of the days I have been at Artcroft, I am reminded that I have only a few days remaining in-residence. I spent today in my studio working on a web design project. It is graphic intensive, and the clients have given me plenty of room for creativity, so it is not as horrible as it sounds. I enjoyed the tranquility and absence of distractions. I have been reading a few articles about focus, and how working on one thing at a time allows you to really focus on the work…and you are more productive. Today, I decided to tackle a large portion of the web project.
I only did one thing today, so I don’t feel like I have much to write about, but I feel like I got a lot done.
In the evening, the deer came to the front yard at the resident’s quarters at Artcroft for a green grassy treat. Of course I only had my lousy point-and-shoot camera on hand, but I was still able to capture the moment.
The camera I had on hand wasn’t taking good pictures, so I grabbed my sketchbook and gave it a go…rendering the old fashioned way. So I did get to draw some today after all!
I thought I would try offering a few of the little oil pastel paintings I have been working on Etsy. It’s a great website that for buying and selling handmade things. In addition to the usual detailed photos, I wanted the buyer to get a sense of scale…and a glimpse of how messy I keep my desk!
Just wanted everyone to know in case you are interested.
A rough draft for an online sketchbook. Any suggestions appreciated. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.kenswinson.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/sketchbook.swf” height=”425″ width=”600″ fversion=”9″ useexpressinstall=”true”/]
I am embarassed how productive I have been since my DSL broke. I always thought the internet made us more efficient. Who would have thought? Well between the internet being down and the ice storm, here are 3 new oil pastel paintings!
The fish will probably be OK, but the sailboat had better tie up and find a dry place to stay!
I don’t think the fence keeps the deer out of their garden. You know, deer can easily jump 6 feet!
An oil pastel painting. Sorry you don’t get the shimmery effect of the reflective copper and gold pigments. You will just have to pay me a visit and see them in person!
I am pretty sure I am going to have the internet cut off permanantly! It’s obviously not helping me get closer to my goals.
My DSL quit working the other day, and after the initial withdrawls, I have discovered a newfound creativity that is stimulating enough to consider shutting down my DSL permanantly. I can get along fine with public wireless at designated times…I may even be more productive this way.
In the meantime, here are a few recent oil pastel paintings. More to come…at least while the internet is broke!
While waiting for the ferry to take me across the Ohio river, I made a small sketch of the way the river bends. After riding my bike…in my studio, I painted the scene with Oil Pastels. Some of the pigments are metallic, so you don’t really get the golden shimmery effect of the original.
A couple of oil pastels created while in the hilly Mt. Adams neighborhood in Cincinnati:
I am supposed to be catching up on my schoolwork so I can take a week off for a hike on the Appalachian Trail, but I couldn’t resist the download for the Ubuntu upgrade. It looks like every geek on the planet has the same idea, because the download is going VERY slow. I won’t get to play with it until I get back from the hike.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Ubuntu is a popular version of Linux. It is a free, open source alternative to Windows and Mac OSX.
I must focus on SCHOOLWORK!
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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.