To kick off the summer, I spend a little time volunteering at Art Camp. This year, I taught monotype printmaking to our area’s young artists.
I learn more than the kids…they are natural creative folks.
Summer is a great time for going outside. I am trying to start a tradition with my artist friends of having a picnic once a week.
Seurat’s classic painting is the inspiration for this new activity. I call it my ‘picnic therapy’. We chose the date based on the weather report. If you want to join us, get your picnic basket and monkey ready, and get in touch with me for details.
One Last Thing: This weekend is your last chance to see me and my art for the season. I don’t have another scheduled until October…Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival is one of my all time favorite art shows…I have some exciting new pieces that you can add to your collection. Click their logo for more information.
This Saturday June 12, Downtown Maysville has a wine/art festival on Market street. It’s a charming event surrounded by stunning architecture on a brick road beside our fountain with art, live music and wine from local wineries.
I’m going to try something different.
I am exploring the art of traditional printmaking. I’m bringing my antique etching press to the event to setup a temporary print shop.
I spent the week carving a woodcut especially for this festival. It’s appropriately a vine of grapes.
Here’s the interesting part…
I am going to have a special edition of prints, but they will only be printed AT THE FESTIVAL. Which means, if 2 people buy the print, it will be a very rare edition of 2. If 30 people buy a print, it will be a special edition of 30. They will all be printed on site.
These are sample prints…to make sure the wood block was cut properly.
This will be a great addition to your art collection…so come early if you want the number one print. If you haven’t had too much wine, you can help put your print through the press. I am also going to print a few monotypes…which is fascinating to watch.
I am trying to eat locally grown food while it is in season. It’s food at it’s best, and it supports our local farmers.
In my neck of the woods, May is the month of Asparagus! I eat the stuff almost every day (often twice a day!) Sadly, those days are coming to an end. Farmers stop picking in June. I want to eat the delicious green vegetable later in the year (and stay local), so I’ll pickle the asparagus.
Local farmer, Jennifer Gleason stopped by to give me a crash course in pickling.
Aren’t they beautiful?
If you need pickled asparagus, visit Jennifer’s farm, Sunflower Sundries, where she sells her incredible pickled asparagus.
I joined artist, Betsy Adams for an afternoon of Asparagus painting. We meet every first Wednesday of the month. We are thinking of using a different local fruit/vegetable as the model each month.
She worked in pastel.
I worked in monotype. (sorry folks, this one instantly found a home)
If you are in the Northern Kentucky area, and need a piece for your collection, don’t forget…
Augusta’s Art In The Garden is this Saturday from 10-5pm. I’ll have work on display at Riverside drive with some new, never before seen originals.
The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center has been a good supporter of the arts in our area, so I wanted to donate something really special for their annual fundraising auction.
I’m bringing my beloved press to the auction where I’ll print a monotype just seconds before it is auctioned…still wet.
Today, I went downtown to sketch the museum and get an idea for the monotype.
I spent the rest of the day working on the monotype. It’s almost finished, and looks incredible! It was a challenge working in ‘reverse’ on the plate, but I have a feeling the final piece is going to be amazing.
I’m nervous, because I don’t like groups of people, and there is a possibility the monotype will not come out as expected.
Please come to the auction tomorrow, March 5th, to see it created (and possibly win my latest/greatest work of art)…and most important, support the museum. It’s a great cause.
Here’s the Museum Center’s website for more details: www.kygmc.org
Auctioneer extraordinaire, Mike Thomas, did a great job of setting the stage to explain what was happening. The print came out better than I expected. See for yourself:
I didn’t stay to watch the bidding on my print (it makes me uncomfortable) but it quickly went over $100 before the print even went through the press. After breathing fresh air for a few minutes, I learned that the print sold for close to $500 to Claudia Moose.
The print could not have a better home. Claudia and her husband Jim have been great patrons of the arts and museum in Maysville…we are lucky to have them.
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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.