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A snapshot from my clay studio

clay studio

A snapshot from my clay studio at the ORVAG building. These are works in progress…you must have some vision to appreciate. The rear will be a horse, with a small human riding it’s back…feeding it an apple. On the left is a boy holding a chicken. I still need to add the boy’s head. On the right is a boy feeding birds.

They will make better sense when they are done. I just wanted to share what I’ve been up to!

peace
ken

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More new work

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!

Come To Shore
The fish will probably be OK, but the sailboat had better tie up and find a dry place to stay!

House On The Hill
I don’t think the fence keeps the deer out of their garden. You know, deer can easily jump 6 feet!

Peaceful Bird Flying Over Path In Forest

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.

peace
ken

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New Oil Pastel Paintings

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.

RiverAtDusk

A couple of oil pastels created while in the hilly Mt. Adams neighborhood in Cincinnati:

mtAdams

mtAdamsII

PeaceBirds

hope everyone is having great holidays!

peace
Ken

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School’s out!!!

Now that school is over, I will be able to focus on my studio work.

I am going to move my pottery equipment to the building at the Ohio River Art Guild.  The building is already set up with a kiln and wheels, but it does not appear to be used on a regular basis.  Maybe if an artist is using the space on frequent basis, it will encourage other members of the community to come and use the nice facility provided by the guild.

Now that school is over, I will be able to focus on my studio work.

I am going to move my pottery equipment to the building at the Ohio River Art Guild. The building is already set up with a kiln and wheels, but it does not appear to be used on a regular basis. Maybe when an artist is using the space on frequent basis, it will encourage other members of the community to come and use the nice facility provided by the guild.

This February, I am going to do a month long residency at Artcroft, an artist community in Carlisle, KY. I have never done a residency, but I am looking forward to producing a body of work while staying at the farm at Artcroft.

I have some work at the Fusion Gallery in Belleview, KY. If you are ever in the Cincinnati area, you should visit the gallery. They have some very nice art.

So stay tuned, I will be up to lots of creative mischief over the next few months.

Oh yeah, since I’m done with school, I should also start thinking about getting the bills paid.  I am now able to be more professional about inquiries about my work.  I have been notorious for being very slow with my follow-through in the past.  If I can do anything for you, or a friend, or a gallery/shop in your neighborhood, please let me know.  I am officially a full-time artist for hire!

peace
ken

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I am an artist

Between school and personal stuff, I haven’t painted for a little over a week.  As soon as i smelled the turpentine, and started putting paint on the canvas, I was overcome with joy. I feel awkward in most situations.  It’s only while painting I feel in my element.  Why do I let so much time pass?

It’s kind of like running.  I am good at finding excuses not to do it, but once I get started, I wonder why I waited so long.

peace

ken

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Ubuntu version 7.10

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!

peace
ken

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Art Off Pike

Yesterday, I was at Art Off Pike, in Covington’s rapidly growing Arts District. The City of Covington has been actively tring to get artists to open studios and galleries in their historic neighborhood. I love Augusta kentucky too much to consider leaving, but there is a certain appeal when a city’s policy recognizes the value of having artists in their community. Very tempting…The organizers were very friendly, and there was a very fun and festive vibe throught the entire show. There were live bands, dancing and tasting of locally brewed wines in the streets of Covington.

Thanks to all the nice people who came out and supported the arts. It was a very nice show.

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Hyde Park Square Art Show

WOW!
Despite the unseasonable 92degree weather, it was a busy and successful show.  Thank you everyone who endured the heat and supported my art.I’ve been working hard to fill the orders I took at the show…I will have them out on monday at the latest.

The success of Hyde Park has caused some problems.  I am participating in Art Off Pike in Covington, as well as having my art on display at the old winery in Augusta this Saturday.  I do not have nearly enough artwork.  I’ve been working around the clock to put everything together.

This is why it’s taken so long to write a post about the art show.