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I need to quit meeting people like this

I did it AGAIN!!!

As you all know, I was very excited about the open house  at Artcroft.  It is a farm outside Carslile, KY offering a residency program for artists.  I will do a residency there next month, so I was particularly interested in visiting the farm.

To make a long story short, I mixed up the times of the open house.  The open house was from noon to 5pm, and somehow,  my brain thought that meant it was from 5pm to 8pm.  So when we arrived at 5:45pm to see very few lights on, and 2 vehicles in the driveway, I was sure that I had come on the wrong date.  Robert and Maureen Barker were very friendly, considering the circumstances, and we were shown the farm and art studios…met the artists in residence and had the opportunity to see their work.

I regret that my first impression to the folks at Artcroft was the stereotypical role of a scatterbrained artist, but I get the impression that they are used to dealing with creative people on a regular basis and they understand how we get lost so easily in the time space continuum.

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 love rock climbing!

Today, I am running chores in Cincinnati.

  •  Pick up framing supplies
  • Pick up printing supplies
  • Deliver Painting

The best part is that I am going to meet the painting’s owner at rockquest.  Where we are going to  climb fake rocks indoors!!!  This is one of my favorite things to do.  Unfortunatly, most of my friends aren’t interested in climbing, or it’s too far away, or they are too far away…and you can’t climb without a partner.  Can’t wait!

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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Richmond Marathon

The race results are not officially in, but me, mom, sister, and brother-in-law all finished. It was perfect race weather. Richmond offers great views on their course.

Mom is a wonderwoman! Around mile 10, she started passing people at a constant rate. She kept it up for about 8 miles. As she passed a number of younger, talented looking athletes, I thought to myself,

“That’s my mom!”

At the beginning of the marathon, she swore “This is my last one…” laying in bed at the hotel after the race, she looks at me and says, “ok, maybe one more”.

I hope I can keep up with her when i’m her age.