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Tulip Plein Air Painting – 10 April 2021

I’m going to try to paint these beautiful pink tulips that popped up in my yard.
I have toned the panel and worked out the composition with a muddy color
working out the values (dark and light) some more details
time to start adding color!!!
blocking in the color…need to add some details
almost finished!
Its been awhile! I forgot how much i LOVE painting directly from life–outside!

if you’d like to add this painting to your art collection (and support my work) click above!

thank you!

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Grow Through What You Go Through Woodcut

I read this quote and it resonated with me at this moment in history. I decided to use it to make a woodcut. Scroll down to see the different parts of the process.

doodle of saying: go through what you go through
sketch for woodcut idea

photo of design on tracing paper for a woodcut print
design with more detail drawn on tracing paper
tracing design from paper to block of wood for woodcut printmaking
tracing paper used to flip and transfer design onto wood block
painting a sealer over woodcut before carving
wood block tinted orange (to make it easier to see cuts) then coated with a sealer
first quarter section of woodcut carved - work in progress
one quarter finished with the carving process
woodcut block carved and ready to print
The finished block-I decided to print on green paper
mixing green ink for woodcut print
mixing a dark green ink
rolling ink on the woodcut print
rolling ink onto the block
test proof for woodcut print
the test proof
touch up carving woodcut printmaking
fixing some of parts of the block for the final proof
finished prints hanging to dry
the finished print and proofs, hanging to dry

The finished Woodcut! You can add one to your print collection (and support my work!) by clicking below

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kiln firing 23 March 2021

I just opened the kiln, and have some new porcelain pots!


I don’t sell pots online. I try to take the best photos I can, but a pot (especially porcelain) needs to be picked up and held to really ‘know’ if it’s the right one for you. You can see them on my front porch in Old Washington. Large plates are $80. Cups and the small sandwich sized plates are $40 each. First come, first served. The porch has a ‘half off’ table with perfectly functional pots, that have slight flaws.

If you are looking for a good reason to come visit: this weekend March 27, 2021, we are having an Art And Chocolate festival in our little historic village of Old Washington from 10-5pm.

Click the arrows below to see all the pots

  • porcelain cup with black log cabin sgraffito design
  • porcelain cup with black sgraffito design of washington hall, old washigton, ky 1796
  • porcelain plate of man holding on to a bull's horn black sgraffito design
  • porcelain plate with tulips and horse black sgraffito design
  • porcelain plate with tulips and peace symbol sgraffito design
  • porcelain cup with peace love sgraffito design peace symbol
  • porcelain plate with doves and olive branches peace symbol sgraffito design
  • porcelain cup with black sgraffito designs of tulip flowers
  • porcelain cup with tulip bees and peace symbol black sgraffito design
  • porcelain cup with birds and peace symbols sgrafito design black
  • porcelain cup with tulip and peace symbol black sgraffito design
  • porcelain cup with black sgrafftio design with sheep and peace symbol
  • porcelain cup with peace and love sgraffito design
  • porcelain cup with sheeep sgraffito black design
  • porcelain plate with blue birds in tree sgraffito design
  • porcelain cup with blue sgraffito peace symbol and flowers
  • porcelain cup with blue sgraffito design peace symbol
  • porcelain cup with green sgraffito frog design
  • porcelain cup with green sgraffito frog design
  • porcelain cup with green sgraffito frog decoration
  • porcelain cup with green sgraffito frog design
  • porcelain cup with green frog sgraffito design
  • porcelain cup with green sgraffito frog design
  • porcelain cup with green frog sgraffito design
  • porcelain plate with red cardinal sgraffito design
  • porcelain plate with love one another red sgraffito design
  • porcelain cup with blue bunny sgraffito decorations
  • porcelain cup with goat sgraffito design
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plein air crocus flowers – 3-9-21

kentucky artist ken swinson smiling by car trunk filled with art supplies
car loaded with art supplies…let’s go paint!
photo of purple and yellow crocus flowers
these crocus flowers are such a welcome burst of life and color after a long winter. I’m going to use them as a model for a painting!

sketch of crocus flowers
I used my sketchbook to work out the composition, now it’s time to setup and paint!
a blank plein air canvas in front of a bed of crocus flowers
I was not a good scout, and showed up unprepared. I forgot to pack my tripod mount, so my paint box will just rest on the floor. Good thing I picked a subject so low to the ground! Time to get to work!
plein air artist working in downtown maysville ky near the bridge over the ohio river
artist, Betsy Adams is here from Ripley, Ohio painting in pastel
concord ky artist, sue ellen gorman painting in downtown maysville
Concord, Kentucky artist, Sue Ellen Gorman joined us-painting in acrylics
plein air underpainting of spring crocus flowers
underpainting for the crocus flower painting
work in progress plein air oil painting by kentucky artist ken swinson
starting to add color to the painting!
plein air oil painting of purple crocus flowers by kentucky artist ken swinson
the finished painting! Spring Crocus flowers 8×10″ oil on hardboard – SOLD!
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kiln firing 1 March 2021

I just opened the kiln, and have some new porcelain pots!


I don’t sell pots online. I try to take the best photos I can, but a pot (especially porcelain) needs to be picked up and held to really ‘know’ if it’s the right one for you. You can see them on my front porch in Old Washington. Large plates are $80. Cups and the small sandwich sized cardinal plate are $40 each. First come, first served. The porch has a ‘half off’ table with perfectly functional pots, that have slight flaws.

Click the arrows below to see all the pots

  • folk art style porcelain plate with cat and bird
  • folk art style porcelain plate with goats and tulips
  • porcelain mug of squirrel holding an acorn
  • porcelain folk art style plate with sgraffito sheep and peace symbol
  • porcelain mug with tulips and a peace symbol
  • folk art style porcelain plate with candinal
  • folk art style porcelain plate with cardinal
  • folk art style porcelain plate of a fox
  • folk art style porcelain plate with fox
  • folk art style porcelain plate with cat and birds
  • folk art style porcelain plate with cat bird and dog
  • folk art style porcelain plate of house with birds
  • folk art style porcelain mug with peace symbol
  • folk art style porcelain mug with peace symbol
  • folk art style porcelain cup with birds and peace symbol
  • folk art style porcelain cup with goats and flowers
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kiln firing 27 January 2021

I just opened the kiln, and have some new porcelain pots. This batch had a lot (6) of plates, which take up a lot of space in the kiln, so this firing does not have as many pots as firings in the past.


I don’t sell pots online. I try to take the best photos I can, but a pot needs to be picked up and held to really ‘know’ if it’s the right one for you. You can see them on my front porch in Old Washington. Plates and the ‘Peace On Earth bowl’ are $80. Cups and the small sandwich sized cardinal plate are $40 each. First come, first served. The porch has a ‘half off’ table with perfectly functional pots, that have slight flaws.

Click the arrows below to see all the pots

  • blue porcelain plate with bunny design
  • blue porcelain plate with goat and flowers design
  • blue porcelain plate with folk art birds in tree design
  • porcelain blue plate with design of a pig under a tree
  • blue porcelain plate with village and flock of birds design
  • blue porcelain plate with design of old washington kentucky
  • porcelain bowl with lion and lamb - birds carrying banner that says 'peace on earth'
  • red porcelain plate with cardinal design
  • porcelain mug with blue design of birds carrying olive branch and peace symbol
  • porcelain mug with blue design of birds carrying olive branch and peace symbol
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work in progress-peace in progress

If you watch much news, the beginning January has been a high anxiety month. I’ve always been a little bit hippy dippy at heart, and pottery for peace has been my theme for my latest batch of pots. They still need to be fired, but you can get an idea of the surface design from this photo.

porcelain mugs - work in progress - blue with different peace symbols

stay tuned to see how they turn out–and be nice to each other!

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kiln firing 22 January 2021

I just opened the kiln, and have some new porcelain pots. Most exciting to me are the new plates. These little rectangle plates are about 8″x6″ a perfect size for a sandwich and some chips, or three tacos.
I don’t sell pots online. I try to take the best photos I can, but a pot needs to be picked up and held to really ‘know’ if it’s the right one for you. You can see them on my front porch in Old Washington. Cups, rectangle plates and bowls with carving on the outside are $40 Bowls with carving inside and out are $80. First come, first served.

Click the arrows below to see all the pots

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Kiln Firing – 15 January 2021

I just opened the kiln, and have some new porcelain pots. Most exciting to me are the new plates. I don’t sell pots online. I try to take the best photos I can, but a pot needs to be picked up and held to really ‘know’ if it’s the right one for you. You can see them on my front porch in Old Washington. Cups are $40 Plates $80. First come, first served.

Click the arrows below to see all the pots from the firing.