Dot to Dot

Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 @ 12:14 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal

Playing with dot painting lately.

dot painting / 6" x 6" wood panel with acrylic

6″ x 6″ wood panel with acrylic

camouflage fish / 6" x 6" wood panel with acrylic

Camouflage Fish / 6″ x 6″ wood panel with acrylic

The Plan Behind the Safety Pin

Posted Sunday, November 13th, 2016 @ 10:51 am by Kathryn
Categories: Community, Journal, Social Science

While the idea of wearing a safety pin as a symbol to the marginalized that one is a safe person, it’s more than a symbol. This article provides excellent guidance about the intention behind it and how to act. Such as:

  • Are you willing to help all marginalized groups? You don’t get to pick and choose.
  • Do you have a plan? Who will engage with people, and who will film what’s happening?
  • Do you know how to de-escalate situations?
  • Are you willing to be beaten defending another person?
  • If you have children with you, are you willing to risk their safety?

The author says, “…the safety pin is a good idea but if you are going to wear it, you need to know that it is more than an idea. It is a visible, tangible announcement of your commitment to defend the rights and dignity of your fellow human. If you are not willing to follow that announcement up with action, rethink making the announcement.”

So You Want to Wear a Safety Pin

Grief

Posted Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 @ 9:24 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal, Nature

Everything I tried to create this morning went wrong. I couldn’t step into flow. I was agitated and disgusted with election results. A couple of snarky comments on my Facebook feed by two “friends” didn’t help. Their candidate won, and they showed no attempt to understand why I took the loss so deeply. I try to rise above base reactions, but at the end of the day, I decided to “unfriend” them. I took care of my heart.

After I left the failed attempts to make art this morning, I returned in the afternoon. I managed to get a little something made, and it was good to find the flow and lose myself in it.

six little fish / 5" x 7" canvas with acrylic

Six Little Fish / 5″ x 7″ canvas with acrylic

I Cannot Believe

Posted Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 @ 12:00 am by Kathryn
Categories: Community, Journal, Regional, Social Science

This is not the United States I thought I lived in. I am ASHAMED of this country.

What I learned on #ElectionNight: Being a racist, bigoted, prejudiced, lying sexual predator is still more acceptable than being a woman.

-Allen Clifton

What’s even more demoralizing is knowing how hard Hillary’s worked and how qualified she is, and yet… And every woman knows this feeling.

-Anne T. Donahue

A perfect ending to the tale that asks how averse is America to being led by a woman who they don’t want to fuck.

-Paula Pell

More Autumn Fun

Posted Friday, November 4th, 2016 @ 9:52 am by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal, Nature

In this piece I was experimenting with new materials: gel medium, collage, iridescent paint. I was aiming for a feeling of layering and translucence. It was difficult to create and to photograph! Something didn’t feel right about it, and still doesn’t. But it came through me, and whether I like it or not, someone else might.

late autumn fun

Late Autumn Fun / 10″ x 10″ mixed media on canvas

Greens

Posted Monday, October 31st, 2016 @ 9:13 am by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal, Nature

I love green, but I find it challenging to work with. So I played this weekend.

green garden / 11" x 14" mixed media collage

Green Garden / 11″ x 14″ mixed media on canvas panel

Available for purchase: $30-$50 (+ shipping if out of area)
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I Like Squares

Posted Friday, October 28th, 2016 @ 2:36 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal, Nature

I am really enjoying the 10″ x 10″ canvases I’ve been working on. Here is the latest.

copper butterfly / 10" x 10" canvas with acrylic

Copper Butterfly / 10″ x 10″ canvas with acrylic

Available for purchase: $40-$80 (+ shipping if out of area)
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The National Park Service Rocks

Posted Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 @ 4:20 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Journal, Nature, Science

Some years ago, Claire received a Junior Ranger Night Explorer booklet. I think it was at Bryce Canyon. She didn’t have a chance to complete it during our camping trip, so we brought it home.

A couple of years later, while at Glacier National Park, she completed the booklet. However, they didn’t have any on hand. So I began a search to find someone, someplace at the NPS to help us. I tried a few phone calls and emails to people I was referred to at the NPS directory, but no answer came.

Then one day I read someoneā€™s blog that described getting one at Badlands National Park. So I called the office and spoke to the ranger. She told me to send the booklet to her attention and after review, it would be sent back with the patch. I mailed it off August 17, 2016.

Nothing came. Time passed. Still, nothing. September flew through our lives. We entered October. I gave it up as lost. I figured by now the park has closed for the season, so the earliest we’d ever see anything was in spring, if ever. Today, I came home to this in the mail:

jrranger1

We did a happy dance! Claire opened the envelope:

jrranger2

The booklet and my letter were enclosed. At first we thought that was it. Nothing else was in the envelope. Then the patch slipped out from the pages of the booklet. Happiness!

jrranger3

We give props to the staff at Badlands National Park for helping us!

jrranger4

Almost All Squared

Posted Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 @ 3:30 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal

Two of the last three paintings have been done on 10″ x 10″ canvas. Very different energies. One painting started one way and took an entirely different direction. The other unveiled itself entirely at the beginning. The third painting is tiny, and it too was conceived whole. All are available for purchase.

after the storm / 10" x 10" canvas with acrylic

After the Storm / 10″ x 10″ canvas with acrylic

Available for purchase: $40-$80 (+ shipping if out of area)
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full moon summer twilight / 10" x 10" canvas with acrylic

Full Moon Summer Twilight / 10″ x 10″ canvas with acrylic

Available for purchase: $40-$80 (+ shipping if out of area)
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time to fly / 4" x 5" canvas with acrylic

Time to Fly / 4″ x 5″ canvas with acrylic

Available for purchase: $10-$20 (+ shipping if out of area)
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I Am a Nasty Woman

Posted Thursday, October 20th, 2016 @ 4:02 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Community, Journal, Social Science

Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “such a nasty woman” in the last debate, and with that, women rose up to embrace what he meant as an insult. In fact, calling her a “nasty woman” is just a shade cleaner and more acceptable than saying what he probably thought: cunt. When men feel viscerally threatened and rendered powerless by a woman they often resort to dismissing her by reducing her to that one body part.

If having agency over her life, speaking up, insisting on the right to take up space and be heard, asserting her rights as an equal, deciding that only she can make decisions about her health and body, and refusing to be defined by men’s expectations makes a woman nasty, then count me in. I am a nasty woman too.

I finished this painting just before the last debate. I called it The Alchemy of Feminine Wisdom. It is available for purchase. Just inquire.

the alchemy of feminine wisdom / 12" x 24" canvas with acrylic

The Alchemy of Feminine Wisdom / 12″ x 24″ canvas with acrylic