commission progress

Hi Folks!

Here are a few photos of the painting I’m working on. Progress pictures are always fun.

It’s a commission, well sort of, it’s actually a trade, for yoga classes. They’re awesome classes! And the instructor is wonderful and helpful. And as I’m unable to do yoga right now, because of my arm., it’s on hold for a minute. But I miss it! And I’ll probably continue with one day a week after the trade is over. I LOVE it!

So I’ve been working on this painting, since I’m healing from those darned stitches and my arm is now smaller by an inch or so (ahhh!) I’ve been unable to do things. Thank goodness the hole is in my left arm and I’m right handed.

I’ll post more update photos soon. I’m making pretty good progress, but I’ve got a lot of painting to do still!

PS I’ll be ok really soon. I’m just not supposed to do things for a bit. Things I do for work. Like pick heavy things up and move my arm a lot. But it’s been a few days so I’m feeling better. I didn’t think it’d hurt as much as it did! I am feeling at least 50% better after only a few days, and I’m assuming it’s exponential. So I’ll feel just fine by next week, fingers crossed.

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hi folks!
i just wanted to post a quick hello…

i just started a new job, on the best little salad farm in oregon, mizuna gardens in warren. so i’ve been busy!
it’s a commute, and i work long days, so i’m not home too much. not enough to blog regularly.

but i’m still making art, of course.
and i will continue this for the rest of my life!
i’m still working on paintings in that series i posted about last time. similar content. plants, mostly weeds.

i just did a large (well, 4 by 2 feet, tall) of a beet! it’s deliciously lovely.
and there are some other new ones in process.
just working on the august launch pad gallery show. i also plan to have an art book there for sale! so i’ve been working on that too!

well! i hope you are all doing well! and i will post again soon with some photos.

best,
katie pie

oh how i love to paint!

Hello fellow art enthusiasts,

Today and yesterday I went to my studio to paint, I started a few new pieces. One is of a dandylion, one is of a lentil, one is of some kind of weed i don’t know the name of (i picked it when weeding my parents garden in california last month). The whole plant, with a special attention paid to the roots. I love love love my studio, and even though it’s freezing cold in there, I have been having so much fun.

This week I have been helping my rockstar painter friend Emily Lux with a mural class she’s teaching at Hillsboro High School. I am really just helping with the painting. The class is almost over, so the students already know what they are doing. It’s really fun! She teaches 4 classes a day, and the largest mural (designed by the students and painted by them too) needs to be done really soon. So I’m there to help, just painting finishing touches, so it will be done by spring break. It’s a really big wall.

I am glad to have a couple of days off this week, so I can help her! Also I LOVE painting. I painted on that mural for like 6 hours on tuesday, and tomorrow I will do the same. On tuesday I went to my studio afterwards and painted for another 2 hours, and I suspect I will do the same tomorrow.

The parts that I have been working on are mostly rural bits, farmland, fields. Trees, grassy areas, stuff like that. Making sure there is no white wall showing, or charcoal lines. I even painted a little clearcut. I’ll try to take a picture of that so I can show you. My first clearcut painting. It’s not very big, but there are stumps.

It’s really really fun! I’m looking forward to tomorrow. Those kinds are tough man, they start at 8:30 am. I haven’t started painting at 8:30 am since, well, maybe never. I certainly have done other work at that time of day, but not painting in public! It’s fun! The kids are generally very nice, and I am so happy to be able to help them with this. They are amazing artists, the mural is gorgeous.

I tried to crochet again today, and had tried last week. Only for 10 minutes or so (that is really hard! I want to go for longer.) but my wrists and hands still felt bad weird afterwards. Up my arms even. Damn! I need to make more sculptures. I need to. But I may have to change my sculptural medium soon. I don’t think this is sustainable for my human body to keep this up, although it is better for the earth to use reclaimed plastic for sculpture. I guess I need to pay attention to my own wellbeing too. Damn.

I am going to make a couple more sculptures, but it will end up taking me much longer than I had anticipated. And I need to save my hands for other things like making money. The sculptures haven’t made me any substantial money. I have sold a few, but they are so time consuming, people do not want to pay me enough. Hard to actually bust my hands forever for under 1/2 of minimum wage, yep. And it is nearly impossible to subsist on compliments alone. I have tried this, it is hard to eat compliments, no matter how nice they are.

Please know that I do not mean to complain. I appreciate all of the support I have had for my artwork. Everyone who has ever bought a piece of my art, come to one of my shows, read my blog, talked to me, supported me at all, I want to thank you so much! Thank you. You have brought me through the tough times and helped me understand that art is like breath or water. I want to thank you all so much. I really couldn’t do this without you.

So, anyways, good people, I will do some things and make some stuff, and let you know how all of that goes.

Thanks for reading this! Thank you for your continued and cherished support.

Love, Katie

PS (relating to a previous post) The glass added to paint is fun! I’ve made some great surface with some of it. Very lovely, luminous, and with translucent paint over it… it is beautiful! The texture is great, and it soaks up my thin thin paint like… well, I’m not sure. Reminds me of painting on sugar cubes, although I have not actually done that yet… (mostly wood, canvas, plaster, paper, bricks, cinderblocks, foam, and some random stuff like rocks and bottles and feathers and string). Anyways it’s working well, and I will post a photo soon.

Fun with Art

Hi folks,

It’s been so long since I posted, so I figured… today is the day. I was out of town for a couple of weeks, and have been busy since I got home. Today I’m just waiting for the library to open, doing chores, getting ready to go to the grocery store, the sunday type of things.

I have been able to go to my studio more frequently, after working a little early in the day, as the woman I assist is out of town, so I have been working earlier in the day and getting a lot done. It’s been great to get to know the new studio space better, and I am totally still very very very excited about it. I brought some plants over, and have been working on some new art.

Like I started a couple of figurative pieces! It’s been ages since I painted people, and I’ve missed it. And I’ve got an idea!!!!!!!! You’ll see.

Oh! I’ll have a piece at Portland City Hall this coming month, as part of a show celebrating Portland Open Studios’ 10 year anniversary!

I’m totally excited! The show opens this coming thursday, and will be up all month. Thursday will be awesome though, the mayor will speak, and it promises to be a great opening reception.

I’ve got great studio mates, and this last friday met for lunch with Michelle Ramin, who works in the space directly next to me. She is awesome! A wonderful artist and a wonderful person. We walked a bit in the neighborhood of the studio, and it was really fun to hang out with her. We both did some work before and afterwards, and it was very fun! She is an inspiring person, and I am glad that she is my new studio neighbor.

I recently got some of that reflective stuff that’s added to striping in street paint. I’m experimenting with it, so I can’t give you solid input about it yet, but I’ll be heading over to the studio at some point today, to pick up the painting that’ll be at City Hall. I’ll check out the reflective stuff so I know what it’s like when it’s dry, so I may know more later today. I hope it works! Industrial materials are so exciting as additions to fine art! But it’s hard to predict the outcome of their combination with acrylic paint and canvas or board.

I’m excited to try new things. Wheeeee!

I’ve been painting roots and plants, and am working up to a show about rooting at Launch Pad Gallery in August. This shwo will include many sculptures too. But I also hope to have another show before that. I have some new abstract work that needs to be in a gallery!

Anyhow, the library is open and I’ve got some books waiting for me, so I am going to put my shoes on and go for a little walk!

Thanks for reading, reader. I’ll post some photos soon, I keep forgetting my camera when I go to the studio.

Best,
Katie

PS Happy upcoming spring!