Back in nyc


I’m back in nyc, teaching again and getting back into the working too many jobs. Woo! Glad to be back!

I’ll post some adventure and printmaking pictures soon, but wanted to post a couple of new mixed media friendship bracelet sculptures to tide you over. As usual they are primarily recycled or reused materials of personal topical significance. Bad pictures, on an off white wall (eesh), but you get the gist of the direction they’re headed. Fun changes!

I hope you had a wonderful summer.



PS In the meantime my instagram account has way too many summer adventure pictures… you can look at that. It’s my whole name (well most of it). Same title as the blog.

Canary ❤️s Coalmine

Two Lakes and a Waterfall. Broken, Mending

Adventure Time…


I’m getting on a cross country train tomorrow, headed for Portland, Oregon.

I’ll be there all summer and am coming back to New York to teach fall term. I am super excited to get a chance to do more art! I’ve got some great projects cooking that I just haven’t had time to work on.

It’s kind of like a residency. But with friends I have already known for many years.

I’ll go swimming and camping too, and update this as much as I can.

Here’s a picture of the sketchbook I made for the trip.

Yay adventure!!!!!!!

I’ll be in touch soon. You can follow my 3 day train trip from NYC to Portland on Instagram… katie.simpson.spain, you’ll find it.


New Sketch Book.

New sketchbook, fun!


New Print


I just finished a new print today so I wanted to show you! It doesn’t have a solid title yet. Maybe something about running away to the hills and rivers?

Super exciting! It’s a woodblock print, I used a board. It’s reduction and multiple blocks. It’s also pretty big, almost a foot tall and its long, umm, because its a board. I almost always hand print these days. I guess I’m practicing for when I don’t have a studio for a while? That’s happening pretty soon.

Here are some pictures! They are cruddy cellphone pics as usual. if you want to see good ones let me know. They are pretty linear so you can get an idea of my process. i forgot to take a picture while i was using the electric chisel, that part was exciting. I need to clean the prints up, trim and stuff. And I may make one into a book. Not sure. Yay!

Hope the world is well for you. You can send me psychic sparkle kitten unicorn hugs if you want, I could use ’em. Thanx!













New Book (& adventure pictures)

Well hello there!

I just finished my first book in a long time. It’s pretty small, and called ‘dirt’.

I learned how to bind books in my PSU undergraduate times, and did a few here and there but lost track of that in favor of sculpture and larger paintings. That was a long time ago. Until now!

I worked on the painted pages for a little bit too long, ink and paint and dirt and tea and glitter. It was lovely and I loved it. I think it turned out great!

I fixed up a poem I’d written back in my farm days (that’s where the books title comes from) and typewrote it on the pages before painting on them some more. Ahhh sweet pagination.

I’m very out of practice so it’s not the best book I’ve ever made, but it’s surprisingly good, considering. I’m so happy that I haven’t lost the bookbinding!

Here are a few pictures of the book, it’s got a lot of pages so I’m just including a couple. Yay!

And heres a picture of a beach I just went to on the long island sound near Commack. And a picture of a relief off Audubon’s memorial in Trinity Cemetery, up here in Harlem… I just went there today, it was so awesome! If you go don’t forget to go to both sections, and to cross the street and go to the Hispanic Society museum to see the gorgeous Sorolla room (among many other masterpieces)!

Well yeah, anyhow, I’m going to make another book soon! Not sure what about yet… But I’m working on a zine about grad school, so I’ll finish that up first. I’ll post more about that soon.

Happy summer times to you, sweet person out in the internet!







diy corn dog party!


Recently I made corndogs for the first time. It was easy and took about 1/2 hour to make them, then 15 minutes to make them all the same crunchiness in the oven at then end. But you can totally skip that last part if you want.

I don’t post many recipes, only really easy & great ones, so I realized that I should write about this – since it is delicious, really easy, and so easy to modify if you want it to be vegan, gluten free, egg free, or whatever you want (except corn free).

I got the idea to make my own dang corndogs from a vegan cooking blog on youtube (the vegan zombie, it’s a good video, you should watch it), and I easily modified it for my diet (no 1/2 block of tofu for me – too much processed soy for my body to handle), and you can do the same kind of thing for yourself. My sweetheart told me it was the best corn dog he’s ever had, and I have to agree!

Earlier today I sent this recipe to a gluten free friend since it would be very easy to do without gluten. I know that modifying recipes to suit food troubles can often be hard, but this one is totally flexible. If you need to be without gluten, just use some gf flour instead of the wheat flour. It will work. And you can use tofu or eggs or egg replacer. I found recipes on youtube using all of these and they all looked really good.

Eating corndogs makes me feel like I’m in Santa Cruz California (my hometown) at the Boardwalk, or the saturn cafe (a cute vegetarian diner), or the county fair, or at the rose festival in Portland Oregon, or on someones lawn or any part of my youth – which I spent eating thousands of corndogs.

Here is the recipe for The Dogs.

1 c flour
2/3 cup cornmeal
2 T sugar
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 t salt
Pepper and salt (1t each?)
Onion and garlic powder (1/2 t-ish each)

Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl… then add to to the dry ones. You know, like baking.

1 1/4 c almond milk (or whatever kind you like, seriously)
1 T agave (you could use honey or maple syrup or sugar instead)
2 eggs (or 2 eggs worth of egg replacer [I like ener-G brand] or 1/2 block smushed up silken tofu)

After you make the batter put it in the fridge for 10 min, then put it in a tall pint type cup/jar so you can dip yr dogs!

While your batter is in the fridge you can prep everything else… like the actual dog part.

You can use whatever you want. How about smart dogs? Field roast sausages? Quorn? Tofurkey? Yves? You name it, it will be AWESOME! You could use turkey dogs (that’s what I did) or beef or pork, or whatever variety you favor. Or how about broccoli? That might work but I dunno so tell me if you try it please.

Blot your dogs with a papertowel or cloth napkin or whatever so they’re dry!

Get some bamboo skewers. Cut off the points so your friends don’t stab themselves in the mouth! I cut mine in 1/2 after I cut off the points, but if you can do whatever you want. (u can totally use regular scissors!)

Cut your dogs in 1/2 if you use a small pan like me (I got some cute little corndogs). Just use whatever pan you have! Jam the skewers in one end of the dogs! Tada! The vegan zombie used cornstarch to get the batter to stick to the dogs. I tried some with and some without. You don’t need it if your batter is thick enough! But you could dust them with the cornstarch if you want. No biggie.

SO, get your cold batter out of the fridge and put it in the tall cup. Then dip your dogs right before you are ready to fry them. Like 5 seconds before and move them one at a time from the batter into the preheated oil.

Preheat whatever kind of oil you like for maybe 2 minutes. Use a less flavory oil than olive. I used canola with a splash of olive oil in it, but there are better-for-you oils if you have them.

I used a saucepan with maybe 2 cups of oil in it, had to tilt the pan a little – so I probably should have used more oil than that (I have a gas stove so tilting was fine, but don’t spill your oil!!! It can catch on fire!! It’s oil!!!! Scary!!), and please dear use an ovenmitt for the handle, it gets hot.

Turn the dog quickly to get the whole thing cooked/set up. Then keep turning them in the oil until they are golden! Put it on a cookie sheet or plate with some paper towel to absorb some of the oil. It might be fried but you don’t need to eat all of the oil if you don’t want!

Also I used 1 zucchini to also make 8 zucdogs! In retrospect I would have cut the zuc in 4ths longways, then all in 1/2 to make thinner pieces for quicker cooking. And u would have had more of them which is fun too.

After I fried each dog, I put it on a baking pan. Then when I was done I put them all in the oven (250 degrees) for like 15 min, all of the dogs were then the same temp/crunchyness, this would be good for more fun group munching (the zuc cooked more then so it was good) and the batter nearest the skewers on the dogs cooked during this more (since it was hard to get the base in enough oil (i didn’t use as much oil as i could have, trying to conserve and all that).

Since I am antisocial I froze my leftover corn dogs, so I can eat them whenever I want! I am so happy. I love corn dogs.

Have fun cooking up summery fun!


Spring and Summer Art Classes


I wanted to let you know some exciting news. I’ll be teaching some great art classes soon!

I’m teaching a class called ‘Drawing What You See’, at Crow Arts Manor from June 8th to July 20th. That’s wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 pm, and it runs for 6 weeks. It’s 90 dollars for the whole series. It’ll be awesome and educational fun! I’ve included the class description below.

Please sign up through the Crow Manor website (
I’m also working on a schedule of classes that will be held this summer at Switchyard Studios.

Class topics will include Drawing, Acrylic Painting Methods, Collage and Assemblage, Color for Kids, Creative Little Container Gardens.

Please let me know if you are interested in any of these classes, and I’ll let you know what the schedule looks like. As it stands they will be happening on weekends and tuesdays, wednesdays, and fridays this summer. I love teaching a wide age range (ages 3 to 103), so please tell anyone you know who’s searching for summer art education.

Thank you for your support. I hope to see you soon.

Love! Katie

Crow Arts Manor!
June 8th-July 20th

Katie Simpson Spain: Drawing What You See

This course will help you develop your observational drawing skills. With a focus on drawing exercises that help connect our eyes and hands. This class is suitable for newer artists and those who just need some practice. The class will work on exercises that are designed to hone your ability to draw what you see and will help you communicate visually. The course will explore line, composition, space, light and shadow, and other important aspects of drawing. The goal of this class is to improve your drawings by giving you the skills and the tools you need to think visually from start to finish.