Pink Loo Roll

Enhanced Copy of “Klorolle” by Gerhard Richter, 6×6 inches, altered oil on paper

Happy April Fools Day! How do I get away with painting loo roll?!? It’s insanity! But also pink. I recently read “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon and found it freeing. A quick read with good advice about accepting and incorporating influences. Learn from the best. I’m a frequent lurker at Daily Paintworks and they had a Copy and Learn Challenge for March so I did this one and I did learn quite a bit from this painting.

I was working on a series of toilet paper studies and I would never have thought there is a sexiness quotient to toilet paper. I always had a vague sense of disappointment that Richter (or possibly Germans as a group) put the toilet paper on the wrong way round, however after thoughtful consideration of many loo roll still lifes, I realize it’s a very explicit pose this TP is taking!

I’ll leave you with some Richter quotes that resonate deeply with me while I work on my next installment. Bis später dann, xo, k


“Of course I constantly despair at my own incapacity, at the impossibility of ever accomplishing anything, of painting a valid, true picture or even knowing what such a thing ought to look like. But then I always have the hope that, if I persevere, it might one day happen. And this hope is nurtured every time something appears, a scattered, partial, initial hint of something which reminds me of what I long for, or which conveys a hint of it – although often enough I have been fooled by a momentary glimpse that then vanishes, leaving behind only the usual thing.” ~ Gerhard Richter

“The desire to please is maligned, unfairly. There are many sides to it. First of all, pictures have to arouse interest before people will even look at them, and then they have to show something that holds that interst – and naturally they have to be presentable, just as a song has to be sung well, otherwise people run away. One mustn’t underrate this quality, and I have always been delighted when my pieces have also appealed to the museum guards, the laymen.” ~ Gerhard Richter

“One has to believe in what one is doing, one has to commit oneself inwardly, in order to do painting. Once obsessed, one ultimately carries it to the point of believing that one might change human beings through painting. But if one lacks passionate commitment, there is nothing left to do. Then it is best to leave it alone. For basically painting is total idiocy.” ~Gerhard Richter

“I do not mistrust reality, of which I know next to nothing, but I am suspicious regarding the image of reality which our senses convey to us, and which is incomplete and limited. Our eyes have developed such as to survive. It is merely coincidence that we can see stars with them, as well.” ~ Gerhard Richter

Cephalopod from Another Planet

The Cute Lure, 8×8 inches, Oil on Linen, 2018

This little guy tickles me so much.  Have you seen the videos of a cuttlefish displaying?  Pretty dazzling and mesmerizing, really draws you in.  Mmm hmm.  Enjoy, but maybe don’t get too close. (Slow-motion)

This painting is for sale, along with three others, at the Winslow Art Center Small Works exhibition and sale, opening tomorrow, Dec. 7.  If they don’t sell at the show, I may see if I can sell them here or through etsy.  Although, I might just keep this one for myself, I love to just gaze and gaze at it.

XO, k


pink frosting for brains or pink brains for frosting
kato d 2018 mixed media (pencil, ink and oil on paper with photoshop and 25% ludwig instagram filter)

That’s frosting! Or is it? The cupcakes continue to disintegrate… I’m sure someone has already done this, but I loved the idea and I didn’t google it because I didn’t want to see what had been done before in terms of pink brains for frosting or pink frosting for brains whichever the case may be.



tako nigiri big boss

Tako Nigiri Big Boss Excellency , Watercolor pencils and photoshop, 2018. I don’t recommend you try to eat this one. Also, Wasabi-san and Gari-san deal with something unexpected.

(Drawn while on holiday in the Lake District, what a lovely week, thank you Pat.)


Protecting our Pandas

Protecting Our Pandas

Protecting Our Pandas, Kato D, Mixed Media 2006

Proof that the Scandinavians have launched a visionary program to protect our pandas by preparing them for life in space.


Kawaii Hatchery!

Kawaii Hatchery Mock-up

Kawaii Hatchery! — Kato D 2018

I’m pushing myself to put some things out in a “design” stage because so many things never feel “finished” enough. I’m accepting that there isn’t time to finish every idea that tickles me that I want to share, so, therefore, please accept this work in progress; use your imagination and enjoy what’s growing at the Kawaii Hatchery!  XO, K