Blue Egg in a Pink Space

Blue Egg in a Pink Space, oil on canvas, 6x6 inches, Kato D 2019
Blue Egg in a Pink Space, oil on canvas, 6x6 inches, Kato D 2019

This painting made me ponder, if one lived on a Jovian moon, might Jupiter sometimes completely fill the window...

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Back on Earth, I'm on the quest for the perfect pink and as you can imagine, it can be challenging.  To complicate things, what I see on my canvas is never what shows up in my photo and I am forced to make decisions in photoshop, a slippery slope...

Since starting this painting and after buying an expensive tube of Alizarin Crimson (PR83) I come to find out it's rubbish and fades.  I was about to buy an Old Holland Crimson Lake Extra but I'm trying to limit my palette at the mo to Cad Red, Cad Yellow, Cobalt Blue (Hue, will buy a real blue if I start selling any paintings), Burnt Umber, Titanium White and Transparent White (not zinc either, sheesh, oil painting is expensive enough without fugitive and flaking colors being sold right and left!) Ultramarine Blue I'm using sometimes, too.

This painting also has iridescent white down below.  Every painting feels like an underpainting really.  I can't help but want to improve with more layers, it feels too thin, but I fear messing it up. To encourage myself, I ordered some sort of Michael Harding Oleo glow juice so we'll see how that goes.

More soon, xo k

C’O’llage this R’O’bin

C'O'llage this R'O'bin, Mixed Media (acrylic and torn paper on canvas panel) 8x8 inches, Kato D., 2018 (SOLD)
C'O'llage this R'O'bin, Mixed Media (acrylic and torn paper on canvas panel) 8x8 inches, Kato D., 2018 (SOLD)

I took a "Birds & Blooms" collage workshop with the wonderful Elizabeth St. Hilaire last November at the Winslow Art Center and made this Remembrance Day robin.  It has a lot of layered meanings for me, starting with the fact that this particular robin image was the 'O' ('O'riginal) or basis for a brilliant fark.com photoshop contest that went wild with a game of photoshop tennis attacking and defending the robin.  My husband and I met online doing fark photoshop contests and this is a European robin, his kind of robin.  The workshop was also right around Nov. 11 which is Armistice Day in the UK and poppies represent the blood of the war dead covering the fields.

There were several aspects to the collaging process, one was making abstract tinted papers with flow acrylics and a gel press plate and I loved this part!  The act of printing and making the abstract papers to be used in the piece was super fun and freeing.  I can see myself doing it again in an abstract series.

Another part of collaging the robin though is ripping up tiny pieces of paper and stressing about saving words and fitting it all together and that part was very fiddly for me and although I'm sure I'd get better if I did more, I think for now I will keep my focus on oil painting.  Plus I already have a hard time parting with any "useful" or interesting scrap of paper and this medium only reinforces my hoarding, I mean, collecting tendencies.

I will try and find a sharper photo of this because there are three Queen Elizabeth II's in there from bits of postage stamps as well as some choice phrases and towns on the little maps and bit of a hymn and a mention of Beethoven on one of the poppies and scrap of his sheet music, My husband loves Beethoven so he represents both good and bad here as the Germans were the enemy in both World Wars, but the blood of innocent young German men was spilled as well.

This piece does also make me wonder if the British European Robins will break away and form their own species in honor of Brexit.

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go kato d 2009ish

Kato D 2009, (photoshop O & GIS images) The crow and the heron... This was a Fark.com photoshop contest entry and I think it was my favorite of all the ones I ever did on Fark.

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