MY NEW WEBSITE FOR ONLINE CLASSES

MY NEW WEBSITE FOR ONLINE CLASSES
Click on image to go to website

Kate loves creating

Kate loves creating

Soul Dwelling promo

Sunday, February 15, 2015

What I have been working on and planning in the early parts of 2015

I am in the process of developing a new online portrait class as well as a local monthly class at Donna Downey Studio in Huntersville, NC. The portrait continues to interest me and still so much more to learn. I have had my Asaro head sitting in my studio the past year or so. It was one of those tools I must have but I soon forgot about it and then one day I saw it staring at me and realized maybe just maybe I should figure out how to use this in my work. I mean I didn't want to draw a robot machine looking heads so how could I adapt this to something more realistic? I have worked up a couple of drawings leaving out some of the planes that I didn't think were really necessary. I started looking at photographs of faces and started breaking down the face using this Asaro head as my template. I still feel like I need some work to do before I present it as a course so there is still more to do but I can see already that my portrait work is benefiting from this sometimes tedious process.









I am also starting to paint with more and more color. Not necessarily using alot of colors but sticking to about 6-7 colors and mixing those colors to get different shades and tones. I seem to be getting more loose with my work. I no longer want to get super realistic except for maybe the eyes. I like creating deep three dimensional eyes so that is where I go in with my tiny brushes and retarder to make smooth glassy looking eyes. I am also working on some larger pieces with more perspective backgrounds. I have been using my iphone as a tool. I started to take some pictures of my backyard and surroundings and incorporating figure work in them through a layering process. Here are some of my Iphonegraphy and following that are some painting ideas in the very beginning stages.












I continue to grow and change as an artist. I feel the work I am doing now is starting to represent who I am more than ever but I still have a long way to go. I am looking to go more and more towards the abstract but with the experience of a draftsman. To really understand and illustrate what is around me. That is one of the reasons I love drawing so much. It is in the drawing that I become a better draftsman and to create 3  dimensional and realistic. It is through the painting that I can then push beyond that to something more mysterious and not so easy to identify. I am still in the baby stages of my work so I will be busy the rest of my life continuing to be the student. As I go I love to share some of my experiences and that is where the teaching and the love of teaching comes in. Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I will be back here soon.

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post Kate! so humble and inspiring...

    ReplyDelete
  2. Kate......i love your work!
    Time comes that i will take an online course with you and because i want to give 100% of my time to it i hope it'll be possible after summer.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love all of your beautiful faces and the story you told.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love your work Kate. You are truly an inspiration. Looking forward to your new class!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for sharing your process of growth as an artist. I hope to be able to catch a class with you at Random Art's or Donna Downey's one of these days, but my schedule or my bank account never seem to coincide with your classes. (I live like 8 miles form Donna's studio) When I started my "Art Journey", I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to be as an artist (mind you I had ZERO skills when I started) but my vision of what I wanted to create is very similar to your style. I very much love using some of the same mediums. I especially love re-inkers, watersoluable graphite, and charcoals. Learning truly is a process, one I hope I will be comfortable with one day. Luckily you are there as a huge inspiration. (((HUGS)))

    ReplyDelete