Sunday, March 27, 2011

not quite white...

I have decided to pay a bit more attention to my backgrounds... I tend to do the girls first and then the backgrounds feel as though they are an afterthought.

So above is my first attempt at thoughtful backgrounds... I am quite proud of the amount of colour I have achieved here.  I was sitting at my table ready to start this piece, I had white paint and an off white colour called cloud and that was it... I thought to myself 'Katherine how are you supposed to achieve any sort of colour with white and not quite white'!!!  So I got out some chalk pastel pencils and started working intuitively, just going with the flow, adding colour here and there... and using my not quite white paint to get rid of anything I didn't like.

There are parts that I really love and parts that need a bit more attention... and I am not really sure what the taller house is saying yet but I think it is a good start and am looking forward to spending more time on this process.

For those that were interested in some of the pendants from a few posts ago, I will add some to my Etsy shop soon when I can get some good pictures of them... stay tuned.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Love Love Love...

A really cool Kiwi band... Am totally loving this local cleverness and the video is so super cute too! (and and and the drummer is the son of a guy I work with).

Next post will me some new work!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

being kind to each other...

I have been busy making pendants this last week... I was supposed to be making some new works for a few galleries, but that didn't really seem to happen and they have now been added to this coming weeks to do list.  I am hoping to use some of the skills and ideas I learnt in my 'get your paint on' class in this new set of paintings... (will see what happens).

I am thinking the colours of these pendants above might be the inspiration I need to get on with the paintings I need to get done.  These rich reds, pinks, pale blues, dusky grays and peachy colours are really inspiring me at the moment.  I am also wanting to continue the theme of community in my paintings, I think with what is going on in our world at the moment, community is very important... just being kind to each other.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Dear blog of mine, I am so sorry for the neglect and am really happy that when I signed in you remembered who I was... it has been quite some time.

I have been very busy the last few weeks filling gallery orders, crazy busy!!!  and this coming week I am starting on a new lot of girls beginning with the one above.  And I am so excited and honoured to be featured on Beth's lovely website Do what you love as her latest interview  So if you want to read a bit more about me and my work click on the link and let me know what you think.  If you leave a comment at the end of the interview you can win a print of the above painting and the pendant that this girl is wearing.