Monday, April 21, 2014

creating an image in a different way

This past Saturday a few members of my art guild and I took a printmaking class with Miles Lewis at his Valley Print Studio in Woodland Hills, CA. We learned hands on about litho and monoprinting. I was a bit lost in the beginning with all the technical verbiage and processes, probably because I was a bit distracted by Miles beautiful and affectionate cat that Lizz, our president was cuddling during the talking portion...sometimes I swear I have ADD!
We were then split into two group started with the litho process. Since my reference material was inconveniently left on my kitchen counter I stepped outside and to see if there was a tree I could draw...and right behind his studio there was a gorgeous something or other with cool vines creeping up it, so I quickly did a sketch on my litho paper!
Unfortunately the main pen I used was not water soluble and therefore bled away when I started the water portion of the printing...darn! Instead of slowing down, drying it off and going back over it with a Sharpie I just printed it anyways...and of course I was really unhappy with the results, but then we had to move on to the monoprint part of it anyways.
I really didn't care much for monoprinting...but the next day on my hike with Josie I really got excited about going back to Miles studio and working with the litho process that I know exactly what happened and how to correct it...I'm seriously thinking that this could be really cool! A lot of people were really interested in taking the class again I hope to get outdoors and do some sketching to use in my next printmaking session! I think it would be a wonderful addition to my drawings!
AND, a big shout out to Dolores Pope for taking photos throughout the day...she did a beautiful job of capturing our fun time there!!

Friday, March 28, 2014

my home town commission

I've been slow in working on this commission as there was no deadline set...never good for me! I tend to drag my feet for some reason on open ended commissions, but once I can find my groove with it then it goes pretty fast!
I was asked to create a drawing that represented my town of La Canada. In the process of walking and hiking around the city this year, my daughter Emily and I have discovered the most beautiful areas I've never seen before in my almost 17 years here...heck I didn't even know we had a dam on the east side...pretty bad I know! I typically spend my time in the town just west of us and not La Canada, so this has been a super fun experience and despite already having my commission drawn out, it's still an on going exploration.
A few years ago the La Canada Trail council created a 12 mile trail in and around the city. We've hit up 4 sections of it in search of the perfect La Canada scene...which I did find! But hoping to hike the trail near Angeles National Forest this Saturday and then one day soon hike the whole trail in one day. Josie our dog is up for it...Emily and I are not quite there yet!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Born free,

 as free as the wind blows
As free as the grass grows

Born free to follow your heart

~John Barry-Born Free~

Elsa  Kathryn Hansen 5x8 (c)2014

Elsa was a bit of a challenge for me, and I felt I was all over the place with her. At times I wanted to quit, whining in my head that it was too hard, but I pushed along slowly and in the end I am extremely content with her! She will be one of two possible pieces I will be entering in the Pencil Art Societies International Art Exhibit this summer. I still need to draw the other one tho!! But I do have till June, so I'm not too worried about it.

~up next~

Baboi, the cat who won my contest over on Facebook at the beginning of this month. I started him last week but I wasn't pleased with it...he needed to be cropped in so his dazzling eyes were more prominent. So, I started over and now I'm just trying to figure all that fur! 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Elsa's story

Just as the sun was peeking over the horizon we saw 4 moms and a little over half a dozen chubby cubs high up on a rocky ledge, gazing out over the land. They were very active, getting in some playtime before the heat set in. We sat and watched their activity for well over an hour.
Elsa is inspired by the magnificent lions we saw that day in Samburu while on safari in 2010. 
I am loving the challenge of drawing Elsa, and as I nail each difficult section I feel a little triumphant, knowing I am expanding my skill level a bit more! As a high contrast drawer, and lover of black and white images, the eventual black background will be very dramatic with the lighting on her face! Can hardly wait to finish her!

Monday, March 3, 2014

After days of rain and a finished portrait

There is nothing like Southern California after 4 days of rain...crisp and clean! We should  get a breathtaking crop of wildflowers in the mountains this spring because of it! SO exciting to think how beautiful it will be!

I finished Fred just as the Oscars concluded last night!
Fred  (c)2014 8x10 Kathryn Hansen

Now on the drawing board: 
Elsa, a new lion that I've been dying to get started for the past 6 months. I am keeping it small, 5x8 because if it turns out well I'll be entering it in the Pencil Art Society's first International Exhibition. I have sent a few commissioned pieces overseas, but I have never sent framed artwork internationally, I have only entered shows that I can drive my work to, so if I do get in it will be intriguing to pack it all up and ship it out! 
Percy will be back on my board as well! He needs to be done by the end of March as I want to enter him in the Birds in Art Show in Wausau Wisconsin.

I am holding a cat contest over on my Facebook business page. If you would like to enter, the winner receives a matted print of their beloved kitty! Just send me up to two photos at Best of luck!!

Monday, February 24, 2014


A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.

~Proverb quote~

signed, numbered and dated 50 scotty prints for most of the morning!
shortie tried helping but his idea of help was knocking everything on the floor...which is really not helping at all in my opinion! 
had a lookie loo to my left
out and about mid-afternoon in my home town for my next commission...i thought the flintridge stables with JPL and the mountains in the background would represent the area well. still giving it thought tho.
worked late afternoon and into the evening on fred.

sammy thought it was time to quit and go to bed even tho talking dead had only just started. he's not into zombies like i am!

Monday, February 17, 2014

a day at the fair!

on sunday my boyfriend and i were off early to palm springs, a relatively fast two hour drive east of us. we spent the day there for his birthday and to attend the palm springs fine art fair. my friend and fellow artist, katherine kean was showing her amazing atmospheric paintings thru the izen miller gallery, seen behind us in this blurry photo! 
the internet does not do her work justice, but that can probably be said for most of us! if i were somehow lucky enough to win the lottery, i'd be immediately knocking on her door to buy her work, that's how much i love it!
Marc Sijan sculpture with Katherine Kean work behind
the fair had a very similar feel to the la art show, but in my opinion, at least this year, i could related to much of the artwork and found soo many pieces of beautiful work that i was swooning over!!
lori fields was definitely one of the artist i fell madly in love with, and spent a lot of time talking to the gallery owner about.  you absolutely have to see her work in person, as with it being encaustic you miss all the awesome details lost here on the internet.
we saw even more art at an outdoor art fair along palm springs main drag. all of this had my brain reeling last night and today! so i am feeling a bit restless, wondering about my own work and where i want to take it. at least for my "gallery" work, not my commission work. this year i wanted to experiment way more with different techniques such as silver leaf (which i did start in december) graphite power and different surfaces, but now i feel i want to push that even farther after all the incredible inspiration of yesterday. as today is super quiet here at my day job because of the holiday, i can sit quietly with it and be inspired by all the possibilities!


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