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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Orange Twist



Well I'm all packed and ready and soooooo excited I'm about to bust! I'm leaving today for a two week residency. You would think by the enormous amount of supplies I'm taking, that I'm staying for months - and this is not even the half of it, I ordered even more bows that are being shipped directly there. Sort of embarrassing, but who knows what color will inspire me once I get there.

My proposal for the residency is to work on a video/installation/drawing and painting project. Which sounds like a lot to tackle in only two weeks, at least for me. But I feel like I have a pretty good plan and I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I'm thinking that during the day, I'll work on the video and installation portion, and at night back in the studio work on drawings and paintings similar to Orange Twist.

With the drawings I plan on experimenting with more inks and washes, this drawing is a combo of graphite, charcoal, India ink, and gesso on paper.

The painting is a combo of graphite, India ink, and oil on vellum. I am very excited about playing around with vellum and yupo as a surface for paintings. I adore the semi-transparent quality of these papers, and how once hung, the shadows and wall itself can play a part in the painting.

Hopefully I'll have lots of interesting things to post about when I get back. Of course the best laid artistic plans sometimes get side tracked, so who knows how off course all these plans will get once I am there. But this is the plan, and for now, I'm sticking to it :)

14 comments:

Kim said...

It sounds very creative, exciting and stimulating : ) Have a great time! Good luck : )

Linda Popple said...

Have a wonderful time! Can't wait to see what you do.

Liza Hirst said...

Quite a challenge! Where are you going to? I also wish you a wonderful time and am looking forward to seeing your new work!

silvina said...

I'm living this one vicariously through you. I can't wait to hear the details of your experience. Are you going to a different State?

Yay orange!!! My current favorite color for the past year.

Helen Read said...

Very exciting! Can't wait to see what you do!

r garriott said...

So great to see you posting again. Congrats on finally getting the sink going! Love the latest pieces you've posted (blue and orange both). Hope your residency is everything you hope for.

Lisa Daria said...

Wow, what an endeavor you are about to start, great fun - it's all about the plan and you've got one, so you're all set! I can't wait to see the results - your paintings are beautiful!

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Ohhh! What could be better than a 2 week residency with nothing but your creativity, your thoughts and all that great stuff! Absolutely can't wait to see your work from the 2 weeks, and to see it as you move forward in your journey.
Joan

Kate Lewis said...

go karen, go! go, go, go.

Mark said...

Wait till you see and hear what Karen a.k.a. MKAJ did while she was here ... I'm new to MKAJ's blog but am an artist and studio technician at the Blueberry View Artists' Residency. and OMG was MKAJ's fever contagious ...

Marilyn Eger said...

As usual you inspire!

Tammy Hext said...

Way to go Karen - I cannot wait to see what you do during those 2 weeks. I love working on velum too - wonderful drawing and velum painting.
T

Caroline Bray Art said...

I absolutely love the way you paint ribbons! Really, love it! They have some much body yet they're soft at the same time...have a great time on your trip and residency!

Karen Appleton said...

Thank you all so much for your encouragement during my trip! I'm sorry I was unable to reply until I got back, but I was able to see these wonderful comments on my phone while there and they encouraged me to go go go!

Thank you all so much!
Karen