Monday, September 2, 2013

let me explain ....

This past winter I had the strangest transition
 from full time artist 

to full time substitute high school art teacher.

This almost killed me :)


creatively spent

and ZERO painting for months.

I didn't realize this would end up being a major creative incubator

In part, it was the abrupt shift from 
controlled studio isolation

to the hum of hundreds of voices, rap music, and vending machines

and the constant steady stream of questions.

questions about art ...

But ...
questions about being from the South

That put these sandwich paintings into motion.

Southern traditions ...
especially food traditions.

The entire world has food traditions,
and while not strictly Southern 
finger sandwiches are a big part of my memories growing up in the South ...

my mother's luncheons and bridge club, 
church gatherings, 
and tailgating

homemade egg salad

 cucumber on white bread without the crusts

and of course, pimento cheese

needless to say, these food traditions give me the most delicious opportunity to do what I love with paint...

pile it on!

I'm thrilled to have these new paintings included in a group show at dk Gallery

"Junior League" 12" x 36"

The opening reception is this Friday night, September 6th, 5-9pm. 
Please join me if you're in the Atlanta area ... 

Click HERE for painting information
and HERE for Facebook info


suzanneberry said...

Karen, what a delightfully creative and inspiring post this is! I so enjoyed your yarn, complete with wonderful illustrations! And the feast at the end is magnificent! Outstanding samich paintings! Wonderful!

Karen Appleton said...

Yarn! Ha! I love it!! Thank you Suzanne! Obviously I had a little too much fun making this post :) So happy to hear from you!!

Jody Regan Paints! said...

What a great post! As a middle school math teacher, I completely understand your exhaustion, but aren't the kids wonderful and fascinating?

LOVE your sandwich series. Absolutely terrific - whimsical and textural. And, looks like you like your egg salad dry, as do I. Great job!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

what a slammin' group of paintings and I loved the little story as well.

Karen Appleton said...

Thank you Jody and Mary!!! :D