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Portraits

 

 

 

I’ve always been fascinated by faces.

They show and hide so much.

They are the gatekeeper, the mirrors, the doorways to who we are.

I was looking for a theme that I’d be inspired to paint daily. So for the past few weeks I’ve challenged myself to paint more faces. I love finding an expression that shows strength and vulnerably at the same time. When I paint faces it feels like I’m searching the page with my paints to find what’s hidden. Using the brush I then slowly caress it to full beauty. To let this process happen freely and joyfully I need to get to a place between control and letting go. An illusive place within myself. It’s a wonderfully frustrating process.

You can see the whole range on my instagram (@katkalandstudio) and buy them in my KatkalandStudio Shop here.

 

 

 

 

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Good Question

I’ve already skipped the “out of the jar” challenge.  I’ve started focusing on my up coming shows and production is a must.  And moving to my new studio out of the house is taking lots of my time.

Here is an illustration of a series I’m starting.  Calligraphy, floral patterns and quotes.  Three of my loves.

Illustrated quote about good question vs bad answer
Illustrated quote about good question vs bad answer

 

Quote illustration with floral decorative border
Quote illustration with floral decorative border

 

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Challenge: for the love of illustration

On Valentine’s as I was continuing my blogging classes with the engaging and supportive April from Blacksburg Belle I realized I needed a project to motivate me.  Something that got ME excited about facing the procrastination demon. So here I am a month later and I found something I hope will get me drawing daily (GULP!)

I liked the idea of doing a “365 DAYS of my creations”: a sketch, a doodle, a drawing or a painting.  But then there was always procrastination’s favorite obstacle: “what to draw”.  To solve this I realized the decision needed to be out of my hands.  I came up with the idea of writing every fun illustration idea I come across on a white piece of paper and just randomly pull one out.  I wanted more structure and less avoidance so on an orange piece of paper I put all the mediums I want to work with. And for further help on a yellow piece I put “extras”.  Creative ideas that could help narrow the style possibilities. Let’s be realistic and try something almost once a week this year.

On any given day I pull a white and orange piece of paper.  If I feel uninspired I pull out a yellow piece to add to the challenge.  I want the goal here to be to draw something, anything daily.  The complexity has nothing to do with it.  Just sit down and draw.

my "challenge" jar
my “challenge” jar

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