Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Starting a New Life

Starting a New Life
Oil on 48" x 60" on Gallery Wrap Canvas
Contemporary Palette Knife Painting
This contemporary palette knife painting is finished! This a very large canvas with layers and and layers of color. Vibrant colors. The paint is applied with the knife, giving it lots of texture. Last week Lindsay Wyne (soon to be Mrs. Wesley Henry) asked me to paint something for the newlywed's apartment. I knew that the couple wanted lots of color. So I decided to make a statement with my palette knife. This painting of aspens is colorful, fun, fresh, bold, full of energy and it makes you smile. That is exactly how I feel when I see Lindsay and Wes together. They have a wonderful relationship and are getting married in a couple of weeks, starting a new life together. They are so happy. I hope that they feel joy when they see this painting. Best wishes to Wes and Lindsay!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

On my Easel...

I was able to get a FULL day of colorful painting in yesterday. It was great. I worked on several pieces, and started this palette knife painting. It is very wet and I polished of several tubes of paint since I was applying it very thick, giving it texture. I even used some of Carol and Sharon's left-over paint from their palette. I had a request from daughter Lindsay for a colorful abstract. Lindsay and Wes will probably hang this above the sofa in their cute little apartment in Lakewood after they get married. She liked the contemporary painting, "Color My Trees" which is hanging at Dutch Art Gallery now. Of course no two paintings are the same, but I started using the same concept on this painting as I did with "Color My Trees". I can't wait to work on this one today. All of these colors are bright, intense and happy. I hope that you have a colorful and artful day. Thanks for viewing this blog.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bringing the Trinity to Life...Upcoming Show!!!

Studio Art and Soul will be having a show at the Texas Discovery Gardens, located in Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. Mark your calendars!!! Stop in to see the art work based on and inspired by the Trinity River. Don't miss seeing this show with artwork from eleven Texas artists. If you are at the State Fair of Texas, you will be able to drop in and see the exhibit....you are all welcome to come to next week's opening reception is Sept. 2, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. I hope to see you there!!! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Old Friends

Old Friends
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
8" x 24"
Palette Knife Painting
These feathered friends are yacking away, having a heart-to-heart conversation. I hope that this painting makes you smile...the roosters are full of personality having quite the session. The canvas might appear to be out of balance, but it was my intention to have have the roosters focused on each other and off-center. Currently, this painting is at The Dutch Art Gallery. Thanks for viewing this blog. Stay cool and have a artful day!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Color My Trees

Color My Trees
I had to paint a contemporary oil painting with color today. Lots of bright, vibrant color. I needed to put the paint on with thick broad strokes and the palette knife. I am going to let this one sit on my easel for several days and dry. I might go back in and paint some more.....not sure. It is on a gallery wrap canvas. I worked on several pieces at the studio today...had a great day painting with Sharon, Grant and Carol. It was exstremely hot in Dallas today, so painting and staying inside was just what I needed. Thanks for viewing this blog. Kay

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Save the Date! Cedars Open Studios

Get your calendar out and save the date!
Studio Art and Soul is participating in this all day event.
Cedars Open Studios is Saturday, November 20, 2010
If you have been to this event, you'll want to return.
If you haven't attended, be sure to mark it on your calendar.
Wonderful artists, fasinating art, and alot of fun!
More info to come!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Fly Away Dragon Fly

Fly Away Dragon Fly
48" x 48"
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
This painting has gone through many changes....it is a very large canvas....four feet by four feet. It takes alot of paint to cover it. At one point (several months ago) I thought it was finshed, and was ready to hang. After viewing it for months, I decided that it wasn't finished, and added the dragon fly. There are layers of color, layers of lines, and layers of shapes in this painting. I used a palette knife, wide brush strokes and a oil pastel stick. If you are interested in this painting, please contact me. This painting will be hanging at the Texas Discovery Gardens, located in Fair Park, Dallas, Texas next month. Thanks for viewing this blog!
Kay at 214-532-0325 or kay@kwyne.com

Monday, August 9, 2010

Colorado Landscape

Colorado Landscape
Oil on Linen
12" x 16"
This painting was inspired by a photo that my husband took about fifteen years ago when he went to New Mexico and Colorado on a fishing trip. The rugged landscape of Colorado is so beautiful that I had to paint it. It will be hanging at The Dutch Art Gallery once it is dry. Contact Kay at kay@kwyne.com or 214-532-0325.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
I have been working on this handsome chocolate lab painting for a while...actually, I had him all finished, and needed to work on the eyes. Once I re-worked the eyes, I decided to re-do his snout. His coat is very dark and slick. I am letting him dry for a few days before I make any more changes. Thanks for viewing this blog...

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Creativity: Forced vs. Effortless

After the week I have had at the studio, I discovered I was in a new state of creativity:
Forced Creativity. I had not experienced Forced Creativity until lately, and Grant at the studio informed me that he experiences in his day job. Grant told me that Forced Creativity was stressful at times. So, I thought I would share my thoughts on Forced Creativity. It happens when you are forced to do something creative…like coming up with an idea or gimmick. Usually there is a dealine envolved...the clock is ticking. It is when you TRY too hard to be creative. Then when you try too hard, the end result isn’t as wonderful as you would like it be.
Personally, I like Effortless Creativity. That is when something is created and it just flows out of you. It is easy and one thing leads to another. The ideas just happen, and the results are great. So when in front of my easel, I hope that Effortless Creativity happens...and the Forced Creativity doesn't get the best of me. If you have experienced creativity in any form, you can probably relate to what I am talking about. So let's hope that you have a creative day and it just happens naturally...and it isn't Forced Creativity!