Archive for August, 2015

Sounds in the Art Studio

August 24, 2015
Color sketch for

Color sketch for “Hen Houses”, Photoshop, KGT

I decided to make a couple of light-hearted little paintings for the upcoming art show. My siblings and I meet once a month for a Sib Day, and last month we found ourselves visiting a site of a new restaurant with its own herb garden and a hen house. Since the theme of my show is “Dwellings”, why not consider chicken houses as well? A bright palette was created followed by 2 acrylic paintings at 12 inches square each. Definitely a different look from my previous work. I don’t really know what to think except they were a lot of fun to paint.

As part of my desire to shake things up in my painting life, I’ve been listening to lots of books on CD from the library, rather than my usual music or tv droning in the background. So I’ve listened to what feels like half the mystery section of the local library, some other fiction and now a little non-fiction with Anne Lamott. (Her Bird By Bird book has been a favorite of mine.)

I thought I’d share some titles with you of the ones I’ve enjoyed more than others. Recommendations from you are most welcome!

Ireland by Frank Delaney

The Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton

The Miss Marple and Poirot series by Agatha Christie.

The Camel Club by David Baldacci

Small Victories by Anne Lamott

Zorro and Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg

Jackdaws and Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Now I’ve hoping to get more humor in my selections. I like laughing out loud in the studio! The cat and dogs don’t even blink, they are used to it.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!


Hen Houses 1, 12 x 12

Hen Houses 1, 12 x 12″ acrylic on wood panel, Karen Gillis Taylor

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