Ever closer to the c*veted artist statement…

If I were forced at gunpoint to choose just 3 works of art to call my favourites from a list of all work done throughout the course of human history… I would have a hard time, as I am sure any art lover would! But thinking very seriously about some of the notable artworks out there, and what I might like to call my favourites, brings to mind for me three particular pieces:

Christina’s Word – by Andrew Wyeth


Bar at Folies Bergere – by Edouard Manet


Refuge – by Mary Whyte


Besides the obvious commonality being notably that all these paintings feature women, they all harmoniously combine scenery with figurative or portrait art, and they all have a dreamy quality with what could be read as mixed emotional tension (expressional/situational) for the featured character — in my opinion anyway.

Thinking about the similarities between these, my favourite works of art, got me started at pondering the direction I would like to –cross my fingers — go with my work one day. I want to tell stories with my work… I want them to provide a bit of escapism to my audience, I want to mix my penchant for landscape art with the ever evolving, development and betterment of my attempts at capturing human likeness.

I feel like asking myself what I like about my favourite works of art is bringing me ever closer to that c*veted artist statement I am too cautious to make at this stage.



Who is this blog for, anyway?

This blog isn’t just for me anymore.

As much as I like reflecting and talking to myself about myself … I have been doing a lot of thinking about the ‘point’ of this blog.

Who do I want reading this (besides my first and most loyal subscriber… hi mom!)?

Who am I helping?

Who will get the most value from what I am posting?


Emerging Artists: Are you just getting serious about developing your body of work, your vision, your personal style?

I share a lot about my thought process: my ideas, my intentions and my attempts so that other artists can see what ‘becoming’ an artist looks like. I love books like the Artist’s Way, Steal Like and Artist and plenty of Art Magazines dedicated to revealing the behind the scenes work that goes into cultivating and evolving the fragments which make up your creative or artistic soul. If you like these kind of books and guides, I think you will appreciate the content on this blog.

Seekers: Are you constantly seeking to find the REASON behind being creative?

I am constantly having to reinvent new ways to keep my overactive mind engaged in developing art. I finds focus and grit hard won. If you have been there, and are looking for ways to develop a stick-to-it-iveness in yourself that does NOT come naturally, you will especially enjoy this blog because you can read about how I keep having to win myself over with new ways to stay on task!

Hobbyists: Are you looking for easy, quick, fun, relaxing ways to get creative ‘on the side’?

Every once in a while, I look for and share creative pick me ups for people who aren’t really looking to get serious about being an artist, and who just want to eat a small slice of the artist life pie.

To summarize, my blog content will be helpful for artists who are just getting started on getting serious about developing their voice and vision,  hobbyists who are exploring ideas on how to get creative quickly and easily and for all those people out there who run into problems with creative blocks and output, people who feel lost or in need of support, creative pick me ups, redirection, motivation, inspiration, and oodles of empathy for the trials and tribulations of a truly creative lifestyle !

Compromising with your weaknesses

We all have weaknesses, and facing them head on isn’t exactly easy. But what if, instead of having to battle our weakness we turned it around and used our weaknesses as an advantage, a personal style?

I have a short attention span, I get disinterested in my work when it becomes overwhelming, generally speaking if I cannot finish something in less than 4 sittings, it doesn’t get completed. Example follows:


I have this goal for working on great big canvases, but it has ended up costing me in wasted time, ruined canvas, wasted materials, and loss of self-respect.  The image above lays on its side in my studio. I fell in love with the boats and the water, and got overwhelmed at how much of the canvas was still empty and unplanned. In other words, as Bob says, I could not see what to do next and I cannot bring myself to find out.

I am crummy at thinking about and executing the backgrounds of my work. I get caught up in the idea and forget about composition and vision for the end product. I find myself always wanting to heighten the contrast and range of tonal values in photoshop after my pieces are complete

So… If I painted subject matter on small scale canvas, with no backgrounds, in one sitting, without pre-planning or development of an end look in mind and made my work faded with little to no contrast, could I call this my style? Would people believe I had intentions to work this way and celebrate these as factors which make up an original Kara?  Would this ultimately lead to brilliant or cruddy work?

Probably the latter, but I am highly considering a compromise with myself: Working on small and medium sized canvas only with simple colour or textured backgrounds that are preplanned after doing a tonal preparatory sketch no more than 1 day prior to starting to lay down final lines and tonal markings.

Self – Can we reach a compromise on this?

I think we may have a deal.