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Hello!

I am happy to report that I have been painting a lot more. Well, I have been digital painting a lot more. I still feel strange calling that painting because I am not using actual paint (I know, I have issues) but I have doing some really nice and interesting things. I really like experimenting with light and color and shapes in ways that most  people cannot (or are not prepared to) relate with. I’m not a photo-realistic artist.  I am more of an abstract expressionist (if you had to put me in a category)…I think. Sometimes, my work looks more impressionist like. I work from a very internal, surreal, subconscious space. Almost dream-like… here is one piece I finished the other night:

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Touching, 2012
Digital Painting
KBrown

I’ve also been editing some photos I took while still in Japan. I feel a little odd posting them after such a longtime. I think the distant between what I was going through at the time and now is helping me cope with  not doing all I wanted to there.  I tried not to take such “touristy” photos.  There are more photos I want to go through, but here is one I am particularly proud of. I did do some “digital” enhancing via photo filters, but not too much.

Hirosaki Castle

Hirosaki Castle, 2011
Aomori Japan

I will post more paintings and photos soon.

xoxo,

~K

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Exercises in using photo filters.

I like taking photos. I wouldn’t call myself a photographer. If  I did, I would be pretty amateur. But this current trend toward old school Lomo/Holga/Insta film look and feel is something I can no longer ignore. It is almost like a backlash to the super realistic 3D digital cameras or something. So, I’ve been testing my creativity using some photos I took this weekend and using lighting/color/camera effect filters in a photo editing program.

I’m pretty happy with the results. Here is just one of my creations:

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A different sort of project…

Easter is right around the corner and I feel the need to do a fun Easter project.   It will be a  photo project…using..Peeps. Peeps come in so many colors…oh it will be awesome.  I’m in the process of getting my ticket to Japan. I can’t wait to get there. I know it will be hard, but I am looking forward to the challenge.

So, stay tuned for my Easter Peeps photo set.

Confession…

Since my last post, I have been very fatigued and not feeling very well…thus I have not done anymore ATC’s nor have I finished my Valentine’s project. I feel unaccomplished because of this but what can I do. Starting March 1st I will stop producing art as I need to back up my studio.

On April 19th, I will be flying to Japan. I will be living there for at least a year. In my heart, I want to stay longer. I did do a couple of Valentine’s Day photos.
Enjoy!

Cupid

Sweet Love

My next projects…

O’k I have decided to some items with a Valentine’s theme. I found some great stuff while straightening out my work area.
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I also found some Chiyogami paper. Hmmm…yeah, I will use these for the collages too.
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I also want to do something for “The Year of the Rat.” I heard the Year of the Rat was going to be lucky for Rabbits..so whoohoo!

Tomorrow I may make a trip to the supply store. I want to make some hairclips and I need some hard cardboard for some pins I want to do. I have all this fabric that I am not doing anything with. Yeah, I have a lot of ideas. I have all this tissue paper for my chigirie art that I have yet to do…so much, so much, so much..
My art related New Years resolutions are to put myself and my work out there more. I also promise to have more confidence in my abilities and stop selling myself short. I promise to produce more and to take more chances in my work. I always play it safe.

My Chair

Soooo, this is one of the items I got for Christmas:
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I really needed a chair level with my work table in my studio! It swivels too! I should be able to do a lot more pieces in there. Lately, I have been totally hooked on doing computer graphics. I need to get back to something more organic (for lack of a better word).

This is a painting I started YEARS ago…never finished it…hmmm perhaps I will go the 7-11 and get a can of Minute Maid Lemonade so I can finish this one. It is watercolor on Bristol board.
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In case you haven’t gone, go look at my flash page with all the Twelve Days of Christmas display..you have to click on the tree ornaments to see the illustrations.