2016 Year Review

2016 Year Review

2016 Year Review

Even though we still have a few weeks of the year left, I have finished my review. It’s a grounding process that I enjoy, and hope you find inspiration in reading it. I’ve included a few photos of the pages below. The PDF takes a few seconds to download: 2016 Review Kathleen O’Brien

Cover of the 2016 Review by Kathleen O'Brien

Cover of the 2016 Review by Kathleen O’Brien

Page 1 of the 2016 Review by Kathleen O'Brien

Page 1 of the 2016 Review by Kathleen O’Brien

Page 9 of the 2016 Review by Kathleen O'Brien

Page 9 of the 2016 Review by Kathleen O’Brien

Thank You

At this Thanksgiving season I want to say Thank You to each of you for blessing my studio, in person or online, with your presence and interest. I am full of gratitude for our abundant harvest of figs, tomatoes, morning glories and oh so many flowers for the butterflies. I send wishes to all in the world that they have their heart’s desires and that the holiday season is Always Merry and Bright.

Daily Fig thank you card by Kathleen O'Brien

Daily Fig thank you card by Kathleen O’Brien

Best ARTTOUR yet!

Best ARTTOUR yet!

Best ARTTOUR yet!

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Annual Open Studios ARTTOUR the best one yet! The weather cooperated immensely, it was sunny and bright, so much so that our morning glories were still in full glory. This is a first, we always have had to take down our beloved shade wall due to frost. (more…)

Celebrating Mid-Autumn 2016, Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Autumn 2016, Studio Update

Beloved apricot blush zinnia, 5th generation from Sunwise Farm & Sanctuary

Beloved apricot blush zinnia, 5th generation from Sunwise Farm & Sanctuary

Celebrating Mid-Autumn, Studio Update

Welcome to mid-season studio update with news since mid-summer; Annual Open Studios ARTTOUR, Horizon exhibit and talk, new art, and more. We are grateful that the hard work of summer is behind us, our gardens fed us well, our milkweed has attracted many Monarchs who are still sipping nectar from the zinnias. This is a favorite time of year, when we can slow down and count our blessings, Samhuin, the night of the Ancestors, is in five days. (more…)

Summer Atlas Part 4

Summer Atlas Part 4

Summer Atlas Part 4

This is the last in the series Summer Atlas. It’s only been four weeks since the Equinox when we said goodby to summer. Do you notice time accelerating at this time of year? Summer now lives on in these paintings. I intended to extend some summer spaciousness to you in this art. (more…)

Summer Atlas Part 3

Summer Atlas Part 3

Summer Atlas Part 3

In July I had a vivid dream about the frescoes we saw from Pompeii at the National Gallery of Art in 2008, especially Garden Scene, at the House of the Golden Bracelet. Just the fact that they were able to transport whole walls of the fragile ancient artwork was impressive. What stayed with my memory (more…)

Summer Atlas, Part 2

Summer Atlas, Part 2

Summer Atlas, Part 2

Our summer was mild, not so humid and not so hot. That meant I could paint outside on the north porch more often. My knees were bothering me, so it was more comfortable to sit rather than stand as I usually do. I was out of ideas, so I began these three pieces by moving the brush in a continuous line until there was no more paint. Then like a child (more…)

Summer Atlas, Part 1

Summer Atlas, Part 1

Summer Atlas, Part 1

On this last day of summer I write about the “Summer Atlas” series of 29 artworks, which began in early June with the purchase of a new brush. I decided to challenge myself to use only that one brush, and my Holbein “Irodori” Antique Watercolors (does anyone know why a Japanese company would use a Dutch name, Holbein?). First I made squares, like pixel marks. Then I swerved the brush moving it until no paint was left in the brush. While painting this outside I heard a Wood Thrush sing for the first time in our lower forest. (more…)

Things That Fly, Like Summer

Things That Fly, Like Summer

Things That Fly, Like Summer

Summer is almost over, we’ll be celebrating the Equinox in a few days. I start this blog series of “Summer Atlas” with the last of the 29 artworks completed this summer, “Things That Fly, Like Summer”. This is the only collage of the series that is a Golden Rectangle, (more…)

Art of the Farm

Art of the Farm

Art of the Farm

Besides being an artist who creates with paint and paper, everything I do I approach as an art form. My calling is to integrate all facets of my life creatively. So I regard Sunwise Farm and Sanctuary as The Art Farm and practice the art of the farm. It is part tending and caring for the earth, the plants and critters who visit and part aesthetic. I should be saying “we”, because my husband does all of the heavy lifting. My joke is “I’ll make the lemonade”. Luckily, some of my ideas are taken into account. (more…)

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