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.


Annual Open Studios ARTTOUR

The biggest focus as I write is preparing for ARTTOUR, November 5 and 6. I look forward to seeing you here. See this page for details. The next few images show a sneak peak around the studio of new art, jewelry, greeting cards and guest’s art. Next week’s post will be about guests, Michelle Hayden and Sherman Fracher!

new art on the west bench, Kathleen O'Brien Studio

new art on the west workbench, Kathleen O’Brien Studio

new antique bead necklaces in fall colors, Kathleen O'Brien Studio

new antique bead necklaces in fall colors, Kathleen O’Brien Studio

new 4 seasons leaves cards, Kathleen O'Brien Studio

new 4 seasons leaves cards, Kathleen O’Brien Studio

new lifestyle products, Kathleen O'Brien Studio

new lifestyle products, Kathleen O’Brien Studio

"Inner Light", encaustic sculpture by guest artist Michelle Hayden

“Inner Light”, encaustic sculpture by guest artist Michelle Hayden

Artisanal products by guest artist Sherman Fracher of Abiding Grace Farm

Artisanal products by guest artist Sherman Fracher of Abiding Grace Farm


Horizon: Contemporary Landscape Exhibit and Talk

“Let us do our best, even if it gets us nowhere.”, watercolor, drawing, collage by Kathleen O'Brien at Horizon: Contemporary Landscape exhibit

“Let us do our best, even if it gets us nowhere.”, watercolor, drawing, collage by Kathleen O’Brien at Horizon: Contemporary Landscape exhibit

Brandon Long, Program Director at Community Art Center, the host for “Horizon: Contemporary Landscape”, invited me to talk about my piece in the exhibit, “Let us do our best, even if it gets us nowhere.” 

This exhibit is on view until November 11, and the CAC is #6 on the ARTTOUR.

Kathleen O'Brien, Brandon Long and invited guests at Community Arts Center, Horizon: Contemporary Landscape exhibit

Kathleen O’Brien, Brandon Long and invited guests at Community Arts Center, Horizon: Contemporary Landscape exhibit

By request I wrote a description of the journey through unknown territory that revealed the process of creating this complicated collage. You can read about it in this post.


New Art, “Summer Atlas”

"Nightingale", 9x12", watercolor, drawing, collage by Kathleen O'Brien

First in the series, “Nightingale”, 9×12″, watercolor, drawing, collage by Kathleen O’Brien

"Things That Fly, Like Summer", 18.5x30", watercolor, drawing, collage by Kathleen O'Brien

Last in the series, “Things That Fly, Like Summer”, 18.5×30″, watercolor, drawing, collage by Kathleen O’Brien

This series was inspired by being home-bound, longing to travel. So I traveled through art. I created soul maps of things seen and felt in my environment. It was also enhanced by swimming frequently, as a way to gently exercise my hurting knees. I wrote extensively in four blog posts about the 29 artworks that became the Summer Atlas, which along with winter are my most productive seasons. In one post you can read more about “Things That Fly, Like Summer” for instance.


Holiday Revels

Holiday Revels returns again this year to MS Rezny Studio/Gallery, November 22-December 31, 2016.

Lexington Humane Society Benefit and Artist Reception, December 1st 4-7pm

Artists to be featured are Jan Durham, Melissa T. Hall, Kathy Rees Johnson, Marco Logsdon, Staci McKnight Maney, Kathleen O’Brien, Mary Rezny, Michael Wayne and Laverne Zabielski.


Home Page Update

Screen shot of new home page, Kathleen O'Brien Studio

Screen shot of new home page, Kathleen O’Brien Studio

Ever since I have considered designing and updating my website to be an art form, it has become an enjoyable task instead of one that made me prefer to go to the dentist. (Sorry for the over exaggeration, Dr. Couzens, I love you!) It has taken much study, trial and error, tears, and tech support. A couple of weeks ago I woke with enthusiasm to change everything about my home page. Another part of my mind queried “who SAID that?”. I wanted it to be more responsive for mobile devises and for there to be a glimpse of everything one could find on my site, like a visual menu. It took about a day and a half to create the images, format it and make sure each square linked to the proper page. I’m happy with it. What is your opinion?


One Simple Question

"Love Letter to Henry Miller, 6", watercolor, drawing, collage 8x8", by Kathleen O'Brien

“Love Letter to Henry Miller, 6″, watercolor, drawing, collage 8×8”, by Kathleen O’Brien

As an artist, how can I serve you?

There’s still time to chime in! There is no right or wrong answer, but it will satisfy my curiosity. Anyone who contacts me with their answer will be eligible to win this collage, “Love Letter to Henry Miler, 6”, a $120 value. The random drawing will be during ARTTOUR!


Seeds and Fig Trees

Tag for apricot blush zinnia seeds, 5th generation from Sunwise Farm & Sanctuary

Tag for apricot blush zinnia seeds, 5th generation from Sunwise Farm & Sanctuary

When you visit Sunwise Farm and Sanctuary, be sure to ask us about seeds and plants for sale!

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