The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On

That’s what those of us at the reception for Birds of a Feather were saying last Friday, while dear Lesley Patterson-Marx was in a major, 3 1/2 hour traffic jam driving up from Nashville. (more…)

Collaborating part 3 print and draw with us

Collaborating part 3 print and draw with us

Leslie Patterson-Marx’s etching of the bird silhouette inspired this collaboration.
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Collaborating part 2

Collaborating part 2

The thing I like about collaborating is that there is a place to start from, instead of facing the empty white sheet of paper.

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Collaborating part 1

Collaborating part 1

Part of the inspiration for the exhibit, Birds of a Feather, which opens in two days, has been collaborating with guest artist, Leslie Patterson-Marx, print-maker. The last time I created etchings or lithographs was in 1967, at Kunstshule Rodel, Mannheim Germany. So when Leslie suggested that she could demonstrate monoprinting as part of our exhibit, that sparked the idea to collaborate by drawing on her prints. She sent a few prints to me and I began to work on them with my pencils.

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Guest Post, Leslie Patterson-Marx, monoprints

Guest Post, Leslie Patterson-Marx, monoprints

Hello! My name is Lesley Patterson-Marx and I am happy to be a guest blogger for Kathleen O’Brien, with whom I am showing work in our upcoming exhibition at MS Rezny Studio/Gallery. Don’t miss our opening reception on May 9 from 4-7 pm.

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1000 years ago today…

1000 years ago today…

2 years ago on this date I wrote this post. Today I am remembering and honoring High King Brian Boru and all that he accomplished.

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New Year Plan

New Year Plan

It’s hard to believe that it is mid-spring and that I had a new year plan. That’s not true, I do revisit my plan regularly, it’s just that I am such a Present Moment Person, that some things I foresee manifesting take longer than a year because I forget how slow I am. As soon as I returned from Twinrocker paper mill, I began this drawing, so it is the first in the series that will premiere at Birds of a Feather exhibit, May 2 at Rezny Gallery.

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Giveaway Lesson from Turkey

Giveaway Lesson from Turkey

In Jamie Sam’s,  Medicine Cards, turkey is the giveaway animal, sharing everything so that life can go on. Her perspective on the creatures of the earth is so profound, I urge you to read her directly. she certainly influenced me beginning in the late 1980’s until this day.

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Prayer Sticks

Prayer Sticks

Have you ever made a prayer stick? I learned how from the Hopi to, especially for the Winter Solstice, make what they call Paho. As the feathers are attached to the stick prayers are said. They are placed in the earth for safe keeping.

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52 Sound Paintings, Helen Davey

52 Sound Paintings, Helen Davey

Helen Davey is celebrating her 52nd year by composing a piece of music to and art work once a week, 52 Sound Paintings. I encourage you to check out her varied styles and sounds, I am so amazed. In preparation for her composing to my Pentad we shared a delightful 2 hour Skype chat – Switzerland to Kentucky.

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National Tartan Day

National Tartan Day

April 6 is National Tartan Day. As an Irish person, I am proud to wear the O’Brien tartan, created to honor my ancestor, High King Brian Boru, who united the clans of Ireland in a 20 year period of peace 1000 years ago this year. He died after the battle of Clontarf April 23, 1014.

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Spring, Eagle, East

Spring, Eagle, East

Years ago I learned from my spiritual teacher, Grandfather Wallace Black Elk, about correspondences between the seasons, the direction and the animal who guards that season and direction. Spring, Eagle, East = East is the direction we face in the Spring, with Eagle flying guard. There are other correspondences like the color yellow, the time of rebirth, and the time of youth. This drawing of an eagle feather was done in 1985, and it was the inspiration that called me back to drawing at the beginning of this year.

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coming soon, Birds of a Feather

coming soon, Birds of a Feather

In preparation for our show, Birds of a Feather, Lesley sent me a few of her prints for me to draw on. It’s been a fun challenge to draw off her inspiration. The texture provided by the ink has such a different and enjoyable quality for taking pencil marks. She is staying over from Nashville to demonstrate how to make a mono-print at the gallery the day after our reception (see below for details) and visitors can make a print. I wanted to have some samples to show people who return to the gallery to draw with my pencils on two May Saturdays. This piece drawn on silkscreen turned out to be the one we’re using for our postcard invitation.

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Art Movement Gallery

Art Movement Gallery

What a wonderful way to welcome spring today – meeting the vivacious Sandy Davis of Art Movement Gallery. It was instant friendship as we dallied in the sunshine. She graciously drove here to pick up my Liminal Space to bring to the Gallery.

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Sun Worship, a drawing

Sun Worship, a drawing

Will this winter ever end? I tell my students, “Consider the power of art.” If you need light, get out your yellows and make a sun and Sun Worship.

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Collaged Cuff “Talisman for Ageing Gracefully”

Collaged Cuff “Talisman for Ageing Gracefully”

Rising to a challenge by my friend Elizabeth, I am branching into jewelry. It is exciting to approach it with the intention of creating  tiny works of art as a power object – a talisman – to wear. So tapping into my bead hoard I made this piece, Garnet Cuff. The starting inspiration was a Merino Shibori scrap by my friend, Laverne Zabielski. 

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Lesley Patterson-Marx, printmaker

Lesley Patterson-Marx, printmaker

for my solo show this May at MS Rezny Studio/Gallery, Lesley Patterson-Marx will be my guest artist. Ever since I saw her in a show we were both in – next to each other- at Art of Collage and Assemblage, Halpeth Hall College in Nashville, Tennessee, I have been entranced by her work.

©Kathleen O’Brien, with my and Lesley’s work.

Her tiny worlds are made with great care and decision. 

Lesley Patterson-Marx, Flower House, photo KO’B

They are places of warmth where it is easy to reside.

Lesley Patterson-Marx, Homeing Pigeon, photo KO’B

Please stay tuned for more posts about our show. We still need to give it a title and she has sent me some etchings for me to draw on. So I still have lots of work ahead, to add to the drawings started in January.

Rose Colored Glasses, Free Tip for Computor Light Sensitivity

Rose Colored Glasses, Free Tip for Computor Light Sensitivity

Last summer while in Colorado I learned from my friend Dr. Rebecca Hutchins about using Rose colored glasses for sensitivity to computer and TV light and photophobia. Since getting mine, I can spend a much longer time looking at the screen comfortably.

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“Wholeness”, First Look at a New Drawing

“Wholeness”, First Look at a New Drawing

Even though I have been working steadily in the studio “all year” I have not put any new work on my website. There are many drawings stacking up for my shows this year, Wholeness is the first.

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New Botanical Drawings for Shaker Village Pleasant Hill

New Botanical Drawings for Shaker Village Pleasant Hill

So far this year I have been feeding my passion for drawing. I was thrilled when Lorin Ingerson, buyer for Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill commissioned me to draw some botanicals specific to the village for greeting cards. (more…)

Re: Rethink Recycling Exhibit

Re: Rethink Recycling Exhibit

The Community Arts Center’s 2014 blockbuster exhibit, “RE,” encourages our community to rethink recycling. The exhibit explores art made from recycled or repurposed materials and the impact its creation has on the artist, the arts world, our community and our environment. It runs through Sunday, March 30. Check their site for workshops and activities.

In the upstairs gallery there are samples of artist’s works using recycled objects. I have about 6 objects there, some dating back to 1971 when I was doing bead-work combined with found objects. I love bringing out some oldies but goodies, like the ones below.

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Cheers from the heart to you on Valentines Day

Cheers from the heart to you on Valentines Day

If you are reading this, know that I made this valentine for you. May your year from this day forward be filled with love, affection and care.

©Kathleen O’Brien, V is for valentine, 4×3″, drawing on paint chip, collaged
Floral Freeway Project

Floral Freeway Project

What an exciting project for us 25 artists, a real challenge, and for such a good cause. Join us form Lexington gallery hop February 21, and read on…

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H’Artful of Fun, Nightfall, this Friday

H’Artful of Fun, Nightfall, this Friday

The Living Arts & Science Center’s 24th Annual H’Artful of Fun, Nightfall, will set the stage for an elegant and unique evening of fabulous entertainment, delicious appetizers and desserts, wine, beer and bourbon tastings, and, as always, incredible art. 

©LASC, Nightfall Poster
Building on the excitement and energy of last year’s event, the 2014 H’Artful of Fun will be held again at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park on Friday, February 7 at 7 p.m. It’s my favorite art party of the year. Many artists have donated art in support of Living Arts & Science Center.
©Kathleen O’Brien, Hermit Thrush Song, 12×9″

One thing you have a chance to buy is Hermit Thrush Song. This artwork was chosen to hang in First Lady, Jane Beshear’s office for the Kentucky Treasures exhibit, June 1 – October 28, 2013. I was fascinated one day to discover several bird songs that had been transcribed into musical notation. This inspired a series that included  drawings of a bird, its notes and egg, and local botanicals. Two separate drawings were then fused together with beeswax.

5 things I am grateful for

5 things I am grateful for

Happy birthday, Alyson Stanfield and thank you for posing a challenge to us on your day. You know, I always like to play. So here goes, with challenge #5, my gratitudes.

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Year of the Pencil

Year of the Pencil

When I asked myself what I really want to do this year, art wise, it is to draw. When I count up my colored pencils it comes to 694. This doesn’t count the graphite ones. I almost HAVE to draw.

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Twinrocker Paper

Twinrocker Paper

Last week during the arctic vortex we drove to Brookston Indiana, to visit the Twinrocker Paper Mill and store. It was a pilgrimage to see where America’s most beautiful paper is made lovingly by hand one sheet at a time. Their client list has included the giants of contemporary art, such as Rauschenberg, Johns, Rosenquist, Motherwell and Dine.

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10, Decad, Happy Sixth Day of 2014

10, Decad, Happy Sixth Day of 2014

Following in yesterday’s track, here is Decad, the nature of numbers.

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5, Pentad, Happy Fifth Day of 2014

5, Pentad, Happy Fifth Day of 2014

Following in yesterday’s track, here is Pentad, “the next level of cosmic design… symbol of life itself.”*

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4, Tetrad, Happy Fourth Day of 2014

4, Tetrad, Happy Fourth Day of 2014

Following in yesterday’s track, here is Tetrad, which relates to 2-D volume.

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3, Triad, Happy Third Day of 2014

3, Triad, Happy Third Day of 2014

Following in yesterday’s track, here is Triad, which relates to surface. “Three is the firstborn, the eldest number.”*

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2, Dyad & Happy Second Day of 2014

2, Dyad & Happy Second Day of 2014

Following in yesterday’s track, here is Dyad, which relates to line. “One and two are the parents of all other numbers.”*

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