Things that fly, like summer

Things that fly, like summer

Things that fly, like summer.

Things that fly, like summer is a work that I began on September 15, 2025 (and was completed September 11, 2020) with an inspiration that (more…)

Artists in their Studios, Interview

Artists in their Studios, Interview

Meet Next Level Artist Kathleen O’Brien

Kathleen O'Brien in studio with "Sunwise Cardinal" for interview

Kathleen O’Brien in studio with “Sunwise Cardinal” for interview

What is your work about (elevator pitch)?

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Valentines in July + Art of the Garden = Mid-Summer Studio Update

Valentines in July + Art of the Garden = Mid-Summer Studio Update

Valentines in July + Art of the Garden = Mid-Summer Studio Update

Four months of togetherness – Greg and me – resulted in a massive makeover (more…)

Journals, that was easy!

Journals, that was easy!

Here’s the last video of the Virtual Sunwise Open Studio Celebration, Journals, that was easy!

 

I hope you enjoyed these videos and touring my studio. Contact me if you have any questions, and feel free to buy art from a living working artist!

Happy Days Beads and Horse Riding

Happy Days Beads and Horse Riding

Part 3 of the virtual Open Studio features Happy Days, beads and Horse Riding.

For you shopping enjoyment, explore the Jewelry Page!

Art Dollies at Love Letters to Humanity Exhibit

Art Dollies at Love Letters to Humanity Exhibit

The Art Dollies came from all over the world to see the eleven Love Letters to Humanity. They love to get out and around.

PS: Some of the dolls are Treasures of Italy dolls from the 1950’s, some are rescued from antique shows, some are hand made by Kathleen O’Brien.

Celebrating Mid-Spring Studio Update & top of the list victory

Celebrating Mid-Spring Studio Update & top of the list victory

Top of the list victory

Now we arrive at the light half of the year, the lusty month of May – how marvelous! The birds beam with loud trumpet. I am ever so grateful that I dedicated this year to move forward with faith. Everything has changed, (more…)

Love Letters to Humanity series announcement

Love Letters to Humanity series announcement

It has been helpful during this stay-home time to focus on the second in the series of the spring season, Love Letters to Humanity. More details will come in the mid- season studio update. I wanted to give a quick look at one of them. (more…)

Love Letters Inspiration part 3

Love Letters Inspiration part 3

In this blog series I reveal some words behind the art of “Love Letters to Henry Miller”. For each of the nine, I start with a  note from my journal that were inspired by his writing and watercolor paintings. This is followed by a quote by Miller. (more…)

Love Letters Inspiration part 2

Love Letters Inspiration part 2

In this blog series I reveal some words behind the art of “Love Letters to Henry Miller”. For each of the nine, I start with a  note from my journal that were inspired by his writing and watercolor paintings. This is followed by a quote by Miller. (more…)

Love Letters Inspiration part 1

Love Letters Inspiration part 1

In this blog series I reveal some words behind the art of “Love Letters to Henry Miller”. For each of the nine, I start with a  note from my journal that were inspired by his writing and watercolor paintings. This is followed by a quote by Miller. (more…)

Love Letters

Love Letters

For the spring I’m starting a Love Letter series, the first is Love Letters to Henry Miller, a collection of 9 collaged paintings that will be displayed here and elsewhere online.  The first picture is the complete series hanging now in the studio. As they are presented in the next blogs, for each artwork I’ve selected notes from my journal, followed by a quote from Henry Miller. (more…)

Serious Case of Spring Fever

Serious Case of Spring Fever

Serious Case of Spring Fever

I had written a long email letter telling my subscribers about Love Letters to Henry Miller things around the studio, trip out west and yearlong plans. Plans kept changing with the times. The real truth is I have a serious case of spring fever. After years of neglect on my part, I am falling in love (more…)

Celebrating Mid-Winter Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Winter Studio Update

It’s a funny time of year, and particularly this year a time to celebrate and embrace extremes, it seems to me. All I can do is move forward with faith. One friend calls it being time compressed, and I think you might be feeling it also.

The great joy is (more…)

Halcyon Days Begins

Halcyon Days Begins

On Dec. 14 Halcyon Days begins. It’s an ancient tradition, of celebrating tranquility for 7 days prior to until 7 days after the Winter Solstice. This  is when I turn my activities and awareness towards the soulful meaning of the season. This is the time of the Great Return of the Light. For me I believe in its full meaning. (more…)

Small Art Holiday Special artworks are selling fast!

Small Art Holiday Special artworks are selling fast!

I’ve been telling more stories about the 36 artworks from the series Birds and Flora: Seasonal Garden Visitors on Instagram and my Facebook business page. I began with the stories in the previous posts, so please have a look on my page. Meanwhile, since Small Art Holiday Special artworks are selling fast I thought (more…)

If you haven’t heard…Birds and Flora: Seasonal Garden Visitors is coming

If you haven’t heard…Birds and Flora: Seasonal Garden Visitors is coming

Birds and Flora: Seasonal Garden Visitors is available November 29 on this website, finally all 36 small original paintings, some with collage, will be seen together and ready in time for the holidays. I’ll be notifying everyone by email about it. (more…)

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Coming soon, at the end of the month, Birds and Flora; Seasonal Garden Visitors for the Small Art Holiday Special I mentioned in the recent studio update. Below is the press release I’ve been sending. However, I am releasing the art earlier to people on my list, with other deals, so if you want to be included in the notification, now is the time to sign up! (more…)

Celebrating Mid-Autumn Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Autumn Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Autumn

All summer and early autumn I’ve been quietly enjoying painting in the studio annex’s bright light. Now it’s time to present the 40 new artworks at the Annual Autumn Open Studio on November 2 in this new space. (more…)

Summer Portfolio

Summer Portfolio

Summer Portfolio

September was the driest month ever on record in Kentucky. (see at note on this topic at the end…)  Now I am grateful to have this Summer Portfolio of memories, reminders of earth’s delicate beauty and grandeur after a year of rain. It makes me ponder the concept of balance. I have faith in its universality. (more…)

Celebrating Mid-Summer Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Summer Studio Update

New Art

Since the last quarter I’ve focused on gouache paintings that I put together into two spring Portfolios. Based on what I observed as new in the garden, one portfolio is of twelve birds, one of twelve flowers with a snake and firefly thrown in. (more…)

Spring Portfolio, Part 2 Flowers

Spring Portfolio, Part 2 Flowers

There are four days until the summer solstice, which happens at 11:45 AM, ET this Friday. This is part two of my self-directed assignment to record in painting the spring birds and flowers that arrive here at Sunwise Farm and Sanctuary. Is there anything more uplifting than to see the first flowers pop up, often through snow? (more…)

Spring Portfolio, Part 1 Birds

Spring Portfolio, Part 1 Birds

As we approach the summer solstice next week, I am completing my self-directed assignment to record in painting the spring birds and flowers that arrive here at Sunwise Farm and Sanctuary. The Red Winged Blackbirds started showing up early in March, soon they were coming by the thousands (more…)

Celebrating Mid-Spring, Studio Update, 2019

Celebrating Mid-Spring, Studio Update, 2019

I am excited to share what’s new; Spring Into Art, progress in the Studio Annex, a new art medium, the birds and botanicals of Sunwise, beads and bracelets, Atlas of the Year open for enrollment and the Carnegie show was great, I hope you saw it! (more…)

present: Atlas of the Year Exhibit

present: Atlas of the Year Exhibit

present

If you write a newsletter, are you struggling to come up with your own true title, different from others? This is a topic that a group of online presenters has been discussing. Instead of Mid-Season Studio Updates I want to use just one word, which makes it a bit challenging. If it were completely to the point it would be “communication”. True but dull.

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50th Year as an Artist, 2017-2018

50th Year as an Artist, 2017-2018

My 50th year as an artist comes to a close as I write the last post, about the years 2017 – 2018. It’s with a sense of accomplishment that I complete this series, reptrospective, 23 posts in all. It became a big visual resume that gives me a grounded sense of accountability to myself in regards to creative purpose. I hope it will serve to give perspective to anyone who inherits or buys my art, a real legacy, in my opinion because the images are served up with story. (more…)

50th Year as an Artist, 2014-2016

50th Year as an Artist, 2014-2016

In 2014 I created this version of my website, the grid was one of the first home page images of current art. My domain name remained the same since 1997 and from spring of 2010 until autumn 2014 I was blogging on this site. Since combining both on this version, it’s been an enjoyable art form for me. (more…)

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