“Backstories”

"Backstories 16", detail, by Kathleen O'Brien

“Backstories 16”, detail, by Kathleen O’Brien

I’ve been preparing the series “Backstories” for some time. It’s for the annual small art holiday special. “Backstories”  is shared first to the loyal readers of my lovingly written emails and blogs as an appreciative thank you (more…)

Homestead Then and Now, Guest Post by Greg Orth

Homestead Then and Now, Guest Post by Greg Orth

Author: Greg Orth, footnote by KO’B

“At the recent Open Studio event held by my wife Kathleen O’Brien, I was lucky to have a chance to talk about our homestead, and the 22 years spent developing Sunwise Farm and Sanctuary. In doing so I was reminded of some of the decisions made (more…)

From Studio into Showroom

From Studio into Showroom

It was sunny yesterday, so I photographed the studio, which is ready for the 13th Annual Autumn Open Studio.  As I did it occurred to me how seamless it is to transform it from studio into a showroom. (more…)

Adorn Yourself and Your Walls

Adorn Yourself and Your Walls

Adorn Yourself and Your Walls, was the idea that came to me when the sun was brilliantly shining into the studio. Rather than use the usual white background, I could pose the new bead jewelry on the newest watercolor series, October.
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Celebrating Mid-Autumn Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Autumn Studio Update

Whether you celebrate The Night of the Ancestors (Samhuin), Dias de la Muertos, Halloween, or all of them, Happy Mid-Autumn Celebrations! (more…)

“October”

“October”

The series “October” began with a free flow of writing messages. Some written in black ink, the color I associate with the autumn season, west direction and some in white china marker, invisible until painted over. (more…)

Last Daze of Summer

Last Daze of Summer

Last Daze of Summer is the most recent artist book from the Alexander’s Library series. Today it’s turning cold, I still have zinnias blooming, and many figs to pick and dry. The longing for summer still lingers. Sometimes I remember to photograph the steps as the project progresses. Read on to learn about this one. (more…)

There Is No Hurry

There Is No Hurry

There Is No Hurry is the title from Alexander’s Library,for all seasons. This 32 page artist book is imbued with the reminder that in autumn the energy tends to push us to hurry, but really, there is no need to hurry, every season has its purpose, and reasons to savor each moment. (more…)

Bridge Across Time

Bridge Across Time

Bridge Across Time

In 1988 I wrote: “I am attracted to petroglyphs in a deep way. They came from a time when art was an integral aspect of community, when the artist was a healer. Even though scientists are reluctant to give meaning to these symbols I think ancient artisans knew that the power of manifesting an image was to cross the bridge to spiritual nourishment.  “Bridge Across Time” was the first oil painting in a series of over 100 that depict petroglyphs. (more…)

Celebrating Mid-Summer Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Summer Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Summer Studio Update

Happy Lughnasa, time of the first harvest. This time last year life at Sunwise Farm and Sanctuary was all about “Art of the Garden”, growing (more…)

Harmony, New Harmony

Harmony, New Harmony

Harmony, New Harmony

Sweet thoughts occur after a recent trip to America’s prettiest art town to pick up artwork from New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art. It marked the end of an era, and got me reminiscing about that period and how much the town has meant to me as an artist. (more…)

Celebrating Mid-Spring Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Spring Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Spring Studio Update

Isn’t this just the most favorite time of year for many people? The lusty month of May lies ahead at Mid-Spring, Beltane, Mother’s Day, Earth Day and here in Kentucky, Derby Day. All the green is busting out, like we humans are also emerging out of the pandemic. There is much to be grateful for. (more…)

Rock Paper Scissors

Rock Paper Scissors

II am pleased that all three of my Rock Paperglyphs were selected for the virtual exhibition Rock Paper Scissors, curated by Kate Savage for Arts Connects Lexington. Artists were asked to respond to the idea of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”. (more…)

Nesting

Nesting

You know how sad it is to finish a good book, well that’s how I feel as I finished Nesting book. But I pushed ahead to include it in the Bel Studio Special. The theme is all about the Beltane season; coupling, nesting and honoring motherhood. (more…)

Fiery and Icy Mid-Winter

Fiery and Icy Mid-Winter

We started this year thinking the winter would be mild. Many days I had the front door to the studio open. Now we have another fiery icy mid-winter to add to the memory banks. It seems to hit around Valentines’ Day. (more…)

Imbolc, Mid-Winter, Pre-Spring!

Imbolc, Mid-Winter, Pre-Spring!

Imbolc means literally “in the belly”, which refers to both the birthing of young animals and the presence of Brigit in the center of the world at this time. Below, I say more about the holiday, taken from Atlas of the Year. (more…)

Celebrating Mid-Winter Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Winter Studio Update

The returning and increasing light is daily perceptible and cheering. This Imbolc, Candlemas time is associated with St. Bridgid. Mid-winter seems more like pre-spring when I notice robins congregating on the lawn. (more…)

Halcyon Days are here

Halcyon Days are here

I love this day and the following days, my favorite time of the year, as it is for many of you. On December 14 the Halcyon Days begin. It’s an ancient mythological tradition, (more…)

A Story about “Little Love Letters”

A Story about “Little Love Letters”

The reason I created the “Little Love Letters” series was to offer small artworks with cheerful uplifting messages via stamp imagery, at affordable prices. Knowing that most people are thrilled when they receive a pleasant thing in the mail, it seemed like a logical choice for a theme during these stressful times. (more…)

“Little Love Letters” details, part 3

“Little Love Letters” details, part 3

In this three part post, I’m sharing details of “Little Love Letters”, which is a series of 36 small paintings on paper in sizes 6×8” and smaller, each inspired by Realms of Wonder, (more…)

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