Let’s Make It

Let’s Make It

Let’s Make It is the theme of my next series of classes. It’s going to be so much fun for me, oh yeah, for you too. A certain youngster who lives inside is the leader in this project. The idea came to me a couple of weeks ago in smatterings, (more…)

Mandala, More Beads, 2018 Year of Coffee

Mandala, More Beads, 2018 Year of Coffee

Mandala, More Beads, 2018 Year of Coffee

2018 is starting off really busy, with the completion of this year’s Mandala from “Lotus and Lily” writing in December, fashioning new and old necklaces from “Christmas Beads” and other newly acquired antique beads, and the ever important element, coffee. (more…)

Neolithic Beads for the New Year

Neolithic Beads for the New Year

Neolithic Beads for the New Year

I recently received these gorgeous hand carved quartz Neolithic beads to bring into the New Year. They are an honor to handle. The feel of them makes be think of possibly how worry beads got started, they have been smoothed by touch for thousands of years. (more…)

The Great Return of the Light

The Great Return of the Light

The Great Return of the Light

Happy Solstice, it’s one of our favorite days when we celebrate the Great Return of the Light. I like to finish things up at this time, so I’m pleased to share my 2017 Review Kathleen O’Brien. (more…)

Robert Bellows Studio

Robert Bellows Studio

Robert Bellows Studio

Just north of Haystack Mountain Robert Bellows Studio is embraced by the land. His Owl greeted us from the entry. For years we enjoyed this fierce yet friendly totem in his front yard in Boulder. He was the first artist I know of to use rusty farm equipment to fabricate his sculptures.

Robert graciously gave us a tour of his work in progress, The Warrior StoryField, a conversation between veterans and civilians in the language of art. (more…)

Virtual ARTTOUR

Virtual ARTTOUR

Virtual ARTTOUR

After the ARTTOUR we realized we were always too busy to take photographs of the visitors who came both days to enjoy the drive to see the art. We get so involved with conversation, really the best part of the event. It’s equally fun to welcome back old friends and meet new ones. Everyone left inspired and with a bit of art. So thank you for those who could be here, and for those who could not, here are a few pictures taken beforehand. (more…)

All Hallows Eve, Autumn Light

All Hallows Eve, Autumn Light

All Hallows Eve, Autumn Light

All Hallows Eve, known as Samhuin in the Celtic tradition is the Night of the Ancestors, a sacred time to honor them. I set aside this day to reminisce about my dearly departed parents and grandparents. It is a period of time beginning with sundown on October 31, and continues for a few days. Traditionally it is the time for a bonfire. All Soul’s Day and All Saints Day are times for us to be grateful for the ways they supported and loved us. (more…)

Celebrating Mid-Autumn 2017, Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Autumn 2017, Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Autumn, Studio Update

Welcome to mid-season studio update with news since mid-summer; Annual Open Studios ARTTOUR, 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 more Monarchs than ever.  (more…)

Clearing Studio Dust

Clearing Studio Dust

Clearing Studio Dust

Over the weekend, probably because it was so cold and damp and I was happy to be inside, I did a clearing of studio dust and messes that have been tolerated. The worst part was the torn and marked up white paper that covers the west workbench. I hadn’t changed it in ages. That’s because to do it right I’d have to take everything off the surface. (more…)

New for ARTTOUR, Part 2

New for ARTTOUR, Part 2

New for ARTTOUR, Part 2

Just when I thought I had produced everything for the Annual Open Studios ARTTOUR a stampede of inspiration galloped in, culminating in 52 new artworks. I’m so in love with my Japanese watercolors, and when the Indian Summer provides perfect creativity conditions (no wind! not too hot! gentle sun!) to paint outdoors I will think of any good project to do outside. (more…)

New for ARTTOUR, Part 1

New for ARTTOUR, Part 1

New for ARTTOUR

As for each Open Studio, there are many new things to see at this year’s ARTTOUR. I’ve decided to preview all of the Atlas of the Year collages and drawings to date, (more…)

Clear Cut, Morning Glory Magic

Clear Cut, Morning Glory Magic

Clear Cut, Morning Glory Magic

Two things amaze me about this October. Our neighbor was able to make a second cutting of hay. Seeing one area made me realize how I love a clear cut, and how those line appear in my art. (more…)

The Light of Equinox

The Light of Equinox

The Light of Equinox

The diminishing light of Equinox informs me to shift into a higher gear. The seemingly endless light and heat of the summer slows me down, it seems lie there is so much time. Everything is growing on it’s own, then the lessening light makes everything ripen to the point of instant (more…)

An Eve of Peace

An Eve of Peace

An Eve of Peace

Lately my family has been involved with funeral preparations for my mom. We did not know how long the wait would be for her internment at Arlington National Cemetery, where she will be joined with my father and paternal grandparents. They rightfully prioritize the active duty personnel. It is a great comfort to be a part of the ceremony that the Honor Guard bestows to their veterans. So we are fortunate that we received a September 6 date.  (more…)

Blank

Blank

Blank

Ever since my mother’s death I’ve been blank. That’s OK, it’s like being on vacation, vacating the normal track of ambition. It’s not like nothing’s happening, it’s just all quiet and deep. Realizations arise at odd moments, (more…)

Celebrating Mid-Summer, Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Summer, Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Summer, Studio Update

Welcome to mid-season studio update with news since mid-spring of Sunwise Open Studios Celebrations, shows and art. This is another favorite time of year, when we lounge behind (more…)

First Harvest of the Season

First Harvest of the Season

First Harvest of the Season

First harvest of the season, also know as Lughnasa, is in full swing. I have been keeping up with the prolific amount of herbs this year by drying them. I had the idea to get them ready for the next Open Studio. Honestly, the hidden agenda is to have the opportunity to design the labels and packaging. I have been gathering and drying (more…)

Introducing New Healing Necklaces

Introducing New Healing Necklaces

Introducing New Healing Necklaces

I’m excited to introduce my new line of bead jewelry, Healing Necklaces. I love to design several pieces together, side by side (more…)

Sad Solstice Season

Sad Solstice Season

Sad Solstice Season

On the deck of our earth ship, the shade curtains bulge towards me like sails allowing a purifying barely moist seventy four degree breeze. It’s been like this (perfect comforting atmosphere) since returning home from my mom’s passing on the Summer Solstice. Grateful, I allow these airs and graces to soothe the emptiness that cannot be filled. Everything changed with her departure. Nothing changed with her departure. All the cycles flow according to right time and place. (more…)

Mothers Day Garden

Mothers Day Garden

Mothers Day Garden

Yesterday we caught up on garden tasks, after an abundance of rain. I wanted to appreciate my Mothers Day garden without toil. Since we started planting the biodynamic seeds from Turtle Tree Seed, and husbands’ kindly addition of extreme deep beds to avoid bending, we are amazed at the nurturing our Mother Earth is capable of. I am so grateful to Her and my children who asked to see what we are seeing at this glorious May morn. So, here’s a little tour of Sunwise Farm and Sanctuary kitchen gardens. (more…)

Art Lovers Spring into Art

Art Lovers Spring into Art

Art Lovers Spring into Art

Spring Into Art exceeded all expectations. I’m still floating with good feelings remembering some of the highlights of art lovers flocking to the event. It is a major joy to witness 34 artworks leaving with happy collectors. I wish I had taken a picture of the free art table before the event started. That was the secondary surprise, you sort of had to be there! (more…)

Celebrating Mid-Spring Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Spring Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Spring Studio Update

Here we are at the light half of the year again –  Beltane, May Day! I’m celebrating with a grand Spring Into Art Event, a Sunwise Open Studios Celebration. Join in the fun on April 29, from 1-4 pm. I have a big surprise for you, that you won’t want to miss. (more…)

Spring Into Art and the Garden

Spring Into Art and the Garden

Spring Into Art and the Garden

Spring at the gardens of Sunwise Farm and Sanctuary means, you know, weeding, planting, weeding, mowing, did I mention weeding? It is a welcome time to work on art outside on the porch, as well. It helps to go back and forth between art and garden activities, pacing the physical output, by balancing with the more sedentary focus of art making. (more…)

“The Illustrated Word” schedule

“The Illustrated Word” schedule

“The Illustrated Word” schedule

“The Illustrated Word”, schedule is listed below. (next; Kentucky Crafted: The Market, April 21-23) The Kentucky Arts Council  exhibit connects visual art and literature. The 29 artists in the exhibit (more…)

“225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History” Reception

“225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History” Reception

“225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History” Reception

We thoroughly enjoyed the “225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History” reception thanks to warm hosting from Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, curator Gwen Heffner and Executive Director, Todd Finley. Thank you all artists who made this a stellar exhibition, which fortunately goes until September 23. (more…)

The Reception for “Gridworks Revisited” Was Grand

The Reception for “Gridworks Revisited” Was Grand

The Reception for “Gridworks Revisited” Was Grand

Frankie York, owner of New Editions Gallery said “We’ve done this show before but not like this! Imagine 60 plus artists, over 120 paintings, any subject matter, all 12×12 and you have GRIDWORKS REVISITED!  Join us for this fun show featuring some of Kentucky’s finest.” Many people showed up for the reception despite the poor weather. It continues until May 12, so treat yourself to an uplifting show with much variety, something for everyone! (more…)

Celebrating Mid-Winter, Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Winter, Studio Update

Celebrating this mid-winter time of Imbolc I’m amazed at how busy January has been. More than ever I am beginning this New Year firmly committed to the pursuit of happiness and connection through love and creativity. This is my wish for you as well. When I think of the time that has passed since Samhuin, the journey through the dark time of the year, it is one of art and life coming and going. (more…)

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…)

My Guest for ARTTOUR

My Guest for ARTTOUR

My Guest for ARTTOUR

I’m so happy to share special guests with visitors who come soon to the Annual Open Studios ARTTOUR. Encaustic sculpture artist, Michelle Hayden  will be here as well as Greg’s Antique Corner. (more…)

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. (more…)

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