Halcyon Days Celebration

Halcyon Days Celebration

Note on January 1, 2022: Originally I posted one image with out text a day (sometimes two) during the 2021 Halcyon Days, the 7 days before Solstice until 7 days after. Now I have placed them in order in this one post. I chose photos of oil paintings, drawings, and collage from 1986 to the present that may be a peaceful contemplation for you. (more…)

“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…)

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