“Moments in Flight”: de- (or re-) constructed

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April 23, 2015  I was just asked how I came up with the concept of a layered painting and my honest answer was, “I have no idea!”.  Except that I had the various sizes of shikishi boards in the studio and was just playing around.  My intention was to convey the feeling of motion.  It is not one of my more traditional paintings, but now and again I have to push that envelope.  I am certain there will be more layered paintings coming from my studio.

This is the bottom layer of the painting.  (I added more cranes after I took this photo):

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This is the initial background painting on the vertical shikishi strips:

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Removing the paint in order to add the black silhouettes of the sandhill cranes:

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Closeup of the strips near the base painting to show context and size relationship:

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Finished painting with the vertical shikishi strips in place, permanently attached to the base painting:

Moments in Flight

Video of my Turpin Meadow Ranch Splash and Pour Weekend Workshop

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I’ve got another Splash and Pour Weekend Workshop penciled in for the last weekend in September 2015, at Turpin Meadow Ranch in Jackson Hole.  Watch this great video my friend and filmmaker, Jennifer Tennican of JenTen Productions created about last year’s workshop. This should get you in the mood!  I will post more information as it becomes available.  I’d love to fill the Ranch with creative and enthusiastic artists for the weekend.  Keep in touch, sign up for my “Occasional Newsletter from Kay Stratman’s Studio” on my website.  Visit www.turpinmeadowranch.com for a peak at the beautiful setting.

 

In the meantime, see post below for Friday March 6 evening painting demonstration, also at Turpin Meadow.

 

Cocktail Hour Demo at Turpin Ranch Meadow

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Turpin Meadow Ranch main lodge

 

Friday evening, March 6 beginning at 4 pm, I will be giving a painting demonstration during cocktail hour at Turpin Meadow Ranch. Come ski the day, and stay for dinner! I will be demonstrating and chatting during cocktail hour and would love to have you join me. I have a special prize for the first person at the event who can identify where on the ski trail the view is in the painting I will demonstrating. Turpin Meadow Ranch is a wonderful guest ranch in the north east end of Jackson Hole. They have wonderful groomed Nordic ski trails, cozy cabins and main lodge. They are open to the public for gourmet dining, lunch and dinner, as well as the bar in front of the fireplace. Call 307-543-2000 for directions (and to inquire about rates for day ski pass, lodging, or dining. Watching me paint is FREE! ) Their website is http://turpinmeadowranch.com/teton-adventures/white-season/

Anatomy of a Painting

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Here is a look inside my studio at a painting in progress, and the finished product.  It is called Landing Gear, watercolor and gouache on gold shikishi board, 20″h a 24″w.  The initial pouring and blending of color happens all at once.  Removing the color from the background and the adding of detail color can be done more slowly, step by step, after the initial pour is dry.

Initial pour
Initial pour
Add white
Add white
More blending
More blending
Remove color
Remove color
Add color
Add color
Landing Gear
Landing Gear

Quick Draw on Jackson Town Square

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kay at the Quick Draw

 

 

September 14, 2014  The annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival has come and gone – 11 days of special events at all arts venues.  The Quick Draw draws hundreds of people watching almost 40 artists begin and complete a piece of art in 90 minutes, on the Town Square.  The works are framed, and live-auctioned immediately afterward.  Here is my finished piece “Sun Rising over Sleeping Indian”.  Note the fingertip-less gloves – it was below freezing just before the start.  (Warmed up nicely though.)  My painting has found a happy home in Jackson.

Plein Air Fest at the National Museum of Wildlife Art

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July 11, 2014  Last month I participated, along with 40 other artists, in the Plein Air Fest at the National Museum of Wildlife Art here in Jackson Hole.  4 hours to splash and pour my way to a finished painting that is immediately framed and entered in the silent auction.  The weather was great – too great.  It was very warm, dry, sunny and a bit breezy so my watercolor puddles dried very fast – I had to work quickly.  I finished one in half the time and started a second, which I was also able to finish.  In this case watching paint dry might have been entertaining after all! Here are two photos (taken in the back of my Subaru to avoid the 18 raindrops that fell from a clear sky.)  I was pleased with both, which is a rare thing for me indeed.  The piece I submitted to the auction,  Wind Beneath Their Wings, did sell, I am happy to report.  A portion of the sale benefits the Museum.

A Grand SkylineWind Beneath Their Wings

 

Wyoming Watercolor Society annual exhibition

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Morning Mist below the Sleeping Indian
Morning Mist below the Sleeping Indian
Winter Moon II
Winter Moon II

June 28, 2014   I am excited to announce that both of these paintings have recently been juried into the Watercolor Wyoming 29th Annual National Exhibition.  The exhibition will be at the Sagebrush Community Art Center in Sheridan, WY from August 4 – August 29, 2014.  Perhaps I will be able to travel there to see the range of watercolor paintings that were chosen.  I have been approaching several watercolor societies to see if they will accept my works painted on shikishi boards.  (Which are illustration type boards, covered in gold or silver leaf with a sheer layer of rice paper adhered to the top surface.)  One society said they could not (not traditional enough, I guess) and two have said yes, I may enter.  One said they certainly hoped I would, as they are trying to get members to consider less traditional techniques and subjects.  And even the society that turned me down did say they might have a discussion with their board and consider such materials in the future.  So- always the trend setter, I.  🙂

Workshop in Wyoming

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Parks Unplugged

 

April 14, 2014  After a long hard winter (in many places, though here in Wyoming we had a fairly agreeable winter), spring is emerging.  As I seem to be solar powered, I am happy for extra daylight hours – more time to spend in my studio.  

I am excited to announce a workshop I will be teaching this September.  I know it seems early to announce, but I really hope some of you might be able to come to Jackson Hole for it, and now you have plenty of time to plan!  It is called Splash and Pour, Watercolor without the Fear.  It will be held September 26 – 29 at Turpin Meadow Ranch in the beautiful Buffalo Fork River valley just north east of Jackson Hole. I stayed there in January to cross country ski and enjoy their newly renovated cabins and delicious food and loved it.  While there I spoke with owner Nancy Johnstone over a glass of wine in front of the big fireplace, and the idea for the workshop was hatched.  Included below is a link to the Turpin Meadow Ranch website that announces the workshop, and has a link  (find it mid-page “Additional Workshop Details”) to the actual brochure with complete details.  To register for the workshop and lodging contact the Ranch at info@turpinmeadow.com,    www.turpinmeadowranch.com, 307-543-2000.  Any workshop questions you can direct to me at kaystratman@mac.com.
 
I guarantee a great experience – lots of demos, hands on painting and exploring new techniques, or adapting my techniques to your own style.  And time available for delicious meals, socializing, sharing, hiking, taking photos of awesome Teton views, and taking in the fall colors of our famous aspens.  Non-workshop family and friends are welcome to stay at the ranch as well.  Locals from Jackson are welcome to attend also, there is a “day student” option for meals only.  Please check out the Turpin Meadow Ranch website, the brochure and give me a holler with questions.  
 
The Turpin Meadow Ranch website/workshop page:   http://turpinmeadowranch.com/weddings-and-events/workshops/
 
PDF of the actual brochure for Splash and Pour, Watercolor without the Fear:    http://turpinmeadowranch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Splash-and-Pour-Workshop.pdf

Get ’em while they’re hot!

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March 27, 2014    It appears that small works are the rage.  Recently I have had lots of interest and numerous sales of my SMALL WORKS.  Initially my small works begin as studies for larger works, working on color and composition.  Those I think are worthy are finished works unto themselves but also worked into larger paintings.  I post them in a separate category on my website (titled “SMALL WORKS” of course) because many people are particularly interested in miniatures and smaller sized paintings.  Last summer I spent two weeks on vacation at the Darwin Ranch painting every day and the result was enough small paintings for a show in Flagstaff and more works available besides.  At the moment only 7 are still available from the original 16 painted.  A few have been added recently.  Go take a look. Get ’em while they’re hot!

Homage to Parrish  4.75 x 5.25 inches 

Homage to Maxfield web