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

 

WINTERSCAPES: painting winter beauty

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January 11, 2014  Happy New Year!  We had such a fun time cross country skiing recently at Turpin Meadows Ranch near Jackson Hole.  I  was explaining to someone that before we moved to Jackson I never liked paintings of winter – too cold and dreary.  But Jackson Hole definitely changed my mind and has inspired lots of winter paintings from my studio.  🙂

SILENT SNOW 16 x 24, watercolor and gouache on silver shikishi.  I am loving white on white on silver lately.
SILENT SNOW 16 x 24, watercolor and gouache on silver shikishi. I am loving white on white on silver lately.
MORNING SUN OVER TARGHEE  10 x 11  watercolor and gouache on gold shikishi  This painting of a snowy sunrise was inspired by a photo sent to me by a client.  It can really look like this impressionistic painting sometimes!
MORNING SUN OVER TARGHEE 10 x 11 watercolor and gouache on gold shikishi This painting of a snowy sunrise was inspired by a photo sent to me by a client. It can really look like this impressionistic painting sometimes!

 

New Representation in Sedona

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December 11, 2013  I am very excited to announce new gallery representation for me in Sedona, AZ at the James Ratliff Gallery, www.jamesratliffgallery.com.  While visiting Flagstaff and Sedona in October, I prowled the town for  possible potential galleries to approach.  James Ratliff Gallery was one of my favorite choices and I was thrilled when James Ratliff responded to my inquiry positively.  Please go check out the gallery when all you snowbirds fly south to AZ for the winter!  The address is:

James Ratliff Gallery
Hillside Sedona
671 State Route 179
Sedona, AZ 86336
928-282-1404

Dawn Breaks
Dawn Breaks

Magnolia Triptych

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Magnolia Triptych

 

Posted November 8, 2013  Though I have been concentrating on landscapes for several years, now and again I reach back into my Asian brush painting roots and pull out a floral subject.  This painting started as one panel and I decided it needed to be a threesome.  Though still Asian inspired, my technique is actually the same as my landscapes.  But instead of the whole  painting being a colorful puddle, each petal is a puddle, that I drop other colors into and manipulate with gravity and my brush.  By keeping each painting independent of the others, and painting it on the stark silver background, I hope to give it a bit of a contemporary feel.  This painting is 10″ x 33″ (total image size), watercolor and gouache on 3 silver shikishis.  I love our new mountain home of Jackson Hole, but I do miss the magnolias of Maryland in the spring. (Click on the above image and a larger one will come up.)

Of Bugs and Men

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new post 9/3/13 – Summer is quite busy in Jackson Hole but I managed to get a series of small works painted while I was at our favorite spot in the mountains, the Darwin Ranch, fifteen 4″ x 5″ works, which are posted in my new “Small Works” gallery.  These will be exhibited in a solo show at the Flagstaff Arboretum Gallery  (in Flagstaff, AZ, of course) for the month of October.  I personally like to collect small works, they fascinate me, and my small studies are perfect for this purpose.

I am one of several creative folks included in a video by and exhibit curated by filmmaker Jennifer Tennican of JenTen Productions.  It is called “Into the Arts – A Personal Journey – Take 2”.  It is about the risks and rewards of trying something new. As you may know, my artist friend, Alex Keenan, and I have been playing with hot wax, so to speak, in my garage studio.  Some of the encaustic pieces we have completed (subject of our portion of the film) and some other watercolors of mine (as contrast examples) are included in an exhibit at the Library Gallery as well.  VERY different than what you expect from my studio, hence the title of this post (“Of Bugs and Men”).  I guess that molten wax, dead bugs and flame throwers make for interesting footage, so I hear.  (I haven’t seen it yet.)  SEPTEMBER 4 is the debut. Thanks to sister-in-law Susan Hansen for the dead cicadas.  Not sure why she sent them to me, but I am glad to have them!  🙂

Song of the Cicadas
Song of the Cicadas

I will be painting at the annual Quick Draw on the town square during Fall Arts Festival in Jackson, Saturday September 14. It starts at 9 am and 35 artists have one and a half hours to start and finish (complete with framing) a piece which is then auctioned to a large rowdy crowd.  I invite friendly support!  Please come to watch.  People ask if I am terrified and the answer is no – I give demos all the time, I teach and am comfortable speaking while I am painting.   However my painting style is very spontaneous and if the painting is a flop I figure I can just pack up and slink away, no one for the wiser.  Cross your fingers.  If I have time, I will take some photos of the event and post them later.  In a  bit more relaxed atmosphere, I will be painting at Horizon Gallery (30 King Street) in the afternoon.

The Artistic Expression of Plant Life

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New post, June 3, 2013  Last month I was asked to give a demo and power point presentation to the Native Plant Species Seminar for the Teton Conservation District here in Jackson, WY.  The topic for the presentation was “The Artistic Expression of Plant Life”, and the other presenter was Meredith Campbell, a local artist whose background is in botanical illustration.  Though she was a tough act to follow, with her beautifully rendered science oriented sketches and paintings (my paintings are about the “essence” of my subject, not exact representation) I thought it was fun to be a contrast and counterpoint.  I stressed the artistic expression part of the title and even showed my “Artistic License” as one of my power point images.  I explained that though the paintings and plants I showed may not be native here in Teton County, they must be native somewhere!  The example I am showing here is my interpretation of a beautiful photograph by Susan Marsh, herself an accomplished author, scientist, photographer and artist.  This is, in fact, a native Wyoming plant – the Iris Missourensis.

Iris Missouriensis, photo by Susan Marsh

Susan's Iris

 

 

Web Design by Paintscape Designs

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April 21, 2013   I want to thank Will Rauschenberger of Paintscape Designs for his wonderful re-design of my website.  I have asked him to design sites for me several times, and each time, with little initial input from me, he comes up with a design that works.  With some additional input about what I was hoping for, and a few tweaks, it is exactly what I had in mind: a clean and beautiful design that is easy on the eyes, uncomplicated, easy to navigate and leads people where I hope they will want to go.  Talk to him at 941.312.1034, email will@paintscape.net or visit www.paintscape.net.  Thanks Will!