Book Publication INPA 6

Honored to have been one of the 72 artists to be included in the International Painting Annual vol 6 published by Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati.

For the INPA 6 Manifest received 1536 submissions from 480 artists in 45 states, Washington D.C., and 31 countries. Entries represented works made from 2012 through mid-2015. The publication includes 108 works by 72 artists from 30 states, Washington D.C., and 7 countries including Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Ireland, and the United States. Essays by John Giglio, Drake Gomez, and Penelope Przekop are also included.

Eleven professional and academic advisors qualified in the fields of art, design, criticism, and art history juried the sixth International Painting Annual. The process of selection was by anonymous blind jury, with each jury member assigning a quality rating for artistic merit to each work submitted. The entries receiving the highest average combined score are included in this publication.

http://www.manifestgallery.org/inpa/inpa6

Can I just stay here?

I was there . . . just few weeks ago. Can I stay there? I can still feel the gentle breeze, the salty air, the rhythm of the waves . . .

My morning view

One of the most spectacular sunsets I've ever seen - no filter needed!

 

 

I can't believe less then a month ago I was in this paradise. Four days is enough to wind down and I am so grateful I had that opportunity. But it's definitely not enough days to just completely "reset." I think 10 days is the average time to completely unwind, have time to reset and then look forward to actually coming back to reality.

However, alas, I am just grateful I got to go at all. And I went for the first time without my 2-year old son. I honestly didn't know how I would handle it because there was so much anxiety leading up to leaving him with my mom and aunt for 5 days. He was fine and they were absolutely amazing so again, so grateful. But for me! I was so worried also about myself allowing myself to let go completely and not be so worried and just enjoy each moment being there in Paradise.

And guess what? Being in a place like the Bahamas at a resort no less, I did not have a problem letting it all go once I got there. I forgot what it's like to just literally have "nothing to do all day," no plans, nothing. I forgot what it was like to just decide moment by moment where we would lay around (beach? or pool?), the decision were, "Mojito or pina colata now?" Forgot what it's like to be tired . . . and just lay down for a nap - in the middle of the day. Who cares?! Forgot what's it like to have real adult conversations for more than 15 minutes - maybe even . . . . 2 hours? I could concentrate on what everyone was saying not just getting snippets. I also could contribute! And have full, uninterrupted thoughts. We would end up eating late, after all the other families had ripped through the restaurants - 8:00 or 8:30 and then get  back to the hotel after 11 pm. I thought I would be so exhausted from staying up late. But when you combine that with literally laying around all day . . . it works out.

I do wish I could've had more time but again, this post is just a reminder to be grateful for what I got. It was unbelievable. The first real vacation in over 10 years. Yes, I've gone on lots of "trips" but not like this. And this was definitely my ideal vacation. Maybe I'll get to go on one in another 10 years but let's hope that it's sooner than that! :) Thank you Universe!

 

 

 

Day 16, 17, & 18 - behind on posting on my website!

Day 16 - 100 Day Project 2016 Day 17 - 100 Day Project 2016

Day 18 - 100 Day Project 2016

 

 

I've been (mostly) keeping up with my posting through my Instragram - see @KathrynJNeale for more updated posts! My own blog and FB have been horribly neglected so now I need to do some catch-up.

These three (especially the first one - Day 16) I was listening to old favorite and powerful tracks from my sister's country CD - Patti Griffith! They all came out pretty strong and I love it!

Day 10 & Process

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This one I took the painter's tape from Day 9 and started with it almost as a monolith in the left part of the piece. Very quickly the piece took on a more "landscape" feel.

More often then not I surprise myself what comes out. This was an exquisite "perfect" day here in St. Louis with 75 degrees, bright sun and no clouds in site, but I guess I felt dark and moody.

Day 9 (& Process)

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This piece was fun cause I had an idea to start take teal paint and literally "block" it out with painter's blue tape to preserve this square and paint over it. After a few layers I took it off to reveal the teal paint and then started working around it. Oftentimes, I work in a certain way - if notice the orientation of the piece is that the teal box is upper left, and then when I end or at the very last minute of finishing, I flip it around and it's more interesting another way (the final is that the teal box is lower/right area of the painting).

I also remember feeling that this one I had an idea of inspiration but literally throughout 98% of the piece I kept thinking "this is crap!" But you have to have faith and this process of trying to get out a piece in 20 minutes really accentuates the faith part. Last decisions of take a tube of bright cadmium red and blotting it like a tool creating those circles at least pulled the piece together enough to feel finished for me.

Days 6, 7 & 8

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I've been pretty bad about uploading my artwork consistently on my blog. If you want to follow me, @KathrynJNeale on Instagram I've been much better at uploading work there on a daily basis. It's funny too that as I post my artwork, they definitely come in spurts of series work. These (3) sketches naturally are going together because they have similar elements of white background, sketchy pencil, pastel markings and wasabi tape. Feeling more mixed media and painting, drawing, collage, etc.

Day 3, 4 & 5

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Totally not following my initial intentions AT ALL. I've already gotten little bored and wanting to stretch myself a bit - these are interesting  - ESP the last one. Felt very BOLD to just paint on the dark, dark blue-almost-black blob and then go from there. It's working I think but still kind of feels awkward. I'm always reminded when I now remember doing these paintings in only 20 minutes - that there is such an awkwardness and for sure 90-95% of the way through the painting (which means about 15 minute mark), I'm thinking - "This is crap!" And then I have to just push my analytical mind out to rush to make small changes here, then there, and then timer goes off and it's ok - it actually looks finished.

This process is SO different from making a real, much larger painting. You have time. You have all the time in the world that you want! And you can just "let it cook" so to speak. And of course I feel that a lot of the time the process of painting feels super awkward and I trust that. But these 20 minute paintings really accentuate that of course because I don't have time and I am not allowing myself to come back to the painting - which I can do for any of my other stuff.

And this is great to remind myself how this feels for a newbie. The reassurance that you are actually on the right path if you feel awkward is so important. It means you are stretching, you are growing and trying new things.

One part of me is a bit frustrated with myself that I'm just NOT working withing my "series" mentality which I thought I would be. But the other part of me just reminds myself to chill. I realistically haven't painted in a couple months. Getting back into it and then perhaps later I will make a "series" for myself. Who knows. We have a while here - 95 more days left!