Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Two-person Show - Kay Dewar • Barbara Benedetti Newton

Plums on a Plate - colored pencil

My good friend Barbara and I have been invited to show our colored pencil artwork at the Dorothy Liberty Gallery in the Trinity Parish Church in Seattle (609 8th Ave).  The church is holding an Artist's Reception on Sunday, November 30th from 12 noon to 1:30 pm.  We are both grateful to Barbara Krans Jenkins of Ohio who made contact with her friend Nancy at Trinity which led to the creation of this two person show.  Networking works!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Doing the Around the World Blog Hop

I have been invited by Barbara Benedetti Newton to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop.  Barbara is well known for her beautiful artwork and is a longtime friend.  It doesn't seem to matter what medium she chooses--the artwork is always beautiful.  The piece below is "Wild Lilac" and is done in pastel.

Wild Lilac - ©Barbara Benedetti Newton - pastel

Part of the concept of the Around the World Blog Hop is to answer four basic questions about my art, so here goes: 

1.  What am I working on?

I seem to be suffering from wanting to do everything all at once.  My bucket list keeps growing.  At this moment in time, I have a colored pencil drawing in progress, a small oil painting, and a beaded bracelet.  I’m noticing a common thread through most of these projects – an interest in patterns (similar shapes, stripes, circles).

Comforts of Home - colored pencil - ©Kay Dewar

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My colored pencil work is executed similarly to the way that other artists work, but I love to try to make the coverage absolutely smooth – without strokes--more like air brush.  I do not use any solvents as I rather like the texture of the pencil on paper. With my oil painting I’m trying to do pretty much the opposite.  I’m working on texturing the surface and applying it in a less constricted way than my cp work.

Stately Server - colored pencil ©Kay Dewar

3. Why do I create what I do?

I am never happy if I don’t have at least one project in progress.  I need to keep my hands busy, and I look forward to learning how to do more.  There is so much that seems interesting to me. 

A Walk in the Woods - oil - ©Kay Dewar

4. How does my creating process work? 

I spend some time thinking about the project, perhaps photograph or sketch ideas, then commit to it once I am happy with my planning process.  This applies to everything that I do – cooking, painting, drawing and crafts.  Most of the time I have several things brewing and being worked on; however, generally only one item in each category.  As with my current state of overlapping projects, I like moving around the room spending the time on each project until I feel myself fading or working too fast—then moving on to something else.

Small Clearing at Pt. Defiance Park - oil ©Kay Dewar

I have tapped Dianna Shyne, wonderful acrylic artist and instructor, to continue this Around the World Blog Hop and her contribution will appear on November 10th.
Edge of Autumn - ©Dianna Shyne - acrylic

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

September 2014

SOLO SHOW • Gilmartin Gallery

University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA

September 7 - October 18, 2014

By invitation I will be exhibiting a group of colored pencil artworks at the Gilmartin Gallery.  Most of these pieces are from my french gray with color flourishes series.  The Gilmartin Gallery is in the foyer of the chapel and the collection is made up of small to midsize artworks -- something for everyone!

The best time to see the paintings is on Sundays between 9 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  The Reception will be on Sunday, September 7th, between 1 and 3 p.m.  Please stop by if you can.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February 2014

Please stop by Flourishings in Port Orchard.  This store with beautiful antiques and vintage collectible furniture and furnishings is now sharing space with Bay Street Custom Picture Framing Gallery.  Holly and Mallory will make you feel welcome.

Holly has displayed my 6x6 inch paintings among these treasures.  Please see the tulips in the photo above.  There are florals, scenes, friendship cups and other subject matter to enhance that small wall space in your home, or create a fun colorful grouping.