Category Archives: Art

Coastal Vista

Coastal Vista by Karen Gadient, 2015

Coastal Vista. For a print and other items, please click the image.

Pastel, ink, pencil, and watercolor. Charcoal paper and watercolor paper combined digitally into one artwork with textural editing to tie it together. Most of this one was done on ‘golden brown’ Strathmore 500 Series Charcoal paper.

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. ― John Lubbock

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Filed under Art, Color, Ink, Mixed Media, Nature, Painting, Pastel, Pencil, Quotes, Watercolor

Sun Cat

Sun Cat by Karen Gadient, 2015

Sun Cat. Happy Cat of the Sun. Vector Illustration.
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I finished this one a few weeks back but wanted to share it here because it makes me smile. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it too. Happy September!

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Filed under Animals, Art, Cats, Color, Digital Artwork, Graphic Design, Illustration

Nocturnal Tempo

Nocturnal Tempo by Karen Gadient, 2015

Nocturnal Tempo. For a print and other items, please click the image.

Acrylic and gouache on canvas with digital post work.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. ― Joseph Campbell

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Filed under Acrylic, Art, Color, Gouache, Mixed Media, Painting, Quotes

TGIF: Spinning Lantern

Spinning Lantern by Karen Gadient, 2015

This week’s “FingerPaintingFriday”! Strokes of watercolor and gouache.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. :)

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Accidental Galaxy

Accidental Galaxy by Karen Gadient, 2015

Accidental Galaxy. Acrylic, ink, pencil, and digital mixed media.
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So, the story behind this artwork:
I use plates (that my mother and I found together at thrift stores) for my palettes. While working, I scatter color on the plate and when I’m done, I clean it all off. But recently, the spread of color looked pretty cool and there was enough of it left over that I figured it would be a good texture for an artwork layer in the future… so I pressed some heavy drawing paper onto it and set it aside.

Later, once dry, I scanned the plate pressing and combined it with another layer of pencil and ink scribbles, then edited it all digitally with some actions and color changes. I had a lot of fun making this!

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Filed under Acrylic, Art, Color, Creativity, Digital Artwork, Family, Graphite, Inspiration, Mixed Media, Painting

Stormy Sea

Stormy Sea by Karen Gadient, 2015

Marker and ink drawing from my sketchbook, scanned to add digital elements.

I’ve discovered that sketchbooks are a great place to keep your art; you can always scan to share and it’s easier to store stacks of mixed media and watercolor sketchbooks rather than racks of canvas and boards.

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Filed under Art, Blogging, Color, Creativity, Ink, Marker, Mixed Media, Painting, Sketchbook

TGIF: Burbling Dawn

Burbling Dawn by Karen Gadient, 2015

Burbling Dawn. Watercolor and gouache.

It’s “FingerPaintingFriday”! This one almost didn’t happen; I didn’t like parts of it once I’d done it and took it to the sink to be sprayed with water, just to see if that helped. Well, it ran and pooled but wasn’t quite what I wanted.

Instead of tossing it out, I sprinkled some sea salt on it and left it overnight. In the morning, it looked pretty interesting―so, here goes.

Using fingers and nails instead of brushes doesn’t always work out as planned. But sometimes, that’s the point of creativity: letting go and seeing what happens!

Enjoy your weekend, friends. :)

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