Category Archives: Art

TGIF: Berries and Wine

Berries and Wine by Karen Gadient, 2015

It’s another “FingerPaintingFriday”! Royal hues of watercolor and gouache.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. :)

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Dynamite Speedway

Dynamite Speedway by Karen Gadient, 2015

Dynamite Speedway. Scanned markers, acrylic, and digital work.

Art therapy piece, just for my own restless mind. This one started as a digital doodle and eventually got more layers of scanned traditional media added to it. I’ve been doing a lot of experiments in mixing media; it’s a lot of fun.

Psycho-therapy is rather amazing—something like stirring up the bottom of an aquarium—chunks of the past coming up at unfamiliar angles, distinct and then indistinct. ― Robert Lowell

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Filed under Acrylic, Art, Color, Creativity, Digital Artwork, iPad Art, Journal, Mixed Media, Painting, Psychology, Quotes, Sketchbook

Mojo Multiplied

Mojo Multiplied by Karen Gadient, 2015

Mojo Multiplied. Acrylic and ink, plus digital post work.
For a print and other items, please click the image.

Introspection does not need to be a still life. It can be an active alchemy.
― Anaïs Nin

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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TGIF: Lucky Colors

Lucky Colors by Karen Gadient, 2015

Rainbow strokes for “FingerPaintingFriday”! Watercolor and gouache.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. :)

I never met a color I didn’t like. ― Dale Chihuly

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Across the Garden

Across the Garden by Karen Gadient, 2015

Across the Garden. Watercolor and acrylic.
For a print and other items, please click the image.

Colours are nature gone wild. ― Raheel Farooq

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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On Being an Artist

Karen Gadient as a Young Artist by Karen Gadient, 2015

As the two-year anniversary of my mother’s death approaches, I’ve felt more and more that I need to say something here:

I’ve hardly written fiction in the last two years.

I’ve always loved art and words. For years, I’d considered myself as much a writer as an artist. I’ve got several completed novels to show for it—all in need of serious editing. I think I just had to get those books out of my system while I struggled with my mother’s illness and other life stresses. I needed to write. I still do, I suppose, but not as a career. It’s a passion and personal—and maybe I’ll write more often if it stays in a journal.

I’ll publish some stories eventually, with covers worthy of them… but for now, they’ll be lovingly placed in the proverbial writer’s trunk. I’m fine with that.

Hopefully, my writer friends will understand. Besides, I’m still—and always will be—a reader! And a writer too, but for myself.

The last two years have changed me for the better. I’ve steered back toward the drive that unites my family, most of whom are artists. In the process of creating fine art, I’ve also rekindled a love for design, which is my actual paid work. I’ve discovered new things to love about the creative process and I wake up every day excited to tackle my to-do list.

My office is now my studio. It’s the best room in the house.

My mother would have been proud. She was an painter and graphic designer herself, before she lost her sight to macular degeneration.

For the first time in many years, I feel absolutely certain about where I’m headed. It’s wonderful.

So, there you go. I don’t post a lot of truly personal stuff online, but my readers here are friends and friends share the big moments and changes in life.

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Filed under Art, Blogging, Career, Color, Creativity, Decisions, Family, Fate, Friendship, Graphic Design, Inspiration, Journal, Life, Love, Painting, Writing

Jazzy Prose

Jazzy Prose by Karen Gadient, 2015

Jazzy Prose. Scanned pastel and digital mixed media.
For a print and other items, please click the image.

Luckily, I’m blessed with a well-developed sense of absurdity—it’s what saved me. ― John Baldessari

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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