Category Archives: Graphic Design

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

Stay Up & Write

Stay Up & Write by Karen Gadient, 2015

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Something for my writer friends. And for me too, I suppose―after all, NaNoWriMo is practically around the corner now that we’ve passed the mid-year mark. Whoa. Is it just me or has this year been going too fast?

Get another cup, because that novel won’t write itself!

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Rock Out with Your Bok Out

Rock Out with Your Bok Out by Karen Gadient, 2015

David and I say this all the time (we’re vegan and eat a lot of veggies, one of our favorites being bok choy) and I thought: ‘I need a shirt that says that’ and… nope, didn’t find one. So I made one.

Opened an account at Redbubble tonight as a place to share my vector illustration work. Not much there yet, other than the bok choy (click the image to see the goods), but I’ll update occasionally so you can see what’s new.

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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

Soulful Shuffle

Soulful Shuffle by Karen Gadient, 2015

Soulful Shuffle. Pen and ink lines combined with pastel and watercolor, scanned and digitally layered. For a larger version and print, please click the image.

Why I came here, I know not; where I shall go it is useless to inquire. In the midst of myriads of the living and the dead worlds―stars―systems―infinity―why should I be anxious about an atom?
― Lord Byron

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

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Permanence

Permanence by Karen Gadient, 2015

Permanence. For a larger version and print, please click the image.

Mixed media: scanned ink and pastel mixed with digital art. I’ve been playing with monochrome, duotone, and black and white, thanks to the inspiration of my dear local friend Tamara Becker. Be sure to check out her photography blog!

The universe as we know it is a joint product of the observer and the observed.
― Teilhard de Chardin

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

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Voices Collide

Voices Collide by Karen Gadient, 2015

Voices Collide. For a larger version and print, please click the image.

In some sense man is a microcosm of the universe; therefore what man is, is a clue to the universe. We are enfolded in the universe. ― David Bohm

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6 (FREE international shipping on Society6 until 2/8 when you use link).

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