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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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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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Luminous Sound

Luminous Sound by Karen Gadient, 2014

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

One more artwork before I scurry off for holiday time! I’m going to take a few days mostly offline and enjoy the season with my loved ones.

No matter what you celebrate or what your plans are: I wish you a wonderful end to 2014 and a successful beginning to 2015. Thanks so much for following my blog and encouraging me to create. Much love, my friends!

Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances. — Maya Angelou

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

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Synthetic Mystic

Synthetic Mystic by Karen Gadient, 2014

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

This one is clearly a doodle, but man, did I have fun doodling. Oh, it’s the holidays—and my artwork right now reflects the cheerful chaos of crowds and shopping and too much going on. Hope the holidays are treating you well!

Individualism is rather like innocence: there must be something unconscious about it. — Louis Kronenberger

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

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Violet Verses

Violet Verses by Karen Gadient, 2014

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

We do not remember days; we remember moments. — Cesare Pavese

Like many folks this month, I’ll likely be blogging less until 2015 rings in. Holidays and other distractions pull me away from the keyboard. Even with art, I’m not at the computer… I’ve gotten myself a fresh box of pastels and a pile of paper to play with. Gettin’ my hands messy for a while. :) Maybe I’ll share some of the results (the above design wasn’t done in pastel, but in Adobe Illustrator). Hope you’re all having a lovely December so far!

Gotta mention: until December 14th… $5 off each item + FREE worldwide shipping on anything in my Society6 store! Must use link: http://society6.com/karengadient?promo=F3BRFQTHCC4Z

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