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November Box of Art Snacks

Red Tree WIP by Karen Gadient, 2015

Received my little box of art supplies from Art Snacks this week. Since I’m having a ‘sick day’ weekend―I’m getting better, but still nursing congestion and a wicked cough―I figured I’d play around with it.

Once again, there’s only one color in the box. It’s a matte red acrylic paint. Reminds me of gouache, actually, which I use often. With the paint is a Liquitex ‘freestyle’ brush. I have one of these, only larger. The little one is very cute! They’re sturdy brushes and I’m glad to get another to add to my brush collection.

There’s also a Blackwing pencil. I’m admittedly a pencil fan, so this was nice to get, even if I tend to use Blackwings more for writing. Lastly, there’s a Japanese brush pen that I’ve never heard of before: Kuretake Fudegokochi. It’s nice, but not waterproof, so it was tricky to use with the paint.

So, I made a red tree. It’s not much as it is, but… you know, when I feel better, I might add layers of other things to it later and jazz it up a bit.

I’m going to try another month and then decide if I want to continue. Who wants to bet that December has at least two colors? Probably red and green. ;)

Hope your weekend has been a relaxing one!

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Filed under Acrylic, Art, Color, Creativity, Life, Mixed Media, Painting, Pencil, Prompts, Sketchbook

Halloween: Colorful Pumpkin

Colorful Pumpkin by Karen Gadient, 2015

We’d gotten a cheerful orange pumpkin with plans to carve it, only―being in a different state―we missed the family carving event. So, I painted it.

The first two layers of yellow gouache didn’t quite do the trick, so I added layers of yellow and gold acrylic, which didn’t have the effect I wanted either. So, naturally… I decided to go nuts and splatter-paint the whole thing. Which actually worked out well and now it’s a bright addition to our Halloween decor. For now. Next week, it’ll be pie. ;)

Did you carve or paint a pumpkin this year? Have you ever done so?

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Filed under Acrylic, Art, Color, Creativity, Gouache, Holiday, Inspiration, Journal, Life, Painting, Prompts

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

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

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.


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

Sonic Soda

Sonic Soda by Karen Gadient, 2015

Sonic Soda. Mostly-digital art therapy using cutouts from old artwork layers plus lots of ink. I created this one for myself, but wanted to share with you too.

Hope you’re having a great week!

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Filed under Art, Color, Creativity, Digital Artwork, Journal, Mixed Media, Painting

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast View by Karen Gadient, 2015

View from a spot far above Oceanside, Oregon. Despite the sunshine and warmth in Portland, it was a chilly and foggy day once we got to the coast. In fact, we were battered with sand on the beach; the wind was crazy at times.

Still, it was a lot of fun. David and I hiked up this spot, where one can get precariously close the edge and risk death for a snapshot. This was as close as I got, but David wandered out further (while listening to me yelp that I didn’t want him to fall), so maybe he’s got a better shot I can share sometime.

It’s so amazing to hug a tree and gaze out over a cliff to the ocean. :)


Filed under Journal, Landscape, Life, Nature, Ocean, Oregon, Photography, Sea, Seascape, Travel


Brainstorm by Karen Gadient, 2015

Just a colorful abstract I made while playing with discarded layers from years-old artwork and random doodles.

Much like keeping writing journal of scenes and dialogue, I like to play with various art tools and see what happens.

There’s a lot of pressure on artists and writers to produce, publish, and sell―but I think it’s also important to create things for enjoyment, to experiment and explore, with no pressure or judgment, and keep your passions fun. :)

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Filed under Art, Color, Creativity, Digital Artwork, Journal, Sketchbook