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View from the Water

View from the Water by Karen Gadient, 2014

View from the Water. Digital watercolor and ink. Sketchbook piece. Figured I’d share the art that I made (for myself―not for sale) in August now that September is here. I love water; it soothes a weary soul. Looking forward to cooler weather here in our rather waterless Arizona desert.

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. ― Loren Eiseley

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Imaginary Praise

Imaginary Praise by Karen Gadient, 2014

Imaginary Praise. For a larger version and print, please click the image.
Also: you can find this piece and other artwork on Society6.

There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. ― Aldous Huxley

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Each a Color

Each a Color by Karen Gadient, 2014

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

We may all be tiny specks in a vast and wondrous universe, but I believe we’re connected in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. One fantastic symphony where we’re each a note: beautiful music, together.

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Amplitude

Amplitude by Karen Gadient, 2014

Amplitude. Created with Corel Painter.
For a larger version and print, please click the image.

I’ve been out of town, stressed, full of emotions, and busy with life. I’m grateful for the chance to sit down and express my inner mind’s chaos with a bit of color.

I know things will work out; they always do with my dear David by my side. Family, also. And friends too: thank you for being here. This is my birthday week, and I find myself more thoughtful than in previous years. Guess that comes with age and change! Cheers to the rest of the year ahead, for all of us.

Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
— Kahlil Gibran

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Dreams of Color

Dreams of Color by Karen Gadient, 2014

Dreams of Color. Created with Procreate for iPad and Corel Painter.

When I can’t sleep, I doodle on the iPad. And doodling, when you’re having a sleepless night, turns into a dreamlike activity.

After some rest, I brought the doodle onto the big screen and expanded upon it: creating this artwork. I guess if you have a box of crayons (digital or otherwise), insomnia can be as colorful as a dream.

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. — Al Hirschfeld

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Cats in the House

Calico Cat Watercolor

I’ve been away from blogging for a little while, as we’ve been busy with the integration of a new adult cat to our household. Glad to say it’s gone smoothly!

I’d show you a picture of her, but she was very badly matted when we found her and now she’s got quite a ridiculous haircut. Punk lion-kitty. With the online world always hungry for silly cat photos, I figure it’s better for her dignity to allow the fur some time to grow back before we post snapshots.

She’s sweet lady calico and we’re glad to have her in our family.

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul. — Jean Cocteau

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Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas

Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada

I used to live in Las Vegas and we’re still there often. This weekend, we were in town and wanted to try Chef Stacey Dougan’s Simply Pure. We’re always on the lookout for vegan options in Las Vegas and since we’d had Ronald’s Donuts for breakfast—we needed a healthy dinner.

The restaurant (which was delicious, by the way) is a part of downtown’s new Container Park. We had no idea what the place was about, but it was so cool. Really nifty architecture: tetris-land, with food and shopping. It’s built from shipping containers and very shiny.

The night we were there, they had a live disco band (called Discolicious) in front of a huge play yard for kids—which was, in true Vegas-style, not far from a hip bar for the parents. The kids could whomp each other with pool noodles while we all did The Electric Slide.

Fire Mantis at Container Park, Las Vegas

Oh, I almost forgot the the giant fire-spitting metal mantis—rumor was he’d come from Burning Man—at the front of complex. Here’s a video!

I would definitely recommend a visit to Container Park next time you’re in Vegas. There’s no gambling, but it’s a great chill spot for couples and families alike.

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