Monthly Archives: October 2013

Halloween Sunset

Halloween Trees by Karen Gadient

Happy Halloween! May all us kiddies get plenty of treats. Haunt well!

“Around and around the house the leaves fall thick, but never fast, for they come circling down with a dead lightness that is sombre and slow.”
— Charles Dickens, Bleak House

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KarPaiTwenMo: My Painting Marathon

KarPaiTwenMo: Karen Paints Twenty in a Month

After much pondering and meditation on my emotional state and current drive: I’ve decided not to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. Yeah, I know I’d shouted about how I would. But, like I said in my last post… writing isn’t where my heart is right now. Grief will bring unexpected things; for me, my outlet has been painting. After all, it’s what my mother spent her time doing.

Don’t get me wrong. I love NaNoWriMo and I love the community there. I encourage any of you inclined to write to give it a try at least once. Seriously, it’s awesome fun. But this year, I’m doing something else.

Oh yeah, I’m not slacking out here. I’ve decided to do a PAINTING MARATHON.

Goal: completing 20 paintings (5 per week) in the month of November.
Rules: all must be at least 11 x 14 inches or larger. Also: colorful. Idea is that at the end of November, I should have a nice collection of colorful artwork that I can put up as my new portfolio, all large enough to be printed and framed.

Trick is: half of what you’ve seen here isn’t nearly as big (outside of commissioned artwork, which can be very large, even if the final product is only printed book-sized) and designed solely for the blog or only for online viewing. Larger paintings take longer—I’ll be clocking a lot of hours to pull this off.

So… this idea is crazy. And yet perfect for an art version of NaNoWriMo.

Karen Paints Twenty in a Month: KarPaiTwenMo!

Yeah, that works.

The first paintings will be shown once the first week of November ends. Same goes each week. Show-as-I-go for each painting would make-me-crazy. Even NaNoWriMo participants aren’t required to do anything along the way except update word count. I’ll write a few updates on the painting process as I go.

Hope those of you who expected me to write aren’t too disappointed, but I’ll strive to bring you some bright and interesting visuals. Cheers!

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Trippy Trees

Trippy Trees by Karen Gadient

Yet more trees. Hey, I love trees. This time, I present the psychedelic little brother of a previous post. Created with Corel Painter and Photoshop.

I really need to start thinking about NaNoWriMo, although my heart isn’t in it this year. I’ll do it anyway. Somehow. Haven’t written much since my mother passed. She always loved my artwork best (my mother was the artist and my father was the writer) and so I’ve been focusing more on art for the last two months. I have no idea how to get in the mood to write again. So far, the plan is to drink a lot of coffee and sit down at the keyboard and hope words happen.

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Trip the Light

Trip the Light by Karen Gadient

[Second in a series of vivid splatter paintings.]

Sometimes I make art. Sometimes I make a mess.
But whatever I make—it’s colorful.

“The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colors which at every succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts.” — James Edward Allen

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Teeming Wax

Teeming Wax by Karen Gadient

Experimenting with digital ink: when you take some color, dribble it onto paper and fold (mirror) it, smear it around here and there, then water some down and blow it all over the place with a (virtual) straw… you get something like this.

Reminds me of the Rorschach inkblot test. I think it might be looking at me.

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Jump In: NaNoWriMo and Imagination

Zuzamele in Blossoms by Karen Gadient

Artwork: “Zuzamele in Blossoms” | Zuzamele, the first daughter of the Exalted Sovereign of Mahanizeh, disappears after leaving her eighth groom alive on the first year of their joining—an anniversary that traditionally allows royal grooms to relinquish their lives gratefully in the Rite of Delivery. Mahanizeh officials quickly announce her capture and imprisonment in Avizhdolin, but rumors flourish of her escape to Ruhizeya aboard a celestial freighter.

Oh hey—did you know NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is coming? Yep, less than a month. As I have in previous years, I’ll be participating. Are you?

Zuzamele may not be the story I’ll be writing in November, but it could be. You see, that’s the awesome thing about NaNoWriMo: you can use anything your mind thinks up and run from a single paragraph (I wrote the above details on a whim after I created the artwork) well into an epic tale.

Jump in. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Have fun and make a mess. Scatter ink everywhere and watch the magic trip into life. I make new friends every year during NaNoWriMo (my user name is Keyrover). Hope to see you there.

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Crayon Mountains

Crayon Mountains by Karen Gadient

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

Okay… not actually done with crayons, but digital watercolor and gouache. The design is inspired by a box of crayons recently sent to me by a friend—along with a coloring book! My inner child loved it. You’re never too old. 🙂

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