Monthly Archives: January 2014

Daily Prompt: Water

Islands from the Clouds by Karen Gadient, 2014

Islands from the Clouds: I’ve always loved the view from an airplane window.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us WATER.

I did this one for fun and not for sale, but please click through the image to see my other artwork. Thanks!

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Macrocosm and Microcosm

Macrocosm and Microcosm by Karen Gadient, 2014

This was one of the most enjoyable pieces of art I’ve worked on in quite a while. Like a few of my other mirrored designs, it began out as one section, then was duplicated and turned. However, this time, I spent many hours painting after that, adding more lines and highlights, layering colors—

I got lost in it for a while.

It’s kind of a world in itself now, with a bunch of stories and little creatures hidden inside. Which is really what artists and writers and other creatives do: discover and map worlds. Nice to be back in that zone again.

In looking out upon the world, we forget that the world is looking at itself.
— Alan Watts

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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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Daily Prompt: Mantric Mirror

Mantric Mirror by Karen Gadient, 2014

I’ve never done a prompt before, but since I’m crazy for psychedelic art and have been experimenting with digital watercolor, this prompt really appealed to me. Thanks to Jackie at Lostinthot for leading me to the prompts blog.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us MIRRORED.

Created with Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop. I did this one for fun and not for sale, but please click through the image to see my other artwork. Thanks!

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Dusk in Winter

Dusk in Winter by Karen Gadient, 2014

Dusk in Winter – Digital watercolor.

And see the peaceful trees extend their myriad leaves in leisured dance—they bear the weight of sky and cloud upon the fountain of their veins.
— Kathleen Raine

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Storm at Sea

Storm at Sea by Karen Gadient, 2013

Coral – Digital block print. Created with Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop.

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
— Vincent Van Gogh

Speaking of sea…

Just returned from tagging along on David’s business trip to North Carolina, where I got to see Natania again. Only a day together, but there was talking and and wine and food and games—so even a day was enough.

I’m grateful for the internet, but I wish I could see friends in person more often.

On the return flight, I had the honor of beginning to read her draft of Watcher of the Skies, whose narrator happens to be Poseidon. So: sea. Water and wonder. Life and depth and flow. It’s already one of those books I love to get lost in.

Sweetest melodies are those that are by distance made more sweet.
— William Wordsworth

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New Year, New Purpose

Coral by Karen Gadient, 2013

Coral – Digital watercolor of vibrant ocean coral. Created with Corel Painter.

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. – Aristotle

I’m now offering some of my artwork as prints (canvas, acrylic, metal, and paper). This one was the most recent addition, but you’ll find many from my November marathon there. As I blog throughout the year, I’ll mention which pieces were also added to the gallery.

So, I’m busy painting. Which is making me happy.

I hope you’re all having a happy start to 2014 too. 🙂

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