Size: 12"W x 9"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This is number 11 in my "Evening" series, alcohol ink paintings with the moon rising over water and mountains. This piece features dramatic dark blue water with pink, purple, and blue rolling clouds. The moon's reflection shimmers on the water at the base of the blazing red mountains.
Artwork is 9x12 inches, matted with a 2.5" border, and framed in a black matte Nielsen metal frame for a finished size of 14.25 x 17.25 inches.
My connection to the world through color, pattern, and texture is grounding for me. Connecting with others through the process and outcome of making art brings me deep happiness, energizing me to make more art.
The Alcohol Ink Process:
I enjoy the lack of predictability and control inherent in the combination of alcohol ink on yupo paper. No brushwork is used in my process. Inks are applied directly from bottle to paper, then blended and moved using plastic straws, paper towels, breeze, and gravity. My goal is to allow the ink to move and blend organically, while finding the right moment to impose myself upon it. I experience the process as a dance, and a meditation, the desired balance of give and take with the medium being a metaphor for life. I can’t imagine a more rewarding way to spend my time!
Art started for Karen with a child’s set of markers, sketching the buildings around her and the pets she had at home. Soon she started making her own toys out of paper, cardboard, and clay. At age 9, she wrote and illustrated an instructional guide, “Gerbils and Other Stories”, which was published in Big Rock Candy Mountain, Fall 1971. Karen’s art exploration continued through high school, where she learned weaving, painting, drawing, music, photography, ceramics, bookmaking, collage, beading, and creative writing. After college, she made and sold beaded jewelry. A career in software development sidelined her art for nearly two decades. In 2015, Karen decided to concentrate full time on her art. She enjoys long hours in the studio, working on several projects at once.