Saturday, September 27, 2014

Please Read My New Blog Posts on my Website

From now on, please read my posts on my renovated site. My website address is the same, and it is all integrated now on a WordPress platform. Thank you so much for your interest in my art. Please let me know what you think about the new look.
Kathleen O'Brien, Talisman for Tibet, ancient Tibetan turquoise, beads, mica, paint, grapevine, fabric, 8 x 8"
On my new blog I have announced a new direction I am taking with beads...I will be showing these new things for the first time November 1 & 2 at this years Annual Open Studio ARTTOUR.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer Taking Time Off

Just so you know, I'm spending most of my summer renovating my website! And gardening...
©Kathleen O'Brien, peppers picked

...walking the dogs...
©Kathleen O'Brien, one of our darling Corgis

...and occasionally lollygagging behind the morning glories reading books...
©Kathleen O'Brien, heading toward the shade
...but always keeping busy. Until next time, I hope your summer is wonderful.
©Kathleen O'Brien, behind the heavenly Morning Glory wall

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Show Must Go On

That's what those of us at the reception for Birds of a Feather were saying last Friday, while dear Lesley Patterson-Marx was in a major, 3 1/2 hour traffic jam driving up from Nashville. Thankfully, she was safe, and unbelievably smiling, when she arrived just 20 minutes before the Gallery closing. And we were able to get a good shot of us.
©Melissa Hall, Leslie Patterson-Marx & Kathleen O'Brien
You still have a chance to see the show, it's up until May 31 at MS Rezny Studio/Gallery, 903 Manchester Street, Lexington KY 40508. The print demonstration was full and fun, see below. Bring you print back to draw on with my pencils the next two Saturdays.

Here are a few more looks at the show.
©Greg Orth, gallery view of Birds of a Feather

©Greg Orth, gallery view of Birds of a Feather
©Lesley Patterson-Marx, Harmonica Songbird Book

©Greg Orth,  Perspective (1978) and Weapons of Construction (1988), Kathleen O'Brien
©Kathleen O'Brien, Mono-print demonstration

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Collaborating part 3 print and draw with us

Leslie Patterson-Marx's etching of the bird silhouette inspired this collaboration.
©O'Brien & Marx, 4 Elements All Around, etching, drawing, 10x12", $250. unframed

I wrote my script on the straight lines of the etching. With colored pencils I drew the egg and the symbols of the 4 elements on the border surrounding the etching, and the ribbon.

We really hope you come in to try your hand at monoprinting and drawing - it is very fulfilling, and we'll be there to assist. 

NOTE: If you cannot make it to the printing day, May 10 and only want to draw on the 17th and 24th, do bring paper! the better the paper, the better results.

This piece is also a collaboration with lots of drawing on Leslie's silkscreen.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Collaborating part 2

The thing I like about collaborating is that there is a place to start from, instead of facing the empty white sheet of paper.
©O'Brien & Marx, Round & Round, silkscreen, colored pencils, petals, 17x14", $500. unframed

In this one, I drew a bit on Lesley's bees, and surrounded them with drawn circles and honey comb. I tore out a section at the upper left then glued the whole piece over a drawing I had started. Embellished with Hydrangea and Forget-Me-Not flowers.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Collaborating part 1

Part of the inspiration for the exhibit, Birds of a Feather, which opens in two days, has been collaborating with guest artist, Leslie Patterson-Marx, print-maker. The last time I created etchings or lithographs was in 1967, at Kunstshule Rodel, Mannheim Germany. So when Leslie suggested that she could demonstrate monoprinting as part of our exhibit, that sparked the idea to collaborate by drawing on her prints. She sent a few prints to me and I began to work on them with my pencils.
©O'Brien & Marx, The Fey at Play, etching, graphite, silver leaf, petals, 17x14", $500. unframed
In this one, I left Leslie's etching mostly untouched, except for the series of soft straight graphite marks along the bottom. On the border of the etching I added powdered graphite. On the top half are tiny dots of silver leaf, on the bottom, I erased circles and gave them their own shadows. Next,