|©O'Brien, Book of Light, page 162, 12x16", mm collage|
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
|©O'Brien, Eagle Feather, 12x19", oil|
What do you see?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
|©O'Brien, I'll Miss You, Little Wren, 20x16", mm collage|
Thanks to my little House Wren who inspired me to create this collaged drawing, which was one of the 10 artworks that won for me the Fellowship. I acknowledge and thank the Kentucky Arts Council for their support of the arts and artists and gladly add the credit they request of us:
In recognition of artistic excellence, Kathleen O’Brien is the recipient of an Al Smith Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Friday, July 8, 2011
I was going to correct the misspelling in the last post to say "fourth try", but I decided I like the meaning of going forth. one thing that is liberating is to create something just for myself and want to share them here, as I do not put these on my website.
|©O'Brien, big cloud, silver lining, 30x22", mm collage|
I used some of my Victorian stickers to represent my kids. I never use magazine pictures in my collages, so this was a fun indulgence for me. That's the good red road leading west where they live. I journaled around and around the edges creating a frame.
|©O'Brien, wedding garden, 30x22, mm collage|
I created this one to celebrate my daughter and son in law's wedding under the rainbows and stars where they had their first kiss.
Monday, June 27, 2011
This is one of my favorite quotes that has sustained me in the day to day creative process. This morning I found 2 four leaf clovers so I was on alert to what might happen in the day. Sometimes it is such a small idea that keeps me producing art, and I may not notice. Today it was not subtle for once, I received a commission and more importantly the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. This was my forth try, so I am especially pleased to receive this honor. To any one who wonders about sharing their gifts with the world; your art is needed, "keep a' goin'".
|©O'Brien, Best of Luck, 30x22", mm collage|
Saturday, June 25, 2011
OK, I really am aspiring to become better at blogging! I am writing more, especially on my art as seen in this border of a collaged painting/ drawing I created about my kids, "big cloud, silver lining".
This writing is inspired by working with the students in the 4 seasons class, as we all create pages for our loose leaf journals through the year. I will show some of my book from spring when I get the photos back from the State Photographers. Meanwhile, here we are in summer (better that others!) For us on the farm it means that things have calmed down a bit, everything is on their own and growing. There is time to create.
|©O'Brien, detail, big cloud, silver lining|