Saturday, August 24, 2013

Golden Rectangles

Every so often I return to the subject of sacred Geometry. Recently I composed a series of 6 Golden Rectangles. The subject is the development of numbers and related forms. The flatness of the the basic forms is well suited to the flatness of collage.
©Kathleen O'Brien, Dyad
©Kathleen O'Brien, Pentad
If I were a genius, I would sculpt tetrahedrons and dodecahedrons.  

Friday, August 23, 2013

KET showtimes...

Valerie Trimble just contacted me to say the show on Kentucky Life about my art will air on Saturday, October 5, at 8 pm and will repeat Sunday afternoon, October 6 at 4 pm. Within a day or so after its air date, it will be up on the KET website and can be watched there. Since they were here for  two whole days, it will be interesting to see how it is edited.

Please tell me what you think of it!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

"LIGHT, as a feather" at tribeca trunk

Last Monday Becky Neal Ochenkoski, owner of tribeca trunk in Lexington, Kentucky and I had so much fun in my studio choosing the art that would be in a show soon. What really thrilled me is that she chose some of my favorite, and most subtle, artworks for the show. We are calling Light, as a Feather. ( not, light as a feather!)
© Kathleen O'Brien, Birds and Bees, collaged drawings with torn Japanese paper, rose petals and god leaf
Look for a save the date invitation in your inbox soon, and check the blog posts for more information about the art in the exhibit.
©Becky N. Ochenkoski, her shopfront in Lexington Kentucky
Artist’s Reception for
Kathleen O'Brien
Thursday, September 19, 5 - 8pm
 tribeca trunk
116 Old Lafayette Avenue
Lexington KY 40507

Please RSVP by September 17
 LexArts Gallery Hop
September 20 , 5 -  8 pm
Number 51 on the Gallery Hop Map

87 artworks will be on display until October 21
Hours: Tuesday—Friday, 11:30 am—5:30 pm
or by appointment @ anytime

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jim O'Brien, great architect

I am so proud of my brother, the architect of many beautiful churches & schools.  I especially get a thrill out of reading about the architects introduced the three Vetruvian attributes of their art: Firmitas (structure), Utilitas (function) and Venustas (delight) when they convened at their alma mater, University of Virginia.

My brother, Jim O'Brien  initiated me into the knowledge of the Golden Mean long ago. He showed me how to draw and calculate the spiral and rectangle.
Jim O'Brien, far right with other UVA alumni
 I stayed up until 2 am doing the math for the proportions up to 100, in fractions and decimals. I started doing all my canvases, and even my house design in the golden proportion. To this day I reference that tattered sheet when I draw rectangles.

We are looking forward to going to the decication of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Artists: Act Like the CEO of Your Art Business

Guest blogger: Alyson B. Stanfield
Here are some words of wisdom from Alyson Stanfield, who has been my coach for over a year. We met when she came to my Art Sale Soiree in June, such a pleasure. 
Alyson Stanfield, Kathleen O'Brien, Lynn cooking in her beautiful home for the Art Sale Soiree 

The CEO (Chief Executive Officer) is the person at the top of a company’s hierarchy. The buck stops, ultimately, with the CEO.

Start acting like the CEO of your art business with these 5 tips.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sunflower Sundries

What a pleasure it was to spend time with Jennifer Gleason of Sunflower Sundries fame this weekend. She and her partner Jim camped on our land because they had a booth at the lovely Pleasant Hill Craft Fair just around the corner. It's like the gathering of the tribes, excitedly talking about many things in common - mostly plants - growing, harvesting, cherishing. And what a perfect day today was for visiting the fair.
©Kathleen O'Brien, Jennifer Gleason, of Sunflower Sundries with Greg Orth in front of the Meeting House, Pleasant Hill

We love to entertain, it's a great reason to cook from our garden to serve dear friends. We graciously accepted Jennifer's gifts of asparagus, jams, mustard and soap, the best we've had.