Spring for me is a time of great joy and contemplation. I try to take a little time each day (usually in the mornings) to notice and enjoy the rapidly changing foliage and the subtle and not so subtle smells and sounds of the awakening landscape. If you live near a farm as we do you know just what I mean. :)
This Thursday I'm teaching an evening of intuitive painting at New City Galerie where I'm finishing my time as an artist in residence. It's called "Everything but the Brush!" There are a few spots left so please consider attending. Details and a link to register are below.
I've been hard at work in my studio on the Variable Condition series. I'm in the studio almost daily so I hope you'll stop by and say hello. Just be sure to call ahead as my hours vary. Generally Tuesday-Friday 11-5pm.
It's only mid-June and yet summer already seems full! Check out what's going on below along with current and upcoming shows.
Enjoy the sunshine!
Variable Condition is a project in progress that began at Vermont Studio Center this past fall. It investigates human behavior through the metaphor of color charting and pixels.
Pixels make up nearly everything we look at now. Every image, print or digital, is made up of millions of them. Magnifying the images makes them pixelate, and our view of the big picture becomes myopic, distorted. We are unable to see the whole for what it is. This speaks profoundly to how we navigate our news stream and Internet, and why we seem to be unable to have nuanced conversations and we are surprised (and often upset) when we encounter a viewpoint that differs greatly from our own.
Upon completion this project will be installed as a series of paintings and large-scale pixilated digital prints depicting the paintings themselves in extreme close up.
Don't miss this Thursday's workshop
Join us for Everything but the Brush!
An evening of painting with Kristen M. Watson
Ever wonder how some artists get those amazing textures and patterns on their paintings? Join me for an evening of fun as we explore intuitive acrylic painting using non-traditional tools-literally everything but the brush!
After some basic painting instruction we’ll move into working with brayers, bubble wrap, forks, spray bottles, plastic doo-hickeys, our fingers, and a trove of household and found objects (feel free to bring some of your own!) to spray, smear, scrape, stamp, and roll your own expressive design. You’ll leave with your very own original artwork and lots of ideas to inspire you in your home or studio. And don’t worry; there will be paintbrushes too. When: This Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6-8pm
Where: New City Galerie, 132 Church Street (across from BCA)
Fee: $40 Your registration fee includes all supplies. Parking: Bank Street Garage, first two hours FREE.
A rotating exhibition of original artworks available for purchase. Curated by SEABA
Innovation Center 128 Lakeside Drive
Burlington, VT Open daily.
Interested in trying painting, collage, or mixed media work but don't have the space or resources to invest in the materials and supplies? Try Artist Open Studio sessions with me. You bring your imagination; I supply the rest! My studio will be open by appointment this fall for Artist Open Studio.
I am teaching youth Art camps this summer including digital and darkroom photography and stop-motion animation. You can access my calendar here. If you know a child or teen who wants to explore the Arts this summer please send them my way.
Clockwise from top: Works in progress from the painted paper collage workshop I took at Helen Day Art Center with Suzanne Siegel. My new friend Maryellen during our in-process feedback conversation. Gotta keep learning! Glass artist Gabi Baumann working on a painting at Artist Open Studio. Peter Fisk displays a small original painting he purchased at my Open Studio night first Friday in May at New City Galerie. Thank you Peter!
Kristen M. Watson's work focuses on conceptual installations and intuitive painting that begin with concentrated introspection and behavioral observation rooted in her study of spirituality and social psychology. Her art explores how thought, spirituality, and culture (currently digital culture) affect human behavior and relationships. See more at www.kristenmwatson.com