Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
I saw some great work today from current illustration students at ACAD, strong figurative and conceptual illustrations that are worth taking a look at. You have to hurry though, the show's only up until December 5. (Photo Mike Kerr)
Also visited Newzones, some interesting paintings by Kevin Sonmor
Posted by Karen Klassen at 6:01 PM
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Some recent sketchbook activity...The first one I did right after reading "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield. A good book that I read around once a year, it gives me a kick in the butt. If you're a creative person and sometimes struggle with motivation, read it.
Posted by Karen Klassen at 3:27 PM
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
So it turns out that taking time off is REALLY good for getting the creative batteries charged up. Go figure. I'm slowly starting to realize that being busy doesn't mean I'm being productive, and that getting adequate sleep is important if I want to come up with good ideas and make work that I'm happy with.
I took a month off over September and October, and part of that time was spent in Los Angeles. I have a cousin who lives there and she's also an artist, and we cooked up a plan to work on a project together (which is top secret, until we're further along) and I'm very excited to start working on it. I have around 314 cousins (not far from the truth, I would count them all right now but I can't count that high) and I'm happy that there's one who is on the same creative planet as I am. One that I know about, anyways, there could be more but how does one get to know 345 people? I guess that's what French Canadians did before t.v., they had babies.
Anyways, during my stay we rode bikes alot (she lives near the beach), I taught her how to silkscreen, we worked on our top secret project (T.S.P.), we ate chocolate, slept in, made art late at night, went to the opening of Kent Williams' show (TRES BIEN), and borrowed internet from unsuspecting neighbors. I also enjoyed taking secret photos on the beach (hence the attractive surfer man) and visiting Urban Country & Obsolete, two amazing stores (more like mini museums) with so many wonderful old things in them. Oh yeah, and one day we ate brunch at a nice little cafe and Sissy Spacek was at the next table. How LA.
Posted by Karen Klassen at 3:40 PM
I've wanted a studio pet for a long time, preferably a dog who will lay around, not pooping or shedding or smelling like a dog. I really love dogs, but I don't love the 'realities' of having one, so when I saw this glorious cat (at the thrift store, of course) I knew she was destined to live out her days as my studio buddy. And unlike the breathing variety of feline, she doesn't puke up hairballs, poo in my flower bed, or act bitchy.
Posted by Karen Klassen at 3:10 PM
Sooooo, I decided it was high time to unleash some promotional material into the universe, you know, since there isn't enough paper out there - and here is what resulted: 408 screenprinted envelopes in lovely (dizzying) shades of pink, yellow, green, purple and blue.
Also known as Punky Brewster's color palette.
They were printed by yours truly, and I haven't printed that many of anything before so it was a good experiment.
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