Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The End is in Sight and More to Come!

Right now, I'm enjoying a glass of Valley Vineyard's Concord wine, celebrating my near completion of the Downy at painting. It will be done this week, and the wine was going to spoil, so here I am... It really is coming together nicely and I am excited to get started on the Great Smoky Mountains painting once again. I have a fairly firm deadline for this thing to be completed by the first of May. Partly due to the fact that I have another project hanging over my head (Hyde Park), but mostly just because I want to see it done.

I'd like to open up the lines of communication for my next project. I could use a little encouragement, but also I would like some suggestions. Part of what I really enjoy about painting is including the suggestions of others. I feel like I'm putting little pieces of my friends, family and relationships into my work.

So... if anyone has any photos or memories you would like to share, I encourage you to do so. Who knows, it may just end up as one of my little "bet-ya-didn't-see-that-at-first-glance" things that I like to hide in my paintings. A kind of, "Where's Waldo" thing I like to do with each piece :)

Thanks for engaging in another one of my blog entries!



Sunday, January 8, 2012


This is my first post... How exciting! So far, I'm not impressed with my font choices here. ;)  

Well, it's a new year and new and exciting things are happening in my world... I'm nearing completion of my 8th bird painting - this being of a male downy woodpecker (pictured below). The "bird paintings" (as I've come to call them) tend to get more complicated and detailed for each that I do, and therefore, become more time consuming. I would love to gain greater detail in my work with less effort and in less time one of these days, but all in good time I suppose.

When this project is complete, I have plans to pick back up where I left off on my "Great Smoky Mountains National Park" painting. It has been stuck on the easel since Jan/Feb 2010. I'm tired of neglecting it, so it's my next priority.

Also in the works is a fresh rendering for my plans of another collage style painting, Cincinnati-themed of course, of Hyde Park Square, and will not only include "the Square", but also the Cincinnati Observatory and Ault Park. While I am excited to work on this idea, it is always a possibility that it will get pushed aside for something else. In the meantime, I am always open to suggestions on other project ideas or something that you may wish to see in one of these projects in progress.

Thanks for reading my first entry! And please, stay tuned!

~ Kate Albert