Artist Reception

I had a great time at Sonoma Cellar with all who showed up for the lovely reception, and there is still time to go see the art through November 20th.  So if you’re out and about in Old Town Alexandria, definitely go check out the establishment and the art.  Most of the art is up stairs, and all you have to do is just walk right up!

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Closing and Opening

Hi Everyone, with the school year in full swing, I can finally get back to announcing shows and sharing some works in progress.  It’s been a busy end of summer!

First! If you haven’t made it out to the New Deal Cafe, I still have art exhibiting in it’s restaurant space.  It’s really a sweet spot, so if you can make your way around the beltway in the next week, you won’t regret it.  They often have musical acts and of course fresh food and great beverages.  I hope you can get out there!

Here are a few images from the opening, about a month ago.

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After I deinstall at the cafe, my work heads on over to Sonoma Cellars in Alexandria, VA.   It’s a lovely place for fresh Californian-style cuisine, and of course lovely wines.  Here is a flyer created by their team:

2017 Sonoma Cellars Kate Fitzpatrick

It’s been a great year of so many different kinds of exhibitions.  Please check out my Instagram feed to get a peek at the work I’m doing as a part of my graduate program at George Mason University.  I will be adding updates for some group shows I may be a part of in the next couple of months, so be on the look out

Happy New Year- It’s February.

It’s been a busy start to the new year, and I’ve been unable to update as often as I like. But that just means I’ve been working hard, right?  I am really excited about 2o17 and the art opportunities it could bring.  I’ve been working hard in the studio, but I’ve also taken on a few more teaching duties to try new things in and keep myself fresh in the classroom. It’s been great.

Unfortunately, I’m not teaching art classes much. At my part time position at a local independent school I’ve started teaching technology classes.  It’s a little out of my comfort zone, but I’ve done a lot to prepare for my class, including creating a website for the classes.  Which is actually better than this one.  So be prepared, there will eventually be changes to this one.  I’m glad I took on this challenge, but I miss teaching art and hope to bring some lessons, assignments, and maybe even a whole unit on art and technology.

I do have a mixed media class going on at the Workhouse Arts Center, and it’s going really well.  It’s small, but the students are comfortable and want to try a lot of different things, and aren’t afraid to go for it.  Next week, they’ll start putting everything together, and maybe even have a completed piece.

I’ve had less time in the studio, though.  Which makes me appreciate the time even more.  I’m preparing for a couple of bigger shows this spring and summer.  I hope that things will balance out a little more.  In the mean time, here are a few pictures of the things I’ve been working on my studio.

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Another angle of the Adyar River, which I crossed almost daily, in Chennai.

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Finishing up some “tributaries” on this piece.
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Sometimes, I get into a tangles mess.
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Three Rivers, 2017
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Embrace, 2016.  Currently on view at the Workhouse Arts Center at the Collector’s Showcase.
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Starting a new one today.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m going to take a little break from the studio this week.  I’m going off to spend some time eating some good homemade food and enjoying company with friends and family.  There is a lot have gratitude for this year, even though it’s been a roller coaster of a year.    I hope everyone out there takes time to be with the ones they care about, take some time to reflect and refresh!

I’m adding a few Saturdays to my studio schedule during the holidays, so I hope to see you out and about and visiting the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, VA. Continue to look for exhibition dates and schedule changes here.  I try to post new dates and updates to my schedule regularly.  It’s going to be a full year in 2017 and I hope you’ll be a part of the festivities.

This video was captured a couple of weeks ago when I was working on adding lines to “the wall” (title pending).  I’m hoping to complete this work by the new year in hopes of showing it at the Goodwin House Gallery in January.  It’s going to take much more time, and many more acrylic paint markers.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

New waves in the studio

As you know I’ve been working on a lot of new things this fall.  It all began with “the wall” but I also ended up experimenting with some new themes in my work.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a fan of maps.  But – I inherited about 40 years worth of magazines that have really great pictures.  My intention is to play around with them, and alter them to see how I can use them in my artwork as another collage material.

I have to admit, sometimes I get distracted.  In fact, when I go to my studio space, I have good intentions of organizing my time wisely, but sometimes I just I have so many ideas running through my head that I wish I could somehow have more hands, more energy, and more time to work on them.

In these past few weeks, though, I’ve started filming my progress on the wall painting.  I actually completed the collage and am working on the writing.  The painting part is still in progress.  I actually ran out of the colors I was using, and I have to re-order them — local stores don’t carry my strange mix of colors.

So here are some current visual updates:

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Before Halloween I was working on finishing the collage.  This shows that I had to finish across the top and along the side.  It was hours of work to complete that part.
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A view from my comfy chair.
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Backyard art experimenting.  I was using a cleaning agent to alter pictures in a magazine. 
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You don’t really know what is going to happen, but sometimes things happen just right.
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Waiting to be painted.  I think the painting part will finish up right after Thanksgiving.
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Collage work finished! — So I had some snacks.
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New experimental mixed media pieces.  What if I used faces, instead of maps?
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Still enjoying the topographical line making on top of the altered images and paint.
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Did I mention I started making my own origami paper?
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First crane in this bunch. Only 999 more to go.

 

An over due update

The wall has been going through some changes these last few weeks.  There’s been some problem solving, much needed breaks, and some breakthroughs.  I’m really having fun with this project and the idea has taken on a different kind of significance and study.  I feel like it’s moving forward.

So with the much needed breaks I’ve also been working on a few other paintings to keep it interesting.  I’ve ordered more wood to keep going on a series of smaller abstractions and of course wood panels.

 

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The collage work, it’s never ending, but so worth the effort.
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I need breaks, so I’m working on a couple of others.  This is one is one masonite board, and has a super slick surface.
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Oh, and I’m working on some origami paper, using maps as a guide to make the lines on the paper.
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Folding them into cranes.  This has been a long process, but I finally found the right paper and the right ink.
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The wall, as it shifts.
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Back to making origami paper.
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Sometimes you need a walk in the woods to reset.  And I still can’t get away from the impressions of nature.
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More map design on paper.
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Pre-treating the birch panels for the next project.
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Close up of collage.
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This is how it looked earlier in the week, you can see the small red piece in the foreground.
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Still shape shifting the collage.
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Decided to add lines.  It’s going to take some time, but I’m happy with it so far.
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Potomac River Basin in progress.
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More shifting, more color, more lines.  Nowhere near completion.

 

 

 

 

Great News

So excited that my art made it into another water show.  This will be my second water – themed exhibit and I couldn’t be more happier.  We all have a connection to water and it’s important that galleries and curators choose themes such as this to highlight important issues.  People always come into my studio and ask,” Why water?”  It’s a great question, and one that can be answered a million different ways.  For me, I feel that my art brings together two very simple issues.  How humans have developed civilizations next to water bodies and how we connect to them.  I didn’t always put objects or something recognizable in my artwork, but I do now.  I choose rivers, mostly, because they are abstract to us.  We don’t necessarily see what they look like from above, or the shape of them.  Most of the time, we see the piece of the river that is right next to us.  I like to look from a different view point, above, away. To capture more of the river, to capture the shape that most maps capture. Only then can we see it wind, twist, turn and become other water bodies, such as tributaries, creeks, and runs.

To see the next group show called H2O Waterworks, come to Alexandria Virginia to the Del Ray Artisan’s Gallery. I’m sure it’s going to be a great show.  It goes up November 4th!

Here is a link to the show and you can also check my current schedule for more details.

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Congo, 36″ x 12″, mixed media
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Zambezi (2016), 12″x36″, mixed media

 

The wall and chitta vritti

It’s been one of those weeks where I have been completely distracted in general.  I can’t seem to focus on one thing at a time.  I start doing something, and then my mind leads me elsewhere.  I guess that is one of the reasons I’ve been back at making script patterns again.  It’s like meditation.  I’m focused on my hand moving and making lines, they swoop they twirl, they split.  It’s a great practice for my brain that seems to want to hang on to the noise.  In yoga we call that the chitta vritti — or monkey mind.  Even so, I’ve made some progress on the wall, among other things.  But as promised, I do have a few pictures for you.

I’ve also spent a fair amount of time in my other jobs this week.  I also work part-time, teaching art at a local school, and I do some consulting work for NalandaWay (a Chennai- based arts non profit, where I was for the Fulbright).  It can be quite a hectic week.  So my studio can sometimes be the place where I do focus in, I do find a sense of calm, and I do get down to work.

This coming week will be much of the same– work on the wall, work on some secret art stuff at home, teach, and consult.  I have to say, though. I do like this cycle.  It’s like having the best of all worlds.

So in the meantime, check below for where I am on the wall this week.

 

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Progress so far. The collage is starting to go on top of the larger shapes.  Thinking of other things to do, as this progresses.
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A close up. All the map pieces come from one atlas. I think I’ll have to use only one atlas.
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To hinder the monkey mind, I also shut my door and made a make-shift curtain. Next week, I’ll be wide open.  I don’t like shutting out on-lookers and do love to chat with the patrons that come by.  Sorry to have missed you, if you came around!

The wall

This week I decided I wanted to tackle something large.   Not just4x6 feet large, like a whole wall large.  I somehow ended up with this canvas that has been sitting in my basement for years and decided to finally do something with it.  I unrolled it, put grommets in the top so I could some how hang it on the wall in my studio.  I was able to hang it up, but I would definitely need some sort of step ladder to do the work.

As I was hanging this gigantic sheet, I was thinking about what I should do with it.  Is it an open sketchbook of sorts?  Will it be a final piece, will it be something I just dabble with over the next few months. I had no idea.  The only idea I had was to bring back my pattern.  My script pattern.

It had been a while since I’ve used it.  I think the last use of it came in 2012.  I had been starting the river and tributary series and let go of the script.  I hadn’t taken it anywhere, and it didn’t evolve.  I was actually tired of looking at it, and decided to move on from it.  However, during the course of my last reception at the Workhouse, a few people noticed an old little mixed media piece I had made.  It was only script, but had the collage elements.  They wondered.  And I wondered.  I told them the story about how I let it go, but maybe someday I’d bring it back.

Well, that some day is now.  I am bring it back in a big way, the size, the layers.  It’s coming back.  I’m not sure where it’s going, but it will get there.  I plan on working on this piece while working on other things.  I still love working with bodies of water, but I think I want to find a way to use both.

Here are a few shots of the progress this week.  I’ve spent hours already:

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New work on view tomorrow!

Come see new work at the Workhouse Arts Center.  I’m really proud of this body of work.  18 new pieces on wood.  18 rivers of the world represented.  When I started creating these works my goal was to experiment with the textures of the wood.  How would the washes lay on top of the grain?  What if I treated the wood before I applied the paint?  What if I let the paint soak into the grain?  Although the rivers come from areas across the globe, the common theme is movement and texture… and flow.