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:


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.

What’s going on?

Well, I’ve been a bit too busy this past month. I’ve finished my pieces for a “Spotlight” show at the Workhouse Arts Center (18 pieces total).  I’ve been applying to shows all over the metro area, and I started a new part time teaching job. Needless to say, I’ve been neglectful of my blog.  I’m sure it will all balance out in the next month, and I will back at it.  Updating, taking pictures, and sharing what I’m working on.

I haven’t forgotten, and I love to share.

In the meantime, if you’d like to see my new show- drop by the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia.  “Exploring Textures” will be up through the end of September.

Until next time!

Work time

So, it actually feels like summer in this part of the world right now.  For so long we’ve been really lucky in having a warm, but not hot and humid, summer. Until now.  But that’s ok.  It just makes me want to go to the studio a whole lot more.   I had some time off at the end of July, so it was time to come back and really get to work.  Especially since I have a show coming up in a few weeks. I gave myself a challenge to complete a lot of work.  I’m still not quite sure if I’ll get there or not, but I’ve made some good progress.

The show will be based on texture, since I’m sharing the space with a fiber artist.  She makes wonderful woodland creatures out of felt.  We were trying to think of some kind of title for the show that would make sense, so we came up with “Exploring Textures”.   And– that really is what we’re both doing for the most part.  Our show will be on view at the Workhouse throughout September, and I’m really excited.  In fact, I just got my show postcards, which I can’t wait to send out.

Here are a few pictures to show you what I’m working on:

Light washes on wood
Part of the new collecting of pieces on wood
More washes
On the wall: Topographic Studies
Adyar 1 (above), Adyar 2 (below)
Potomac 1 (above), Potomac 2 (below)


You’re Invited

Exploring Textures:
Recent Works by Kate Fitzpatrick & Tina Kannapel

Workhouse Arts Center, Building W-6 Gallery
9601 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia 22079

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Free Reception: Saturday, September 10, 2016 6:00 – 9:00 pm

This exhibit features two different approaches to texture by artists new to the Workhouse Art Center. Kate Fitzpatrick presents abstracted images of current and historical geographies that emerge along rivers. Her multi-layered mixed media paintings use existing maps as a collage material to address themes of place and identity – complex textures emerge though layers of wood, paper and paint.   Kate received her BFA from Clarion University and her MA from University of New Mexico. An avid adventurer, Kate recently spent four months in India exploring art education topics as part of her Fulbright scholarship.

Tina Kannapel presents needle felted wool and bamboo sculptures that represent a walk in the woods by an unwary traveler. Featured are “mystical forest folk” – tree spirits, elves, talking trees, barn owls and green men – that “assist” the traveler on his journey. There are also sock monkeys (just for fun). She can be found needle felting and spinning in Studio Fiber Arts (Building 6). Tina studied art at the Baum Art School in Allentown, PA, the Corcoran School of Art, and received private instruction by notable painters, sculptors, and fiber artists in PA, VA, and NC.

Summer time in the Studio

It’s my first week in my studio since I don’t know when.  It’s allowed me to work on a lot of projects that have been pushed to the side or stuck in my head.  This week I’ve already made some movement on some large paintings that should have been completed months ago, but I guess that’s all a part of the process.

It’s been great having so much studio time to do work and it has actually allowed me time to reflect on what I do, why I do it, and how I think it’s relevant.  Those are important questions to be asked of any artist.  The third question has been more important to me than many of the other questions, because it’s something that I feel is a struggle for me.  How is my art relevant?  Sure, it’s relevant to me, but how does it reach out to the general public or others I’d like to connect with.

In the next year, I’m going to explore that question.  I have ideas for my solo show in May at the Workhouse, but I’m not ready to give out that idea or talk about it yet.  All I know is that my theme for this show will be relevant, it will have something to say, there will be maps, and there will be cranes.

In the meantime, if you want a chance to come by and visit me, I will not be at the studio tomorrow.  I will resume my regular hours next week.  I will be at Palette 22 this Sunday from 10am -2pm doing some live painting!  I would love to see you there!

In the meantime here is a little glimpse of what I’ve been working on:

Commissioned piece…color is done now. Working on the tributaries.
The tributaries on this one are still wet, color will fade, but will leave some interesting texture and relief quality on the work.
More little guys– just experimenting with more color.  A few people have noticed a green theme. And a blue theme.  I think it’s time to go bold.

Summer Schedule

So, it is summer! I know I’m a few days late, but I’ve finally been able to create a time when you can come see me in my studio!  I’m really excited about working there regularly throughout the season hope you’ll stop by.

Workhouse Arts Center, Building 6:

July 6 – July 22:  Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

August 3 -August 19: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

I will be there other times, as well, but you can always message me! I’ll be taking a summer holiday at the end of July, but then will return in August.  I will be there on some weekends, but those are yet to be determined.

Also, catch me on Tuesday, July 5,  from 12:00 – 4:00 pm at Palette 22, in Shirlington.  Watch me do some live painting and get yourself a cool drink!  I’ll also be there Sunday, July 10, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm for brunch.


I’m in

This week has been so busy, but in a good way.  I made it to the studio a few times this week and also started a new “job”.  It’s not really a full time job, more like an artist gig to get out into the community.  I’m now working as an Artist in Residency with Palette 22.  Palette 22 is a restaurant in Shirlington, VIrginia (right outside of Washington, DC) that specializes in art on the plate and art on the walls.  It’s a vibrant place, and really interesting.  I was just there painting and making this past Wednesday, and I’ll be there again next Saturday June 4th from 12:00 – 4:00.

I’m hoping to get a regular schedule going there throughout the summer, so if you’re around and near by, come on in!

Here are a few pictures of what’s been going on this week:

This week’s set up at Palette 22.
Work in progress at Palette 22.
Up and ready to be sold!
My new studio at Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, Virginia. 

As soon as the school year is over, I’ll have a regular schedule at both places.  I can’t wait to interact with the community and share what I’m doing.  Already I’ve been inspired to create some new pieces that are a little bit of departure from where I am.  I can’t wait to use both spaces as tools to see what where I can go.

Studio update

I’m moved into my new studio space over at the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, Virginia.  Of course there is more settling in to do, but I managed to get a bit of work done today.  After dropping supplies off all week, it was nice to get busy on my art again.  The move went well, and I had such a warm welcome from my new art community.  Lucky for me, my studio is in a mixed media art community, where there are weavers, fabric workers, painters and jewelry makers.  I feel fortunate that I get to work side by side with all of these creative beings.  It’s sure to inspire.

Soon I hope to have a real schedule of times where I will be available to meet people, and be available for Workhouse visitors, but until then I’ll be there irregularly until the school year ends.

On the bright side, I’ve been given an opportunity to make art in a local restaurant called Palette 22 .  I will be there this coming week from 5-9 pm during their dinner seating.  I’m excited that I’ll be interacting with the public.  I’m not quite sure what I’ll be making yet, but I have a feeling it will involve newspapers from India……

Stay tuned for updates and pictures to follow of these new experiences.  I can’t wait to share them!


New Studio

Hi all! I finally have my space.  I’m still putting it all together,but I hope to have it almost there by the end of the week.  Can’t wait to welcome you all there.  Look for me at the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, Virginia – Block 6!

I know, it still looks a little prison-y right now.