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I am thrilled to report that my painting “Girders” got accepted into the tri-state juried show “Line Describing a Cone” at the Katonah Museum of Art.  Even more exciting, the juror is a curator at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

Girders Smith 9th St - 11-5-2014Girders – Watercolor on 140# Arches – approx. 19 1/2 ” x 22 1/2 ” framed

If you’re in the area, the show will be up until February 15, 2015.  Please stop by.

Here’s my name tag…so I guess it’s official 🙂

Carol King  Artist

Lest you think I’ve been resting on my laurels, here’s a study for another painting I’m working on.

Girders tooGirders two, WIP on 9 x 12″ Arches 140# watercolor paper.

I’ve also been working on some collages.  Here’s one I just completed.

Science SilenceScience Silence – collage on 8 x 10″ Bristol paper

As I type in all the sizes of the artwork, I am reminded of this map of countries that don’t use the metric metric systemWe are sorely outnumbered!   The US just never embraced the metric system.  Which is why every time I read a blog post that is not from the states I have to go to The Google to find out what size 20 x 25 centimeters corresponds to in inches.  I remember they tried to get us to change to metric when I was in grade school.  Clearly, that did not work.

Last but not least, my brother who does not read my blog emailed to say that my 7 year old nephew has his painting hanging in his grade school.  However, he also told me the Katonah Museum called.  They were going to bump a painting in the Katonah show to make way for my nephew’s.

Dillon's dinosaurs

Dinosaurs with volcano and pteradactyl

I may be biased, but I love this painting!  They can bump one of the paintings for this masterpiece any day.  Just not mine.  Actually, I’m sure they can find some wall space somewhere.  We can exhibit together, my nephew and me.

Girders Smith 9th St - 11-5-2014Subway Girders – view through the F train window coming into the Smith 9th Street Station – watercolor on 300# Arches 

Once again I started this painting with a grisaille (a gray value study). Which you can see below:

Girders Smith 9th St - 11-5-2014 Grisaille

I then dragged a large soft brush with clean water down the paper from the top to the bottom to spread some of the paint around.  This is slightly different than what I did in previous paintings seen here and here where I waited for the grisaille to dry and then splashed it with clean water followed by very diluted paynes gray and very diluted raw sienna.  The dragging of the water gives the painting a look of grittiness since this view is through a subway window.  To me it also adds a feeling of movement.

Girders Smith 9th St - 11-5-2014 with dragged down clean water

I then went back in and added local color.  Some green and rust to the girders and some more paynes gray to re-establish some darks and details.

Girders Smith 9th St - 11-5-2014  back in with local color

Finally I finished it with a little more detail to the paynes gray girders, local color and I added a raw sienna sky.   Cause really, wouldn’t a regular old blue sky just be boring in this painting?

Girders Smith 9th St - 11-5-2014

On another note the NYC Canstruction exhibit is going on right now in the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center.

Canstruction Annual Competition 

Exhibit Dates:
Begins: November 6, 2014
Ends: November 20, 2014

Exhibit Location:The Winter Garden and Lobby of 250 Vesey Street at Brookfield Place (formerly known as World Financial Center), New York, NY 10281

These are cool and fun with all the canned food going to the needy after the exhibit is over.   You can also donate canned food when you visit the exhibit.   How clever and creative are the people who put these together?


City Harvest Station

Owl - Give a hoot about hunber

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