Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New series - "FacePage"

This is a series I am currently working on with mixed media on book pages. These pages are taken from "The Passing Bells" by Phillip Rock, circa 1978. For this series, I plan on working through the whole book, 433 pages in all.

The title of each piece will be taken from words already on the page and still visible through the paint.

Also, each piece has it's own story line. The story will be what was running through my head before, during or after I painted it. Because there has to be a story.

And here are the first nine pages:
 Title: "Coming on Like the Wind"
The story: She could feel it in every breath she took. She was about to be set free from her past and all that entangled her. A change was coming on, coming on like the wind.

 Title: "Summer 1914"
The story: Best of friends, the girls would always spend their summers together.

Title: "Feminine Glow"
The story: She reached for the stars...and got one.

 Title: "Mr. Blythe"
The story: His daily commute included Starbucks. That's when he did his best thinking.

 Title: "Full of Mustard"
The story: Being high-spirited and a bit edgy, Grandpa George said she was full of mustard.

 Title: "Foxe"
The story: She painted her lips Botox Red, just to show them off.

 Title: "A Very Pretty Girl"
The story: She still loved her kiki, even after all these years.

 Title: "Burgate Hill"
The story: As she peered out over the wall, she was surprised to find the grass really was greener on the other side.

 Title: "Sacrifice"
The story: Her deepest desire was to help others. She made the sacrifice. She became a nurse.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Change is good

Meet Mr. Blythe. 
His daily commute included Starbucks. That's when he did his best thinking.

Mr. Blythe is the first in my new series "Face Page". I will be painting on pages from "The Passing Bells" by Phillip Rock, circa 1978. I plan to go through the whole book with this series, 433 pages in all. I will make the title of each piece from the words already on the page- however weird that might turn out to be. That's how Mr. Blythe got his name.

New changes on my blog- a new banner and a new name. I bought the domain name "karenkay.me" and wanted to change everything to match. I am working on a website that I hope to have going by the end of this year. Writing your own html code is no picnic.

Also new for me is an etsy shop I just opened, you can visit my new shop here. I will have at least 7 pieces listed by the end of the day. Right now Mr. Blythe is all by himself in there.

Monday, July 4, 2011


"Cradled", a blind Contour drawing on wood panel. Acrylic, graphite and ink. Background is the words to Don McLean's Starry Starry Night, written out over 5 times. Can't read hardly a word of it but it's there.

Update: SOLD