Friday, July 10, 2009

Cerulean Seas and plein air painting at Terranea

Cerulean Seas, Painted at Terranea on last Monday while teaching my plein air class, it as a gorgeous day! Went to paint the sunflowers with my students but they were gone, just bulldozed that morning, so unstead we went to one of my favorite new spots :)
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Saturday, July 4, 2009


Painted Sunflowers Yesterday after delivering a painting to a collector. What a wonderful experience. I think I will celebrate my Independence with another sunflower painting today. The amazing blessing I have the opportunity to do this, I am extremely grateful for. I think that gratitude came across in my painting. Someone saw it and cried... good tears, someone saw it and giggled, maybe didn't hit them the same way, but that is what is great about art, not everyone has to respond the same way, but that response is what I strive for ... why I call it responsive painting. Some tighter more academic work hits others, some more illustrative story telling connects in a deeper way with someone else. I love those as well think they are all valid. To me though, the ones that hit that deepest cord are the ones I respond to, the ones where you see the years of craft mastery study , and yet their innocent reactive-ness and interplay of the artist hit by the subject and paints directly... that are fresh, responsive moments ~ after the craft is learned and has the rare skills to convey that slice of time. When the artist reacts ~ responds without any intention or reason. That "caught me right then", not a planned glimpse on the day, not a needed image to fulfill a certain show idea, but that moment caught them right there. Just like when I was inspired the field of sunflowers and my heart opened and was filled with joy and peace... that moment of simple beauty there to observe respond and record. I'll post the shot will post a better one once it dries :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009



The Palos Verdes Art Gallery
is debuting their first online art exhibit entitle responsive painting.
with ME Katya Walker and my Artist friend and creator of Allaprimapochade Ben Hagget.
The ability to connect worldwide with the Internet is allowing those all over to see art that could only be seen locally. This new adventure is exciting and inspiring to me as an artist as i want to be able to not only share my art with one person at a time, but to be able to connect and share it's impact with as many as possible as well.
Art to me is the communication of that inner experience we have in our solitary lives, allowing us to share with another the internal experience in a form outwardly, in away no other medium can translate our personal emotions.
Responsive painting, is also about that very experience. It is going beyond Academic paintings, though beautiful, lack that truly personal emotional voice. It is painting that has the foundation of drawing values, skill and study, so that those chosen brushstroke, the chosen colors, the responsive energetic subconscious laying on of paint sends out that emotional vortex that draws you in and gives you a truly visceral gut reaction to the painting in an honest pure real way, not contrived or forced.
So the show is opening online tomorrow on JULY first, and the artwork will be available for sale.

There are also more shows and exhibits planned that I Will be participating in, as well as commissions and a rental gallery as well. I am very excited about this new gallery, and exhibition and I hope you come to not only enjoy it online but bring a responsive painting home.


MAJESTIC By Katya walker

©2009 ckw

Please join me for my opening show called RESPONSIVE PAINTING at the Palos Verdes Art Gallery . In the show are some of my new paintings along with the wonderful artist Ben Haggett. It is exciting and fresh work. Plein air, demos, figure studies. Real, emotional, passionate art.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

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