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Astratta on exhibit

Abstract Catalog from 2013 exhibit

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Astratta on exhibit

  1. 1. Selected Abstracts by Katheryn OldShield, Featured Artist APRIL 1st through May 31st, 2013 @ Roots Coffeehouse, 9101 Blvd 26, Suite101, North Richland Hills TX 76180 1
  2. 2. Written, Designed, Produced, Photographed, and Distributed by the Artist, Katheryn OldShield-Mukai For Promotional and Documentary Purposes. Limited rights of reproduction granted to ROOTS COFFEEHOUSE for the promotion and support of the Exhibit being Hosted. ©2013 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 2
  3. 3. This is a story of change portended. It came from a dream image that would not leave me until I expressed the image, and still it haunted. But now I know…my life span is laid out in thirds, with three distinctive “seasons” of unique achievement. And it is now THIRD MOON RISING… Emerging Artist. ©2010 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 12 x 12 inches Acrylic on Canvas 3
  4. 4. Through out the time intervening the rendering of THREE MOONS and these next three pieces I had a brief season of exercises. I painted by invitation in an old roadside café, a piece of fading “Americana”…one of the regulars donated some unused marketing bags in a synthetic canvas, and I carefully tried to sand off the advertising, blocked an 8x10 area and practiced painting non–representational abstracts on one side, and usually NC seascapes on the other.: Sold a few, gave others away. These 3 pieces were my first attempt at a serigraph to be hung in another small local business. Two worked well together, and #3 has another story. ©2010 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 20 x 16 inches Acrylic on Canvas 4
  5. 5. Why these colors? When I was quite young, I was gifted a special art class…and that teacher had this thing for mixing every color with yellow ochre. It seems I only knew how to paint with those solid, grounded colors: Siennas, Umbers, Ochre. The good news is the primaries were calling to me as well, and the Cadmiums in their rich yellows and oranges would draw me out to a wider palette in due course. I had to really work to know how to use colors well. ©2010 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 20 x 16 inches Acrylic on Canvas 5
  6. 6. KATHERYN OLDSHIELD WORKING ARTIST THE “WHY”: Working the materials that create the rendering, my attention is not only to technical execution, but watching for that visceral response that conveys emotion. Even as I consider source material--be they from life, from photographs, even from memory or imagination--I am scanning everything to solve for myself what keeps my curiosity. Where does my eye land repeatedly? Why? Where do my thoughts wander to with repetition? Then the question shifts to whether I want to bring this forward--If I do, then, by what means? Some are boldly presented, but increasingly I choose something more subtle, teasing. h 6
  7. 7. KATHERYN OLDSHIELD WORKING ARTIST Common Questions: How long does it take to bring a piece to canvas? Literally some things take all of one's living, because so much of life has to be experienced then examined, to be translated visually. On the other hand, not every piece is an “end all” statement--that gets too heavy anyways. Painting is but necessary process: The joy of doing, the joy of creating, the joy of play. Alternatively, it is discipline. To developing the concepts, figuring out how to keep it fresh, original, uniquely one’s own. Then working, painting daily, addressing questions of technicality, pressing a process to achieve a skill development--even the exercise of being "non- representational" is process, the same as executing an accurate and true representation such as a classic portraitist must do. I can do, have done, both, preferring to work somewhere in-between; a bit surreal sometimes, a bit expressionist other times. I enjoy mixing it up. Regardless the viewer's age, I hope there is some fresh perception born in the viewer, a connection is forged. 7
  8. 8. There was a deadline for work to be hung, and no.3 of the 3 canvas piece was NOT working, just not. Decision called for action, so I just delivered and hung two. It was totally my call on both ends anyways. That evening I arrived home, tired, walked in my bedroom and about jumped out of my skin— from a mirror I could see a man walking forward from the painting left behind…for weeks I tried to gently coax him forward, to show his face, to know the treasure he carried. I did meet his dog. ©2010 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 20 x 16 inches Acrylic on Canvas 8
  9. 9. My initial inspiration for this piece was a contrast between fields of colors in another piece. As I worked out my composition a destructive storm passed nearby, and my neighbor and I stood out in a protected area to watch the clouds twist, and then the hail to fall. When I returned these images had their way with my work, for better, or for worse. Me, I’ve been tempted to repurpose this canvas, but enough people have said, “No, it talks to me!” So I let it speak. ©2011 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 24 x 18 inches Acrylic on Canvas 9
  10. 10. The transition to brighter colors, the true primaries, the secondary colors are lighter, took some pushing, but I think this shows progress. Even got playful with new tools, some collage. ©2011 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 24 x 18 inches Mixed Media on Canvas 10
  11. 11. Another in that playful, light hearted mood…just a hint of the earthy warm sienna being swept into a lighter “possible!” perspective. ©2011 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 24 x 18 inches Acrylic on Canvas 11
  12. 12. Translates as “heat” from the Latin—it hints of the pressure of the ying-yang of change. There is fury, but hope, there is resistence even in the undenied sweep. ©2011 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 24 x 18 inches Acrylic on Canvas 12
  13. 13. In 2012 I moved to Texas, about a year after my mother passed at age 97. It was thinking of the wonder of her life, and how she was lifted up and the old just slid away that inspired me to paint “Ascension 1” I call it Ascension 1 (One) because I think it is a theme I will return to from time to time to explore. It also reminds me of smoke from a good campfire in the mid-seasons, a fire just for companionship and conversation, and the telling of tales. Shared memories. And prayers. ©2012 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 20 x 16 inches Charcoal and Oil on Canvas 13
  14. 14. This began as another of the Ascension series, but after painting, it was TOO much fun…actually, painting it was sheer fun!…And it was season of Carnival. Figures sway with joy and abandon, sensual with noise of color flashing heat of the moment, a debauchery. But maybe that is part and parcel of ascension as well. What are your thoughts? ©2013 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 20 x 16 inches Charcoal and Oil on Canvas 14
  15. 15. This is a piece that defies me. It wasn’t what I wanted it to be, but it is something that is and appeals…haven’t found the “cure” …so I take it as it is: Non-representational, but seeming to try ….to be more non - or more representational? I don’t know. But there’s some balance of heat…with icy fingers reaching… ©2013 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 20 x 16 inches Charcoal and OIl on Canvas 15
  16. 16. My “where in time” series was more accident than plan. It was playing with paint and process to develop composition, line texture—then the orbs appeared—long absent from my work for about a year, and the concept of time seem to fit. ©2012 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 11 x 14 inches Framed Acrylic on Pressed Paper 16
  17. 17. The next in the series were worked on hand made rag paper from India, and the deckled edges preserved. Again a practice of being loose, experimental, then the orbs. ©2011 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 18 x 24 inches Framed Acrylic on Pressed Rag Paper 17
  18. 18. Ah, don’t we all have a time of it trying to coordinate our busy lives, trying to connect with significant others…that frustration certainly reflects in this piece. ©2012 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 18 x 24 inches Framed Acrylic on Pressed Rag Paper 18
  19. 19. Some times some little storm comes through our lives, and by comparison, it seems like a clean sweep of conflicts, of “stuff”, of even time… ©2013 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 24 x 18 inches Framed Acrylic on Pressed Rag Paper 19
  20. 20. Faces are a universal fascination….from infancy we seek to bond with our mother/caretaker’s face. With rare exception, we are all drawn to study another’s face, to understand, to read it. This is the back story on this series I anticipate will be ongoing, to take photos of a face that holds my attention, then study it until it becomes a memory, using software to distort the thing and then let me see more, and once ingrained, I can paint without reference, except the first compositional sketch . From there I play. ©2012 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 20 x 16 inches Acrylic and Oil on Canvas 20
  21. 21. This is one of those works that took on a life of it’s own. Yes, I had a specific subject, reference photos. I had done my usual preparations for the next piece of the series with studying and internalizing the lines and planes of the face, lit from a lamp at the side. Then I started painting, and the rendering flowed with curves and colors all it’s own. And then said, “That’s it.” A rich, emotionally complex face both warm, and cold. ©2013 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 20 x 16 inches Acrylic and Oil on Canvas 21
  22. 22. The subject of this rendering is taken from a photograph from about 100 years ago, someone unknown to me but whose face fascinated me by both overall balance, and a steady gaze, and it is that gaze that held me. As I began work on the toned canvas whose own textures were playing a part, I realized that I was not going to add further color than that of the charcoal, for the gaze was holding dominance as it should, and the lines suggested a gentle aging becoming of an ageless grace. The gaze—what emotion does it reveal? It’s not unlike Mona Lisa’s smile for mystery. ©2013 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 20 x 16 inches Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas 22
  23. 23. KATHERYN OLDSHIELD WORKING ARTIST History…or Her Story: Age being addressed, I've lived long enough to finish several levels of credentialed education, none in art, though as a youngster I was recognized as gifted and awarded a year of special education within a museum classroom setting. That experience actually served to turn me "off" art, and my creativity was applied in other settings, with great practicality. I am also old enough to have had that “professional” career, raised that sweet family to maturity, even lived abroad on several occasions. In 2010 I seriously started asking myself if I still "had it," If I did, what did I want to do with it? Where did I want to take it? The results are here for you to see, both in retrospect, and in development. 23
  24. 24. AtmosphericNorther ©2011 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 11 x 14 inches Oil on Canvas ©2012 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 11 x 14 inches Oil on Canvas Series by default. Alternative entries for show. Translates: “Lift Face” For you must to see the vastness above. 24
  25. 25. MeditationContemplation ©2013 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 24 x 18 inches Oil on Hardboard Panel ©2013 Katheryn OldShield-Mukai 24 x 18 inches Oil on Hardboard Panel New Series begun March, 2013. Translates : “Shadow Play” Presented as a metaphysical or surrealist studies. 25
  26. 26. KATHERYN OLDSHIELD WORKING ARTIST Thank you for your viewing. Like any artist, I enjoy feedback on my work so do share your comments. • How has it touched you in the sharing? Art is meant to be conversational. If you are interested in purchasing a piece, an email would be greatly appreciated, and I will follow up with/for details. I also like to eat—LOL! That does trigger the “visceral” in me! CONTACT EMAIL: kb.oldshield@gmail.com ONLINE PORTFOLIO: http://koldshield.photofolio.org ASTRATTA EXHIBIT AT ROOTS COFFEEHOUSE http://AstrattaOnExhibit.eventpages.com FACEBOOK (with SlideShare Link): https://www.facebook.com/KaesGallery 26
  27. 27. 27 Name Copyright Date Height BY Width units Medium ON Support Suggested Retail Page # Through a Glass Darkly #1 ©2010 20 x 16 inches Acrylic on canvas $ 400.00 5 Through a Glass Darkly ©2010 20 x 16 inches Acrylic on canvas $ 400.00 6 Stevadore ©2010 20 x 16 inches Acrylic on canvas $ 400.00 7 Tornado or Storm ©2011 24 x 18 inches Acrylic on canvas $ 540.00 8 Flower Child ©2011 18 x 24 inches Acrylic on canvas $ 540.00 9 Dream ©2011 18 x 24 inches Acrylic on canvas $ 540.00 10 Calfacio (Heat) ©2011 20 x 16 inches Oil on canvas $ 400.00 11 untitled ©2013 20 x 16 inches Acrylic & Charcoal on canvas $ 400.00 15 Ascension ©2012 20 x 16 inches Oil on canvas $ 400.00 13 Carnival ©2013 20 x 16 inches Oil on canvas $ 400.00 14 Lips ©2011 20 x 16 inches Oil on canvas $ 400.00 20 Broken Nose ©2013 20 x 16 inches Oil on canvas $ 400.00 21 Gaze ©2013 20 x 16 inches Charcoal & Acrylic on canvas $ 400.00 22 Search ©2012 11 x 14 inches Acrylic on paper $ 200.00 16 Static ©2012 15 x 21 inches Acrylic on Rag Paper $ 400.00 17 Schedule ©2012 15 x 21 inches Acrylic on Rag Paper $ 400.00 18 Swept Clean ©2013 15 x 21 inches Acrylic on Rag Paper $ 400.00 19 Meditation ©2013 18 x 24 inches Oil on hardboard panel $ 540.00 25 Contemplation ©2013 18 x 24 inches on hardboard panel $ 540.00 25 Third Moon Rising ©2010 12 x 12 inches Acrylic on canvas NFS 4 Atmospheric ©2011 11 x 14 inches 0il on canvas NFS 24 Norther ©2012 11 x 14 inches 0il canvas $ 200.00 24
  28. 28. Thank You, To all at Roots Coffeehouse!

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