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This last month has seen “remarkable” activity:  the STUDIO Gallery has been buzzing with visitors from all over the country;

I have taught workshops with wonderful artists and friends, plus there have been competitions and a few appreciated awards!

 

Here I am, at my happiest, painting!!   Caught mid-splash-and-splatter, at our first nationally advertised Marquette Plein Air Festival

and Competition!  Lucky me, I came home with the Second Place Award for “Morning”, an old tug docked across the street

from my STUDIO Gallery!

There’s nothing like getting a push from 20 artists to get a painting completed!  The Baltimore Watercolor Society is one terrific group

of artists and I had a great time teaching last week in Columbia, Maryland.  They saw the beginning demo of  Star and Stripes and wanted

to see it finished.  So, here it is a 22 x 30 painting made from Watercolor and Gesso Juice.  It was a fun week and new friendships were made.

I was this year’s invited artist to the Mississippi Colony for “creative coaching”.  Over 40 excellent artists were working in their own direction and I was available for artistic consultation.   The Mississippi Art Colony, who meet twice a year to paint, is the oldest (70 years) continuously meeting art group in the U.S.

They have perfected their painting and their fun to blue-ribbon excellence! (Yes, I’m in the picture.  Thank Frida Kalo for this Fiesta Friday.)  With so many artists,  I had my hands full consulting with everyone.  It sure wasn’t hard, as they are all very accomplished professionals.

Dance of the Winterbird just won “Best of Show” in this year’s International Society of Experimental

Artist’s (ISEA) online exhibition judged by Ruffus Snoddy.  Thank you ISEA!  I am thrilled.

 

The “experimental” element in his painting is the frozen crystals start; a technique I’ve played with for

decades.   In this case, the water was thrown on the paper and the pigment poured into the water and left outside to

freeze firmly, then brought inside to finish.   You can try a small version in your home freezer.   Have fun!

Kathleen

I am pleased to let you know that “Urban Balance”  was accepted into this year’s “Transparent Watercolor Society of America” (TWSA)

Exhibition, judged by John Salminen and Soon Y Warren.  The exhibit runs from May 5 – August 5 at the Kenosha Public Museum,

Kenosha, WI.  It’s been a while since I’ve played at totally non-objective painting.  And, it was work! but the results are worth it.

I think I will play with this some more.  Happy painting to the rest of you also!  Kathleen

Three paintings at a time is my favorite way to work.  Here is a beginning, intermediate and finished painting from three different inspirations.  The third is “Wind in my Sails” and reproductions are available on this website.  It’s not too late to sign up for my next workshop and learn all my secrets, including why and how painting on three paintings at a time works!  Influenced by Florida in theme with sunshine colors!

I’d love to see you in beautiful Hobe Sound, Florida March 13-16.Contact Linda at:  lindahirvonen@hotmail.com   Fun in the Sun!

 

 

Leaving Marquette driving through wind and snow my thirty “Industrial Evolution” series paintings made it to the Custom House Museum in Clarksville, TN. They will be on exhibit there from March 2 through May 2. It felt good to be in the sunshine and warmth as I continued traveling to my winter studio in Florida. I look forward to concentrating on my painting for the winter months.

Painting time is always interspersed with teaching time.  Excited to start this week at the Ft. Myers Beach Art Association to teach a “Chaos to Order” workshop from January 14-18.  The classes are always so much fun!  You can find all my workshop schedule on this website. Perhaps you will join me in one of these locations!

Chaos to Order!  This is the beginning, the Chaos, of preparation for my exhibition of thirty paintings heading for the Custom House Museum, Clarksville, TN.  The Chaos of Framing: measuring, measuring twice, cutting, ordering, putting it all together.  What’s missing? Order again….keep my eye on the prize!  The prize is the Order achieved when all is framed, inventoried, packed, delivered and hung in the beautiful space.  The bigger prize is when the audience views, enjoys and the communication of art is complete.  Beginning preparation now and opening in TN in March.  Dates to be announced – stay tuned!