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Featured Artist Kathy Q. Parks

Artist Kathy Q. Parks presents a collection of whimsical nature-inspired paintings. Enjoy more of her art by visiting her website.

 

abstract painting of a blue goat by Kathy Q. Parks

“Blu” acrylic, 30” x 30” x 1.5”

 

I loved to play in mud as a child and nothing has changed much in that regard, other than the mud has been replaced with paint.

 

abstract painting with birds and flowers by Kathy Q. Parks

“Translucent Jelly Bean Days” acrylic, 48” x 36” x 1.5”

 

As an artist, I believe that your childhood plays a huge role in how you perceive and interpret the world around you. My childhood was filled with animals, the outdoors and a mother who did not believe in store-bought toys. Imaginative play and creative exploration were always part of my world.

 

abstract painting of a hummingbird in a garden by Kathy Q. Parks

“The Visitor” acrylic, 36” x 24”

 

My current work is colorful, playful and often layered with images within images. Sometimes I paint over parts of another painting—sort of a story within a story.

 

abstract painting of a desert garden by Kathy Q. Parks

“Desert Reef” acrylic, 30” x 30” x 1.5”

 

I usually do not start a painting with a specific drawing in mind, but I do start with something I know I want to express or with an idea as simple as colors I want to play with.

 

abstract painting featuring tumbling rabbist by Kathy Q. Parks

“Cirque de Lapin” acrylic, 36” x 48”

 

Often though, the direction I wanted to go gets rerouted by the canvas screaming at me, “NO! Do this! Do this!” My inner child has no problem changing direction because no one tells me not to.

 

abstract painting of a flower arrangement by Kathy Q. Parks

“Make-up Bouquet” acrylic, 18” x 24”

 

Change in direction is a gamble, sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. The good thing is you always come out learning something. At times you might also end up with an exceptional piece of art.

 

abstract painting of 5 bunnies by Kathy Q. Parks

“Tail of 5 Bunnies” acrylic, 60” x 20”

 

Since I am not a realistic painter, people often ask where I get my ideas from. I think you need to get out of your studio and bring those experiences back with you. Painting from experience puts heart into a painting and it also makes it unique to you.

 

abstract landscape painting in pinks by Kathy Q. Parks

“Tickled Pink” acrylic, 36” x 48”

 

As for stimulating my imagination, I hang out with children and watch a lot of Pixar movies along with many other film genres. I like to read and animals of all sorts fill my heart with joy.

 

abstract painting of a chickadee on a fence by Kathy Q. Parks

“The Chickadee” acrylic, 36” x 24”

 

The spheres in my work represent nature and the square shapes represent man. The presence of both of these shapes in my paintings express my belief that we are intricately and infinitely connected with one another—sort of that dust to dust concept.

 

Artist Kathy Q. Parks

Artist Kathy Q. Parks

 

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would have artwork in so many places (other than in the homes of friends and family.) It is such an honor to have your art placed in someone’s personal space, but the greatest satisfaction is knowing that you have made a connection. I cannot imagine my life without art and its gloriously fun processes.

 

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5 Online Tools That Show Your Art in a Room

by Carolyn Edlund

These helpful virtual tools make it easy to show and sell art online.

 

In situ photo of artwork in a room

Artist Marion Griese shares her art in a room setting using the ArtRooms app

 

Ready to increase your online art sales? Present your work beautifully by sharing the impact and scale of artwork with potential collectors through the use of in situ images. Offering room views enhances the shopping experience, and increases customer confidence. Creating these images doesn’t require Photoshop or even a high level of technical ability. Check out the tools below and start showcasing your own art in virtual rooms!

ArtPlacer

This site offers a paid service that ranges from $11 – $59 per month, and serves a variety of clients, including artists, galleries and art consultants. Place your artwork in an uploaded image of a collector’s wall to give them a preview. Or, design and create an entire exhibition of work on a virtual gallery wall or exhibition booth.

ArtRooms

This option is a smartphone app that superimposes your work on a selection of interiors. Room settings are updated frequently, and different colored walls are available. Select frames to suggest hanging options, and easily share your images. ArtRooms has a high customer satisfaction rating. Try it for the first month at $3.99, then pay a monthly fee of $7.99.

MockUpEditor

This cool site lets you customize a mockup right in your browser with an easy drag and drop feature. Use a pre-made template or build it yourself on a “blank canvas” and place your art in the setting. They offer flexible pricing so you can pay for only what you need, ranging from $5 for a single download to $69 for unlimited annual use.

iArtView

A smartphone app, iArtView is useful for artists as well as trade professionals. Show artwork at scale in a selection from their collection of interior photos. Choose a frame option if desired. Adjust the lighting, select a wall color, edit, save and share easily. Very handy at a fair! Pricing options start at free.

WallApp

Powered by OhMyPrints.com, their drag-and-drop tool allows you to place artwork or photography in a variety of room setting options, clicking through to choose your favorite, or uploading a room of your choice to customize it. Although you cannot set it “at scale” you can change the size of the art image within the background to your estimated size. This tool is free to use. A small watermark will show up on the final image.

 

Artist credit:  Marion Griese

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What Stories Are You Telling Yourself in the Covid Era?

We All Have Stories  Whether consciously or not, we all tell ourselves stories about ourselves. It’s a vital part of the human experience. What you tell yourself about yourself shapes and shades, virtually everything you do in your personal life, your social life, and your business. Sometimes the stories you tell are not healthy or […]

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Make Your Own Curved Card Scraper

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If you didn’t get a chance to purchase one of the Crucible curved card scrapers, you can make your own with a dry grinder and an existing card scraper. It takes about 30 minutes.

Download and print out the following template. It’s a hand-drawn version of Chris Williams’s scraper, which is where our design started.

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Cut it out and affix it to your card scraper with the help of spray adhesive. Or make a cardboard template and trace its shape on your scraper with a permanent marker.

At your grinder, set the tool rest to 0° – parallel to the floor. Dress the wheel of your grinder (we use an #80-grit wheel, but a #60 or #100 will also do) so it has a slight convex shape. This convexity in the wheel makes the scraper easier to shape.

Get a bucket of water and put it by the grinder.

(Hey wait, where are the step photos? I’m in a hotel room that’s 400 miles from my shop. You are going to have to use your imagination.)

Place the scraper on the tool rest and start grinding the excess metal away. Don’t work on one part of the scraper for more than a few seconds. Keep moving around the perimeter. After 10 or 15 seconds, try to pinch the scraper with a finger and thumb. If….

… you can pinch the scraper with no pain, continue to grind.

… your fingers reflexively jump away, cool the scraper in your water bucket.

… you smell bacon, also cool the scraper in the water bucket.

Once you have ground down to your line, you will have become pretty good at grinding flat shapes – congrats. Now you need to remove the grinder marks from the edges.

Use a block of wood to hold the scraper at 90° on a coarse diamond stone and stone the edges. Remove all the scratches from the grinder. Then move up to a #1,000-grit waterstone (or soft Arkansas) and then up to a polishing stone. Then you can proceed with normal scraper-sharpening procedures.

This is exactly how I made all of our prototypes. I promise that you will become emotionally involved with your scraper after putting all the work into it, and you might not ever want to buy one of ours.

So be it.

— Christopher Schwarz