Monday, November 17, 2014

Beginners' Oil Painting Workshop: December 6,7,13 & 14

Amazingly enough, our new studio is done.  It's been a long ride and I can't wait to share some pictures of the process in my next post.  This post is all about my upcoming Beginners' Oil Painting Workshop.  I'm throwing it together short notice because up till a week ago I wasn't even certain when my teaching space would be functional.  But low and behold, one Friday morning four days ago, it suddenly was.

This four-day workshop will cover some oil painting basics--materials, colour mixing, step-by-step process for approaching a still life, plus some handy exercises that will expose the beginner to the concept of paint quality and edge quality.  You don't have to be an absolute newb to fit in.  If you've been painting casually with oils but would like to firm up your foundation and fill in some gaps, or if you've been using acrylics but want to switch, this workshop would be a good fit.  The good news is that I can keep my class size small (3-6) since I'm not paying a hosting fee to someone, and small class size means that I have more time for each individual student to meet their needs on a one-on-one basis.

Fee is $450 +GST, including materials and it runs from 9-4pm with an hour break for lunch.  Come, grasshopper.  I will teach you.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Contemporary Realism" at Gallery 1261

Dave and I have three paintings in Gallery 1261's new show opening on Friday, October 24th in Denver, Colorado.  Among them are this new painting, "Cod Fish," by Dave:

Give a man a fish, and he can do a passable alla prima.  Teach a man to fish, and he can catch a fresh fish every day and make a proper painting.

I have my own two lovely ladies from the Women Painting Women show last year:

A complete catalogue of work can be seen here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Opening Night of The Uncanny


 The opening was unreal.  Period.  Dave and Teresa and I don't really know how it happened.  Actually, we do.  We put a whole bunch of magical ideas together into a proposal, handed it to our gallery, and somehow on opening night there was a costume party, a live opera singer on classical guitar, champagne, hors-d'oeuvres, and hundreds of visitors.  Dave and I talked until we were hoarse, slugged back some champagne, and talked some more, this time less hoarse and more slurred.

But back up.  Here are some pictures of the gallery display that Teresa took before the opening:

Pretty swell.  The thing I really like about Steve Brennen's West Palace location is that it feels like the inside of someone's house, so one can imagine that collectors get a better idea for how a painting will fit into their own house, than if they saw the same painting in one of those conventional commercial spaces that some galleries have.  And there are something like seven fireplaces throughout, so everyone gets to be a special butterfly and have their work above the mantel.

So wait, what was the bit in the invitation about everyone being in costume?  Well, to help people identify us amidst the swarming, roiling masses of art lovers, we thought it would be a good idea to dress to match our paintings.  Teresa was decked out in her Rococo inspired gear as per usual, and I dressed to match the painting of my sister, "The Huntsman's Bride."  I wore a wedding gown, stole, and had a skull in my hair.  In Dave's case, we decided he should just focus on looking presentable.  Nobody wanted him in drag and face paint as one of his ruffed ladies, anyways.

Getting all dressed up in wedding gear was kind of like recreating our special day.  Dave got to be a princess for a day--again.  We essentially got to retake our wedding photos, except now we're so much better looking, with nicer clothes and better haircuts.

Dave has a rat skull ascot pin he made himself with, well, a rat skull and a pin and piece of bubblegum.  I'm wearing a mink skull in her hair (can't see it, unfortunately), so it was kind of like prom with matching corsage and buttonhole.

And yes, there were quite a few attendees in costume, thank goodness.  The gallery director, Martha Goetz, master of accessorizing, is wearing a skunk and a chicken.  You see, some people see cute animals and want to pet them, and other people want to put them on their heads.  It's really a matter of preference and luckily there are enough bantam hens to go around.

Teresa with "The Lamentation"

The stunning AnnaMaria Cardinalli loaned us her haunting vocals for the night.

Martha channeled some Giuseppe Arcimboldo in her magnificent vegetable lady.
And presumably in honor of Dave's vanitas paintings, Martha made this lovely chocolate skull.  And about another hundred mini skulls with walnut brains.

Unfortunately there was nothing we could do about the random homeless man who came in for the free booze.
When the opening was over and it was time to get after party drinks, we were a little worried about finding a place where we wouldn't be too out of place.  Then we walked into this lounge.  Red brocade wall fabric?  Check.

Six paintings sold by the end of opening night, and more sales have been trickling in ever since.

Dave and I need to extend our most sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this show possible:

Steve, thank you for reading the proposal and being, I don't know, at loose ends enough to let us have a show?  Seriously, thank you for seeing the potential, for giving us the most beautiful space in which to host our show, and for the wonderful hospitality.

Martha, thank you for...gosh, where to begin?  Calling up every single magazine editor?  Packaging and marketing our product?  Fabricating vegetable women and pouring chocolate skulls?  Hanging all 28 paintings so beautifully?  Doing all of the above with a flawless chignon bun and three feet of pearls around your neck?

Parents, thank you for trekking all the way to Santa Fe with us just to watch us be entirely self-absorbed for the entire time, and not giving us crap for it.  Thank you for supporting us through this as only parents can (because who else puts up with entirely one-sided conversations about how great we are?).  Thank you for coming to the opening to see what exactly it is that we do when we're not clad in paint smeared pajamas (we're talking about 0.0002% of our time).

Models--Paul, Emily, Allie, Fred, Brian, Jill, and ESPECIALLY Tara, who appeared in four paintings--thank you for letting us exploit your natural good looks for our personal gain.

Friends, thank you for making the trip to see our show.  Most of you came from far away and it was delightful to have familiar faces in the crowd.

Attendees, thank you all for bringing your energy, your love of art, and your appreciation of free booze and live music.  You made our night a blast.

And thank you Martha, Teresa, and Susan for letting me steal your photos.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Workshop in Carthage, North Carolina in May 2015

San Francisco too far away?  No prob, Bob.  At least, no prob if you live near Carthage, North Carolina.  From May 6-10 of next year I will be teaching a still life workshop with my lovely assistant, David Gluck.  As everyone knows, two teachers are more entertaining than one, especially when they're married and have nine years of artistic differences of opinion to work out in public.  We will be hosted by Carmen Gordon of Oak Hollow Studios.

If you are interested in enrolling, please get in touch with Carmen directly by email:

Another really neat studio space.  Love that rug.  Can I butter-side-down this one too?

Oh, and I can't wait to eat my face off while I'm there.  Photographic evidence suggests that there is a talented cook at Oak Hollow Studios.  Will there even be time for painting?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Workshop in San Francisco, January 2015

I will be offering a workshop in San Francisco at the beautiful Sadie Valeri Atelier from January 5-9 in 2015.  Have you seen pictures of this place?  Gorgeous, functional, and professional.  I've got a feeling she doesn't resort to bubblegum and paperclips to patch up dysfunctional light clips and rocky easels.

I have to admit, I'm a little nervous about painting on carpet.  I just know I'm going to be the first one to drop my palette butter side down.

My workshop will be a still life workshop and you can read all about it here.  Or you can read about it here:

"Learn some new tricks from award winning still life painter, Katherine Stone. Kate will share her four-step process for paint layering and her methodology for creating a work of art that will not yellow, delaminate, crack or peel. With the help of a slideshow of close up photos of her own work, Kate will also share her techniques for creating textural and optical effects.
While students work on their individual paintings, particular emphasis will be placed on using the natural behavior of oil paint to arrive at convincing textures. Katherine will share her own approach for tackling wood grain, reflections, shadows, and peeling paint. She will also discuss artistic choices in paint application: when to impasto, when to scumble, when to glaze. Students will leave the workshop with a logical step-by-step approach to still life and new confidence when confronted with complex textures and challenging visual effects."

 Or, if you'd rather get tattooed, my husband will be working out of Tattoo Boogaloo for the duration of my workshop.  And at the end of my workshop we'll all get matching tattoos that say "SVA Workshop 2015" on our left ass cheeks.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Icarus VII: Auction!

Found: one sad little red-breasted nuthatch who never lived up to his full potential.   He never wrote that book.  Never made that trip to Paris.  People.  Life is short.

So go buy some art.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Uncanny: An Update

Hey alls y'all, I've updated the website for the October show with S. R. Brennen Gallery in Santa Fe.  Teresa and Dave and I have about two thirds of our work varnished, photographed, and up in the image gallery.  We'll be getting the rest up in over the course of the next month.

Take a look!

After months of looking at sunken in, partially finished work and agonizing over deadlines, it's really uplifting to see the finished work finished, varnished, and all together.  It feels kind of like one of those sports misfit movies, where the casually alcoholic coach is forced against his will to take on a crew of rough-around-the-edges diamonds-in-the-rough and turn them into an all-star team.