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Nothing beats that moment, after my initial drawing is transferred to my watercolor paper, when I can start putting down color. I’m drawn to paint things that may seem ordinary or mundane, but with the right light I find exciting to bring to life. I hope to make the viewer stop and notice the subject of the painting as more than ‘vegetables on a table’, or ‘coffee canisters’, but rather shapes, forms and colors that speak in their own artistic way. I want to show the beauty or interest in that ‘ordinary’ subject matter. I enjoy painting a variety of subjects, but seem to gravitate to close-up still lifes or unusual perspectives.

My watercolor paintings are built up slowly with many glazes of transparent color, using the paper for white. This glazing method creates a glow from within and a more solid looking form than can be achieved with some other methods.

I paint in acrylic on canvas or board as well, which allows me to work in almost the opposite method and I enjoy the contrast of mediums. Acrylic allows me to be more spontaneous and make adjustments as I paint. I can also work larger with acrylic.

In the summer of 2015, after becoming frustrated with acrylics when painting outdoors, en plein air, I decided to work with oil paints as well. This allows me to get more opaque coverage and not to have quite the challenges of acrylics with wind and other weather issues.

Bringing a painting to life from a stark white sheet of paper or canvas is a source of real joy for me.


Featured Artist on Artsy Shark!

Summer 2016 I was selected as a feature artist on Artsy Shark. Click here to see the page about my art.


My (short) Story

In the studio working on one of my machine paintings.

In the studio working on one of my machine paintings.

I grew up in a family of eight in upstate NY surrounded by nature. My mother was an oil painter when she could find the time and I'm sure that made a huge impact on my interest in art. I can't remember a time I wasn't drawing. I graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and later moved to Madison, Wisconsin where I worked as a graphic designer. Aside from six years in Colorado, Madison was my hometown where my husband, Jim, and I raised our children and shared our home with our large, happy sheepdog. But things have come full circle and in the summer of 2013 we moved east to upstate New York. We decided it was the right time to be near my family once more. We live in the Rochester area and I'm quite sure I'll never run out of painting inspiration.


What about prints?

I am often asked if I have prints for sale of my original artwork. I have some Giclees of watercolor paintings in my studio. However, I recently put some of my work on Fine Art America, so now you can order prints (and other things with my artwork images) directly and you can even have it framed before sending it to you. Click here or on the logo to take a look or order.


I have note cards of some of my original paintings!

Farmer's Market Note Cards - $12

Farmer's Market Note Cards - $12

I sell 4 different groupings of note cards in sets of 8 cards and envelopes in each box. If you would like to purchase note cards send me a message on the Contact page or call. I'm happy to make up custom boxes if you prefer. Each box is $12 plus shipping.

 
Floral Note Cards - $12

Floral Note Cards - $12

Farm Animals - $12

Farm Animals - $12

Leisure Time - $12

Leisure Time - $12

Copyright (c) 2016 Kathy Armstrong