KB Blues

An ACEO for my cousin, Ken Barnes, in his favorite blues. Alcohol inks on YUPO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

This is a rare piece in that I honored his request to sign it with my name instead of just my artist symbol. I haven’t signed my name to any artwork in darn near 30 years!

It’s signed on the lower left because there was no way I’d mark over the pareidolia going on in the right corner.

Yes, I learned a new word that accurately describes what’s going on in most of my art. Thank you KB! And thank you, dear blog readers, for visiting this blog.

My Artist Symbol

WIP: mosaic obelisk.

If you have art in your house and you’re not sure who made it, look for the N and the bird. Of course, that only applies if there is a possibility of the art being mine. 

I’ve used my artist symbol to sign about everything since the early 1990s. It’s become so much me, that’s my signature; it’s even on a debit card. The rare pieces, if some goofball ever declares my work valuable, will be my “early works” signed before it.

My artist symbol of an abstract bird in flight crossing the initial of my given name represents art as the language of the soul grounded by my earthly limitations. Thanks for listening!

How’s that for artist statement fluff?

It is true… art is the language of the soul and we, as artists, try to translate what we experience on a soul level into something visual or another means of expression. We are limited by our ability, tools, talent, skill set, etc.

What is also true… I hated signing my art with my ex-husband’s name. Maintaining an element of peace was more important than my personal identity while parting ways. He thought using my own name, my maiden name, would confuse our young daughter. I just wanted out alive.

I started setting up pages, posting photos of old art, with Art Cards by year. They’re ACEO because I’m willing to trade or sell. Some were on eBay or other sites. I got tired of paying fees to let them sit so I moved them here.

I also started a NFS Art page. Look for Knookie Celebration on there if you want to see something signed before I started using my artist symbol. See how that distracting that is from the art? Maybe it’s just me.

I tried variations back then; played with initials. T became t and took flight as I morphed into a free bird. Yes, I eventually gained use of my own name again but still continued to use my artist symbol. There’s just something about it that feels right. I love when it blends in and becomes one with the art.

Thanks for reading! If you have a backstory on how you sign your art, feel free to share in the comments or post a link to your blog.

My Aura

I absolutely LOVE my new phone case. Yes, that’s my art… I uploaded an image of “My Aura” painting at Zazzle, dropped it into a Galaxy s10 template, added some text, and wha-la… cost less than 10 bones, too!

Yes, I put an email addy on it so if my phone is ever lost and found by a kind soul, they could easily contact me to return it. Sounds delusional, eh? But, this is Youngstown so it could happen. I once accidentally dropped a hand quilted tote bag on a sidewalk in a high foot traffic area, thought it was gone forever, but some kind soul had found it and neatly laid up on a little stone wall so I could find it on my way home. Dozens, if not 100 people had walked past it. I’ve seen people drop money and a total stranger running to catch up with them just to give it back. That’s the Youngstown I know, so it could happen.

Here’s the image of “My Aura” submitted with my entries to a juried show scheduled for this summer that may or may not be cancelled.

I entered four pieces, but My Aura is by far my favorite. It’s a “self pour-trait” to play on words… and, a little secret, it’s on a recycled 12 x 24 canvas. Yeah, I painted over another painting, which ironically, was also a self portrait. Maybe that’s why I like it so much… “My Aura” covered a grim painting of a girl swimming with the fishes. Yeah, I painted myself drowned and called it “Self Portrait: Married” in 1996 so I would always remember how it feels to be in a bad situation. I don’t need it anymore.

My Aura is framed in black wood. I cropped the photo as you’re not supposed to include the framing when submitting art to juried shows. I wish I had the new phone before snapping that photo as the camera on the s10 is so much better.

If you want to customize a “My Aura” phone case for yourself (or design your own) here’s a link and, if you’re new to Zazzle, use my referral code so we both get perks.

Thanks for reading!