An overdue update...

For two years things have been quiet on this page.  Family issues, namely my baby brother and then my mother dying and all that comes with that, got in the way of so much.  I am okay with that; family comes first.  I let go of a lot to juggle my daily work, but did keep sketching/painting.  I apologize for the absence.  

During sleepless nights, I had time to think.  I shifted my focus a bit.  Originally I wanted to teach online — I miss teaching tremendously.  When I was a kid I wanted to be a school teacher and my Aunt Elsa, who was a woman who taught high school, became principle, and ended up traveling to study educational systems worldwide before settling down at USC to start their Gerontology department, gave me great advice.  She said, “Go to college for what you love and then teach THAT!”  I taught architecture and design in Los Angeles at UCLA and in the California State college system, and taught writing and creativity in Oregon and California.  

I am still open to teaching again, crave it, really, but I am going to let it unfold, to not push the river to do online courses.  I don’t know that online teaching will be as rewarding for me as doing classes in person.  I will wait to see what happens as I continue following my passion.  

So where am I heading now?  What has changed?  

I used to have THREE different blogs for my many selves (artist, writer, cook).  In the last year I consolidated them into my art blog,  So far I’ve not lost readers while writing myself into wholeness, even with personal, spiritual, and gads even the occasional political post.  I love having myself whole and not fractured — don’t we all?

I am writing/illustrating a book, and will raise the money to self-publish (unless a publishing house picks it up) next year.  

I am working on a line of cards, and printed a hasty trial with one company who had an excellent deal to see how they looked.  Anyone who is a patron as of today will be getting a sample package.  I need to refine my images and the next printing will be better, and I am going with the same company.

I’ve been picking up commission work, both architectural and pet images.  It is fun to do!

In our conservation business (MPF Conservation) I do much of the finish work.  Two projects are requiring my painting skills.  

The replication of the Washington State Flag is coming along nicely.  All the testing and materials are finally procured, and painting will be completed this year.  It was a huge stretch to paint oils on silk!

And I’ve been painting carousel horses!  The beloved Jantzen Beach Carousel is one of the last of the large historic carousels.  Most carousels are 25-36 horses, and ours comes in at 72 horses, and is a century old.  It is such fun, and also hard work.  Finish work on large objects is demanding physically, and these huge horses are getting me into physical shape after two years of not-enough-exercise!  

I move daily from watercolor to ink to oils; a dream job...

I thank you all for sticking with me, and am back with a new direction and interest!

Best, Kate

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