When you were a kid do you remember that scowl across the elementary school portrait photographer's face? It wasn't until years later when I became a parent that I understood why the photographer's face was permanently wrinkled in worry. My brow furrowed, too, when I tried to snap a perfect portrait of my sons. This is what I got:
Wanting to give my traditional parents a proper drawing of their grandchildren, I alternated my sons' shenanigans and drew them a bit more straightforward.
Fast forward thirty years, and once again, as I tried my best to capture the charming smiles of my own grand kids, I felt, once again, like that school portrait photographer who begged for the perfect pose, saying: "Just one, more, ... just one, more."
The horizontal lines of the North Dakota bluffs spurred my creative juices for this landscape-driven collage. Don't you love the power of nature?
Faith.Let the power of a word uplift you! Liam did for me!
My five-year-old grandson sparked a surge of creativity for me as we played a silly game of reindeer antlers (balloons stuffed inside pantyhose and planted on your head!).By the end of the fun-fill day the rubbery balloons had deflated inside the stretchy nylon. When I pulled the textures apart it reminded me of my collage days. Later, in my studio, I began layering paint, papers, shapes and patterns.
Painting in circles! Commission work is the best way to start my day.
Instantly I was a kid again remembering how spinning and twirling were so much fun. Why don't you try it? Release your inner child.
Below are custom paintings I was fortunate to be commissioned for someone's home. It's the best way to start my day, even if it was matching the Moir's shower curtain. I love how customers push my inspiration.
The Moir's shower curtain below:
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About the Artsy Shopkeeper
Hi, I'm Kate Moynihan. Yes, I am a baby boomer, and my professional life has taken a few interesting twists and turns. The journey began as a registered nurse. After thirteen years of caring for others, however, I got the creative itch. At the time, I was a single mom living in North Dakota; that’s when I caught this bug to paint pictures. Now, twenty-seven years later, I have some stories to tell about my artistic journey. Read more...