Studio Haps

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Art Studio Haps at Farmhouse38.comWhat’s happening in the studio right now? Ants. Ants are happening in the studio right now. Because it is HOT, people. When it is 98º outside, it is 105º inside the studio. They are after the cat food. Which I keep in the studio (don’t ask).

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A particularly ‘cool’ day in the studio where I was actually working in the middle of the day. Oy.

But aside from all that, I’m managing to eek in a few hours of arting here and there; the wee hours of the morning and the dusky hours of the evening lend themselves to a cooler working environment (and by cooler, I mean low 90’s in the scorching bowels of my studio). But it’s a precarious dance. What I do is quite noisy (kinda sounds like an auto body shop sometimes, not gonna lie), and we have neighbors. That I actually like and care to not disturb (beyond my squabbling chickens, barking dogs, and expletive-hollering parrot). So I’m really limited in the morning and evening. I mustn’t disturb the peace. Much.

So I’ve gotten some work done:

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Sunset No.1 (paint, dye, and copper leaf on steel).

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Another angle of Sunset No.1…a little better to see the copper gild.

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Neon No.1 (paint on steel).

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Neon Oxide No. 1 (patina, paint, wax, gold leaf on steel).

And have several works-in-progresseseses:

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As-of-yet-un-named piece getting some grind.

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Another start: ground pattern on bare, reclaimed steel. Got a ways to go on this one.

I still have no Etsy shop open, nor do I have anything legitimately up for sale yet. And there’s a reason for that: I’ve been given the exciting opportunity to work with Epson to test out their new metallic ink printing processes. This is amazing on so many levels–but it might actually allow me to make and sell prints of my work, which I did not ever think I was going to be able to do with this medium. My paintings fall in a strange grey area between painting and sculpture, and they don’t translate to the second dimension very well (I struggle to even capture them correctly in photographs, because as you move in front of the paintings, the light changes, and the whole painting changes. This creates a very interesting interaction in person, but is lost in photographs). But the prints that Epson has done for me so far–I’m amazed at how they look. So cool. But for now, my arms are tied as I work with them on this ongoing project, and can’t actually sell anything until maybe around the first of the year. More to come on that.

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The very first prototypes of the Epson metallic printing process (printed on vinyl on the left, and canvas on the right, with the original in the middle). Again, this is a little lost in photography, but the results are really stunning. I’m impressed!

But in other studio news…I’ve made a start on my ‘Wall of Positive Affirmation’:

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Everyone needs a wall cheerleader.

And I have found my new favorite glitter: neon (care of good ol’ Martha Stewart).

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Obsessed. Sometimes I just sit and stare at it. Mouth open. Tiny bit of drool.

And I’ve been working with a lot of metal leaf…because it so pretties.

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How to fake the Midas Touch.

And there’s been some of this:

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Never drink and art. Just kidding…you should always drink and art. Look at the judgement in Stewie’s eyes.

This is why there is usually cat hair included in my artwork:

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My painting, Human.

And this:

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This is usually what I am tripping over as I work.

One big happy family. Including the ants.

16 thoughts on “Studio Haps

  1. countrygirlbling August 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm Reply

    Love your “Wall of Positive Affirmation” – think I need to do that!!

    • farmhouseK8 August 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm Reply

      Thanks!! I think it may be working!!! 😀

  2. Chris Thompson August 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm Reply

    Sales pitch: “And included in EVERY piece of art…at NO additional cost to you…HOME GROWN CAT HAIR!!!!!”

  3. Charlotte Zweigoron August 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm Reply

    Sounds like you could use one of those portable, stand alone air conditioners. I’m not sure what they are actually called… My daughter and her husband have been renovating an old house (like “down to the studs in every room” renovating; like “moving walls and adding windows where there were none” renovating; like “working on the house at the weekend for a year and a half before it is fit to live in” renovating.) Living in Atlanta, you are gonna have heat and humidity off the charts for many months. So, they got one of these things (whatever they are called) so they could get in there and work through the warm months. Since I have asthma and need a very cool environment to sleep well at night, we have even thought of getting one for my bedroom instead of having the expense of keeping the whole house at 70 degrees when I am sleeping at night.

    • farmhouseK8 August 21, 2014 at 6:14 pm Reply

      You know what? We actually have one (we call it R2D2)–and until recently, it was up at my mom’s for our bedroom at night because she didn’t have AC. Well, she finally just got AC and we brought it back down here for the purpose of putting it in the studio–haven’t gotten to try it yet though!!

  4. Charlotte Zweigoron August 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm Reply

    BTW, love the art work!! Such an interesting and challenging medium…

  5. Sylvia August 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm Reply

    I just love your work! You are so talented and I love your style! I look forward to each of your updates.

  6. Becky Neville August 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm Reply

    I’m in love with your work, especially Sunset No.1.

  7. Cate August 21, 2014 at 6:49 pm Reply

    Kate. I have to tell you. I subscribe to a couple other blogs, but when I see a post coming in from FarmhouseK8, my heart skips a beat and I can’t wait to open it! My father-in-law used to take an empty raisin box (the large boxes like they used to come in) and set it out for ants. They would enter, he would place the box in the freezer and they would die instantly (like, before they could even reach the top of the box!). Strange, I know, but it worked and they did not suffer. Good luck on your ants. I don’t even think you can find raisins in a box anymore, can you?

    Cate <

    • farmhouseK8 August 23, 2014 at 3:42 pm Reply

      Oh, Cate–you are so sweet to say so! 😀
      Interesting about the raisin box!!! What a great non-toxic method! Love it!

  8. Shannon August 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm Reply

    Looking good in there, even with the heat. We’ve been enjoying Cali climate in lieu of your Texas one. Thanks for the borrow. LOL

    Putting the cat food bowl in a saucer-moat if water will deter the ants. Of course, if kitty is a messy eater, the six-leggers will still find table scraps outside the food castle.

    • farmhouseK8 August 23, 2014 at 3:41 pm Reply

      LOL, Shannon–I know you guys are having a great summer over there!! I’m just hoping we make up for it with a wet winter, finally. Fingers crossed.
      So, we actually keep the kitteh food in a moat of food-grade diatomaceous earth, and that totally works great–but you are right, it’s the wayward scraps that do it. The cats are bored with my pleas to eat neater. 🙂

  9. home, garden, life August 28, 2014 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Fan, AC unit in CA?

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