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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.

A Little Change is Good, Methinks…


Hearts No. 1, mixed media metal art by Kate Richards of Farmhouse38.comIf you’ve been following me for awhile, you may have noticed I’ve slowed down a bit with my blogging. In fact, you may have noticed that there have been moments where it has come to a grinding, shrieking halt. Or maybe you haven’t noticed and I just think everyone’s been noticing. I’m a lot more important in my head. A LOT more important.

I know I’ve got some ‘splaining to do. So, it goes something like this: I’m an artist. Did you know that? I haven’t mentioned it much, aside from a little blip here and there in my profile, but so far, the art hasn’t surfaced much on my blog. There’s a reason for that…I’ve been on a prolonged, forced hiatus from the art. It’s the Farmhouse’s fault, you see. Sure, it’s been a real time-suck to renovate this house from top to bottom–I could easily blame it on that, right? But no–the real reason it has kept me from my art is that the garage renovation (err…studio renovation), was the very last on our kill list. It’s crazy how functioning kitchens and bathrooms and finished bedroom walls really take all the priority glory.

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The garage, pre-renovation.

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The studio, post-renovation.

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The studio all lit up at night (with a couple of guard cats keeping the look-out for wandering bands of art thieves).

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As you can see, it’s already quite well-used; those floors do not stay clean.

You may be thinking that this is a pretty weak excuse; this not-having-a-proper-studio baloney. I kind of agree (especially in retrospect). But my ‘artwork’ is a little off the wall (pun intended). It’s not as simple as setting up a temporary easel in the guest bedroom, because my medium of choice is actually metal (you didn’t see that coming, now did you??). So there is a lot of welding and grinding and metal shrapnel a-flying. I can’t do it in the house (obviously). I can’t even do it outside in the driveway because of the shrapnel (which becomes inherently dangerous to animal paws and crops when it’s lurking in the cracks and crevices and dirt). So I had to wait (rather impatiently), for my studio. And wait I did. For five years. But, in the meantime, I started a blog–so it wasn’t all for naught, right?

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Me welding up a metal ‘canvas’.

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Me being gravely serious at the easel.

Let me elaborate on the artwork. When I say ‘metal’ and ‘welding’ people tend to picture big, hulking sculptures–but no, that’s not what I do. My stuff is actually more along the lines of mixed media painting; my ‘canvas’ is metal, my ‘mixed media’ is a rather alchemic blend of patina, paint, and dye. Sometimes glitter. Sometimes a little dog hair. The latter two are kind of hard to avoid around here–they are in e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. Cheers! I digress. I grind a lot of pattern into that media, so the paintings all typically wind up with reflective ‘metal’ elements.

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Ikat No.1, mixed media metal painting on aluminum. (The whitish areas are actually reflective, raw metal).

So what’s my point here? For quite some time, I’ve been keeping the FH38 blog and the artwork completely separate…almost leading a double life, if you will. I was worried that, with so much stuff going on at Farmhouse38, the art would just further muddy it up–that the blog and the art would dilute each other, if that makes any sense. So I was gearing up to run two separate social media profiles…and you know what? I’m exhausted. I can’t do it, people, I just can’t do it. So after much deliberation and soul-searching (do I close up shop on one and focus on the other? How do I choose my favorite child?), I’ve decided to merge the two. From here on out, you guys are going to start seeing a lot of art on this site; all the rest of the stuff–the chickens, the garden, the crafting, the cocktails, the farmhouse projects–it will all still be here, just gently interspersed between the antics of my artistic ebb and flow. Eventually, my stuff will be available to buy on Etsy and other such sites, but for now, you can check out to see a straightforward gallery (I am going to leave that website up as a one-stop informational shop for just the artwork, but make no mistake, it will all eventually be found on Farmhouse38, too). Be sure to follow me on Instagram, because I’ve already been posting quite a bit of behind the scenes arting shots there.

Neon No. 1 mixed media metal painting by Kate Richards of

Neon No. 1, acrylic on reclaimed steel. This is a good shot of what a ‘metal canvas’ looks like. Kind of like a metal box lid with 1 inch or so edges so that it can just hang on the wall like a normal painting.

In addition to all this art, you’re going to be seeing a lot more flowers. The flowers have always been a part of FH38, but now that my mini, wannabe flower farm is hitting its stride, slow flower arrangements and arrangement how-tos are gonna hop to the forefront along with the art. Metal art and flowers, people. And probably a whole lot of metal flower art. You’ve been warned.

As part of this Farmhouse38 redirection, I will also finally (FINALLY!!!) be switching the blog from its current state to a self-hosted situation. That means that the new blog will be found at (which currently redirects to–no more already! Geez!!). I’m working on it now, and since I have never actually done this before, I expect that there will be some hiccups. In fact, I expect that I will make a complete and utter mess of the whole thing–so please, please, please bear with me as I muddle my way through it. As I always like to say: it has to get worse before it gets awesome. 🙂 Don’t worry, I will give you all plenty of notice when I make the switch so we can all have a good laugh at how I’ve gone and mucked it all up. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest…it’s harder to mess those up (believe me, I’ve made some valiant efforts).

Rooster No. 1 mixed media metal painting by Kate Richards of

I can’t not have some metal chicken art. This is Farmhouse38, afterall.

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There are almost always chickens in my studio. It’s just how I roll.

So there you have it: my blog midlife crisis in all its glory. Who’s coming with me?!!



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