Cool Kitchen Art

Looking for art for your kitchen?  Do you have a friend or family member who loves to cook?  Is there a chef in the family?  If so, they will love to receive a gift of kitchen art.  Check out these kitchen art paintings by Katrina Parker Williams.  Great for Christmas or birthday gifts.

Contemporary Fine Art, Acrylic Painting

Contemporary Fine Art, Acrylic Painting

 Gold Flatware #1

 Buy 8 x 10-inch Art Print — $20.00 Unframed

 Buy 11 x 14-inch Art Print — $30.00  Unframed

 Buy 16 x 20-inch Art Print — $50.00  Unframed

Purchase Art Prints Via PayPal– (Email Katrina at stepartdesigns at hotmail dot com — Include the title of the art and the size purchased)

Contemporary Fine Art, Acrylic Painting

Contemporary Fine Art, Acrylic Painting

Blue and White Teacup #1

 Buy 8 x 10-inch Art Print — $20.00 Unframed

 Buy 11 x 14-inch Art Print — $30.00  Unframed

 Buy 16 x 20-inch Art Print — $50.00  Unframed

Purchase Art Prints Via PayPal– (Include the title of the art and the size purchased)

Contemporary Fine Art, Acrylic Painting

Contemporary Fine Art, Acrylic Painting

 Gold Flatware #2

 Buy 8 x 10-inch Art Print — $20.00 Unframed

 Buy 11 x 14-inch Art Print — $30.00  Unframed

 Buy 16 x 20-inch Art Print — $50.00  Unframed

Purchase Art Prints Via PayPal– (Include the title of the art and the size purchased)

Contemporary Fine Art, Acrylic Painting

Contemporary Fine Art, Acrylic Painting

My Coffee Mug

 Buy 8 x 10-inch Art Print — $20.00 Unframed

 Buy 11 x 14-inch Art Print — $30.00  Unframed

 Buy 16 x 20-inch Art Print — $50.00  Unframed

Purchase Art Prints Via PayPal– (Include the title of the art and the size purchased)

Contemporary Fine Art, Acrylic Painting

Contemporary Fine Art, Acrylic Painting

 Gold Flatware #3

 Buy 8 x 10-inch Art Print — $20.00 Unframed

 Buy 11 x 14-inch Art Print — $30.00  Unframed

 Buy 16 x 20-inch Art Print — $50.00  Unframed

Purchase Art Prints Via PayPal– (Include the title of the art and the size purchased)

Contemporary Fine Art, Acrylic Painting

Contemporary Fine Art, Acrylic Painting

Blue and White Teacup #2

 Buy 8 x 10-inch Art Print — $20.00 Unframed

 Buy 11 x 14-inch Art Print — $30.00  Unframed

 Buy 16 x 20-inch Art Print — $50.00  Unframed

Purchase Art Prints Via PayPal– (Include the title of the art and the size purchased)

Printed on high-quality E-Surface matte photo paper.  Shipped flat.  Not matted or framed.

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I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories.  View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.

Check out more of my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.

Also check out my novels and short stories.  Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available at Amazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes).

Tips for Giving Art as a Gift

The holidays are upon us–Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas.  Only a few weeks away, the holidays are big for businesses, online and locally.

When trying to decide the right gift for that hard-to-buy-for loved one, consider giving art as a one-of-a-kind gift this year.  I have given art as gifts in the past, and I plan to do the same this year.

African American abstract art

African American abstract art

 

Since I create art (View my art at Daily Paintworks), I can personalize it to fit the recipient.  I also like to buy art from fellow artists and give them as gifts.  There are so many art styles available everywhere, locally and online, you are sure to find a piece of art that will fit any recipient.

Giving the gift of art, whether it be an original piece of art, a fine art print, or an image from an artist’s sketch pad, can be something that will be cherished for a lifetime.  It may be a daunting task to buy art for someone, but if done successfully, it can be a lovely sentiment.

Here are several questions to ask yourself when giving the gift of art.

 

1.     What are the recipient’s interests?  In order to buy a gift for someone, you will need to know what that person likes or dislikes if you want to choose a gift that will be well received.  Does the person like to cook?  Consider giving a food-related painting.  Is the person a sports enthusiast?  Why not give the person a painting of a baseball?  Is the person into vintage cars.  A classic car painting will be an ideal gift.  Knowing the answers to some basic questions such as these will go a long way to helping you choose the perfect art gift for your loved one.

 

 

2.     Are you buying art for the recipient’s home or office?  Knowing where the art will be hung is an important consideration when buying art for someone.  Will it be hung in the living room, the bedroom, or the kitchen?  Will it be hung in the home office or the work office?  Knowing the answers to these questions will make choosing a piece of art easier for you.

Teapot and Tea Cups, contemporary fine art, acrylic painting

Teapot and Tea Cups, contemporary fine art, acrylic painting

 

3.     Will you buy original art?  It can be quite a compliment to receive a piece of original art by a well-known artist or by a local artist.  It can also be expensive.  But if you take the time to choose a work of art that suits the recipient, you will definitely win points with him or her.  Also consider that original art can be an investment, so choose wisely.

acrylic painting, contemporary art, Native-American art

acrylic painting, contemporary art, Native-American art

 

4.     Will you buy a fine art print?  Not everyone is able to afford original fine art.  An alternative is to buy a reproduction of the original art.  That reproduction can be in the form of a fine art giclee print or digital art prints made on inkjet printers.

acrylic painting, contemporary art, African-American art

acrylic painting, contemporary art, African-American art

 

5.     Will you buy art locally?  Buying art locally gives you the chance to meet the artist in person.  You can become a collector of that artist’s art.  The art can also be an investment as you will know the artist personally.  Buying locally means that many of the artists are beginning, emerging, or even established artists whose works are still affordable, and as times goes on, the works will increase in value as their talent matures.  Buying a piece of art at this stage in the artist’s career gives you the advantage of watching the your investment grow.

Daily Paintworks

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6.     Will you buy art online?  One advantage of buying art online is the wide variety of art available for every taste.  Another advantage is the ability to buy art from artists that are not local.  Buying online can be less expensive than buying from a local gallery as many artists can sell their work inexpensively from their own artists websites.  In addition, the convenience of being able to click your mouse and purchase a piece of art is very enticing to many would-be art collectors.

Daily Paintworks

Boat Dock Ties, contemporary fine art, acrylic painting

Boat Dock Ties, contemporary fine art, acrylic painting

 

      Fine Art America

Bass Clarinet, contemporary fine art, acrylic painting

Bass Clarinet, contemporary fine art, acrylic painting

 

7.     Will you have the art framed?  Framing a piece of art can be expensive, especially if you purchase a large fine art print or an original painting.  You may not want to spend a lot on framing artwork for a gift.  Consider giving the art unframed and allow the recipient to decide how he or she will have the art framed.  Receiving a one-of-a-kind piece of art can be rewarding in itself, with or without a frame.

 

 

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I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories.  View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.

Check out more of my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.

Also check out my novels and short stories.  Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available at Amazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working with Water Mixable Oil Paints

I have been painting for years using acrylic paints.  I like the fast-drying characteristics of acrylic paints, and I also prefer not to have to deal with toxic chemicals such as turpentine to thin the paints.  One disadvantage of acrylic paints for me is their fast-drying characteristic.  Often the acrylic paints dry too fast, especially when trying to create subtle blends and to avoid hard lines.  Although acrylic paints can tend to change colors when they dry, I still like how they perform.

Recently, I decided to try water mixable oil paints.  One of the main reasons to try these paints is their slow drying time.  They also clean up with water.  Water mixable oil paints work the same as traditional oil paints; however, no turpentine or toxic solvent is needed.  Water mixable oil paints can be thinned with linseed oil, which is non-toxic, another benefit of these  paints.

IMG_4306I purchased a selection of the Martin/F. Weber Co. series of water mixable oil paints to see how they would work for me.  They have great colors, and they  don’t dry nearly as fast as acrylics.  That is something I am going to have to get used to.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a list of the paint colors I bought.

White Permanent

Paynes Gray

Ivory Black (Warm Shade)

Raw Umber

Raw Sienna

Yellow Ochre

Cadmium Yellow Light Hue

Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue

Cadmium Orange Hue

Rose Permanent

Alizarin Crimson Permanent

Dioxazine Purple

French Ultramarine Blue

Phthalo Blue (Blue Shade)

Cobalt Blue Hue

Sap Green

The buttery texture of water mixable oil paints allows me to spread the paints smoothly on my work surfaces.  I find that I don’t need to use linseed oil to thin the paints although I may play around with that technique to see if I like how the painting turns out.

I tested these paints on a canvas panel to see how long they take to dry.  On average, five days is long enough for the paintings to be dry to the touch, that is if I don’t apply the paints heavily.  If I painted with a palette knife, then I am sure more time would be needed for the paintings to be dry to the touch.  I also bought some quick drying liquid to mix with the paints to see if it will speed up the drying time.  Time will tell.

I think I am going to like using water mixable oil paints for my purposes.  I am going to have to get used to the long drying times, but that just means making more space for my paintings to be laid out to dry for days.  I think I can work with that.

 

 

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I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories.  View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.

Check out more of my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.

Also check out my novels and short stories.  Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available at Amazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes).

 

 

 

 

How to Create a Composition and Writing Rubric

English 111 is a composition and writing course taught in community colleges.  It teaches students how to write college-level essays.  Grammar is covered in this course also.  In addition, students learn to use outside sources in their essays.  Modern Language Association (MLA) documentation style is what is required to be used when citing sources in essays in my classes.  Rubrics are generally used to score the essays.  As a former English Instructor, I used rubrics to grade students’ essays.

Here is an English 111 rubric I used.  English Rubric-Revised

 

 

 

Writing can be a frustrating task for many students, particularly the older students, because they believe they have lost those writing skills they once knew.  For this reason, I have written several ebooks on writing to help students just like these.  I wrote these ebooks in the manner in which I teach the skills to my students.  I learn by following step-by-step instructions, and I find that method works well for most students, especially students whose grammar and writing skills are weak.

How to Write a Basic Essay in Seven Easy Steps: A Beginner’s Guide is designed to help students break down the various steps involved in writing an essay and tackle one task at a time.  My students tend to do well on essays where they write about topics they know a lot about, and when they are allowed to choose their own topics, I receive great essays.  They know themselves better than anyone else, so why wouldn’t they be able to write an essay that focused on themselves?

How to Write an Argumentative Essay is an extension of how to write a basic essay.  Because the argumentative format is somewhat specialized, meaning some elements must be included before it can be classified as an argumentative essay, students must understand some of the terminology related to the argumentative rhetorical mode.  These terms are defined and explained in the ebook along with directions on how to organize an argumentative essay.

 

How to Write a Short Story: A Beginner’s Guide is designed for the high school or college student as well as a beginning writer or author who wants to write essays of a creative nature, or in other words, short stories.  The basics of organizing a short story is outlined in this ebook in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

 

 

How to Create a Basic Writing Rubric

English 090 is a basic grammar and writing course taught in community colleges.  It teaches students how to write basic essays.  Rubrics are generally used to score the essays.  As a former English Instructor, I used rubrics to grade students’ essays.

Here is an English 090 rubric I used.   English 090 Rubric-Revised

 

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Writing can be a frustrating task for many students, particularly the older students, because they believe they have lost those writing skills they once knew.  For this reason, I have written several ebooks on writing to help students just like these.  I wrote these ebooks in the manner in which I teach the skills to my students.  I learn by following step-by-step instructions, and I find that method works well for most students, especially students whose grammar and writing skills are weak.

How to Write a Basic Essay in Seven Easy Steps: A Beginner’s Guide is designed to help students break down the various steps involved in writing an essay and tackle one task at a time.  My students tend to do well on essays where they write about topics they know a lot about, and when they are allowed to choose their own topics, I receive great essays.  They know themselves better than anyone else, so why wouldn’t they be able to write an essay that focused on themselves?

How to Write an Argumentative Essay is an extension of how to write a basic essay.  Because the argumentative format is somewhat specialized, meaning some elements must be included before it can be classified as an argumentative essay, students must understand some of the terminology related to the argumentative rhetorical mode.  These terms are defined and explained in the ebook along with directions on how to organize an argumentative essay.

 

How to Write a Short Story: A Beginner’s Guide is designed for the high school or college student as well as a beginning writer or author who wants to write essays of a creative nature, or in other words, short stories.  The basics of organizing a short story is outlined in this ebook in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

 

 

Fishing on the Oregon Inlet–Nags Head

 

 Fishing on the Oregon Inlet–Nags Head

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I was excited when my brother and his wife invited my husband and me to go fishing with them at Nags Head.  My brother chartered a fishing boat.   While waiting for the charter boat to come in, I decided to take some pictures of the boats at dock.

 

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Captains Will and Viv McPherson at Sinbad Sportsfishing Charters took us out to fish on their boat, Sinbad, in the Oregon Inlet.  They were wonderful hosts and showed us a great time.  They made the fishing experience memorable.

Captain Will Captain Viv Epherson

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We are on our way, leaving the marina to head out to deeper water.

 

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Once the Captain located a spot to fish, it didn’t take long for the fish to start biting.  My husband was excited when he reeled in his first catch.  That was the first time we had been fishing on the ocean.

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My brother and his wife enjoyed themselves immensely.  They wanted to catch fish and fish they did catch!

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It was a beautiful sunny day with warm breezes cooling us off.  We spent about three hours out on the water, and in between catching some Spanish mackerel and blue fish, we would sit back and enjoy the relaxing motion of the boat.  When it was time to head back in, my husband and I took some selfies.

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The ride back to the marina was probably the best part for me.  So relaxing and refreshing as the water sprays peppered my face.  I wanted to remember this moment, so I took some pictures of reels and lures on the boat.

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We passed several buoys as we headed in.

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We didn’t get a chance to visit the Bodie Island Lighthouse, so I took a picture of it.  Maybe next time, we will make that visit.

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We weren’t the only ones heading back in.  We passed a few boats that were bringing in their catch of the day.

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All in all, the fishing trip was wonderful.  We caught over 50 fish.  I think that was great for our first time charter fishing.  We shared our catch with family and ate some tasty FRESH fish.

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 Can’t wait until we go again!

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I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories.  View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.

Check out more of my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.

Also check out my novels and short stories.  Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available at Amazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes).

How to Organize an Essay–Basic Essay Format

Basic Essay Format

 

Topic – Your topic may be given by instructor, or you may be allowed to choose your own topic.  Narrow the topic so that it can be covered adequately depending on the length of your essay assignment.

 

Audience—Your audience is your reader or the person to whom you are addressing your essay argument.  The language used in the essay should be appropriate for the audience who will read it.  Don’t use language that is too complicated for a younger audience, and don’t use language that is too juvenile for an adult audience.

 

Purpose—Decide on your purpose for writing your essay—to inform, to entertain, to persuade.   The purpose will help determine your language, your tone, and your overall approach to the topic.

 

Introduction— There are several ways to hook your readers’ attention in the introduction:

  • Begin with a brief story or short anecdote.
  • Begin with an surprising fact or interesting statistic.
  • Begin with a question that will be answered or addressed in your essay.
  • Begin with background information that is relevant to your topic.
  • Begin with a definition of a term that is relevant to your topic and expand on this term in your essay.
  • Do not begin with statements such as “I am going to explain…” or  “I am going to tell you how…”.   These statements are weak and don’t hook your readers’ attention.
  • Thesis Statement—It is the last sentence of the introductory paragraph.  The thesis statement is the main idea of the entire essay.  It states exactly what you will prove in the essay and lists the major points that will be discussed in the body of the essay.

 

Transition Words—These words or phrases are used to introduce each body paragraph.  They help the reader transition from one major point to the next.  They also help the reader transition from one paragraph to the next.

 

Topic Sentence—The topic sentence is the main idea of each paragraph.  It states broadly what will be discussed in the body of the paragraph.  The topic sentence relates directly to the thesis statement.

 

Major Details—The major details are the main points that will be discussed in each paragraph.

 

Supporting Details—The supporting details further explain, support, or back up the main points in each paragraph in the form of examples, evidence, personal experiences, facts, figures, statistics, etc.

 

Closing Statement– The closing statement is a sentence at the end of each paragraph, which signals the end of the point being discussed in the paragraph.  The closing statement also transitions smoothly to the next paragraph.

 

Conclusion—Strategies for writing effective conclusions:

  • Restatement of the thesis, worded slightly differently
  • Summary of the main points brought out in the essay
  • Call to action, asking the reader to do something or to stop doing something
  • Do not bring up new points in the conclusion.  Address new points in the body of the essay.
  • Do not leave the reader with unanswered questions.

 

 

 

Writing can be a frustrating task for many students, particularly the older students, because they believe they have lost those writing skills they once knew.  For this reason, I have written several ebooks on writing to help students just like these.  I wrote these ebooks in the manner in which I teach the skills to my students.  I learn by following step-by-step instructions, and I find that method works well for most students, especially students whose grammar and writing skills are weak.

How to Write a Basic Essay in Seven Easy Steps: A Beginner’s Guide is designed to help students break down the various steps involved in writing an essay and tackle one task at a time.  My students tend to do well on essays where they write about topics they know a lot about, and when they are allowed to choose their own topics, I receive great essays.  They know themselves better than anyone else, so why wouldn’t they be able to write an essay that focused on themselves?

How to Write an Argumentative Essay is an extension of how to write a basic essay.  Because the argumentative format is somewhat specialized, meaning some elements must be included before it can be classified as an argumentative essay, students must understand some of the terminology related to the argumentative rhetorical mode.  These terms are defined and explained in the ebook along with directions on how to organize an argumentative essay.

 

How to Write a Short Story: A Beginner’s Guide is designed for the high school or college student as well as a beginning writer or author who wants to write essays of a creative nature, or in other words, short stories.  The basics of organizing a short story is outlined in this ebook in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

 

 

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