Marilyn Monroe Painting Lips

This is a commissioned painting for a lady whose daughter wants a picture of Marilyn Monroe’s lips.

"Marilyn Lips" by Katrina Parker Williams

“Marilyn Lips” by Katrina Parker Williams

Prints are available.  Email Katrina Williams at stepartdesigns at hotmail dot com.

Tiny Art Show Exhibition

Tiny Art Show Call for Entries

Yellow Volkswagen

Yellow Volkswagen

This exhibition is open to all artists, craftsman, community members, adult or child. Any media and subject matter is eligible. All pieces must not exceed 5”x5”x7” in any direction. Work must be available for the entire exhibit and must be for sale. (must be priced at $5 or $10)

No entry fee and all applicable and appropriate artwork is accepted!

Drop Off Dates & Times

January 29 – 31, 2015

10 a.m. – 9 p.m Thursday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4pm Saturday

Exhibition Dates: February 6 – 27, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, February 6, 2015

 

 

Art Exhibition–On the Wall Exhibition

Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Cape Lookout Lighthouse

On the Wall Exhibition: A National Juried Exhibition

ON THE WALL: National Juried Art Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: March 6-28, 2015ON THE WALL is a national juried competition recognizing excellence in craft and fine art.

Eligibility:
This exhibition is open to an artist in any media and subject matter. Any media and any subject matter is eligible, but must hang on a wall.  All work must have been completed in the past 3 years and not previously exhibited at PCAC. All pieces must fit through a standard size door. Work must be available for the entire exhibit. Video entries are accepted but special equipment must be provided. Work must be “ready to hang” or will not be eligible even if accepted.

Find out more at On the Wall Exhibition.

Juicy Cantaloupe Painting–DPW Auction Pick of the Day

My painting “Juicy Cantaloupe” is one of Daily Paintworks DPW Auction Picks today! Bid on this piece at Daily Paintworkshttp://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/288921.

Contemporary Fine Art, Acrylic Painting

Contemporary Fine Art, Acrylic Painting

 

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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).

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.

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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.

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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).

 

 

 

 

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