Sunday, April 13, 2014

non-Apron painting

The "Apron Stirrings" show continues to hang and draw positive and excited comments. But, now, for a break from Aprons!

Everywhere I look, the Spring flowers are filling the landscape with color and pollen. Timing is everything when you paint between sneezes.

Since my acrylic paints are still out, I continued with them for this subject. The painting sat on my easel for a couple of weeks, unfinished, and unsatisfactory, with no line work. Then, one day I saw it and thought about my India ink and decided to "wreck" it. The lines brought focus and depth to what were good shapes but a boring painting.

Spring? Oh, yes. Bring it on!

The Lumineers "Flowers in Your Hair."

Sunday, April 6, 2014

what stirs beneath the aprons

 Opening night of "Apron Stirrings" was fun and interesting to see and hear people respond to my paintings. 

And it gave me a chance to talk to people about the work, too. The open exchange of ideas is always stimulating and this night was no exception.

A Little Bit about “Apron Stirrings”

For the last several years, I have experimented with abstraction and ways to communicate in my paintings without being anchored by traditional representations of subjects. 
In “Apron Stirrings” you see part of my experimentation. Only two things remain constant in this series: a very real subject (Bill Park’s printing apron) and a limited palette (Cadmium Yellow, Quinacrodone Red, and Pthalo Blue). From there,  I let the paintings flow and develop over the course of a year. 

Communication involves not only the artist, but the viewer. What you see and how you experience the relationships in the paintings is part of your personal life story.  There is no right or wrong story and I love that!

Although the series started with an apron, the paintings are not about aprons at all. They are about the complex dynamics of relationships. This is what stirs beneath the aprons.

In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art Gallery presents

 "Apron Stirrings"
Katherine van Schoonhoven

April 4 -- 27, 2014

2025 SE Jefferson Street
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Opening night: April 4, 2014

"Apron Stirrings" 
Opening Night and Artist's Reception
Friday, April 4, 2014
5:00 -- 8:00 pm

In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art Gallery
2025 SE Jefferson Street
Milwaukie, OR

The show is hung and it looks exciting and vibrant and beautiful. In addition to the Apron paintings, you will see many of my monotypes at the show. You can see them in the painting above, arranged on the floor before we put them up on the wall.

I hope to see you at the reception. If you can't make it then, please come by and see the show at your convenience. 

Gallery hours are: 
Thursday 1 - 5
Friday 1 - 5 (except 1st Friday, open until 8)
Sunday 10 - 2
or by appointment

Special thanks to gallery owner and artist Roxanne Colyer Clingman for her unflagging encouragement and hard work. Without her, this show would not have happened. Thank you, Roxanne!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Opening night April 4, 2014!

You are invited to 

"Apron Stirrings" 

at In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art Gallery for my solo show.

Opening reception is Friday, April 4, 2014 from 5:00 -- 8:00 pm.

Hope you can make it!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ella throws it down!

"Ella Throws it Down" 32 x 24, acrylic

"Every child is an artist. The problem is 
how to remain an artist once we grow up." 
Pablo Picasso

There's nothing so refreshing as inviting a child into my studio to play. Before long I remember what it is to be fearless, curious, and completely involved in art making.

And so it was when almost seven year old Ella came to play. She picked up art materials and experimented with vigor and abandon. My role as guide was hardly needed as she drew, painted, and created some wonderful and very personal expressions of art.

For some of our splashy fun with acrylic, I had her wear an apron to protect her clothes. Ella wasn't thrilled, but she complied. As soon as she was done with the acrylic work, she asked if she could take off the apron. Of course. I was intrigued to see her not only take off the apron, but throw it down. That gesture was priceless.

After she and her mommy left, I picked up my sketchbook (you thought I was going to say that I picked up the apron, right? Hah!) and quickly sketched some little thumbnail ideas of Ella in the studio, including her throwing down the apron. This painting came from some of those sketches.

As I worked on this painting, I thought about times in my life when I put on some covering of protection. I accept that I needed it for a time, but when I am released from that need, do I take it off? I might ignore the constraints, the itchy neck, the binding strings, and adapt myself to the discomfort of it. Over time, layer upon layer build up to create an entire shell of protection and my voice becomes muffled under the burden of it all. 

I think I will take a lesson from Ella. When protection is no longer needed, I'll take it off and THROW IT DOWN! 

This painting, and many others that relate in some way to aprons, will be in my solo show "Apron Stirrings" and I hope you will come to see it!

"Apron Stirrings"
Artist reception: Friday, April 4, 2014
2025 SE Jefferson
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Triad at Trinity, opening reception

Triad at Trinity
Portland Women in Abstract Media

Nikki Dilbeck
Ann Fullerton
Jan Heigh
Bonnie Garrett
Collin Murphy
Katherine van Schoonhoven
Marilyn Woods

Exhibition: March 9 -- April 27, 2014

Reception: Sunday, March 9, 11am -- 1pm
                   Guitar music by Allen Matthews
                  Kempton Hall
Forum with artists: Sunday, April 27, 9am

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Show at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Gathering: Alone in a Crowd, acrylic on panel, 24 x 24
"Do you know about 'Quirkyalone'?" a viewer asked me when he saw this painting. 

I had never heard the word before that moment, but I asked him about it and then looked it up on line. According to Wikipedia:

"Quirkyalone is a neologism referring to someone who enjoys being single and generally prefers to be alone rather than dating for the sake of it"

 The word has been around for 15 years and this was the first time I heard it. 

There is no greater compliment than to hear that a painting touches someone in a meaningful way.

This painting is part of a group show of abstract work with some paintings based on a specific triad of paint colors. I hope you will be able to come and see the show!

"Triad at Trinity" work by  Portland Women in Abstract Media
 Artists' reception March 9 at 11:00 am
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral 
147 NW 19th Ave Portland, OR 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

monotypes for the shows

Monotype, "Breeze" 14 x 14
 These are just two of many monotypes that are getting framed and ready for two shows coming up this Spring! 

Simple black wood frames and wide white double matting make these pieces windows of color wherever they hang.

In March/April 2014 you can see my work as part of a PDX-WAM group show at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, OR. 

In April 2014 you can see my work in a solo show at In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art Gallery in Milwaukie, OR. 
Monotype, "Ascending" 14 x 14
More details to come!

Friday, January 31, 2014

this land

Yosemite Falls, 16 x 20, pastel on BFK
I cannot resist a national park when I travel. A month in California afforded me the chance to see three: Joshua Tree National Park, Pinnacles National ParkChannel Islands National Park, and Yosemite National Park.

I will never forget my first trip to Yosemite. I was eight years old and we went on a family summer vacation there. 

My grandmother was with us and that filled our stations wagon with: four kids, three adults, luggage, ice chests, pillows, and all manner of toys and books and other stuff for the four hour drive.

To help pass the time, my grandmother started to sing songs. Mom knew the songs and the two of them sang in a magical kind of harmony that captivated all of us kids. I begged them to sing the songs again and again so that I could learn their words and melodies and harmonies.

This week, Pete Seeger died and the media is filled with many tributes about the man and his music. Much of what I hear are the songs my grandmother and mother sang in the car on our way up to Yosemite. Maybe your family sang these songs on your car rides when you were a kid, too. "If I Had a Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Swanee River," "On Top of Old Smokey," and one of my favorites, "This Land is Your Land."

Rest in peace, Pete Seeger. Thank you for your great love of our country and the people who live in it and for your legacy of music. Your message of peace and beauty will live on.

Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie "This Land is Your Land."