Tuesday, June 13, 2017





  This will be a fun evening.  I'm trying to figure out how to set up my art. My brother in law is graciously lending me some tables.  I'm not sure how to display the art on the tables in a creative but not overly busy way.  I have 11 pieces that I am going to display.....should it be an even number? There's something more quirky about having an odd number.

   I have been trying to decide whether or not to keep my Etsy shop. It has been fun to have but I don't know if I am being overly confident in thinking that my art will sell frequently enough to maintain it on Etsy. I think I've maxed out the kind friends who purchased art when I first opened the shop. I think I will add the last few pieces I've created and then see what happens.

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Converge Gallery

 



   The Converge Gallery in Westport, PA is currently running a show called Zeitgeist. I decided to take a chance and entered my artwork The Harmony of Dark and Light.  I didn't create it with the intention of having a political zeitgeist theme but it fits perfectly.  I am so excited that my art was chosen.  Go to the homepage of the gallery website to see the other art in the exhibit. There are some neat pieces.

Here is the link to the artwork on the Converge Gallery's website:
https://convergegallery.com/?artwork=the-harmony-of-dark-and-light-kate-cahill-vansuch



Statement: Mixed media is always right.  Every texture, layer and color chosen become part of the final piece of art. What doesn’t initially appear right becomes a layer that builds up to the final work of art. The mixed media art I create combines themes of the present and includes pictures of the past.  The combination of the two is compatible because many of the themes of today are not new-they are just a different variation. I believe that art sends messages and speaks to people.  Perhaps a different viewpoint of a familiar theme will speak to someone in an unexpected way.  Who knows where that can lead?

The “The Harmony of Dark and Light” addresses the emotional state of many Americans regarding current political activity.  Perhaps by embracing and nourishing both the dark and the light sides of ourselves and the world in general, we will determine how to move forward so we can all live in a state of harmony. 

3 Vases



Can we speak in flowers.
it will be easier for me to understand.  –Nayyirah Waheed

I always think of women in factors of three. Perhaps it is because I have two sisters.
I definitely think I would understand the world better if we all spoke in flowers. It would be a more peaceful place at least. And our brains would be so pretty.

These 3 vases revealed unique women’s faces as I created them. The floral arrangements in each one are collaged. 

Flower Crown Memorium

Another fun pup with a flower crown.  This is Chance and he was my daughter's teacher's dog.  In the pictures I viewed he looked like a good old man.  My daughter concurred. 


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Floral Bathingcap Bulldog

For some reason I love flower crowns.  I have drawn/collaged them on women and now on a bulldog. I'm trying to come up with an idea that will combine my love of collage crowns, the beauty of women and my favorite obsession.....flowers.  Hopefully the idea in my head will translate well into artwork.  Another idea I have is  to do something with trailing geraniums.  I haven't done more than a background on a canvas because I am afraid that what I envision in my mind won't look a fraction as lovely once I translate it into actual art! This bulldog watercolor and collage was a fun distraction.  It's not like I have to do art for my job so the ideas that pop into my head can sit there forever but they do call to me unless I write them down or work on them. The inside of my head is like a jumble sale and if I don't weed some items out there isn't any room to add new information. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Lace Hummingbirds and Some Great Advice from Deep Sea Creatures

I had the idea to make Lace Hummingbirds. Originally I thought I would use lace patterned doilies but found that to be too messy when trying to keep them within the tiny body size of a hummingbird. I had lace stencils though, so I used them and the photos below are of what turned out. The neat thing about painting animals and other creatures with eyes is that when the eyes are painted that is the moment that the animal seems to come to life. I am working on making little frames for each of these pieces and I'm touching up the hummingbirds themselves. I found an old children's book about hummingbirds and decided it would be perfect for collage work on the frames. It always feels hard to cut into an old book but I think they were meant to be enjoyed and that doesn't always mean sitting on a shelf. I am so excited that I was accepted into the Doylestown Hospital Artwalk.  It is a beautiful hallway art gallery.  When I first walked through it I felt like I was in a solarium filled with art and  I just had to communicate with the directors.  I submitted my 6 series piece about one woman's life and story (posted on a previous blog entry) but they only wanted 4 pieces and couldn't use the piece with the topless women! They liked the hummingbirds and, whenever someone likes my art, I am so grateful so I quickly said yes to submitting the birds.
  Today I listened to The Jealous Curator's interview with Jenny Brown.  It is so validating to hear Jenny and the show's host, Danielle Krysa, talk about sticking with the art you think is beautiful.  That doesn't mean not taking feedback and it is always good to continue to improve upon your style, though.   Jenny uses vintage papers and other ephemeral items to collage with her sea creatures (who are also very ephemeral).  People in the art world told her to change her style or used the word "crafty" which isn't necessarily a positive description in the art world, I suppose.  She realized that what one enjoys drawing and creating is what one is meant to do and over time the right stage for that artwork will appear. It has worked out for her and  I promise I'm not stalking Jenny!  There is just something about her art that makes me so happy. It is so other-worldly beautiful!



Monday, March 13, 2017

My art made it into a magazine!

I've submitted art to many "calls to artists".  I have only officially started identifying myself as an artist (in my own head at least).  I am sure I haven't worked at getting my art out there for half as long or half as hard as so many other artists.  I do know that everyone has to start sometime and it is challenging to find different publications looking for art submissions and to create different artwork based on whether the calls are for specific themes. Some publications let you know when your submissions have been chosen and some don't. I was so surprised when I got the most recent issue of Just Mixed Media magazine in the mail and saw "Burlington Rooftops" in the table of contents! Two photos of my artwork made it into the magazine. It's exciting to see your own art in print and to know that someone (other than yourself) likes your artwork. I love reading other artists' stories and feel proud of other artists when they get continued success in their art career and dreams. All art makes the world better. Everyone has different tastes and varied styles speak to different people. I know I'm not writing anything that hasn't been written before. It can't be said enough though. Art makes the world more beautiful. Art makes people feel special.  Art gives people confidence and a sense of purpose. I'm thankful to be able to create art and to find healing in it. Art adds sparkle to this world and artists scatter it. Every day needs glitter in it.