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Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Commision

Hey all! Well it looks like I've been updating sporadically but I definitely haven't been lazy! A friend of mine saw my "Hello" painting and commissioned me to do something similar with different text for a Christmas present. I delivered it to him this weekend and he was happy with the final product; which is always good to see of course. Currently I'm working on another commission for a baby shower, my work is up at Argo Tea through February and I'm working on new work for another show in February. All that along with holiday travel next week. WHEW.


 10" x 10" Acrylic on canvas 


Oh! And look who won my Wonder Woman piece! My awesome brother.







 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Argo Tea

I am very excited to be showing my work in the Chicago Loop at Argo Tea. The staff and manager I've met are incredibly nice and have been so happy to have my work go up in their location at Dearborn and Adams. It's a high traffic area and with holiday shopping there will be a lot of people in and out of there seeing my artwork. Rad, huh? 

Anyways, it's up through February so if you're around make sure to stop in! I'll be doing a sort of meet and greet event there at some point and will be posting those details once I have them. Here are some photos I took right after hanging tonight and a handy map to show you how easy it is to find this location!







 Argo Tea, 140 S Dearborn. Chicago, IL


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Wonder Woman





My brother asked me to donate a Wonder Woman painting to a charity event being hosted at his store, Coliseum of Comics, in the Fashion Square Mall in Orlando and of course I said yes! It was really fun to work on a different subject matter. The flat colors and thick black outlines really pop and I love the slight smirk I gave her. 

If you're in Central Florida you can bid on my piece at the Woman of Wonder Charity Event Saturday December 14th. 


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gifts!


Pinterest put out a call for gift boards to feature and I started right away working on a gifts for crafters board to enter. I hate how early Christmas advertising seems to start every year but I was inspired to start putting together some ideas. A lot of these items are things I would love to get myself and think that make really great gifts for your crafter sister/mom/girlfriend/wife/friend, etc. 

I hope you enjoy browsing my list! Feel free to follow my board as I will continue to add to it. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Magazine Girls

Finished this painting on panel this week! This was a bit different from how I normally work because I worked straight from a drawing I did previously and didn't stray from it at all. Normally I go in to pieces with a very basic idea/layout and see how it progresses as I work. It was nice to switch up how I work a bit! 



Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cosmo Sex Tip Doilies

I love doing these pieces where I combine ridiculous Cosmo magazine sex tips on traditionally feminine and/or vintage imagery and objects. 





Thursday, October 10, 2013

Inspiration

I do a lot of thinking about my art at work (Shhh, don't tell my boss!), but I can't help it. I'm always thinking about the next chunk of free time I have and if I'll have enough energy to work in the studio. I was browsing through a blog I found a few months back  and she is a self proclaimed inspiration junkie and it got me thinking....I've been feeling like an inspiration junkie myself lately. I'll blame Pinterest, my collection of vintage books and postcards, and my general way of absorbing information. I look A LOT at all types of visuals and by the time I get to my studio I feel like I'm funneling all these visuals in to the most important things I saw and how I want to use the inspiration for my work and how it relates to my style. Being an artist can mean never turning your brain off...

So, here are some things that have been inspiring me lately as found around the Internet and life out and about in Chicago.



Hong Seon Jang's work with National Geographics 

Damask pattern and this color combination

 Jill Ricci's beautiful and intricately layered work


And finally, I love this lettering and the way the light was hitting it from a piece of construction slab on the ground at Milwaukee and Logan Blvd. Saw after grabbing coffee at New Wave Coffee.





Monday, October 7, 2013

Weekend

Whew, I'm tired. Friday I hung out at Alcala's Boutique after work for the West Town Art walk and then went down to see Suicide Machines at Reggie's. Saturday was a coffee date with a friend and then a dinner and wandering around Wicker Park date with the boyfriend. Sunday was spent all day at Ikea (first trip in 3 years) and then starting to put stuff together (I finally have a new bed frame and headboard! Like an adult!). So needless to say, I didn't make an art this weekend but I'm hoping to get lots done this week between more work, friend hangs, and boyfriend hangs. Wow, I better drink a lot of coffee! Oh, my "Hello" painting is going to a new home today! That one went fast!

Here's a few snapshots from my work in the West Town Art Walk

 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Collage Love

Quick post! Here's 2 new collages and a drawing. 

Also a quick reminder that I do commissions and already have one lined up for December, art makes a great gift! Contact me here or on KatieHolland.com if you'd like to chat about a commission. 




Monday, September 30, 2013

West Town Art Walk!

Hey all! I know I've been sporadically posting but here's another update about a show I'm in. The West Town Art Walk is this weekend in Chicago and I'll be showing at Alcala's Boutique at 1739 W. Chicago Ave. I'll have some small works as well as handmade jewelry on display. I've worked in the West Town neighborhood for 6 and a half years now and it's a cute but still a developing/up and coming area with a lot of independently owned shops and restaurants and I'm very excited to be a part of the art walk!

My work will be at #14! Also check out the full map at westtownartwalk.com

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Spudnik Press Benefit Auction

Image from SpudnikPress.org

I'm very happy to have a piece up for auction in the Spudnik benefit on Saturday September 28th! I've used the facility before and it's such a great resource to have in Chicago. 

Here are the deets: 

In Progress Benefit Auction
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Suite 302
6:00-10:00pm
Free; $20 suggested door donation
includes a commemorative artist-designed block printed t-shirt.

Join the Facebook Event!

“To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.” -Pablo Picasso
To progress is to advance; to do more; to do better. Yet, progress is not something you complete, but something that should remain a constant. Progress is an ongoing expedition critical to growth and development. It is with this in mind that each fall, Spudnik Press pays homage to the role progress plays in an artist’s practice, while raising the funds needed to keep our studio in progress.
In Progess is a benefit auction that features studio sketches, visual brainstorms, artist proofs, drafts, studies, notes, and ephemera from the studio practices of a diverse and impressive lineup of artists, including Paul NuddBrad VetterMiller and ShellabargerPeter Mars, and Carrie Gundersdorf. Keeping with Spudnik’s mission to remain an affordable and democratic platform for all, artwork comes framed and bidding starts at $35. Additionally, the auction will feature a curated selection, handpicked by guest curator, Mark Pascale, Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at The Art Institute of Chicago, with bids starting at just $60.
Once bids are placed, enjoy artisan cocktails crafted by Mark Brinker of The Barrelhouse Flat, delicious treats, and excellent beer. Then step into our printshop to try your hand at running a press! Bidding ends at 9:30pm.
Curated Artworks by:
Rachel Niffenegger
Judith Geichman
B. Ingrid Olson
Sarah Sohn
Kay Rosen
Mark Booth
Gordon Powell
David Schutter
Luis Romero

Full List of Artists:
Ramsey BeyerLeif GoldbergCarrie GundersdorfKeith HerzikKatie HollandMegan Klawitter, Victoria Martinez, Peter MarsMiller and ShellabargerPaul NuddOnsmithJason PallasSara Greenberger RaffertyRafael E. VeraBrad VetterOli WattMickey Zacchilli, and more.

Sponsors and Contributing Businesses Include:
Art + ScienceChicago Silk ScreenBig Delicious PlanetRyan Swanson DesignRipt Apparel, and Music Box Theatre.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Open Studio


Come see my work, have something to drink and snack on, and chat with fellow artists and art lovers. I have only so much space in my studio and would love to clear it out for plenty of room for new work, so all old and current work is for sale and of course every price is negotiable. I am also available to discuss commissioned work. Let's talk art!


Come by after the farmer's market or Sunday brunch! There is plenty of free parking nearby right on Kedzie, Fullerton, or Albany.

If you're not familiar with my work check out KatieHolland.com

2415 N. Kedzie in Logan Square, please enter in the back. RSVP to the facebook event.
 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

September Update!

Hey everyone! It's already September 12th and I really don't know where the month has gone and I'm already dreading the bitter Chicago winter. But in the meantime I have several things to look forward to including my open studio, the Spudnik Press benefit auction, and the West Town Art Walk. I'm pretty happy with how this fall booked up and I've been thinking a lot about what direction I want to take my work. I re-signed my lease again so I  have another year with my home studio, which is great but it's starting to feel a bit small. 

Always a mess in the studio

So excited for my open studio! I hope to sell a few pieces and make room in my work space. I'm also hoping to talk with visitors about things like what pieces they would like to see made in to prints and start to see if people would be interested in taking art or craft classes from me. 


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Here and There

Just a quick "hello!" to show a few things I've been up to. I finished this 8"x8" painting the other day. I've been really interested in using text and hand drawn lettering in my work more. The 'hello' here was inspired by embroidery stitching.

 
My Dad's girlfriend sent me some handmade bath bombs and soap (check out her Etsy) in a tea tin, which I decorated with washi tape. Washi tape on everything!

 
$5 for a box of random craft paper at a yard sale = the best find!


 
 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

New Works on Paper

I am just plain awful at blog post titles. Oh well, there's a reason I paint more than I write. I haven't been in the studio too much recently but wanted to update with some new works on paper. The day job has been stressful and I've been making time to hang out with friends and catch up on reading a priority so I haven't been working on many big pieces but I've been sketching and making collages. I've really been enjoying working directly on/with these vintage books pages. So, without further ado, here's the latest work! I need to start finding frames for these paper pieces. 







Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Abstract Inspiration

I've been thinking a lot about abstraction recently. I'm not exactly sure why but I think it has to do with how I feel overwhelmed by so much recently; social media, adult life stresses, career...all the usual suspects and sometimes I want to just disengage from it all and clear my head and not think of it all for awhile. Working abstractly becomes this meditative state and let's me zone out and clear my head and and refresh/reset myself. 

Here are some recent images I've come across that are abstract inspirations for me that I wanted to share.








Monday, July 29, 2013

Stay Positive


I tend to lean towards sarcasm in general and the simplest thing will annoy me at the drop of a hat, but I've been trying over the last year or so to see more positive things in my everyday life. I guess it started after I went to group therapy and learned some really great ways to deal with  my depression (I have Dysthymia). I am doing so much better than I ever have since I've been having issues with depression (since early-mid teens or so) and lemme tell ya, it feels good. There are still some days where I can't even get the energy to make myself food and other days I feel like a totally normal human being. Those slivers of time that I feel good/productive/normal I think "ooooh, so this is what this feels like". It's such a foreign concept to me that I deserve to me happy. But you know what, I do, and that's a good thing. 

I'm always on and off struggling with thinking my art is crap and meaningless and is pointless and I need to give up. When I told my friend Chris this recently he said, "Well, I guess the point is that you're good at it and getting people to see your work isn't easy. But if it was easy, it wouldn't be worth it". Simple facts like this are easy to understand on the surface, but hard to remember when I'm sitting in my studio wishing I could make and create and actually do what I love for a living. So I'm just going to kick it up a notch if I really want to do what I love instead of lamenting the bad. I've been sending out emails to places I want to show instead of being afraid my work isn't good enough and not even trying. 



Half my time at my day job is spent thinking about art, things I want to make, mediums I want to experiment with, etc. It's almost painful some days to be there doing something I ended up being good at, but don't love or want to do forever. And I'm scared I will end up at some 9-5 day job regretting not following my gut. I don't know if it's because I just turned 30, but I feel like I need to make some big life decisions soon and get to where I want to be.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Stripes!

I started this as a background but then I liked how it ended up with the stripes by themselves. I've found myself wanting to work more abstractly recently and I like this piece with just the color and line variances on their own. I'm going to stretch this and see how it looks then and decide if I want to paint it further or not.




Thursday, July 25, 2013

New Work on Paper


I got a great book from the 1950's from a friend for my birthday about teenagers and it's sooooo great. Amazing images and text about developing your personality, making friends, going to church, playing sports, etc; courtesy of some good ol' fashion ways of thinking. 



I was playing around with backgrounds and technique and ended up with this great gritty and almost wood patterned look.



Monday, July 22, 2013

Birthday


This weekend I celebrated the big 3-0 at my apartment with a great group of friends and WAY too many shots. Above is a picture of the photobooth area I had up for the party, I can't wait to see the pictures once they're edited! I got paper pom poms and lanterns online and hung them from the ceiling in the hall by my dining room area. I felt pretty lazy about buying something online that I could have made myself (the pom poms), but with vacation earlier this month and then having company I was exhausted and wanted to make the party planning easy and stress free. 

All in all I'm doing much better with the whole "holy crap I'm 30, what am I doing with my life" thing. I have a good amount of friends who are older than me and told me in all sincerity and not to just make me feel better that your 30's are an awesome time and that helped me a lot to hear. My life isn't perfect but overall I'm happy with things, and while I have a lot to change/work on I have come a long way and look forward to what my 30's bring. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I'm Back!

Vacation was a blast! It's always so nice to get out of the city and out to where I can see the stars. We stayed a few days at my Dad's house out in the burbs and then spent Friday and Saturday night at the Palms hotel just off the strip. We partied pretty hard and I can't quite get over a hangover like I used to. 


Each row from left to right:
1. The Bellagio always has beautiful seasonal displays.
2. We saw the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Bellagio fine art gallery. We couldn't take pictures but it was an amazing collection; I didn't know he did pieces with diamond dust. I got some Warhol stationary for writing my pen pals. 
3. Bingo at Station Casino! So fun!
4. We saw Claire Sinclair's show Pinup at the Stratosphere
5. Great views for watching the 4th of July fireworks at the top of the Stratosphere
6. The view from our room at the Palms.
7. We stopped by the Vegas sign at 12:30am after doing some ass juice shots the at Double Down
8. Pretty tree and flower display at the Wynn
9. Koons Tulip sculpture at the Wynn. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Vacation!


Hey all! I'm leaving after work tonight for Vegas!!! Hanging out with some family, celebrating a friend's 21st birthday and my early 30th bday. Since finishing my last batch of paintings I've been taking a little break from art making and I also have a friend in town once I get back from Vegas...so point is I'll be taking a little break from the blog.  

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far!