Artist Spotlight: Katinka

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Pink Lady by Katinka

Pink Lady by Katinka

 
In the past two years, you may have read a post or two here about our foray into the world of painting. You might recall reading about our art teacher, who taught us acrylic color washes. Her suggestion to combine simple shapes with complex washes inspired our entire series of guitar paintings. Of the twenty or so painted in the last year, about half of them now hang in the homes of family, friends, and buyers in the States and overseas. It only seems fair to credit our teacher for the idea, as well as her tireless support in helping a partially color-blind learner with color choices, guiding us to new acrylic media and tools to texture our paintings, consulting on project supplies, introducing us to pastels and toned tan paper, and about a million other timely insights that helped us develop artistically.

Katinka, who signs her work Tink, teaches children and adults in a variety of classes, local events, and workshops. You can see so many smiling faces at her most recent class, a Wine and Paint event in Temecula. That class demonstrates the combination of interesting silhouetted shapes with complex multi-colored washes. Katinka uses this approach in a series of her own that has proven quite popular at the art festivals and galleries where she shows her work in California. If you want to give color washes a try, click over to Youtube and pick up the basics of color washes in Katinka’s five-minute Acrylic Color Wash Tutorial.

 

She Likes the Milky Way by Katinka

She Likes the Milky Way by Katinka

 
In exchange for setting up accounting files in Excel, an introduction to WordPress blogging, and research on art festivals, we got to choose one of Katinka’s paintings for our office. We picked She Likes the Milky Way, a 20×20 canvas painted outdoors at one of Katinka’s festival appearances. We absolutely declined an offer on it from the last person who visited to buy art.

 

Squash Blossom Girl by Katinka

Squash Blossom Girl by Katinka

 
We’re very pleased to also have one of Katinka’s smaller watercolor works in our office: Squash Blossom Girl. The rich interplay of light, reflection, and shadow in her eyes is characteristic of Katinka’s portraits. Perhaps we can convince her to post another video on her approach to eyes!

If you live in the Los Angeles area and would like to attend a workshop, we recommend you follow her blog where she posts all upcoming events for adults and children alike.

At the Club by Katinka

At the Club by Katinka

Mantis and Cactus Flowers

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mantis and cactus flower 1 - zoomed

 
Last Thursday was the first day we’ve seen the cactus in the front yard burst into bloom overnight. Perhaps it liked the rain we got last week. To make the event more rare, we have never seen a preying mantis here in the urban desert either. But, when we stopped to admire the flowers, one tiny mantis had already staked a claim to them.

 
mantis and cactus flower 1

 
We suppose if the flowers attract ants, bees, and other pollinators, then this is the mantis version of a hunting shanty or hidden fishing hole. Maybe the mantis will chop the heads off bugs and stick them on the cactus spikes like trophies. How awesome would that be? We’ll check in on mantis later and see how the hunt goes.

 
mantis and cactus flower 2

 
Oops, we disturbed the mantis. See how it moves down into the spikes? Smart thinking, mantis. Now sit still!

 
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