|Kate Kern Mundie, City Hall in Fog, 14 x 12 inches, oil on pane|
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
|New for 2012: Gruss vom Krampus poster print by James G. Mundie|
For those unfamiliar with Krampus, he is a goat-like horned devil with a long red tongue traditionally associated with St. Nicholas — however, this kinky Germanic yuletide spirit's folkore tradition actually predates the Christian era. The people of Europe's alpine regions had been marking the annual arrival of Krampus for many centuries before the concept of Christmas came along, and well before a certain former bishop of Turkey stole the spotlight. Traditionally, Krampus serves to punish naughty children by whipping them with switches or tossing them in icy rivers. Like Black Peter, Krampus is the "bad cop" to St. Nick's "good cop".
This large print professionally printed on heavy stock is perfect for the naughty child (of any age) on your holiday list.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Obelisk, 36 x 48 inches, oil on panel|
I was attracted to this view for the reflections in the water. Above the water is hard angle, geometric forms layered and stacked up against a sky. Their reflections soften into gentle simple shapes on the surface of the Schuylkill River.
After finishing the painting, I struggled to come up with a title. Jim suggested Obelisk and I thought it was a good fit. An obelisk was a form created to imitate a ray of sun--as if a column of light became a solid form. The Cira Center looks more like a chunk of sky in solid form than a ray of sun.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Once again I was called upon to design a poster for Seismic Sideshow, a benefit "of earth-shaking proportions" for the 11th Annual Sideshow Gathering — the world's only convention for sideshow and variety performers. This year's poster is based on the volcano logo I came up with last year, but this time it is a trifle more atmospheric.
Presented by Shocked and Amazed! On & Off the Midway and sponsored by Ripley's Believe It or Not!, this performance will happen on Friday, 5 October 2012 at Washington DC's Red Palace.
Featured on the bill will be: "Coney Island" Todd Robbins, star of the recent stage hit Play Dead — playing now in Mexico City and opening soon in London; the world's most adorable sword swallower, Heather Holliday — fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Coney Island's Sideshows by the Seashore, and Pretty Things Peepshow; the demented diva of Valentine Candy Burlesque, Rev. Valentine; from the award-winning Cheeky Monkey Sideshow: Mab Just Mab, Mr. Eon, Sally the Cinch, and Swami YoMahmi; and special surprise guests!
The idea for Seismic Sideshow (and the title) came from James Taylor, publisher of Shocked and Amazed! On & Off the Midway, after Franco Kossa, founder of the Sideshow Gathering, passed away suddenly last May. Every year, Franco had paid out of his own pocket most of the expenses entailed in making the Sideshow Gathering happen, but in the wake of Franco's death his widow Kim was unable to take on that financial burden herself. However, as that year was to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sideshow Gathering, everyone involved wanted to do what they could to make the event a success and a tribute to Franco. So it was that James Taylor came up with the idea of mounting benefit performances in the weeks leading up to the Gathering with the proceeds gathered helping to offset the considerable nut for the Sideshow Gathering itself. Many performers, including the Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow and Olde City Sideshow, enthusiastically contributed their talents. Last year, there were Seismic Sideshow events held in Washington DC and Baltimore. A potential Baltimore gig for this year fell through, but a Philadelphia incarnation is presently in the works.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Hats, 20 x 40 inches, oil on panel|
Monday, August 13, 2012
|James Mundie, "J. R. Bass, The Ossified Man", ink drawing on paper, 14 x 3.75 inches|
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Above the Old Surgery is home. It has joined the collection of award winning poets Pattie McCarthy and Kevin Varrone.
As a painter I manipulate globs of paint and dabs of color. I push paint, making marks with my brush or palette knife to make visual connections and create relationships between shapes. The paintings are intended to tap into emotion and give the feeling of place.
Pattie and Kevin do the same with poetry. They use words, space and punctuation to create connections between word, song, play, environment and visual art. There are lines in some of Pattie's poems that I have read over and over. There is a painting in those lines. Her work knits together ideas about our position as women, art, and the readers connection to the written word. Kevin's poems brim with humor. They are filled with an urban landscape expressed in word. His poems capture the atmosphere and stillness of the environment. It is that same feeling that I look for when I am deciding on my painting composition looking at a landscape.
You can read an excerpt from Kevin's latest poem here and or from his series here.
You can read excerpts of Pattie's poems here.
Friday, August 3, 2012
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Add this to the life altering book list.
After having children I was looking for some sort of guide to help me balance, full-time work and family and still have time to make artwork. I gave up there was nothing out there.
I found The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life. It was like a light bulb went on. It all seemed so obvious once Twyla Tharp put the words on the page. She give guidance and examples of what has worked for her and relates it in a way that is easy to digest. She asks questions that generate closer personal inspection.
I spent hours journaling thoughts triggered by her book. I have great habits and routines when it comes to my kids and corporate job and terrible habits when it came to my art practice- the thing that sustains me and energizes me.
The book relates to my art practice and my work in the corporate world. This is a good book to have on the shelf to read again if I fall out of my creative habit again.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Delaware at Pennsbury No. 1, oil on masonite, 6 x 8 inches|
|Delaware at Pennsbury No. 1, oil on masonite, 6 x 8 inches|
|SOLD Kate Kern Mundie, Delaware Water Gap No. 1, oil on panel, 16 x 16 inches|
|Kate Kern Mundie, Ruins of St. Andrews, oil on masonite, 16 x 20 inches|
|SOLD Kate Kern Mundie, Bridge over the Delaware, 8 x 16 inches, oil on panel|
|Kate Kern Mundie, Fog on Pamet River, oil on masonite, 8 x 6 inches|
|Kate Kern Mundie, View from Knocknarea, oil on masonite, 16 x 20 inches|
|SOLD Kate Kern Mundie, 8th and Market Streets (Lits Bros.), |
oil on panel 30 x 20 inches
|Kate Kern Mundie,Glengesh Pass No. 2, oil on masonite, 16 x 24 inches|
Glengesh Pass in County Donegal, Ireland, might be the most beautiful place on earth. So glad I have had the opportunity to paint it.
|SOLD Kate Kern Mundie, Above the Old Surgery (Pennsylvania Hospital), |
oil on masonite, 20 x 16 inches
Sunday, June 24, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Rosemary and Oregano, 10 x 14 inches, oil on panel|
|Background color tests|
Friday, June 22, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Hats, 20 x 40 inches, oil on panel|
Last week I posted photos of Hats in progress. I feel like the painting is finished. I might turn it to the wall for a while and look at it in a month and see if I want to make any changes. The owner of the hats and my personal art critic, James Mundie will have something to say about it too.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Hats (work in progress), 20 x 40 inches|
I am posting a work in progress. I have been working on this painting in 15 minute to half hour increments. I catch a few minutes when the kids are eating dinner or playing in their room. Sometimes, I plunk the kids in front of the TV so I can paint. Its all part of the juggling act trying to manage to art-making, working a full time job, and doing the mom and wife thing. I often feel guilty about the time I spend with the kids or the time I spend in the studio. A line in Daybook: The Journey of an Artist by Anne Truitt sums up my feelings, "It is becoming apparent to me that the mother and the artist do not speak much to each other, and when they do the speech is initiated by the artist who wishes to off about her business."
|Kate Kern Mundie, Hats (work in progress 2), 20 x 40 inches|
|Kate Kern Mundie, Hats (work in progress detail)|
Friday, June 8, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Hat and Camera, 24 x 16 inches, oil on panel|
Can you paint a portrait of someone without painting a person? I think of this painting as a portrait of Jim instead of a still life. Jim is known by his hats and is often snapping photos with one of his cameras.
I LOVE painting hats; the shape is so nice. The hat has some structure but also some organic form from being worn. They seem so simple but can get complicated.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Bridge, 12 x 14 inches, oil on panel|
|Kate Kern Mundie, Beaver Farm late morning, 16 x 20 inches, oil on panel|
The two paintings above sat in the studio for nearly a year until I felt ready to come back to them. What takes so long for me to finish some of my paintings? Sometimes I am unsure of the direction I want to take in the painting. Most of the time it's fear that I will really mess it up if I go back into it. Finishing work can be challenging; knowing when the painting is finished so you don't over work it and being willing to explore new directions that may be different than the original vision
Saturday, May 5, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Bowman's Hill, 24 x 34 inches, oil on panel|
Saturday, April 21, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, House in the Dunes, 16 x 20 inches, oil on panel|
I am in love with this tiny cottage perched in the dunes at Ballston Beach, Cape Cod. The path to the beach skirts the house and I always want to peek inside. I painted a nocturn of the house a couple of years ago (see below) and returned to it as subject matter once again. I am stalking this house in paint.
The new painting is more of a portrait of the house than a landscape with a building. I wanted to show its size and give a feel of its fragility. The house is built on piers and the dunes have drifted and shifted out, under, and around the house over the last 100 years. The beach is eroding by about 20 to 50 feet every year. I fear one of these summers when I return to Ballston Beach the house will be gone.
|Kate Kern Mundie, House at Ballston Beach, oil on masonite, 24 x 20 inches, 2010|
Sunday, April 15, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Gerber Daisy Cocktail, 12 x 14 inches, oil on panel|
I had more fun painting these than I have with recent still lifes.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Tradescantia Pallida and Orange, 14 x 12 inches, oil on panel|
|image via MOMA: Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) Nature Morte,|
1920. Oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 39 1/4" (80.9 x 99.7 cm).
|Image via timelessbydesign.org: An example of the golden mean|
- Break up your painting surface into thirds.
- Don’t place the main focal point at the center of the canvas. Place it to the side, off-center.
- Have curved and a diagonal forms that bring the eye off and back onto the surface of the painting.
|Image via MOMA: Richard Diebenkorn, Large Still Life,1966. |
Oil on canvas, 64 1/2 x 70 1/4" (163.8 x 178.4 cm)
Saturday, March 24, 2012
|Kate Mundie, Delaware Canal, 24 x 16 inches, oil on panel|
|Kate Mundie, Bowman's Hill (study), 4 x 6 inches, oil on pane|
|Kate Mundie, Bucks County Barns or 2 Red Barns, 7 x 8 inches, oil on panel|
Friday, March 16, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Independence Hall Sunrise, 14 x 12 inches, oil on panel|
This painting is still a work in progress. I have a few details to add and some edges to define.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Bridge over the Delaware, 8 x 16 inches, oil on panel|
Friday, March 2, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Nonesuch Farm (Lime Kiln), 8 x 16 inches, oil on panel|
Saturday, February 25, 2012
I wanted to post this story that a friend emailed me after reading my blog post, "Sewing Machines". He asked to remain anonymous:
Friday, February 24, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Highland Road, 14 x 12 inches, oil on panel|
In June, we went to Cape Cod for an art making holiday. We rented a cottage tucked into the dunes in North Truro near Coast Guard Beach and under the watchful eye of the Highland lighthouse. There was a house up on the hill behind ours and I climbed up there and did a painting from the porch. From that house you could see both the bay and Atlantic Ocean sides of the cape. This is a view looking down Highland Road towards the bay with Provincetown in the distance.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
|Kate Kern Mundie, Beaver Farm, 8 X 16 inches, oil on panel|
On a perfect fall day I drove out to Beaver Farm. It is a working farm that is part of Camphill Special School’s transitional program. Camphill Special School hosts artists to paint at its bucolic location as a fund raiser for the school and gives artists time to work in a beautiful setting within a community of other painters. This was the third year of Plein Air for Camphill Special School but my first time. I was really happy I could join the group of artists and support the school.
When I arrived at the farm, I was given the tour by Guy Alma who runs the program. He showed me around the new campus buildings and then the barn built in the 1930s. I got to see the new piglets born just days before and some heifers and nurse cows and get a bit of history about the farm.
I set up on the hill overlooking the fields and woods towards French Creek and was soon joined by Joe Sweeney. I painted for a few hours and then returned home.
The exhibit and sale in support of Camphill Special School will take place in December 2012 at Rosenfeld Gallery. I will post more information as it becomes available.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Al Gury, "Peonies And Sunflowers", 12 X 9 inches, Oil on panel
I recently interviewed Al Gury for his February show at FAN. Al was one of my teachers when I was a student at PAFA. I love his work and his thoughtful approach to painting.
As a student, I would go to Al's studio on the 5th floor of an old warehouse building in Old City. It is just as you might imagine an artist's living and work space to look. Al's studio was filled with paintings and drawings, works in various stages of being completed. His living area was full of books and collected work, paintings by contemporaries and mentors. Al also collected American Arts and Crafts ceramics and furniture. I remember thinking, "This is what I want my life to be like."
You can read the interview here.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
I recently conducted an interview about Prodigies and Cabinet of Curiosities with Bizzarro Bazar, an Italian blog dedicated to the wonderful world of weirdness. That interview, published in Italian, appears here. Even if your Italiano is rusty, there are plenty of pictures to enjoy. Ciao!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I have a show in less than a year. Here are a few landscapes and interior paintings that may end up in the show.
|Kate Kern Mundie, Arch Street, 14 x 12 inches, oil on panel|
|Kate Kern Mundie, Bed Room and Bath, 14 x 12 inches, oil on panel|
|Kate Kern Mundie, Byzantine Bell Tower 14 x 12 inches, oil on panel|
|Kate Kern Mundie, The Athenaeum , 14 x 12 inches, oil on panel|