Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Book Review and Breaking my Bad Habits

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for LifeThe 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

Available Works

Friends have been asking what paintings I have available right now. I have some paintings available for sale or barter. Please email me at mundieart@yahoo.com if you are interested in any of the paintings.

I am preparing for a show at FAN Gallery in December 2012 and I will also have work in a gallery fundraiser for Camphill Special School at Rosenfeld Gallery in December 2012 (just down the street from FAN Gallery). Many of the new paintings you have seen posted recently on the blog will be for sale at those exhibitions.

Below are some older paintings that are available now. Please contact me if you are interested in pricing options.


Kate Kern Mundie, Delaware at Pennsbury No. 1, oil on masonite, 6 x 8 inches 
Delaware at Pennsbury No. 1 is a small painting but has a big visual impact. The colors and brush strokes really carry from a distance as you can see in the small photo below, which is also closer to the actual color.

Below is how the piece is framed. Most of the paintings available are framed in a 4-inch- wide by 1-inch-deep gold leaf frame.

Delaware at Pennsbury No. 1, oil on masonite, 6 x 8 inches

Kate Kern Mundie, Sunrise over Finegand, oil on masonite, 6 x 8 inches  

Jim and I spent some time in the Scottish highlands a few years ago. We  enjoyed an unusually snowy winter there. The sunrise and sunsets turned the snow amazing shades of pink and orange.
SOLD Kate Kern Mundie, Delaware Water Gap No. 1, oil on panel, 16 x 16 inches
Kate Kern Mundie, Notre Dame from Ile Saint-Louis, oil on panel, 24 x 20 inches

The cloud formation in Notre Dame from Ile Saint-Louis, may seem strange to an American eye. I love painting the sky and clouds. When you travel you get to experience very different cloud formations and colors caused by different qualities of light, humidity and reflection.  You might think, "The sky is the sky. How different could it be?" But, for instance, when I was painting in Cape Cod I noticed the sky reflects the sea making the blues more saturated. In Paris in the winter, the weather patterns come from the North Atlantic and Arctic making wonderful roiling dark clouds that reflect the sun in one moment and look dark an ominous the next, or simultaneously.

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
You can read more about this painting here.

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