Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thought & Image | Thunderstorms

I took this photo with my iphone somehow (magic!) when I was in Paris, sitting next to the Eiffel tower in between the times it would begin to 'sparkle' every hour on the hour until midnight. We watched with our backs to the tower, eyes fixed on the storm. It was overwhelmingly powerful and mighty, just fantastic to watch. And of course, it didn't hurt that we were on the south side of the Seine while the storm was over the North, so we were left dry and cozy.

Thunder storms are one of my favourite things. I hate rain, and I hate grey days. But as soon as the electricity comes out to play and the thunder booms about, I'm a happy gal.


Friday, October 24, 2014

What is this space?

What do I want it to be ?

Do I want to share my art, only my art?
Do I want to share photos of my clothes, my 'lifestyle'?
Do I want to share others' work, and promote the creative, online community?
Do I want to let go, open up, and talk about issues close to my heart?

I have reasons to want to share all of the above, and reasons to share none. I'm not sure what I want this space to be anymore.

I've shared outfits in the past, thrifted finds, DIY's, recipes, wishlists, etc. etc. and I used to love that. This blog used to be called 'Kitty Snooks' and it was a space for me to place my energies after a rough patch, and that ended up being a fashion blog.

I now share my art, but somehow that feels empty and impersonal in this space. I like connecting with the online community and fostering it, but I don't know in what way shape or form I feel comfortable doing that anymore. Lately I have found myself reading blogs more than I have been writing them. I like to keep up with the friends I've made online!

How do you decide what you do or do not want to share? Have you found your focus shift dramatically like I have?


Monday, October 6, 2014

Painting: Fishbowl

(C) Katia Engell 2014
Acrylic on masonite, 42" x 24"
I recently finished this painting for a class assignment! It was one of the first where we were given plenty of choice with concept and abstraction (gotta love 4th year freedoms!) and I landed on this. It's a role reversal wherein my 'sirens' have become the seduced by likening them to fishies hoping for food. This was a super fun piece, I eeeeeven enjoyed trying to get the hands and the shirt folds just right!

As the weather gets cooler and the sun makes fewer appearances, I find myself retreating more and more to my studio space, turning on some music, and painting away. Here's to hoping I can take this current love of painting and translate it into some productivity for my thesis series, which should get into the actual creating-images-stage after this week! Woo!

By the way, I've finally created a Facebook page for my art! Check it out here! And maybe even click 'Like' while you're at it?!!


Friday, October 3, 2014

See, Read, Listen #3

See: Irving Penn's stunning photography. Always.

Read: The musician at my volunteering showed us this article the other week, about listening to music with intention, and how music can bring us to empathy!

Listen: Alt-J's new album is the and I can't get enough of this song in particular:

Happy friday folks!

Who's happy that it's October? As always, I can not believe how quickly time is flying by. You'd think I'd have learned by now and not be so surprised whenever another month reaches its end...