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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Solar Arts Building Studio # 205 will be open for Art A Whirl

Art A Whirl is almost here and my studio-mates and I in studio # 205 have been working our tails off to get everything set up and ready to go. This Art A Whirl we are practicing social distancing and you have to wear a mask to enter the building.

The Solar Arts Building will have lots going on, fun for everyone to enjoy. Here is the link

We are not the only show in town, there is a heck of a lot going on. check out the NEMAA website. Here is the link


This is the first year that I have my own NEMAA shop up and ready, so if you don't feel comfortable getting out in public quite yet you can check out my own NEMAA shop.. Here is the link

I have a verity of different works available plus I made some custom poster of this painting "The Ginger's" 12"x18". It is available for $TEN buck + tax in the studio or on my NEMAA Shop. 


Another new and exciting thing this year are my Spinner Boxes. 

I made them last year with a couple of friends for the GREEN WAY GLOW.. The one and only in public event I was part of last September 2020. well I have them set up in the studio and you can make your own painting when you come by.

$Ten-$Twenty-$Thirty Bucks + tax

Mask up and come on over to the Solar Art Building and take part in the festivities. 

711 15th Avenue NE MPLS MN 55413 

May 14th Friday 5pm to 9pm - May 15th Saturday Noon to 8pm - May 16th Sunday Noon to 4pm 


Thursday, March 4, 2021

Bodies as a Means to Abstraction 3

Happy Thursday Everyone 

This week I have finished collaging my drawings onto my template and am starting to think of ways to work out the individual pieces.

I have been sketching ups of different parts of the composition. Playing around with different backgrounds ideas. Thinking of what the over all color scheme will be. 

I am also pondering, what is the message I am attempting to convey.  

Here are a few drawings I have done thus far.

I am going to keep working with collage on my templates. Hoping that this exercise will enrich the color choices and make the overall work stronger. 

It gives me some wiggle room to solve the puzzle and resolve the composition before committing the compositions to the painting supports.

Working in this way allows me freedom to do as much editing as I want on the templates, keeping the painting supports clean and ready for when I start painting. 

This picture is a sketch up from a commission I did the summer of 2020 based on my Dance Party Series.


Until next week.... 

Katie - Catherine A. Palmer

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Sunday Night

I started going through my drawings and began to cut out my figures. I made a life size map out of brown craft paper. Sundays process was a bit slow, but I am always a bit clunky when i am flushing out new ideas.

Achieving the zone in a cluttered mind.

Take That Leap

A few drawings for inspiration

Funky  Funky
Super Nova's

Wednesday Night

I finished the map template outlines and have started to add words and figures. Random thoughts come to mind, as I listen to music and chat back and forth with Kim. I jot down things that strike me onto the brown paper map.

Side Note: We are in a constant state of reorganization at the moment.

Kim is going through and organizing stuff from The Uptown House, The Pink House, The Comi Casa.  

Reminiscing and being introduced to different bits and bobs from the past. A box of beautiful vintage ties with wonderful patterns, a top hat as black as black can be. There are beads from the 70's 80's 90's and before. And you can't forget the baby Jesus, the blonde blue eyed baby  Jesus

Another Side Note: I am currently in the process of inventorying my previous works. What a time consuming process. Getting ready to make my NEMAA store. I am in the shuffle zone. Much like the twilight zone. Memories abound.

Once I get further along with all this, I will give you all the heads up. 
I will be smiley and organized. Ha right! Then I will make a mess, it 's the nature of my process.

Desk Shots

I put up a curtain to cover my work in process. I am hoping in doing so, I stay focused on all the different things I have on my plate at the moment. I don't want my clutter not to escape as I am easily distracted.  Time allotted is precious, Focus Focus Focus.  .

My new work is in the all unknown place, the Katie figures out what is up stage. The don't get attached faze. The focus, distracted, super focus time. 

Feed back to soon could sway the direction of the painting.
The beginning point of the process, where process matters most, but I am not sure what the complete process is yet.

Boneless chicken farming, getting into the zone.

Couple more paintings from the past 

Have a nice day

Catherine Palmer

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Bodies as a means to abstraction 2

Happy Thursday everyone! I am still gearing up to start my big set (puzzle painting). I went through my images all the way back to 2016. Time sure flies when you're having fun. A lot has happened in my life since I first starting planning this set.

We are already half way through February 2021, can you believe it? We had a very long cold snap, I think my brain got a little frozen. I have chosen images that will help me think and plan how I will get my groove on. My plan of action so to speak. 

In my previous set of figurative abstractions I made templates and worked my way through the painting in a very planned manor. I am not sure at this point if I will use the same method. I am still pondering this decision. I will more then likely do some projected images.  

Here is the map. I have all the panels up and ready. Once I get started I will mainly be updating this blog on my progress. I am excited and a little nervous. I am pretty sure that is will take a good portion of time to get the painting completed. 

Sunday is go day. 


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Bodies as a Means of Abstraction

My pondering continues on using bodies as a means of abstraction.

I started this series as a way to celebrate all different shapes, sizes and colors/shades that our bodies come in. 
As I go through the images and drawings I create, I realize that this form we come in amazing and beautiful. 
I also think of how complicated and abstract the human mind can become. 

Template from 2020 Co-lab Project

Sketch book drawing

Due to the covid-19 pandemic we have a chance to slow down. I have had a bit more time to think and explore new mediums. I have also had time to hash through some projects that have not yet manifested completely.

                                                                                                  Ginger Getting Abstracted

The Gingers
Dance Party Series

I have added some samples of my figure drawings. These are the images that my abstractions grow out of. The figures mixed with color and layering. The good old push and pull.    

Drawing Samples seated poses

Small works in oil paint 

My Motto

It's Getting Abstracted

This painting is starting to head in the right direction, but In my next paintings I will be working in a puzzle format.

What I mean by that is, I will be working on many paintings at the same time. These paintings will work in connection with each other like a tryptic or a diptych. Taking little bits from the drawing of seated or standing figures a compiling then and connecting them so that the composition intertwines.

Thanks you for checking in, Katie

Older Abstract work