Marmoris | Hampton, NB Fine Artist

marmoris - (n.) the shining surface of the ocean. origin: English 

Location: Hampton, NB

Paint: Archival Acrylic

Size: 24 x 24 inches

Edges: 2 inches

Material: Gallery wrapped level 3 canvas

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‘Wave’ 24 x 24 acrylic on canvas

‘Wave’ 24 x 24 acrylic on canvas

edge of Wave, 2 inches thick

edge of Wave, 2 inches thick

‘Crash’ 24 x 24 acrylic on canvas

‘Crash’ 24 x 24 acrylic on canvas

edge of Crash, 2 inches thick

edge of Crash, 2 inches thick

‘Calm’ 24 x 24, acrylic on canvas

‘Calm’ 24 x 24, acrylic on canvas

edge of Calm, 2 inches thick

edge of Calm, 2 inches thick





 

ALL FINE ART ORIGINAL PAINTINGS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE

ALL PHOTOGRAPHY & ORIGINAL ARTWORK IS  © KATHLEEN A. CLARK. NOT TO BE USED OR REPRODUCED IN ANY WAY FOR PERSONAL OR PROFITABLE GAINS WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION.

Trees in the Winter | Hampton, NB Fine Artist

The light at the end of the tunnel! Winter is almost over, hurrah! Just kidding, I normally don't mind winter while we're in it for the long haul, but when those warmer temps start to tease us right around this time of year, and the days become longer, I can't help but reminisce and long for summer's past. However, this bright and cheery winter scene is sure to brighten up the face of even the most disgruntled winter hater.  Hang on. We're almost there!

Location: Hampton, NB

Paint: Archival Acrylic

Size: 11 x 14 inches

Edges: 1.5 inches

Material: Gallery wrapped level 3 canvas

 

Fine art original painting, is available for purchase. For more information, click here

All photography & original artwork is  © Kathleen A. Clark. Not to be used or reproduced in any way for personal or profitable gains without written permission.

Komorebi | Hampton, NB Fine Art Photographer

komorebi - (n.) sunlight filtering through the trees origin: Japanese 

Location: Hampton, NB

Type: Winter Session

Time: Late afternoon

 

All fine art photography images are available for purchase on velvet luster paper. Click here for more info.

All photography is  © Kathleen A. Clark. Not to be used or reproduced in any way for personal or profitable gains without written permission.

January Valleys | Hampton, NB Fine Artist

January Valleys

I’m not sure if it’s winter or because the Christmas break is almost over, but I’m not going to lie I’ve felt as bleak and de-saturated as these chilly January days recently. This grey emotion has inspired this piece, and I’m thinking about starting a mini collection with a few more like this if this painting gets a response. Artists usually paint what they see or how they see it. So I guess this could be a testament to my art and view of the world. It so easily can change from upbeat and cheerful to sullen and overcast. What influences one’s art truly does range from a multitude of things: weather, holidays, mood, emotions. ‘It’s just the weather’ I tell myself. Some days I love winter, other days I wish for the warmth. On the days I wish for warmth I try to find joy in the things I love and remember that just like this little golden mountain off in the distance, I will find myself caught in the sun’s warm glow again.

Location: Hampton, NB

Paint: Archival Acrylic

Size: 8 x 8 inches

Material: Gallery wrapped level 3 canvas

 

Fine art original painting is available for purchase if not yet listed for sale. Contact for more info.

All photography & original artwork is  © Kathleen A. Clark. Not to be used or reproduced in any way for personal or profitable gains without written permission.

Apricity | Hampton, NB Fine Art Photographer

apricity - (n.) the warmth of the sun in winter. origin: latin

Location: Hampton, NB

Type: Fall - Winter Session

Time: Late afternoon

 

All fine art photography images are available for purchase on velvet luster paper. Click here for more info.

All photography is  © Kathleen A. Clark. Not to be used or reproduced in any way for personal or profitable gains without written permission.



Easter Weekend Adventures

This Easter weekend was so great. I didn't have much time to paint or create art because we were outrageously busy having fun with the kids, going out for sight seeing drives, and stopping for adventures along the way.

This is one of my favourite scenic lookout spots. Especially watching the sun go down. You can see for miles. Hampton and Nauwigewauk have the most beautiful breath taking terrain. I consider myself extremely lucky to be so close to such wonders.  This day and actually, the entire weekend, was incredibly beautiful and sunny. 

It's spring in Canada right now, so the water is super high. It covers all the land that sits in the middle of the rivers. I like to think of it as nature's way of cleansing the earth and ridding the toxins of the year before.

my favourite spot to sit, talk, and watch the sun go down. 

my favourite spot to sit, talk, and watch the sun go down. 

As we set sail on our journey, we, of course, had to stop for a little Tim Hortons treat. I'm pretty addicted to ice capps in the summer, and that addiction usually starts mid to late April, so I'm right on schedule! I know they aren't the healthiest or cheapest, but hey. If I didn't indulge in Tim Hortons deliciousness once a while, what kind of Canadian would I be?

sah good

sah good

The day had the fluffiest clouds and the bluest sky. The end of winter really is the most uplifting time of year. April is one of my favourite months! And no, not just because this is my birth month.. *cough..the 26th..cough..*

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We also visited the local garden center/petting zoo. My daughter loves to feed the ducks and this was our second visit this week. The piglets had just arrived so I also had to get my fix of pure-oinking-sweetness. I desperately want livestock of my own someday, so until then, I will just have to visit them here. 🐽

too sweet 

too sweet 

These little guys (or girls) were a tad timid at first and wouldn't let us pet them. But they eventually warmed up to us once we got the apples out and let them sniff our hands. 

Emma and the piglets

Emma and the piglets

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hello

There were also several baby goats. Their little furry lips were so soft! I think I must have been a farmer in a past life. I could garden and hang out with farm animals all day.

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The more I think about it, the more it amazes me how trees produce air for us to breathe. Science is cool!

clothes mine, saint john, nb

clothes mine, saint john, nb

The next day, we went on another adventure to a newish thrift shop in the area. It was loaded with all kinds of goodies and I found a bunch of new summer clothes for a steal of a deal. Definitely going back there again soon!

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Emma sporting my shades. She is such a kool kat.

bubbles

Finally, Easter Sunday. The kids were so excited to look for all the hidden eggs from the Easter Bunny. He also brought them a bubble machine! I have never seen so many bubbles in one area in my life. The box says instant bubble storm, and they weren't kidding! My backyard looked like a bubble party. I should host a dance party and bust out this bad boy.

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Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! I'll be finishing up a couple works in progress and starting some new stuff now that the holiday is over that will hopefully be uploaded later in the week. Happy Tuesday! 💗

Just Us - Meaning Behind the Title

One of my paintings titled 'Just Us' is inspired by a photo taken several years ago.  My husband, (then boyfriend) and I were driving home one evening in the fall.  It was one of those amazingly crisp, refreshing, cool nights. The kind we all long for after a long, humid day of summer heat and you realize with that cool air: fall is imminent.

It had just poured rain, and just as we begin to see the familiar roads of Hampton, it began to clear. The clouds parted, and the most beautiful rays of light, illuminated the clouds with flecks of pink, white, and orange. I took this photo of the sunset, and my cell phone camera accidentally focused on the raindrops and created this happy accident.

There is something about the emergence of fall.  I don't know if it is because my brain has been programmed to associate the starting of school each year and new beginnings, or if it is because the obvious change is upon us, but I can't help love the colourful newness autumn brings. 

I have been meaning to turn this photo into a painting since the day I captured it, and I finally did. Some parts were more difficult to paint than others. When I set out to start this piece, I thought the raindrops were going to be the most trying part, but actually it was blending the background out to appear as if you are looking through a glass window. 

'Just Us' 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas

'Just Us' 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas

Whenever I see this painting my heart just bursts with joy. Not only do the details meld into one another to make the perfect sheen of glass, but this photo is from the less hectic days of mine and my husband's relationship. It was just after one of our (back then) frequent date nights. My oldest daughter was just an infant, we barely had any 'adult' bills, and the livin' was easy.

I wouldn't trade the days we have now, but I definitely look back with a smile on my face and love to reminisce on how little I knew the next few years would drastically change, each day for the better.  It astonishes me everyday the immense amount of love that fills my home and heart that started out with just us.  

New River Beach

I love the days when we decide to pack up the kids and go on an impromptu adventure. Despite the below zero temperature, one Saturday afternoon, my husband and I decided to go to New River Beach with our kids and our dog, Sawyer.  New River is one of the most beautiful beaches in this area anytime of the year. The sand is so fine and soft, and that beautiful golden beige. UGH. Take me back now!

Whenever we go anywhere with the potential of amazing photo ops, I always try to pack my DSLR. Just in case I stumble upon something beautiful to add to my photography portfolio, or even to take reference photos for my paintings.  

Where I live, New River is a little jaunt away, but not too far if you desperately want to go (and I was). So in need of inspiration, away we went. We drive, and drive and drive....and drive. It was no big deal, because the music was on, the kids were happy, and the dog was behaving himself. I think we all had a little bit of cabin fever that weekend and just being out of the house was like a breath of fresh air.  

As soon as we get there, we head to the beach. The kids were pumped, the dog happy as can be and I was just glad to be out of the house for a change. I start to unpack my camera bag, put my lens on, get everything all ready and focused and cli....  'NO CARD IN CAMERA'. I just stare blankly ahead at my husband. He asks what's wrong. I explain my stupidity as I see in my head my two SD cards sitting on my laptop at home. I was so sad I forgot one of the most crucial parts of the entire trip.

Needless to say, we laughed it off, made the best of it, and enjoyed the rest of the time. It just means we get to go back all that much sooner. I did manage to take a few snap shots of everyone enjoying the salty-frigid air on my phone.

As soon as we set foot onto the sand it was like winter didn't exist for a moment..I wished so badly we could throw down a blanket and just lay there, if it hadn't been minus whatever god awful temperature it was that day.  That soft, golden sand, the bright, beautiful sun, the waves crashing in effortlessly...  

...And then you realize the air is starting to hurt your face and round everyone up and run back to the car. But it was nice to get some fresh Atlantic air on our pale winter faces, freezing cold or not.

Close-up

Close-up

I really wish I was able to capture just how beautiful this beach is on canvas. No photo or painting can do it justice. I will keep trying though! Definitely a must-visit if you are not from around NB and ever find yourself in this area!

'New River Beach', 12 x 12 acrylic on canvas panel, $75 CAD or approx $57 US  www.kathleenclarkart.com  

'New River Beach', 12 x 12 acrylic on canvas panel, $75 CAD or approx $57 US www.kathleenclarkart.com 

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Don't Worry

Worry. Worry. Worry. As you may know, (or maybe you don't) I am a natural worrier. I'm actually worrying right now whether or not I should post this. I usually don't let this interior trait of mine show to just anyone, but it sometimes gets the best of me and it carefully sneaks out without me realizing, like a teen that is trying to stealthily slip out of the house to party on a Friday night, but gets caught red-handed by the overbearing parent.

If you read one of my previous blog posts, right here, you know I've been feeling a bit of self-doubt in my work lately, which ultimately leads to art block, which, you guessed it, worries me. Only because when I am not able to create for a few days in a row, I start to feel like like I'm falling away from my passions, grasping frantically at the air as I fall off of the creative rope that I am working hard to climb.  

Working it out

Working it out

Painting is comparable to a drug for me.  It is an addiction, a coping method, therapy, and a learning experience all in one, and I'm so happy when I am being creatively productive.   It probably seems crazy to continue going forward with this journey when it starts to cause me inner conflict. But the truth is, without creating art, I lose a way to cope with everyday stress, a way to express myself, and my identity.  As long as I can remember, I've created in one way or another. It is as if artwork was encrypted in my DNA.  If I don't create, I am not really being me. 

I love the rough edges of a painting before covering them...

I love the rough edges of a painting before covering them...

There are many ways in which I overcome the negativity that spouts up from time to time to find myself inspired again.  One of which is to just paint. Nothing beats the living hell out of self-doubt and artist's block more than simply just painting. That's it. Just paint. Force yourself to pick up the paint brush, dip it in your favourite colour, and paint. Even if you hate it. Even if it feels like it sucks. Doesn't matter. No one has to see it, no one is going to judge you. Just keep painting. 

And when you get sick of it, or it doesn't turn out as you imagined, just start over. Re-coat in white and keep going... and this was that painting for me.  When I almost felt like giving in and giving up. Working through fear of rejection, and all the other negative emotions that come with it, has lead me to one of my favourite pieces in my small sunsets collection yet.  This painting will always remind me to tell myself: don't worry. 

Paint Party!

Today Emma, our cousin Ava and I had a maritime kitchen art class! We decided to try our hand at painting a delicious still life sprinkle doughnut.  It was a struggle to not eat our subject!

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It's okay, because luckily we had a box of timbits and creamy chocolate chills to snack on while we paint! Thanks Ava :) 

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Our work in progresses. We decided to frost our creations with pink icing. Next, sprinkles. Mmm.. 

From left to right, Emma's, Ava's and mine. 

From left to right, Emma's, Ava's and mine. 

Ta-da! Two hours later of fun-filled laughter and therapeutic painting, (and bellies full of sugar) we were done! The girls did excellent. I'm so proud!!! 

Here is a close-up of each of our final pieces! 

From top to bottom, Emma's, Ava's, and mine. 'Doughnuts Falling from the Sky' 10 x 10, acrylic on canvas.

From top to bottom, Emma's, Ava's, and mine. 'Doughnuts Falling from the Sky' 10 x 10, acrylic on canvas.

This was such a successful paint day. The girls did amazing on their pieces, and I can't wait until the next time we get together.  Oh, and these are acrylic on canvas panel. Approximately 10 x 10, titled by Ava, 'Doughnuts Falling from the Sky'. If you are a collector of doughnut paintings and you are interested purchasing, please, holla atcha gurl! lol

That's all for today! Thanks for stopping by! :) 

Self-Doubt

I don't know if it's just me or if it's in the air and you're feelin' it too, but if you are an artist, at one time or another, you've probably felt the looming, black hole swirling around and around your stomach like I am today. That uncertainty and worry that your art isn't good enough.  I know this is a rather negative topic to write my very first blog post about, but it is what I've been going through the last couple days, and it has latched itself onto me and won't let go.  It seems to come in phases.  Some days I feel like an amazing rock star that can do anything I set my mind to. Other days, I start to forget why I am an artist in the first place and want to completely give up. Even though I know that this is a perfectly normal emotional revolving door to go through as a 'creativepreneur', I still can't stand when it makes it's rounds.

I try my hardest to stay positive, push through, and create everyday. And if I'm not creating, I'm taking photographs of my art, editing those images or learning code for my website, writing new posts for my social media accounts, taking workshops online to learn how others in my field do what they do and everything else in between. This is all around my (super supportive) husband's and two small children's schedule.  There is a lot of hard work that goes unseen, and sometimes it just feels like it's for nothing, even though in my heart I know it's not. 

This is a major cause of anxiety for me. Sometimes I ask myself is this even worth it. Although it is a lot of pressure, I just can't imagine doing anything else.  I love to make art, my kids love to create as well and watch me make art…. And that's my biggest motivator all on it's own. I am willing to do pretty much whatever it takes to become a successful artist, not only because it's something I've always wanted to achieve, but because I want my children to have a good example to follow. I guess I just need to batten down the hatches and ride out the storm of self-doubt.

Work in progress,  10 x 10 acrylic on canvas

Work in progress,  10 x 10 acrylic on canvas