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Inspirations

  • Member Preview Day- Phoenix Art Museum

    Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection
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    Yesterday was the first member view of the Samurai Exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.  This luscious array of Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection was a feast for my eyes and art soul. The stunning workmanship of the craftsman who actually created the armor centuries ago is incredible. Thinking of how many hands and hours worked on the pieces was mind boggling. The collection has been exquisitely maintained for all these years. The two hour drive to the museum was well worth it.

    The collection was built over the last 25 years. Read the story of the collection and see the pieces in a book available at the Phoenix Art Museum Store—”Art and Armor—Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection”. 

    Enjoy a few images from the exhibition.

    Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

    Samurai Armor Detail

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    Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

    Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

    Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

    Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

    A few textile pieces which are also in wonderful cared for condition.

    Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

    Pattern, texture, metal, fiber, iron, masks, helmets, textiles, weaponry, horse accoutrements and more are inspirational to me. This was such a great place to enjoy my yesterday.

  • Trees

    Not sure when I became so enamored with trees—could have been when I used to sit under our enormous branched crab apple tree with my Grandpa at an early age. I watched him eat crab apples even though at that time people didn’t eat them. The branches of that tree—for little me—was way larger than life. Or maybe it was later when after moving to Sedona in the 80’s. I fell in love with the spirit of the surrounding trees and the stark forms left that twist turn and stretch from rocks. They were ancient, formidable and expressive as their forms stayed with the landscape long after they were no longer alive.

    So a few weeks ago I spent some time in Jerome and climbed stairs that I hadn’t climbed in awhile. When I reached the next level there was an amazing tree I was seeing for the first time. It looked like it could reside in a mystical forest, a fairy tree with a story to tell.  Textures, colors, leaves winding around, bark that was well worn it was a feast for the eyes and it is a great place to sit, spin a story and draw.

    Trees in all shapes, sizes and forms are inspirational to my work.

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    From the images captured my next step is to draw the images using Illustrator and turn them into vector images. From there the images will be printed on transfer film and added to some of my steel sculpture. The image directly above is traced in illustrator to change the image for print.

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    This vector image will be printed 24″ wide on inkAID’s transfer film and then pieces will be cut and adheres to add texture to my sculpture.

  • Love the Moment….

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    LOve the moment quote corita kentLove the moment and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.  Corita Kent

  • Horsetooth Falls Area, Fort Collins, Colorado

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    Hiking near Horsetooth Falls

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    Tree in Horsetooth Falls area in Colorado

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    Old fence with unique characteristics

    Hiking and gathering images of my surroundings is what I love to do for inspiration. There is so much material in my stash of photographs. Many of them I use to create digital files to use in transfers for my sculpture.

  • Fall Leaves in Yosemite

    Nothing like Yosemite in the fall for inspiration. #yosemite_national_park @kathyanneart

    Nothing like Yosemite in the fall for inspiration.
    #yosemite_national_park @kathyanneart

  • Do What You Like

    imagine pieces04This is your life do what you like and do it often!

  • Jasper Johns on the Creative Process

    It’s simple: you take something and do something to it and then do something else to it. Keep doing this and pretty soon you’ve got something.
  • Letting Go!

    You can only do this if you decide that you are brand new in every moment. You can only experience something you have never experienced before if you are willing to let go of that which you have been and all of the ways you have defined yourself…..