Saturday, August 13, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
Summer is here! I finally had some time between chasing two one year olds around to actually finish a painting. As I hadn't painted in a while, I chose to work on a relatively simple image in oils to get back into the swing of things, as they say. I went through a phase in elementary school where I was obsessed with flamingos and chose them as the topic of various reports and projects, so this is also kind of a nostalgic piece. I've now moved on to a larger, more challenging painting, which I'll hopefully finish in a few weeks.
|"Flamingo Blues" oil paint by Katherine Lehr, June 2016|
Saturday, January 9, 2016
It's been a long time since I've uploaded images of my art, but that's what happens when you have twins! So here we go:
The first image is an oil painting of my twins at five months old practicing sitting up on their own. I like capturing the moment of them sitting together and practicing a new skill while also leaving the viewer to consider what they might be observing so intently. It definitely takes longer to finish a painting these days, but the boys are certainly helping to provide some inspiration for my art.
The next set of images are acrylic paintings of children's animal illustrations that I created for the twins' nursery. These are not serious works (though truly, I wouldn't categorize most of my art as "serious" anyway) but I had fun thinking of the babies while working on these.
|"Turtle and Friend-Nursery" 2015 by K. Lehr|
|"Giraffe Family-Nursery" 2015 by K. Lehr|
|"Elephant's Red Balloon-Nursery" 2015 by K. Lehr|
|"Owls-Nursery" 2015 by K. Lehr|
|"Monkey Twins-Nursery" 2015 by K. Lehr|
Sunday, August 17, 2014
|"Gastropod with Shell" oil paint, 2014|
A few weeks ago we had a little snail friend who kept showing up on our front porch (much to the delight of our dog Zoe). I know that a snail is really just a gastropod with a nice spiral shell (those without shells are commonly referred to as "slugs"--eek!), but nonetheless I think that their little squishy bodies are visually interesting and full of texture. The shell almost looks like a large hat that doesn't really belong, which in my opinion makes the snail a whimsical creature. Of course the actual colors of our snail, along with most of the snails that I've seen, are significantly less vibrant than the ones I decided to use in my painting--but this is part of the whimsy! Moreover, while we're still having beautiful sunny summer days here in Colorado, I just wasn't feeling the neutral colors and pale "pukey" shades of green that would have been a more realistic snail color palette.