Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Crazy Dress. A New Work


Friday, October 21, 2005

New Paintings: Stacey and Sara

Both paintings are:
40x60 inches on canvas.

*Better photos will be added to my website soon.

From the closing reception of the CitiArts Gallery Show. 10-28-05

The little yellow sticker to the right of 'David' has the reference number 9 on it. Is that interesting to anyone? ;)

The steps to completing 'Sara' in my studio.

Self-Portrait as The Artist

40x50 inches on Gallery Wrapped Canvas.

Figure is life sized. She is painting a painting. The painting in the painting is a work in progress. The actual painting is now finished.

Click the image to enlarge and see details.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Ambiguous #1

Expressionistic Self

40x40 inches. Oil paint and sand on gallery wrapped canvas.

Click image to enlarge and see texture.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Background ideas and richness of color...

Sometimes I stare at this Sari and wish that I had the ability to paint it the way Vermeer might have. Even though I may be lightyears away from painting that way, I'd still like to try to use it as inspiration for the background in an upcoming set of portraits.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

The MFA and the Number 9

I am so excited to have ended up here in Madison working toward my masters in fine art. My fellow grads are a very nice bunch and so are my professors. Although my days are long, and my classes are a lot of work, I am glad I'm here.

Today I was assigned a STUDIO. Out of 10 students vying for their favorite studio by luck of the draw, I was number 9 when my chip was pulled from the hat. That meant I was next to last in the lottery. But seeing that number 9 made me calm and collected. 9 is my incredibly lucky number. Ever since I was born the number has followed me around like a secure reminder of who I am. It makes me realize that I'm in the right place at the right time as it shows up again and again. I was born on 9-19-1979 at 5:29 in the morning. The number has been with me from my softball jerseys to my seat numbers on airplane flights, and in the most bizarre places. Even my random phone number has a 79. So here it was again today as I held the token that would hold the fate of my new studio. The number 9.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The New Table

I'm feeling overly cautious about creating in my new home. Maybe I'm just not ready to start serious paintings here. I will be assigned a new studio on campus within the next couple of weeks. Can I wait that long? I soppose I'll feel in flux until my schedule and studio space are set in stone. I would like to just let loose and create like a madwoman...but i'm holding myself back. I wouldn't want to get paint all over our new beautiful and clean apt...patience...
Now I must prepare myself for an evening suit-and-tie event with business students. What world do I live in?

Monday, August 22, 2005

I have been thinking about the color RED and feel inspired to investigate the richness and depth of RED in a painting. The color RED has been associated with anger, fear, fiestiness, fire, blood, etc.
However, what thoughts and feelings would it conjur up as the focal point in a painting of an everyday object with no emotional overtones? Will it simply be considered decorative? Will it hold meaning purely based on our associations with this color? Does the object matter?
Technically I'm interested in exploring tone, depth, and contrast through glazing and mixing.
This will be a small side project to keep me thinking and exploring the use of color in my paintings.

Friday, August 19, 2005

New Home, New Studio, New Ideas...

I've been busy unpacking, but will be back 'up and painting' very soon.

Monday, August 08, 2005

'The Nestmaker'


The black and white underlayer is the foundation upon which the painting is built.

A caulking gun is used to create texture on the canvas in certain areas.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Drawing from Bargue

Back to learning the basics, folks. I've temporarily dropped the Oil paints to pick up Charcoal. The figure painters from the 19th century learned anatomy from copying plates by Charles Bargue. I figured it couldn't hurt to do the same thing.
I'm hoping to learn a lot from it to improve the figurative quality of my paintings.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

The Dark Cherry

Oil on Board. approx 5x6 inches.

Saturday, July 09, 2005



Oil on Board. approx 5x6 inches.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Dried Figs

Oil on Board. 5x6 inches.

The Red Wine Cork


Oil on Board. 5x6 inches.

Fresh Figs

Oil on Panel. 6x8.25 inches.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Danish Pottery Painting


Oil Painting on Glazed Tile. 7x7 inches.

The new owner sent a photo of it framed in its new home:
He did a fantastic job!



Oil on Stretched Canvas. 16x20 inches.

Self Portrait Triptych

______________________________________center panel SOLD

Oil on Board. Each Panel 12x12 inches.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Katelyn Schuft is Katelyn Alain

If you knew me as Katelyn Schuft way back in the olden days, I now go by Katelyn Alain (my middle name) pronounced 'Uh-layne'. Katelyn Alain is my professional name in the art world and my common name.

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