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Revisiting the past

Revisiting the past:

As I finish my most recent Candy Series for CSArt I very much felt the need to revisit the past few years of my work.  So here it is…..

Colored Pencil Drawing of Tootsie Pop - Kate Woodliff O'Donnell

Tootsie Pop, 2016, Prismacolor Pencil, 8.5”x11”

But before we begin, here is a bunch of candy and uh, dog socks Ken brought me back from Hong Kong!

hongkong-candy

Ok….I moved to Colorado from the east coast where art and the art world is incredibly different.  I was making these large works that I still think about all the time.

Round Flower, 2012, cut collaged fabric and Prismacolor pencil 50”x50”

Round Flower, 2012, cut collaged fabric and Prismacolor pencil 50”x50”

Mickey, 2010, cut collaged fabric, 28”x 25”

Mickey, 2010, cut collaged fabric, 28”x 25”

They were political and content was important.

I found myself not interested in producing these HUGE works of art anymore! I wanted this relationship with art, this personal interest in just materials and beauty and quietness and pencils! So there’s Colorado!  Influence was all around me. So here comes my two years of making drawings about nothing!  For two years!!!! HA! Two years!

Colored pencil Drawings, 2013-14

Colored pencil Drawings, 2013-14

Flower-3, 2013, Prismacolor Pencil, 7”x12”

Flower-3, 2013, Prismacolor Pencil, 7”x12”

Only 1/4 done

I even tried to make fossils with a dremel and stone, that was a really good idea but not really!  tOO MESSY….bOOO

This was “like” one of the most important journeys I’ve ever embarked on man!  I made crap but important crap about nothing that led to something!

I decided on my next series a few months ago and can’t wait.  It will be drawing, it will be food, it will make me happy and hopefully make your mouth water…..But not yet! No watering mouths Yet…..  More to come next week on my new art adventure.

I do miss my old, huge works I produced on the east coast, I do miss some of the drawings I produced in my two year venture.  But I need to produce work that makes me happy and content as an artist.

When in doubt artist friends, just make art, make what makes you happy, the answer will come.

Love Kate and the Dog Socks!