Working Like a Madwoman

Ever have those times when you wake up in the morning and something starts talking to you?  I woke up yesterday morning very dissatisfied with how the mounting technique for  some mixed media work was coming along.  I have gone to great lengths to order everything to do it in this particular method, even ordering acid free coreboard which then needed the edges painted because I couldn’t find it in black.  But I awoke with a nagging dissatisfaction about it all.  I got up, looked at the work again, and said, oh, it’s ok…but then later the nagging unhappiness came back.  So because they measure 14″ square and of course, no canvases are made that size, I found my self shopping for a new idea, then shopping online and ordering more stuff and spending more money.  But at least I have peace now…these composition pieces are going to look much better, I think. And they deserve to.

Compositions #2

The time until I hang the exhibit is going fast. Today I feel I made much progress.  I worked on Black and White Compositions #2, #3, and #4.  These are compositions on canvas, made with cut pieces of cloth but they will not be stitched.  I don’t know if anyone realizes this or not (surely I’m not the only one!)…our type of work is much more time consuming than the average painter.  For me, there is the creation of the cloth, then the composition, and lastly, the layering and stitching part.  It is slow work.  In the interest of time, I am creating a few like this that will fill in my exhibit in a different color palette.

I also finished the handwork on the back of “Fading Glory” during tv time!

Tomorrow I will get up and do more of the same.  More mixed media Compositions are in the works too.  Can’t wait to get started on them.


  1. Beautiful work!

  2. Katherine,
    Your line, depth, texture and color work is fabulous. I love working like a mad woman for me it means i have let go and surrendered to the moment! Piper

  3. That is a gorgeous piece, Kathy!!!!

  4. Beautiful! I can’t wait to see all of these in the gallery show.

  5. I am getting very excited for you!!
    Yes I know the ‘mad woman’ feeling since I am right there with you:)))

  6. Sharon Eley says

    I agree with everything you just said. I discovered in one of my mixed media compositions that as I added each layer or a new color, it presented a new problem to solve. Mixed media art presents and solves problems and makes you grow as an artist. I enjoy your postings, as it has been awhile since I have been able to create on a daily basis. Life does get in the way of implimenting creative thought. I love your work and your mind. And, as always, I appreciate you and you willingness to share your thoughts and creativity with us. Would like to meet you in person at the next MOFA retreat. I live in Chillicothe, Ohio but travel to other states for workshops. Keep creating and filling us with joy and inspiration!

  7. Thanks so much for your kind comments, Sharon. Yes, I agree that mixed media can present new problems at every layer!

    I didn’t realize you lived in Ohio. I was thinking you were a MoFA member, hence you must live in Missouri! I do plan on being at the retreat next May and I’m looking forward to meeting you also.

  8. Robin, I am excited for you at your first market too! I hope you do well and take the pattern market by storm!

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