On a Wire

On a Wire Painting by Steph Toth Kates

On a Wire

I was going for a treacherous feeling here – I like how the shape of the road below is like an upside-down tornado.

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From the Well

Finished this a while ago but I’m just now getting around to updating my blog with new work.  It’s the frog saving the golden ball for the princess.  I’ve worked with this theme before – but I really enjoy that moment where the frog surfaces from a difficult task and realizes he’s been abandoned.  It’s the moment in the fairy tale where he could accept defeat and rejection and continue life as a frog.  But he chooses to be a pain in the butt and persevere.

From the Well

From the Well

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The Owl and the Pussycat

They sailed away for a year and a day:

Owl and Pussycat painting by Steph Toth Kates

Owl and Pussycat

and that is an awfully long time to be in a pea-green boat with anybody.  My friend Tiffany purchased this painting before it was even finished!

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After the Huntsman

I’ve fallen behind on updating with new paintings.  I completed this a while ago:

After the Huntsman painting by Steph Toth Kates

After the Huntsman

When I began working on this I was inspired by the Little Red Riding Hood story, where the huntsman comes at the end of the story and kills the wolf and sets the, completely fine, Little Red and Grandma free from the wolf’s belly, but I changed the characters, so we have a mouse and a fox instead.

I wanted to play with interior and exterior.  In the painting I wanted the body of the fox to almost feel like a landscape, and begin to meld with the rest of the landscape and his stomach to feel almost undergroundish/subterranean.
The mouse hasn’t been happy to be in the fox, it’s been an uncomfortable and perhaps dangerous place, but at this moment when it’s freed and its life is retuned to it, it’s facing an uncertainty about the outside world, which is a big and scary place compared to the belly of the fox.  (of course, all this is a metaphor for facing change in our own lives)
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Now Showing – at FleishmanHillard

Last week I got to hang my paintings at the lovely offices of FleishmanHillard through ArtsKC’s Now Showing Program. The walls in the hallways are white and red – and the spots for hanging artwork are all bright red.  I really love how my paintings look hanging on such a bright color!  The work will be up at FleishmanHillard through the end of February.

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Kansas City Artist’s Coalition Public Hanging

Last weekend I included a painting in the Kansas City Artist’s Coalition‘s Public Hanging Event.  It was a fun event and I’m looking forward to participating again next year!

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Digital Collage

My teaching certificate is about to expire – so in order to renew it I needed to get some credit hours in. Luckily the Kansas City Art Institute offers professional development classes for educators.  I spent the weekend learning how to create digital collages. This was perfect, since I love collage and I needed to freshen up my Photoshop skills. The finished products are a little crazy, but I had fun learning the processes.

 

The kids are of course my kids :)

The mouse collage is based on the original sketch that I created for this painting:

After the Huntsman painting by Steph Toth Kates

After the Huntsman

I thought it would be fun to compare what I can create digitally with what I can create with paint.  I’ll talk more about this painting in another post :)

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Lavender 3 – Available Now!

Last Saturday the Sexy Accident released Lavender 3 at an AMAZING show at the Buffalo Room in Westport.  Galadriel Thompson filled the room with animations and the music was incredible.

The book is well worth the wait – grab your copy at sexyaccident.com!

Here are a few photos of the paintings that I created for the book on display before the show began.

 

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Lovely Things Appear – Photos from the Jones Gallery

Some photos from First Friday. The show is up for the month of April – so there is still time to check it out!

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Lavender 3 – Pop Album as a Hardback Art Book

I’m excited to announce that my husband’s band, The Sexy Accident is releasing it’s newest album soon – but not as a normal CD – they are creating a beautiful hard-back book which will include a digital download of the music. The book will feature photos and stories and interviews and… ART! I will have five new paintings featured in the book along with the work of many other talented artists. We are trying to get the word out, so check out the pre-order site, and please share with all your friends!

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