April Shows!

April First Friday is fast approaching – and I will have have art up at TWO galleries this month!! I’m super excited! I have a painting that will be a part of “Heat” – a juried exhibition at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.

My paintings will be featured at the Plum Gallery! The show is called Burrow & Fable. I have a bunch of new work that I’ve never shown before ready for this show – Mark your calendars for April 3rd and please come out to see me!

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Old Friends

This came from a story in Mules and Men – by Zora Neale Hurston

The dog and the alligator used to be friends – but they didn’t have mouths – so one day they agreed to cut each other’s mouths open.  The gator got the dogs cut first – but when the dog went to cut the gators – he cut too much – so the gator has a huge mouth now – and has been angry at the dog ever since.

Old Friends

Old Friends

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King of the Fish

Another large one!

This is from the story of the fisherman who catches the fish that gives him three wishes.

King of the Fish Painting by Steph Toth Kates

King of the Fish

I enjoyed playing with levels – above the water and in the water and below ground – all in the same painting.  I often use fish as my symbol of subconscious thought.  I like the idea of a thought breaking free from a confusing but known place – only to be trapped – lifted into a tumultuous, stormy world that it’s not prepared to handle.

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Oracle

I finally finished a large sized painting!  (Been doing lots of little ones lately)

This is from a story I found in an old book I have about cats – The duck and the rabbit were having an argument – so they went to the cat to mediate the conflict.  The cat ate them both.  It’s a pretty simple story – kind of Chicken-Littlish in it’s outcome.  Beware who you trust.  But it has that moment where you step out on a limb and make a scary decision and it’s not always the right one…

Oracle painting by Steph Toth Kates

Oracle

I liked setting it up in that Renaissance Madonna-like triangle.  The cat even has an off kilter moon halo – indicating she is special and ominous at the same time.

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Every Friday

Every Friday

Every Friday

I was reading _Mules and Men_ by Zora Neale Hurston.  This came from one of the stories in there – The bird’s friend was trapped in hell – so every Friday the bird would fly down and drop one grain of sand – eventually putting out the fires of hell and saving his friend. Persistence.

I like how the Neko Case song, Magpie in the Morning goes along with this.

 

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Yin Yang Cats

Cats – from the series I did for the Lavender 3 Album/Book

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Oldest Tree

Oldest Tree

Oldest Tree

I’ve been sketching trees a lot in my sketchbook.  I found a photo of the oldest tree and I wanted to paint it.  I have a whole series of tree work planned in my head.

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From the Flood

From the Flood

From the Flood

This is based on a story in Indian mythology – I’ve forgotten which God it was – who transformed himself into a boar and saved the wise men from the flood.  My pig is swimming out of the flood – but it’s unintentionally saved all the bacteria and other living things that exist on the world of it’s skin.  Those things are wise in their own way.

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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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