Kathy Crabbe Interviewed by Les Femmes Folles

Here is a recent interview I gave about my art that I'd like to share with you. Thanks for your support!

Kathy Crabbe, artist

Artist Kathy Crabbe shares with Les Femmes Folles (LFF) about her current exhibit at Riverside Art Museum, being an artist in Temecula, California, how feminism and engagement play a role in her work, some of her stellar drawings and more… 

Where are you from? How did you get into creative work and what is your impetus for creating?

I’m originally from Kingston, Canada and now live on land outside of Temecula, California. I have always been creating and still have drawings from when I was two. My impetus for creating is self expression and celebration of goddess, nature, wildness and awakening intuition.

Tell me about your current/upcoming show/exhibit/book/project and why it’s important to you. What do you hope people get out of your work?

My current exhibit is a showing of all 52 original paintings from my Lefty Oracle Deck and some of the stories from the guidebook. It will be on display at the Riverside Art Museum as part of The 52 Project; a 52 week experiment that for me, involved creating every day. This exhibit with its set end date helped me finish the writing for the deck; deadlines are invaluable in that regard. I hope that people will be interested in the process of non dominant hand drawing to help them awaken their intuition and pursue their dreams from a deeper and more aware place within.

Does collaboration play a role in your work—whether with your community, artists or others? How so and how does this impact your work?

All my Lefty Oracle art is collaborative. It is not art that is meant to hang on the wall or sit on the shelf. It is art that is meant to engage people and groups on deep levels that involve sacred play. 

Do you think your city is a good place for women in art/writing/etc? What do you think is the best thing about your city for artists, and how might it be improved? 

My city is not at all a good place for women in the arts. It is a newer town with a cowboy past and a traditional present that caters mainly to families, churches and horses and I’ve had no success with my art here and very little success with the artist’s group I started or the Moon Circles I facilitated. I did have success with a writer’s group I started. My city could improve its connection with the arts by taking the time to listen to the professional artists who do live here. They have started that process recently so I dearly hope something comes of it. 

Artist Wanda Ewing, who curated and titled the original LFF exhibit, examined the perspective of femininity and race in her work, and spoke positively of feminism, saying “yes, it is still relevant” to have exhibits and forums for women in art; does feminism play a role in your work?

Feminism does play a role in my art. Several of the cards in my Lefty Deck are feminist cards that stand up and fight for women’s rights. One of these images is an award winner and several have been featured in various feminist publications, as well as appeared onstage for Women’s Day in Los Angeles with Michelle Shocked and in the San Diego Women’s History Museum via zines I created.

Ewing’s advice to aspiring artists was “you’ve got to develop the skill of when to listen and when not to;” and “Leave. Gain perspective.”  What is your favorite advice you have received or given?

Fave advice I ever received was to look ten years into the future and envision what life would be like. Fave advice I’ve given is always part of my soul readings; so my clients tell me!

This interview was originally published by Les Femmes Folles, a volunteer organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art from around the world with the online journal, print annuals, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF was created and is curated by Sally Deskins.  LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including the award-winning Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014) and The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters: Ten Tales (Laura Madeline Wiseman/Lauren Rinaldi, 2015). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 available on blurb.com, including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. See the latest call for work on the Submissions page!

Scorpio New Moon Goddess

Scorpio New Moon Goddess by Kathy Crabbe New Moon in Scorpio Blessings to You! Here’s a Scorpio Goddess to help you connect with the deep and magickal power of the moment ‘cause i painted Her during this New Moon and remember to set your New Moon intentions for the month ahead knowing that its Lunar Samhain as well which heightens the potency of your new moon wishes ie. Its the Celtic New Year!

The Scoop: Since beginning year two Advanced Training in Celtic Faerie Shamanism with Francesca De Grandis, I’ve felt the power building. I’ve also gone back to marketing and business; something I took a break from over the summer to focus on my abstract watercolor landscape series. I’m also honing in on business staples (but from an artist’s perspective) such as my mission, purpose, target market and unique value proposition thanks to watching and learning from Ann Rea’s one page biz plan and free videos. I’m also ready for a complete website revamp since I’m not too happy with how my WordPress site is functioning on a cell phone. I’m debating between two platforms: SquareSpace or Shopify so that I can finally sell artwork directly from my website.

Here’s a sampling of some of my latest Goddess inspired paintings which were created with both my right and left hands. Why? Because I wouldn’t want to get ‘too perfect’ or precious with my work so I like to shake things up by using both hands and uniting my brain, so to speak.

More Goddess Goodness

Unspoken by Kathy Crabbe

Goddess Within & Without by Kathy Crabbe

Kathy Crabbe Creative Soul Guide in Temecula Wine Country, CaliforniaAbout Kathy

Kathy Crabbe is an artist and energy reader living in sunny SoCal with her husband and pet muses, Abby the shaggy black dog and Djinn Djinn, the small scruffy one in an adobe home they built themselves.

Kathy is painting a Lefty-a-Day for 365 days and posting all works in-progress on Instagram at http://instagram.com/kathycrabbeart

Goddess Within...Goddess Without

Goddess Goodness from my daily posts on Instagram. Goddess Within & Without by Kathy Crabbe

Unspoken by Kathy Crabbe

Kathy Crabbe Creative Soul Guide in Temecula Wine Country, California
About Kathy

Kathy Crabbe is an artist and energy reader living in sunny SoCal with her husband and pet muses, Abby the shaggy black dog and Djinn Djinn, the small scruffy one in an adobe home they built themselves.

Kathy is painting a Lefty-a-Day for 365 days and posting all works in-progress on Instagram at http://instagram.com/kathycrabbeart


I'm Published in Creative Cronies Astrological Diary & Moon Calendar

I'm very pleased to announce that the Creative Cronies Southern Hemisphere 2016 Moon Calendar Astrological Diary has published five of my paintings! The wonderful thing is that these Cronies PAY their artists and they're super nice to boot!  The Creative Cronies are Minerva, Robyn and Arafelle. Minerva and Arafelle are astrologers  who live on co-operatively owned land in the Far North of New Zealand and Robyn administrates and distributes the Calendar. 2016 marks their 25th year of production.

We feel it (the calendar) is a gift from the Goddess and our privilege to have an avenue to present some understanding and astrological guidance in these tumultuous and transformative times...art, music and meditation are our soul food, helping us to experience the new energies coming in.  ~ Creative Cronies

Order your astrological diary here: http://www.MoonCalendar.co.nz Follow them on Facebook here.

Airika the Strong by Kathy Crabbe in 2016 Moon Calendar

Artemis (Sag Goddess) by Kathy Crabbe in 2016 Moon Calendar

Kathy at Crystal Point Rock, Ontario


Kathy lives in sunny SoCal with her husband and pet muses, Abby the big, shaggy black dog and Djinn Djinn the small, scruffy one in an adobe home they built themselves.  She has been an artist forever and a Creative Soul Guide since awakening her own intuitive gifts at age forty. Learn more here.

Portfolio: Journey Into Intimacy

2011 Journey Into Intimacy

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2010 Journey Into Intimacy

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2009 Journey Into Intimacy

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Artist Statement

I am interested in exploring contradictions abstractly by juxtaposing opposites to express multiple truths. Each painting and print is an exploration of intimacy, vulnerability, raw emotion and healing in line with the Divine Feminine.

The watery, responsive nature and quick drying time of acrylics expresses fleeting moods and fiery passions in brilliant color that blends, bleeds, drips and flows onto smooth, gessoed silk and wood.

The paintings are just large enough to capture huge and overpowering emotions using unusual tools like garden rakes, house painting brushes or my body pressed into the surface.

Nothing is pre-planned or sketched. The process itself leads the way no matter how long it takes. Sometimes one stroke can take hours of looking.

I hope this series inspires the discovery of hidden beauty.

Kathy Crabbe

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