Get Creative! Take the #30 Days of Art Challenge

Hey Gang, I've started a new 30 Day Art Challenge so join me and take the challenge too! I'll be posting daily art + poetry making adventures on my Facebook Page at Kathy Crabbe Artwork and on Instagram at KathyCrabbeArt.

"Best Friends" is #1 in my 30 Days of Making Art starting today (Sept. 20) ♥ Join in! Use the hashtag #30daysofart when you post on Instagram ♥ I may not finish a Spirit Animal Painting every day but I will definitely try and I'll share daily.

All Spirit Animal paintings are for sale on my website: Originals are $75 and prints are $25 plus FREE Worldwide Shipping!

Day 1 - 30 Days of Art Challenge

Best Friends:  Puppy Luv: it kept her sane (Day 1 #30daysofart)

Best Friends: Puppy Luv: it kept her sane (Day 1 #30daysofart)

Mer-Angel of my dreams

Mermaid Week by k. crab Facebook Chat

Me: Apparently it's Mermaid Week at my house

Bob Mackenzie: Like a mermaid-angel, and ginger to boot. What more could you possibly ask for?

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Kathy Crabbe 2015

About Kathy & the Leftys

Kathy Crabbe is an artist and energy reader living 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.

Kathy is painting a Lefty-a-Day for 365 days (The 52 Project) and posting all works in-progress daily on Instagram and weekly here.

A life in art: drawing and painting from life & inner need

Kathryn V. Crabbe, My My My Precious Love, 2012, acrylic, charcoal and pastel on canvas, 48 x 48”."

To create is only to reveal what essentially is. It is the vivid recollection of the as-yet-unknown in the known. ~ Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala

Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis that we get at the real meaning of things. ~ Georgia O'Keefe, The Poetry of Things

Unlike Georgia O'Keefe, my own still life drawings are filled with detail. Life is in the details. Details can be infinitely small, often go unnoticed and are over-looked, which is something I care about in relation to objects and to people.

My current series of nature drawings were created with the hard line of pencils, pastels and occasionally with watercolors (when I'm around water). I often choose subjects so filled with minute detail that they become a thing of abstraction. Details are confusing, which is my intention. I appreciate and value the ambiguity, metaphor and poetry that accompanies abstraction. My large paintings are also abstract, but without a lot of detail which acts as a sort of counter balance to the hyper realism of my nature drawings.

Elimination and editing is key, as it is in life. By releasing detail from my paintings I can focus on the essentials which are often spiritual and symbolic. There are hard choices to be made and discipline to be followed (not a popular concept I realize) in the building of a structure and a firm foundation for a life in art.

Kathy Crabbe, Wild Cucumber, 2012, pencil on paper, 8.5 x 11”.

The drawings in this post and on my art website capture my wild surroundings in the Southern California inland desert valleys, but so too does "My My My Precious Love" pictured at the top, but in a different way. I am at a time and a place in my life (my mid forties) where abstraction calls to me louder than anything else.

The artist must be blind to the distinction between 'recognized' or 'unrecognized' conventions of form, deaf to the transitory teaching and demands of his particular age. He must watch only the trend of the inner need and harken to it's words alone.

Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, published 1911.

P.S. Select drawings are now available for purchase on my website on a private page. To view these drawings please email me for the password.