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Garden Path

Garden Path

“Garden Path” takes another view of an archway and the view from and through it. I wanted to indicate a sense of space and set up an inviting scene where you’d want to go from here to there. Title: Garden Path Size: 12 x 12 inches on canvas Medium: Collage with various papers and acrylic […]

Garden Shrine

Garden Shrine

“Garden Shrine” looks at portals as a gateway. An imaginary scene, some views are off in the distance, others are close up. Made of bits of paper, it forms a peaceful, contemplative scene. Photos of the piece in progress are below. Title: Garden Shrine Size: 12 x 12 inches on canvas Medium: Various papers on […]

Beyond

Beyond

“Beyond” explores the idea of Portals as a window or opening, but shows only the view. I was thinking more about transition – going from there to there, looking at one place from another – rather than the structure that you go through. It’s more about wanting to go than how you get there. The […]


Foggy Bridge 2

Foggy Bridge 2

I thoroughly enjoyed painting the first Foggy Bridge painting, and wanted to explore the subject further. This version is lighter and brighter. The collaged paper along the bottom edge has cheerful tulips. The bridge is less distinct than in the first painting, making this more about the colors than the structure. Yes, I know these […]

Foggy Bridge 1

Foggy Bridge 1

Continuing the Portals series is a small painting done about a bridge. I had vacationed in California several years ago with friends. We flew to San Francisco, spent a weekend, then drove to Napa. On the way home, we drove across the Golden Gate bridge. Beautiful, sunny day, typical of that area. As we approached […]

Frosty Window

Frosty Window

Frosty Window, part of my Portals series, was inspired by that crazy polar vortex weather we’ve had the past couple of winters. Awful cold, miserable stuff – but also beautiful. The frost patterns on my windows were really pretty. Tiny delicate crystals dancing across the panes. So this piece takes a more literal view of […]


Distant Memories 2

Distant Memories 2

“Distant Memories 2” continues exploring that moment of transition between being present and being lost in memories. It is part of my Portal series. The design is simpler than Distant Memories 1, yet it has more complexity as well. I designed it with only one figure, the large one on the left. Yet the more […]

Distant Memories 1

Distant Memories 1

Distant Memories 1 is a small piece from my Portals series. I was testing the idea of memories as a portal to the past, to our history. That moment of reminiscing, as one transitions from being in the present to lost in thought. It has a contemplative feel. The background is acrylic paint. The figure […]

Tropical Arch

Tropical Arch

“Tropical Arch” is another piece from┬ámy Portals series. It takes a more literal view of the portals concept by depicting an archway. The scene is made of pieces of magazine images, tissue paper, maps, and some acrylic paint. I attached all the pieces to watercolor paper, then ran the whole thing through the sewing machine. […]


Portal 2

Portal 2

Portal 2 was inspired by Portal 1, a small acrylic painting for my Portals series. Larger, of course, and similar in layout and colors, it has more detail in the circular form. Photos of the painting as I was working on it are below. Title: Portal 2 Size: 16 x 20 inches on canvas Medium: […]

Portal 1

Portal 1

This painting was one of the first in my Portals series. Jan Noden and I made separate series of paintings and collages exploring the theme of portals: both real portals (gateways, arches, doorways) and imaginary (transitions, memories). This painting was of the more imaginary sort. Title: Portal 1 Size: 8 x 10 inches Medium: Acrylic […]

New Orleans

New Orleans

“New Orleans” is a collage inspired by a vacation to that city in 2014. Walking through the French Quarter, I ran across a wonderful building with a colorful first level contrasted against rough upper levels contrasted against bright blue shutters. In the sunlight, the effect was stunning. Later, walking along the river, I was taken […]


Roots and Roads #1, a collage

Roots and Roads #1, a collage

“Roots and Roads #1” is the first in a new series of artwork that explores roots (where do we come from) and roads (where are we going). 2015 has been a year full of – let’s put it mildly – change. I’m in a bit of a lull (thank goodness) and now that I can […]

A Common Thread, Collages, Numbers 1-8

A Common Thread, Collages, Numbers 1-8

As I worked on the All Buttoned Up series, I got to thinking about thread. The thread in that series had to be hidden, so I wanted to do a series that focused on thread. As with that series, these are small postcard sized collages. Behind each collage is a piece of a wallpaper sample […]

Market Day, a collage

Market Day, a collage

When summer rolls around, I look forward to the local farmer’s market on Saturday mornings. Fresh produce, connecting with the people who grow it, and trying something new. It’s such a treat, both the products that are available and the experience of mindfully making selections. So different than racing through the aisles at the supermarket. […]


All Buttoned Up, Collages, Numbers 1-9

All Buttoned Up, Collages, Numbers 1-9

All Buttoned Up is a series of small abstract collages that include altered magazine pages, buttons, and thread. Some remind me of desert landscapes, others make me think of weathered walls and windows. And somehow #9 ended up completely different! But that’s ok. Buttons have been on my mind lately. I wanted to use some […]

Blue Moon, a collage

Blue Moon, a collage

In honor of July’s blue moon, here is my version! I began with an idea based it on a tiny painting (ACEO* sized) that I did many, many years ago. The ACEO was an acrylic painting; this recent version is a collage. The original is pictured below; the larger version is to the right. I […]

In The Garden, a collage

In The Garden, a collage

In The Garden is a combination of painting and collage. Sunny and warm, I made it during the summer of 2014 when gardens were awash with flowers of all colors. As with so many of my artworks, this one started one way, then took a left turn in the middle. It began as an abstract […]


Early Spring, a collage

Early Spring, a collage

So I realize we’re a bit past spring at this point, but that’s ok. “Early Spring” is a collage I did…in early spring…but just realized that I hadn’t posted it. This collage was also early in a new style that has been evolving over the past few months. The first layer is old dictionary pages […]

Sunset

Sunset

“Sunset” is a large, cheerful, brightly colored abstract painting. It reminds me of a sunset, but others have had different interpretations. I always enjoy hearing what others think of my paintings. Title: Sunset Media: Acrylic paint and ink Size: 24 x 24 inches, on 1-1/2-inch deep gallery-wrapped canvas

Summer Fun

Summer Fun

A hot summer day, the flowers creating a riot of heat and color. That’s this painting. This painting is painted with acrylic paints and inks on paper, which is then mounted on a 1-1/2 inch deep gallery wrapped canvas. The edges are painted black. It is 8 x 8 inches square, and is signed on […]


An Exploration of Portals, April 1-May 28, 2014

An Exploration of Portals, April 1-May 28, 2014

An Exploration of Portals Original artwork by Jan Noden and Karen Koch April 1 – May 28, 2014 On display at The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation 10 W. Streetsboro St., Hudson, OH 44236 Meet-the-Artists Reception: Thursday, April 10, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Depending on the definition, portals can be a door, a gateway, or an […]

Ghost Ranch, a collage

Ghost Ranch, a collage

Ghost Ranch is a collage made with acrylic paint, painted papers, found papers, and printed images. 24 x 24 inches 1.5 inch deep gallery-wrapped canvas The image started as a winter landscape. I painted the canvas a bright orange all over, then brushed in the sky and a snowy field. Bits of the orange showed […]

Frost Birds

Frost Birds

Now, here are Frost Birds as I’d envisioned them in my photo session during the Polar Vortex. The abstract background colors, tiny bits of white in motion. Simple but very satisfying. 12 x 12 inches acrylic paint and paper, on paper, attached to canvas



 
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