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Patterns of Renewel

Karen Fildes

New paintings are happening everyday, and each one is feeling like the next step. As I have been facing the muck of my spiritual history, like the first time (because this time I'm not using Prozac or denial to soften my gut wrenching responces) the bullsh#t that happened to me back then is weightier- as if the ugliness of my secrets try to pull me under again.

But I'm looking at them- the ones who took the innocence from the child and the ones who stole the oil from the lamp of the one trying to hold on to the light. When I look deep into the muck, and the death from those seasons of lies, I am faced with the honesty that the pains are woven into my fiber with no hope of being extracted. But the grave of yesterday's mulch is the placenta, providing a nursery bed for the next thing. Somehow, I no longer see the deep, but the sky above me below my feet. I see the sprouts as new hopes, and they are rising from the womb of their story with complete abandon and fortitude as if innocence has no knowledge of her shame, and no interest in the details. And so, I paint it again, and someday, I may learn from it, to walk on water.

 

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Water for Love

Karen Fildes

It's time for the Chronikah sale to begin! 

I'd like to sell these two water paintings to one client for a gift of love, so I'm offering a special discount to the one who can send me the photograph of a hand written love note. And then they can have the pair for $1200, $600 deposit will be accepted. But I have to see the love note for the offer to be good. These paintings will want special frames.

 

 Contact me at karenlukefildes@gmail.com

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The Field Guide Project Just Got Serious

Karen Fildes

We are in Zug, Switzerland, and we just finished a week of classes with the children of ISCZL. 350 science illustrations happened to budding young naturalists as they explored the fauna of their neighborhoods. The children will teach us as they fall in love with the natural world. That is our scheme. To fall in love with life as they guide us. Stay tuned as the field guide takes shape. You won't believe your eyes.

if you would like to invite us to come to your school or community center, contact me. I hope to raise enough funds to make this project happen for children, regardless of their school's ability to pay. 

 

thank you, ICSZL, for this wondrous collaboration. 

 

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Patterns of Renewal

Karen Fildes

New paintings happening each day in the studio. I am excited about the recent return  of Sumi-e and textile design influencing my new works. Nature renews. I'm painting hopes for our waters.

New in the studio

Karen Fildes

I received the gift of paint- lots of paint and brushes, and a sturdy easel for larger canvas.  Thanks to you I have been putting enough paint down that I've gotten my rhythm and some exciting new work.  I'm doing my best to get these new ones ready for my "Epiphany Balm" duo show at the Phinney Center Gallery.  They will be hung (and posted) for viewing the end of this month and the opening will be on February 13th from 7-9 during the Phinney Ridge Art Walk.  I'm excited.  I'm just really excited about my new work- it is honest and full bodied with layers and layers of pigment telling secrets and hiding some.  I hope you enjoy my new work.  And I appreciate you (so many of you) for believing in me and keeping me in paint.

Commissions

Karen Fildes

Delighting in such wonderful commissions.  I'm ready to take on some new projects for the holidays- I gladly accept deposits and payments.

In the studio

Karen Fildes

Things are happening in the studio... I feel like change has taken shape.  The changes in our world right now, changes in our styles of connecting, change for our loved ones, new losses, new births, and even some changes to our views of politics and faith.  

There will always be change- but to observe the shift from one season to the next is balm- is consolation- when viewed with honesty and grace.  At least for me it is.  "Liken to Console" is my way to accept the shifts with grace, and to sort them out by finding passages.  Heightened contrast, lower light, longer shadows, pure colors flashing their last hurrah before the jewels of brightness let go to silver- winter...

 

When all of nature let's go, there's wind, chaos, holding on for dear life.  But then, with grace, we let it all go.  And open up to trust the seasons.  Every year we face the changes, but there is consolation in the promise that the seeds that were flown about will fall- die- rest and gestate under mulch and darkened dung.  

That's we stop to listen... A good long while.  It takes some letting go to really listen.  it takes some honesty to witness the truth of change, and be graceful enough to celebrate.

 

That's what's happening in the studio.

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Liken to Console

Karen Fildes

My new paintings are about the comfort of soft places on grey days.

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I'll be posting new works over the next two weeks and will be taking deposits to hold a painting until the show, Saturday, November 22.

liken to Console is a series of prayers, the best I can do, for comfort and joy on grey days.

Inky Bits

Karen Fildes

I'm peddling my inky bits- little nothings and little somethings- they are original sketches that were helpful in my process to study for various applications.  They are little gems- some of them merely concepts- but nevertheless, I am selling everything I can to raise enough money for my project.  Click on these little slug eating guinea hens and poof, you'll be in my inky bits store.  I will be able to ship anything to you by September 1st.  If you would like your image matted and framed, leave me a note and I'll fix you up.  The images that have been posted are snapshots from my phone, so they are not easy to reproduce.  But the originals you will receive are a clean white and they dress up real nice in a juicy mat for gifting.   

 

My two recent books, The Secret World of Slugs and Snails, and the Eat A Bug Cookbook, were both reviewed quite nicely with my sketches mentioned.  The "Inky Bits" I am posting are being made available as a part of a scheme to raise funds to help me launch my next project.  I can't tell you too much about it but it will require my undivided attention and the funds that it will take to pay my bills while I focus.  

Many of you know that I double as a nanny, which in my world, is a privilege.  Listening and learning from the children is a way to see beyond.  My emphasis has been to help the children of loss find their love for life and in that process, they each are met with the challenge to make their mark.  We go through extensive sessions as they search and discover the writing instrument that will sing for them.  I have made great discoveries about the pen and its play in expression for the healing child.  I'd like to pursue my discoveries in an illustrated 26 essay catalog of "Lessons From the Booger Fairy."