Below is a painting of my father. I painted this about a year ago. It is of him taking care of a hammer-butterfly. When i told my father about it (he could not see very well at the time), he told me that he loved catching butterflies when he was little. He thought it was a perfect reference for him. I painted this from one of his black and white childhood photos, changing a LOT, of course. I love my dad so much.....we all do. I like how this painting happens to have a lot of pink in it, because my father always picked out pink dresses for me when i was in college. He thought pink looked pretty on me. What other dad would pick out clothes for their daughters? It also includes watercolor and my father loved watercolor. My father's obituary is below as well. Have a wonderful day.
The Care and Keeping of, 16x20, watercolor on gesso & acrylic on wc paper, Katrina Davis-Salazar, NFS
Davis, Kenly Don Passed away on Saturday, October 4, 2014, in Oswego, IL. He was 82 years old. Born on July 2, 1932, in Livingston County, IL, Kenly was the youngest child of OV Davis and Lora Santelman. Kenly spent his early years working the family farm with his parents and siblings Charlotte (deceased), Kenneth (deceased), and Keith. He went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Illinois State Normal University in 1955. After finishing his degree, he served in the Navy. In 1966 Kenly married Norma Salazar with whom he had three daughters, Karla, Kristina, and Katrina. They lived in Hinsdale, IL, for over 40 years. During this time, Kenly taught Industrial Arts at Lyons Township High School and owned a small business called Ply-Novelties, building doll houses and miniature display cases for merchants in the Midwest. He was a master craftsman, a talent he also put to use making furniture and built-in cabinetry, including the display cases in Hinsdale Central High School. Many homes in the surrounding areas also bear his work. After retiring, Kenly enjoyed working in the lunchroom at Madison School in Hinsdale. He eventually moved to Yorkville so that his daughter Kristina could care for him. Kenly is survived by his brother, Keith; great friend, Norma; daughters, Karla, Kristina, and Katrina; sons-in-law, Christian and Jon; grandchildren, Alexandra, Joshua, Amberlee, Lucinda, Ana, and Eva; niece, Sandra; nephew, Kendall; and dear friend and caregiver, Rosy. If you were to ask Kenly what his greatest achievement in life was, he would say his family. Those who knew him saw his family devotion in his actions and words. Indeed, the friends of his daughters frequently commented that they wished they had a father like Mr. Davis. Kenly was loving, supportive, and devoted to his family. - See more at: http://legacy.pioneerlocal.com/obituaries/pioneerlocal-burrridge/obituary.aspx?n=kenly-don-davis&pid=172741939#sthash.J9edbJpr.dpuf
When it Rains & Rains: Album, Effigies, or Instructions
The main focus of my exhibit is an installation of forty-two 18x24 mixed media paintings entitled Picture Album: A Coping Mechanism, situated in a grid format. The pieces are layered, textured, and meticulously painted. They are dedicated to two people very close to me, who are both dealing with serious illnesses. A portion of the proceeds will go to a charity of their choice. In keeping with my yearly offering of affordable art for all, these pieces will be priced accordingly.
My show will also include a series of additional larger pieces that are an exploration of sanity, identity, family roles, and heredity. On display will be six somewhat interactive, mirrored, faceless images, two birthday girl paintings, a painting of a severed cat with nine lives, and many other oddities. The entire show is an exploration on how people cope with loss, change, and life.
I am not quite finished with all my pieces! I have been sooooo busy with other aspects of my life. I am working and working to finish, and I always DO finish....but I am quite nervous. :) I hope to see you all there, with all of my artwork finished and present. Take care and have a wonderful weekend!
I will post better photos of works in progress tomorrow. This show will start in Waukegan, and move on somewhere else. That is my plan. These works are highly personal and much more honest than previous work. I am very excited to move forward with this work! Thank you all for your constant encouragement. I hope to see you on Sept. 20th. :) (See info. about Library show below.)
Sept. 20th to Oct. 11th
September 20, 2014, 5pm-9pm
109 S. Genesee Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
Upcoming Exhibit at Waukegan Public Library entitled "Dia de los Muertos: A Living Documentation." Featuring Amy Lynn Ross and Katrina Davis-Salazar. This exhibit will run from Sept. 27th to Oct. 8th.
Pieced, acrylic on canvas, 36x48, Amy Lynn Ross
Maruca's Dress for Dia de los Muertos, Acrylic and charcoal on paper, 30x30, Katrina Davis-Salazar
Hi! Here are my newest paintings! The first three photos are poor. The close-up detail photos came out well, however. I don't know why. I am working on my photography skills. :) THese paintings are heavily textured and richly colored, but it is hard to tell in these photos. These paintings remind me of my father......
Objects of Concern, 24x48, acrylic on canvas, $300, May 2014
All Good Girls, 24x48, acrylic on canvas, $300, May 2014
Dear May Pole, 24x48, acrylic on canvas, $300, May 2014
Hi everyone! I apologize for my lapse of communication. I took a two month hiatus while I worked on projects and gathered myself (still working on new projects and art adventures), but am now back showing at Dandelion Gallery again! Below is a piece entitled Objects of Concern, while it was still in progress in my MESSY studio. :) I apologize for the poor photo. (Below that, you can see the work of Amy Lynn Ross.) I am trying to let my work be deeper, even creepier. Since I have had children, I sensor myself a lot. It is hard not to do that.....I feel like all my work is a reflection of my children and my own motherhood. Every brush stroke is therefore examined by guilt and worry. So....trying to get away from that. :) Come see Amy and I tomorrow, May 17th, at Dandelion Gallery, 109 S. Genesee St., Waukegan, IL from 5pm to 9pm.
Also, come see the amazing work of my dear friend Amy Lynn Ross! I have only known Amy for three years, but we are connected in a way only we understand. I fear my words will not express the depth and beauty of Amy's work. She is letting her new work be more personal and open. You can really see the difference. The bold colors and strong narrative are amazing! You can read an awesome article about Amy here.
Amy, Becca, and I have installed a "Dia de los Muertos" show at Re-Invent gallery in Lake Forest! See MORE info below these images! We hope to see you tomorrow!
From October 25th to November 9th, Re-Invent Gallery will feature the work of Amy Lynn Ross, Becca Zastany, and I in a "Dia de los Muertos" exhibition entitled Re-Live. The opening reception will be held on October 25th, from 7 to 10 pm. This is a CUE THE STUDIOS production.
The idea for Re-Live grew out of my dear friend Amy's amazing brain. Re-Invent is a multifunctional art space founded by Kristin Mikrut and Cecilia Lanyon. This contemporary space was the perfect choice for this exhibit. Amy said "Re-Invent is a beautiful and unique space. It's the opposite of stuffy, which we really appreciate." The versatility of this exhibition space will allow for a fun, party-like atmosphere during the Reception.
While the theme of this exhibit is "Day of the Dead," the imagery of the artworks included are not limited to skulls and skeletons. Using a wide variety of media, we further examined this holiday with an intuitive approach and have included themes of re-birth, respect, irony, faith, and fate.
“Dia de los Muertos,” or "Day of the Dead" takes place from October 31 to November 1st (but the exhibit will run from October 25 to November 9). “Dia de los Muertos” is the Hispanic tradition of honoring ancestors with costumes, altars, marigolds, dancing, sugar skulls, and picnicking on graves. The intent is to encourage souls to visit loved ones waiting by their graves.
All work will be for sale, including paintings, drawings, small sculptures, and ornaments. Becca, Amy, and I welcome you to celebrate with us on Friday (and even dress up if you like!)
The content of this show meant more to me than any other exhibit I have had. I did not care if I sold anything. And it was interesting, the monoprints I made to actually "SELL," hardly sold (about 10 out of 56). The larger pieces, which I never intended to sell....those are what meant something to others...those sold. I did not care about making money, but it was wonderful to see that. This show is a little bit about grace, a little bit about anger, a little bit about guilt, and a little bit about joy. :) The profound events of 2013 have despaired and dazzled us. I am including the many difficult and wonderful personal events, as well as global events. Below are more images from my current exhibit. It is located at 109 S. Genesee St. in Waukegan at Dandelion Gallery, if you want to pop over and see it on a Friday or Saturday (or make an appt.) It will be up until October 12th.
The wall below, containing 56 prints (two layers of 28), is meant as an interactive installation. This installation contains NO WORDS. The purchasing patron chooses a "title" and I write it directly on the piece. It is entitled Paintings are $35, Words are Free.
See more work in the "gallery" below. The Public Service Announcement paintings (pieces with text on them) are meant as cautionary advisements, due to both my disbelief and reverence.
Hi everyone! I hope you are all well I have really missed posting my monthly little blogs! Things have been crazy and busy here, in both bad and GOOD ways. I will soon let you know about a few positive developments. Meanwhile, here are some paintings I created in May, which illustrate that feeling of leaning over...towards something good, or being forced in one direction.....and not being sure which is which. I am working on a new serious which I am very excited about. It includes new materials, and hopefully a renewed style. I will post about it sometime this month! Take care. :)
The mural at Prairie Trail School is over half way completed. (The mural is unfinished. The images below are of the still-unfinished mural.) I am so happy the referendum went through and that we now have this awesome new structure! I am SO lucky to be a part of it. This has been a wonderful experience, meeting so many wonderful teachers and students. The kid's comments and questions about the mural are awesome! I love working in schools. The most common questions I get are "Is that hard?" "Do you like painting?" "Are you an artist?" "Why are you painting on that wall?" "and "How do you do that?" I LOVE their ideas! Wow. And I always have my answers at the ready, after much practice over the past ten years...starting at AAUW and Spaulding School so long ago. Lake County has welcomed me. :) Below, read about my plans for this mural, which we be completed by the PTS inauguration on May 13th.
The mural is still in the under-painting stage. All of the images you see are unfinished, and need many more layers and elements. I work very quickly, don't worry! I have done this mural in a crisp, somewhat realistic style, (different from my artistic style) to reflect the clean architectural elements of this beautiful new building. There will be nine panels across the bottom and on the sides. Each one illustrates an element of the D56 Vision Statement. The words of each statement will be below each image, on a banner. One of the four natural prairie grasses planted at PTS, will frame each image. I like incorporating educational elements into school murals. The school stands in the center with a braided frame and the name of the school above. There will be other little surprises like images leaping from Ipads and the minds of children...and some things I'm not even sure about yet! See more pictures below.