Thursday, February 28, 2013

Permission Granted

Great news! Today, I checked my PO Box and found a letter addressed to me from Japan. I managed to wait until I got back into my car before opening it. I knew who it was from, but not what it contained. (Those of you who have been following my blog know that I had started a new series of paintings based on some REALLY cute animal erasers. I had found out that there were some copyright issues involved when doing paintings of toys, so rather than risk doing the wrong thing and feeling worried about it, I decided to write to the CEO of the company that makes the erasers and ask permission to continue painting the new works.) As I tore open the envelope, I wondered, would they say "yes"? Or would I find a letter from a lawyer saying "don't you dare keep using our images for your art!" There was some heart pounding, a moment of doubt....and then:
There is my permission form, signed by the CEO of Iwako Co., Ltd.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hooray!!!!!! I love Iwako, Co., Ltd. And I love the erasers they make. Now I have permission to keep painting these imaginary animals. Is that cool or WHAT?!? That is SO COOL.

If you are reading this, Mr. Iwasawa, thank you!!! Thank you for granting this artist permission to keep painting your eraser animals. I am thrilled and delighted! And I will be sending you a thank you note this week.

I am posting a newly completed painting of one of the erasers made by Iwako, in honor of a company that seems to be sympathetic to artists. Here's to you, with gratitude!

"Elephant." Oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches. ©2013 Karine Swenson

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cold and colds

Hi everyone! I am recovering from a nasty cold, and happy to say I am finally beginning to feel more like myself. It's irritating enough to be sick, but it's been cold here too. We even got a little bit more snow on Tuesday night. Pono thinks snow is fun to roll in. I am sure if I had a fur coat, I would agree.

This will be a short post, since the illness has made me feel way behind. Here's my thousand words:
"Speed Walking." Collage, acrylic, and oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. ©Karine Swenson 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Desert snow and painting

We woke up to a light dusting of snow yesterday morning. I was so excited that I pulled on boots and a coat over my pj's and went out with dog and camera to record it. It's a rare treat in the desert of Southern California to have snow.

We recently watched (for the second time) "Gerhard Richter Painting" on Netflix. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend it. At one point, Richter says “To talk about paintings is not only difficult but perhaps pointless too. You can only express in words what words are capable of expressing-- what language can communicate. Painting has nothing to do with that.” ― Gerhard Richter
I love that.

"Science Fiction." Oil on canvas, 30 x 10 inches. ©Karine Swenson 2013 

"Fiction." Oil on canvas, 30 x 10 inches.©Karine Swenson 2013 

Thursday, February 7, 2013


The days go something like this:
1. Get up
2. Drink caffeine
3. Put contact lenses in
4. Get dressed/walk or run with dog
5. Eat
6. Laundry and email catch up
7. Studio
8. Eat
9. Studio
10. Go to bed and dream about paintings


Then you have to add the other "stuff" like:
1. Sweeping and mopping
2. shopping for food
3. Buying dog food
4. Dermatologist appointment
5. Hanging another show at JTAG
6. Updating the website
7. creating inventory lists for galleries
8. Shipping sold paintings (yay!!)
9. Visiting galleries to make sure they feel loved
10. photographing art
11. cleaning the bathroom
12. Dusting
13. etc.
14. etc.
15. oh, and I do occasionally shower.


But then there's this, still wet and just off the easel:
"Strict Carnivore." Oil on canvas, 35 x 40 inches. ©2013
Happy Thursday, all you crazy cats!