Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Art of Observing

I drew the black lines with my eyes closed and then with eyes opened I thickened some of the lines and added color. To me, the figure on the left appears to be taking in the beauty of the figure on the right. I'm in awe of the delight and pure bliss of taking the time to observe our world, with both closed and open eyes.

"The Art of Observing"
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Venus 2

This is the second in my Venus series.
The female figure is so beautiful in all its forms.

"Venus 2"
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Olwen

In awe of her loving rays and the beauty and kindness she radiates...I left this piece in Washington for a dear friend.

"Olwen"
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Venus 1

My husband and I have been traveling in the Pacific Northwest and loving every minute of it. Before our trip I prepped a bunch of tiny canvases (2.75" x 2.75" and 1 7/8" x 1 7/8") so I could create art on the road. I've done a number of them and will post them all eventually. Some I'm bringing home and others I've left as gifts for beautiful friends, both new and old.

This one is the first of two (so far) Venus pieces inspired by a lovely and amazing friend.

"Venus"
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

She Rose Above

"When they go low, we go high."
- Michelle Obama

More and more I remind myself....

"She Rose Above"
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Once Upon a Time he was but a Twinkle in his Father's Eye

I've got a soft spot in my heart for father/son relationships.

"Once Upon a Time he was but a Twinkle in his Father's Eye"
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Primal Feminine

Sometimes a random India ink doodle goes all wildly expressive, wildly feminine...primal feminine. And sometimes a dear friend sends you a perfectly timed article.

"Primal Feminine"
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Nothing can dim the light which shines within you.

"Nothing can dim the light which shines within you."
-Maya Angelou


Shine brightly, my friends.

"Nothing can dim the light which shines within you."
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Thankful for my Muse

As I was wrapping up my 6th year of painting and starting my 7th, I thought of my muse in this wonderful art adventure I'm on. Feelings of bliss, angst, being driven, sadness, despair, triumph, compassion, calm, joy, love.... I think my painting is all about embracing those feelings and getting them out. It's all about the process. I've been asked if it's hard to let go of my work when they go to other homes and with the exception of about five pieces (all featuring my family/pets and one with a quote that particularly speaks my truth), the answer is "no". The process feeds my soul and I'm ever thankful for my muse, all those feelings, that need not be labeled good or bad, positive or negative.

This is the piece I completed on the 16th of June, the last day of my 6th year of painting.

"Thankful for my Muse"

And then over the weekend our family went to a tie dye party!






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Friday, June 16, 2017

Best Friends

It's always such an honor to create a commissioned piece. I adore these two friends. Makes me think of this quote.

"Whoever said that diamonds are a girl's best friend never owned a dog."

I feel like I'm that girl...all grown up...and I even have my hair dyed bright orange right now!

"Best Friends"
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Celebrating the Start of my 7th Year of Painting!

The 17th of June will mark the beginning of my 7th year of painting! What incredibly joy this has brought to my life! I'm so appreciative of all of my friends for traveling with me on this journey...from basic stick figure drawings in 2011 to paintings that actually look like what I'm intending and abstracts that delight me to no end. You've supported me with "likes" and comments and so much love along the way. To celebrate I'm going to create an album of my work over time and have them available for 70% off of my posted prices (shipping rates will still apply). Please let me know if you're interested in any of them. I'll also be offering some freebies (that's always my favorite!). xoxoxo, friends!



I'll be adding new paintings throughout the week!!

Here's the link to the public album on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kali.parsons/media_set?set=a.10154685103987864.1073741867.750612863&type=3

Here are some of the paintings that are for sale or for free. 
















Thursday, June 8, 2017

Ganesh

Ganesh...master of wisdom and intellect. 
I'm opening space in our world for this presence.

"Ganesh"
Note: the gold bits are metallic paint and they sparkle.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Embracing Minimalism

I'm craving minimalism these days. So, so much so. I've cleared out about half of my clothing, have not purchased any new clothing this past school year (except for 3 pieces with my art on them because I like to see what my products look like before other people purchase them...this, my youngest says, totally means I blew it on my no purchase plan...), have only been using found unused dog poop bags (I blog about that here), and have been making my own shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and lotion since March.

So when I came upon the work of Melissa Dinwiddie as a part of a course I'm taking, her work drew me right in with its minimalist aesthetic. Feeling inspired, I created this three panel piece using hand-me-down canvas panels. To me they radiate joy and simplicity, and right now they're gracing my grandmother's beloved piano. Clearly my sweet cat, Ruby, finds them soothing. I concur.

"Embracing Minimalism"
Ruby loves art.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Little by Little we Meet in the Middle

"Little by little we meet in the middle."
- anonymous

"Little by Little we Meet int he Middle"
Note: the gold bits are metallic paint and they sparkle.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Don't lose hope, the fog will lift.

"Don't lose hope, the fog will lift"
-anonymous

"Don't lose hope, the fog will lift"
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

West Austin Studio Tour!

David and I are part of the West Austin Studio Tour this and next weekend. We hope to see you!!!

Here's the link to our facebook event invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/157955061402396/





Thursday, May 4, 2017

Ascending Toward the Surface

Steadily moving toward a new breath while embracing the stillness.

I'm absolutely loving doing abstracts these days...they are feeding my soul.

"Ascending Toward the Surface"
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Light Broke Through at the Edges of her Wounds

I'm aware lately that so many that inhabit this beautiful planet of ours are wounded in some way. Our stories share similarities, though no two are alike. I think we all must consider being more tender with others as well as ourselves so we may allow the light to break through at the edges of our wounds.

"Light Broke Through at the Edges of her Wounds"
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Choose Love not Hate

Lessons from my childhood...choices in my adulthood.

Choose love not hate.

"Choose Love not Hate"
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Inspired by the work of Jodi Ohl as part of the Lifebook 2017 course.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Haunted

A feeling I'm experiencing, embracing, honoring, and above all, feeling thankful for.

"Haunted"
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Inspired by the work of Annie Hammon as part of the Lifebook 2017 course.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Her Soul Wept




"Her Soul Wept"

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hope

"Hope is the ability to hear the melody of the future." - unknown author

"Hope"
This piece began as a quick pencil sketch, then ink over that, and then it sat for a while as I pondered what to do next. I kept feeling like I should finish her out, adding color to her entirety, but my inner voice kept saying, "Leave her be." And I did...all except for the heart as it was sending echos of a piece I did in early November ("Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.")

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Mermaid's Plea

I love painting mermaids. I've always allowed for the possibility that they are, in fact, real. I started out with the intention of painting a happy, blissful mermaid, but the news of our likely dismantling E.P.A. took me in another direction. Just like all the other creatures in the ocean, she's counting on us to protect her, to see that she's worth saving.

"A Mermaid's Plea"

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This piece was inspired by instructor, Lindsay Wierich as part of the Lifebook 2017 course.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

For the Love of Frida

I'm on a deliciously fun adventure with cartooning and happily Frida popped into my head. This is my fourth, and decidedly most whimsical, painting of Frida. It's most definitely not my last painting of her. She's holding her beloved paintbrushes.

"For the Love of Frida"

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And I'm considering putting her on t-shirts...let me know if you're interested.

mock up
 
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

And through it all we can keep smiling...

...because there's power in optimism.


And I continue to be inspired by one of my student's drawings. :-)

Also, I love using small canvases as paint pallets and then painting on top of what becomes a very colorful, highly textured surface. 


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Monday, March 13, 2017

Slouch Caps to Benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center

I just added slouch caps to my Etsy page! I made more, but I ended up falling in love with and keeping 4 of them! :-) And then there are the two I made for my boys...they love them, too! Here's my Etsy site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KaliParsonsArt?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Anyway, I upcycle them from t-shirts, sweaters, leftover material, and anything else folks send my way. Please understand that I'm not a seamstress. I simply consider myself a "Queen of the Straight Stitch". So set your quality expectations accordingly.

Purchases of my slouch caps (and much of my other art) help raise money for me to donate. Sales of my slouch caps benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center...because they most definitely are not slouches.

And please excuse my selfie style photos...I'm the most convenient model I've got.

Thank you!




And I made another pussyhat...I love this one and it will be SO HARD to let go of it!
Its sale will benefit Planned Parenthood.