Inspiration

Inspiration finds me at odd moments. I usually try to carry my camera with me to catch these moments, but sometimes I just have to remember. A lot of times, it is a colour that I will notice that I want to try to replicate. Or maybe the way the light is hitting a leaf or branch. Or maybe I just want to see what happens when I dribble some ink on the paper and take a roller over it, and I can enjoy the randomness and chaos of the results. I also really like macro photography, and try to take macro photos of my work-in-progress, to really see what is happening at the inner levels of the painting.     

Abstract Greens Photo
© 2009 Kimberli Werner
Close-up of painting showing similar brush strokes to photograph above
Close-up of Work in Progress, © 2018 Kimberli Werner
Close-up of gate at the Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Close-up of gate at the Guggenheim Collection, Venice, © 2015 Kimberli Werner

 

Close-up of Work in Progress
Close-up of Work in Progress, © 2018 Kimberli Werner

  

 

 

 

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Process : Video

Here’s a short video, showing a roller technique. I squeezed the paint directly from the tube onto the board, in large, thick, lines. Then, I took a roller and rolled it all together, for a gorgeous effect.

 

 

 

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Product : ‘Vanishing’ prints and more

The original of this painting, ‘Vanishing’, is an A4 sized painting, and you can buy it in prints, a framed print, or as a pillow, greetings card, tote bag, notebook, or carry-all pouch!  
“Vanishing”, original painting
© 2017 Kimberli Werner, “Vanishing”, encaustic wax, collage, pastel, on card stock, A4 size.

 

 

 

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Behind-the-Scenes

Here I am, posing with some of my paintings, both final pieces and works-in-process.

Me, posing with my paintings.
Me

 

 

 

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Process : Art Journal pages

Don’t you love it when artists share their processes, and the ways a painting gets started to where it ends up? I am a big fan of layers. I will be working on at least 5-6 paintings at once, all at different stages. That way, there is always something new to work on, my layers have time to dry before I start the next one, and if I don’t like something I did, I can cover it up with the next layer.

Here is the next in my series, showing how my paintings grow from their beginnings, through their ‘rough’ phase, and to the finished painting. This is a page from my Art Journal. I don’t often play around in my art journal, as I sometimes get stuck n the notion of “What if I like the end product too much and then can’t tear it out of the journal because there will be another painting on the back!”. I know, it sounds silly, but I do like just playing around on the canvas instead.

Anyway, so this one I started with a Rorschach test. I am not sure what you see, but I saw two blobby people with surprised looks on their faces when they realized they were looking at their mirror images. I let that dry, and then added some collage, mainly to one side. Some of that collage is made of the paper towels that I used to clean up my paint spills – reuse and recycle! I then added a layer of green wax and tried painting on top of that, but mainly got water marks. So, I let it all dry and added some more bright colors on top.

Art Journal pages - process
(© 2017 Kimberli Werner, Art Journal pages, encaustic wax, acrylic, and collage on watercolour paper, A3 size. )

 

 

 

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Upcoming Exhibitions

I have a little rush of exhibitions that have just started or are coming up soon. I hope you can get out to see them. It is the only place you will find my original artworks for sale. 

Here are the three: 

11 May – 7 June – Blue Light Gallery, Masham, HG4 4DY. Group exhibition with Brigantia.

11 May – 9 June – Inspired by…gallery, Danby, YO21 2NB, “Cleveland Way in Miniature”, group exhibition. 

25 May – 5 June – The Station at Richmond, Richmond, DL10 4LD, group exhibition with Brigantia.   

If you can’t make it to the exhibitions, don’t forget you can still find prints of my work in my Society6 shop, along with other products that will add just that little bit more beauty to your life!

 

 

 

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New Products

I have updated my Society6 shop with more products, so there is a larger selection of interesting gifts for you or someone you love. My main focus is Home Décor, travel accessories, and stationery, and if I do say so myself, the products look fabulous with my abstract artwork printed on them. You can still order prints and framed prints as well. Treat yourself!

Society6 product display
Just some of the new products I have on Society6.

 

 

 

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Inspiration

Inspiration finds me at odd moments. I usually try to carry my camera with me to catch these moments, but sometimes I just have to remember. A lot of times, it is a colour that I will notice that I want to try to replicate. Or maybe the way the light is hitting a leaf or branch. Or maybe I just want to see what happens when I dribble some ink on the paper and take a roller over it, and I can enjoy the randomness and chaos of the results. I also really like macro photography, and try to take macro photos of my work-in-progress, to really see what is happening at the inner levels of the painting.

Pebbles on Bridlington beach
Pebbles on Bridlington beach © 2019 Kimberli Werner

Close-up of painting, ‘New Depths’ © 2016 Kimberli Werner
Close-up of beach sand, Croyde, Devon
Close-up of beach sand, Croyde, Devon © 2019 Kimberli Werner
Close-up of Work-in-Progress © 2016 Kimberli Werner

 

 

 

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Exhibition

Make time to visit my next exhibition, opening Saturday, 6 April, and running through Saturday, 27 April, with Brigantia. It is being held at the Woodend gallery in Scarborough. It is a group show, so you will find all sorts of artistic styles. Everything is for sale.

P.S. Although the poster says the gallery is not open on Sundays, it is open 10am – 4pm.

 

 

 

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Process : ‘Makes Me Dream’ painting

Don’t you love it when artists share their processes, and the ways a painting gets started to where it ends up? I am a big fan of layers. I will be working on at least 5-6 paintings at once, all at different stages. That way, there is always something new to work on, my layers have time to dry before I start the next one, and if I don’t like something I did, I can cover it up with the next layer.

Here is the next in my series, showing how my paintings grow from the beginnings, through their ‘rough’ phase, and to the finished painting.

This painting was one of the first ones I ever did, so I was experimenting with all sorts of mediums. I think I threw a bit of everything into it, including leaves. I reused a piece of watercolour paper that I had played around on with collage and geometrics. Then, I put on a lot of paint, bubble wrap printing, wax drippings, and more collage. I decided to cover about half of it over with white paint – kind of like a do-over – but I was loving the textures that were beginning to show up. Next, I tried some more collage, adding crumpled foil, a Japanese Maple leaf, and even some evergreen branches. Once that was dry, more colour was added, and more drips, pastels and acrylic.

I finally put it aside for a few months, and ended up liking it. So far, this one isn’t for sale, it is just for me, but I am keeping my options open.

'Makes Me Dream' process
‘Makes Me Dream’ process
'Makes Me Dream' final painting
Final painting, © 2016 Kimberli Werner, ‘Makes Me Dream’, encaustic wax, acrylic, pastel, Japanese Maple leaves, and collage on canvas, A3 size.

 

 

 

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