In this portfolio I have a series of abstract patterns and colors found in nature, dreams, fire and water. Much of their creation happens as I translate the world around me and inside of me into shapes and colors. Before I start to work on preparing a plate for printing, I have created sketches, a color plan, and hand cut stencils. I often change my plans as I work, waiting to see how the image develops and allowing for spontaneous changes, often dumping my beginning plans altogether. It is never a fixed plan anyway.
In this portfolio I have images abstracted from observations from nature and dreams. I often collect color ideas and combinations during walks outside, by allowing them to change shapes as I create. It is a fluid process, which becomes a sort of dream-state as I create. Before I start to work on preparing a plate for printing, I have created sketches, a color plan, and hand cut stencils.
I began to get ideas with the discovery of 7 new exoplanets in the constellations of Aquarius, only 40 light years away (235 trillion miles) from earth. I imagined a visual, symbolic language used in a series of invitations to our planet, inviting us for a visit. This shows the ones posted so far using montypes, collages.
Signed limited edition relief prints, lino-cut, with plain, black frame, photo below gallery
Each portfolio above opens into a gallery and store
Meditations on Samsara series, monotype with gold paint
About Kathleen Thoma and her portfolio
Kathleen Thoma has been a practicing artist since 1983, and a fine art printmaker since 2000. She creates hand-pulled, one-of-a-kind monotypes, sometimes incorporating linocuts and chine colle. She is a member of the Los Angeles Printmakers Society, an artist-run organization.
From 2005-2013, she was a founding member of West Coast Studio and Gallery, a printmaking co-operative in West Haven, CT. While at West Cove, she assisted with gallery promotion, printmaking demonstrations, gallery sitting, and open studio events. In addition, she has taught printmaking and expressive arts to both children and adults in various locations.
Originally from the Washington D.C. area, she has relocated a number of times until her current location in Orange County, CA. Her work is in a number of private collections in the USA and in Canada. Her current portfolio is above, which shows a number of available fine art prints created in her home studio.
To me, the best part of creating anything new is the unknown journey and my mysterious destination.
Photos from “ImMigration project 3” a collaborative traveling group exhibition showing at Self-Help Graphics and Art.
ImMigration Project at Self Help Graphics and Art. Many artists are shown on the wall that I am next to.
Showing : Saturday, January 11th to February 22nd, 2020
Opening Reception, January 11th, 7PM – 9PM
Each printmaker has contributed a triangle shaped image to this wall display. There are many displays in the show.
I am showing a few shots from the opening night of “ImMigration Project” just to give some idea of how the show looks, which is pretty great. I am one of a great many printmakers from all over the place who have sent in their many interpretations and various techniques of the theme of immigration, but also of migration in general, of any sort. To live on our planet is to move with life and it’s demands upon us. Some of us move often, some very far or not so far. The idea of borders is a purely human construction of the mind, with many sad events as a result.
Here is another group of contributions from Printmakers from all over on the topic.
Some of the printmakers focus on the human tragedies and death camps. Some focus instead on seasonal animal migrations that are now also about climate change. All the images share ideas about the purpose of migration and immigration; for a better life, or for food, or to escape horror and war.
Our curator, Mary Sherwood, who came up with this wonderful show for us all, and myself.
ImMigration has previously shown in Denton, Texas, Venice, Italy and now here in Los Angeles, CA at Self Help Graphics and Art. More locations for this traveling show will be announced later.
More info: LAPrintmaking.com or on Instagram for more and better photos than here. Also on Facebook on the LAPS page
Art, Earth Day & Climate Change While creating an entry for the upcoming show; Sweet Earth/Bitter Earth at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, CA; the myth and stories of the Hindu Goddess Kali, jumped into my mind. The theme this year is our relationship to the environment. And for me, that is the heartbreaking […]
I thought that I would post some of my recent images, which continue my explorations into the intersection between dreaming, spirit and the creative impulse. “Evocation of Spring” begins with a memory and a dream. The dream involves the image of huge open book, which has forms within it that I am still learning how […]
Meditations on Samsara is a series of monotypes based upon my practice of focus on one symbol in order to quiet the mind. This practice is the basis for this new series of works showing the slowly developing changes in the object of focus. This series of monotypes documents the many other images, which […]
The past few months I have been very busy working on new relief prints for some fall events. I will participate in the annual The Los Angeles Printmaking Society’s show “Give and Take”, which opens November 9, 2017 at the Angel City Brewery. This is part of an effort to raise funds for student scholarships […]
This month has been busy with work, a series of out-of-this-world invitations, a few shows and lots of printmaking. With the addition of collage to my monotype work, my images have been expanding in many new directions. You can view a number of new monotypes with collage worked into their compositions in my galleries. See […]
It’s been very busy year for my work. I have worked with new techniques, entered new groups and relationships and made my work available through Saatchi Art.com, in addition to my own web store. My work was in a number of shows and I look forward to the next one, which will be called […]
I’ve been very busy in my studio these past months, creating a series of new works for my portfolio-nature on my website. I have also been busy exhibiting in a few shows, and preparing for the 2016 LA Printers Fair, which is a blast. Last year I had so much fun seeing everyone else’s work […]
If anyone had asked me back in art school if creating art was a healing thing to do, I would have said “well, yeah, duh”, because making art was only thing keeping me sane for most of my life. Since childhood, art was my escape from family issues, and since I hated school, it was […]
On October 3, I enjoyed participating in the “Los Angeles Printers Fair 2015”, at the International Printing Museum in Carson, CA. I was at table 1A, inside the building, for those of you who may have stopped by. The show was a wonderful event, many great vendors, and demostrations. I had a blast and wish […]