Category Archives: Printmaking in CA

New work, shows, invitations from the 7 planets

Dispatch from Omega Centauri, Kathleen Thoma, monotype & collage, 11x14 in

Dispatch from Omega Centauri, Kathleen Thoma, monotype & collage, 11×14 in

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 New Abstract Works

I began to get some exciting fun ideas with the discovery of 7 new exoplanets, Trappist 1, in the constellations of Aquarius, only 40 light years away (235 trillion miles) from earth.https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-telescope-reveals-largest-batch-of-earth-size-habitable-zone-planets-around

I imagined a series of Royal Invitations inviting us for a visit

Royal invitation from the 7 Planets-2, Kathleen Thoma, monotype & collage, 5x7in

Royal Invitation from the 7 planets-2, Kathleen Thoma, monotype & collage, 5×7

Wouldn’t other life-forms on otherworld’s use a visual, symbolic language to communicate? Or would they use sound? I have no idea. In my own work, I created  a series of invitations to our planet, inviting us for a visit. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have fantasies about these far away exoplanets, and I will be watching for the ideas they spark in the minds of creative people all over the world. Although more recent updates to this discovery are less exciting, it is still an enjoyable source of inspiration.

In my mind’s eye, I can see the invitations appear in front of me. Perhaps, I remember how the invitations arrived to Harry Potter in the movie, by flying into the mailbox. I imagine that is how they must arrive, if they were from another constellation. I have no idea what sort of paper aliens would use, so I just used what I had on hand.

Royal Invitation from the 7 Planets-3, Kathleen Thoma, monotype& collage, 5x7in

Royal Invitation from the 7 planets-3, Kathleen Thoma, monotype & collage, 5×7 in

It’s been fun to play with these ideas, so have a look at the gallery and tell me what you think. I have a feeling there are more alien communications on the way. See Invitations

Some other news, I have three monotypes in a show coming up at the Fallbrook Art Center, May 21 – July 2, in the “Annual Artist Guild, Juried Members Show”. Fallbrook has a wonderful, very professional gallery, you can see more at the link here. http://fallbrookartcenter.org/

I am currently in the “National Collage Society Postcard Exhibit” at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art in Ontario, CA, and I was also in a show called the “The Heart Seed”, at The Hive in North Kingstown in Rhode Island this past January.

2017 fallbrook flyer

 

My work now available through Saatchi Art

 

photo solar plate test

solar plate test

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 “Heart Seed” in RI, starting in December.

 

 

I am sharing photos of some experimental printing techniques that I have messing around with in my studio. Since I am not yet satisfied with any of them yet, they aren’t in my galleries. It is fun to try a lot of new stuff, because if I don’t, then I get bored with my own work. Which then leads me to stop working at all. I see it as daily exercise, like a dancer or musician has to practice each day to remain in shape.

 

Photo of test plate-Kathleen Thoma Art

“Riot”, solar plate test, Kathleen Thoma Art

I have printed some offset postcards of some of my work, which will be available through my store soon.

photo of Flora Post Cards

Flora Post Cards

In October I attended a “Surrealist Tea” which was at The Chado Tea Room in Pasadena, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the SCWCA. This was great fun and informative as our guest speaker was professor Gloria Orenstein.

photo of Gloria Orenstein

Gloria Orenstein

It was wonderful to learn about the ignored and forgotten great women surrealist artists, (such as Leonora Carrington) of which there are many. I was taught only about male surrealists in art school, but that is a topic I won’t rant about here. The tea was great fun and I wish it would happen every year.

In my explorations of Leonora Carrington, I discovered her wonderful book, “The Hearing Trumpet”. It is funny, very surrealistic, and it should be better known. It is available through Amazon.

photo of scwca tea

SCWCA Surrealistic Tea at the Chado Tea Room

 

Showing at the LA Printers Fair 2015

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 I could do this show every weekend.

photo of table at LA Printer's fair

My table at the 2015 LA Printer’s Fair

This is part of my greater goal of answering the larger question, which is…

How do I re-create my new and latest studio-nest?

Framed 8x10's ready to go by Kathleen Thoma

Framed 8×10’s ready to go

Many times in my life, I have been forced to move very long distances, both for reasons of choice or by circumstances beyond my control. I have lived in three countries, France, Canada and in six states in the US. I have had plenty of opportunities to learn both flexibility and adaptability. This has always been a challenge, an adventure, and it has also provided support to my creative endeavors. My most recent move from Connecticut to Orange County, CA was a very necessary one, for my husband badly needed a job, and I wanted to return to Southern California.

Wherever I go, I need to create a new studio, which I think of as a “nest” for incubating my venerable young ideas on their way to becoming whatever it is they need to grow into. I think of my studio as a nest because that is where I find myself and create a quiet, creative home for my work. (more…)

What is a Monotype?

Tropical Desires, Kathleen Thoma Art, 11x14 monotype

Tropical Desires,
Kathleen Thoma
Monotype,
11×14 inches

What is a Monotype? People often ask me this question, so it seemed to me be a good idea write about it. A monotype is a specific art technique. It doesn’t resemble other traditional printmaking methods such as engraved, relief carved, etching or lithographed prints which can produce exact, repeated copies. “Mono” means one, “Type” means print, so they are one-of-a-kind unique prints.

There is a long fine art tradition of monotype printing that most are unaware of, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, Marc Chagall, William Blake and Henri Matisse all created monotype prints. However, these monotype works were often less well known.

Technically, a monotype is a simple form of printmaking. It begins with applying ink or paint onto a metal, glass or plexi-glass plate, manipulated with brushes or other tools; then pressure is applied, through the artist’s hand or through the press. (more…)

Ode to Winter,inspiration

Or how I discovered the Snow Queen.

Ode to Winter: I have recently created two fine art monotypes, “Ice Wave”, and “Winters Grace”. They are both a homage to my struggles in learning how to live in a much colder climate than I ever wanted to live in. They are both visual abstract images of the ice borne from the north wind that I was forced to accept as part of my life for at least half of each year while living in Canada, twenty-five years ago.

Kathleen Thoma, Winter's Grace, monotype, 12x24 inches

Kathleen Thoma
Winter’s Grace
monotype
12×24 inches

When I was a child, I felt that winter was something I wanted to sleep through, like a hibernating bear, in order to not really have to experience it at all. Except for Christmas, I just hated it.

Until I found myself in very long winters, unable to escape even in my dreams. I finally learned to find some beauty in it, although I would say that I still hated it. This happened when I lived in Montreal, Canada for five years. The first year, I thought I would die; the second year, I knew I wouldn’t die, I would just barely survive it. (Drama Queen)

By the third year, I knew that if I was stuck there, I would HAVE to find at least ONE thing that I liked about winter because I was feeling as though I could lose my mind like the writer in Stephen King’s novel, “The Shinning”. (I was half-way there already according to my husband.

So I set off on searching for that one thing for myself. And it ended up being the simplest of things. Just walking. Yes, just walking about, bundled-up in layers of sweaters, coat, hat, scarf, ugly snow boots. The ice forest near our apartment, being next to the St. Lawrence river, was often coated in lacework patterns of ice on the branches in the trees. It was often so cold that it would be crystal clear with the sunshine making the snow and ice sparkle like diamonds. It would take my breath away sometimes. I began to see how the myth of the snow queen was a natural idea in a winter ice forest. The thick icicles dripping off the tree branches seemed like her hair and dress, while the tree itself seemed like her body. The shapes were sinuous, and flowing, transparent while melting in the sun.

Kathleen Thoma, Ice Wave, monotype, 11x14 inches

Kathleen Thoma,
Ice Wave,
monotype
11×14 inches

The next two years were spent with my walks in this ice forest, observing and absorbing the nature around me, and allowing myself to see its beauty, even though I never did go as far as to completely love it.

So, as far as being a creative person is concerned, you never know what might inspire an image. It can even be something that you hate; and yet end up becoming something beautiful. So here is my homage to the cold, icy north wind. I can now sort of enjoy the Snow Queen, because I am far, far away in Southern California. Maybe I should try living in Iceland next?

See gallery link below for more:

http://www.kathleenthomaart.com/kathleen-thoma-art-abstract-monotypes/nature-monotypes/

photo-Fallbrook Art Center

Transferring Ink 3 accepts my work

photo of Kathleen Thoma at Transferring Ink 3 show opening

Kathleen Thoma & “Seaflight” at Transferring Ink 3 printmaking show opening

I’m happy to report the acceptance of one of my fine art prints into an exhibit, “Transferring Ink 3”  a printmaking show at the Fallbrook Arts Center in Fallbrook, CA. The show runs from June 29 – August 10, 2014.

The Juror for “Transferring Ink 3” is Ron Pokrasso, who has a section of the show with his wonderful prints. The works in the show have a high level of skill and variety of printmaking techniques which makes it interesting and informative.

The opening was well attended, and we all enjoyed ourselves.

 

 

photo-Fallbrook Art Center

Fallbrook Art Center

 

The Fallbrook Art Center has a beautiful gallery which provides numerous exhibitions and opportunities for artists and collectors each year.

 

Show Invite to Transferring Ink 3 at Fallbrook Art Center

Show Invite to Transferring Ink 3, at Fallbrook Art Center

It’s worth a look at their web site to see all they have to offer: www.fallbrookartcenter.org

 

 

 

Studio News-relocation to CA

After more than a year of trials and tribulations, I have relocated my studio, Kathleen Thoma Art, to Orange County, CA. I am very excited about the Irvine Fine Arts Center. They have a printmaking open studio available for artists to use. Last Wednesday, I decided to try it out and I was able to create a few images that I thought were worth my time.

 

New Journeys, monotype, Kathleen Thoma Art

One of my new works, “New Journeys”, 11 x 14, monotype

 

 

After a number of intense play/work hours, I ended up with a few things to show.

Kathleen Thoma at Laguna Beach

What a background! I am gathering inspiration at the beach, really.

I enjoyed meeting the wonderful people at the center and will certainly come again.

 

 

 

Come again to see my work inspired by the amazing beauty and color of southern California!