I have shiny new things to show you! A few year’s ago I took a jewelry class and for some reason made a bunch of very cool embossed fine silver pendants. I wasn’t sure what to do with them so sadly, they sat for a while.
And now I work part time at this amazing store on Mass Ave called Silver in the City where the management and staff are awesome and my [very limited edition] line of necklaces and stud earrings are now available. So go forth and shop.
I have a new Indianapolis postcard design, too! It features an original painting/drawing of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Also available now at Silver in the City. Time to send some snail mail!
This weekend I started work on a garden inspired commission. I got some great photos of a few of the plants from my client’s garden to get the ideas rolling.
This one in particular – a Cardoon (Artichoke Thistle) before it’s bloomed – has prompted a small painting (below). It’s not the finished commission, just a bonus piece.
A few months ago while snowed in, I painted a map of downtown Indianapolis. It was made into prints and has been selling so well, I’ve begun working on Indy neighborhoods in the same style.
This weekend I worked on The Mass Ave cultural District. Almost done, Irvington is up next and I’m taking suggestions for other neighborhoods.
Just before leaving my Stutz studio almost two years ago, I went dumpster diving one last time (disclaimer: the dumpsters were indoors and in a building filled with artists so you knew there was going to be some gems).
I found three 3×4 foot canvas stretchers with previous paintings cut away from them. No doubt someone didn’t want to haul them any further and carefully sliced away the canvas and left these incredibly sturdy stretchers behind. So I hauled them away.
Nearly two years have passed and I’m finally getting around to making them mine.
I remember the challenge of working on a big painting. That is that they’re big and require more movement to get to all the nooks and crannies.
And lots of sitting on the floor.
And now this one needs a title. Any suggestions?
I enjoy the act of making art so much that sometimes I forget that sharing it is part of the process. I work away in my corner of a studio I share with some amazing women… making, making, making… I do it because I don’t know how not to, but on some level, I do it for other people. I harbor that fantasy of being “discovered”. I don’t care about being famous or anything, but don’t want the work to go unseen either.
In August 2013, I received an e-mail from a woman who said she was a set buyer and that she had seen my website and would I be interested in having artwork in a feature film? To be honest, the skeptic in me thought it was a scam at first. I called her anyway and it was the real thing.
My phone call was brief and excited and plans were made. Within a week I was commissioned and working on a set of sketchbooks/journals for the film adaptation of Indianapolis author John Green’s bestselling novel, The Fault in Our Stars.
I’ve kept sketchbooks/journals for a very long time and because they are built up over time, it can take a year or more to complete each one, if you could ever really consider them complete. I somehow (magically, insanely, exhaustively) created three in four days and shipped them off to the set in Pittsburgh (for more on why this Indy-based film was shot in Pittsburgh, I give you Hugh Vandivier’s Sky Blue Window article here).
Much of what fills the pages is from the past ten or more years of my own sketchbooks. It made for a great opportunity to go back and see where I’d been artistically and mentally over a number of years. I loved every minute of this project!
I only generally know where to look for these books, I’m told they will be somewhere in the main character’s bedroom and you can be sure I’ll be on the look out for them in each of what’s sure to be many viewings. They may only be on screen for a brief moment, but I’ll know they’re there, and that’s good enough for me.
I’m happy to say that I have artwork in a movie, especially this movie, and hope to do something like this again. Seriously, go read the book and then let’s all go see The Fault in Our Stars when it comes out on June 6.
Trailer: 20th Century Fox | images copyright Kate Oberreich 2013/14
It’s not time-lapsed or anything, but here’s the progression of a recent commission featuring (surprise!) paper airplanes. Yes, the obsession continues and now I’m bringing others into the madness.
This painting was commissioned with a specific space and color story in mind…
For the most part, I love doing commissioned work. It works best when you already like what I do and want something custom in a similar vein.
Need something special for your home or as a gift? Drop me a note, I can work within a variety of mediums and sizes to fit your budget.
Whilst snowed in not quite two months ago I embarked on a mini watercolor painting project. Unable to make it the studio, I parked myself in front of the TV with a marathon of season two of Homeland and created a mini map of downtown Indy.
After posting a couple of in progress pictures on Instagram the requests for prints came in. Now I’m happy to oblige.
8×10 inch prints (which is pretty dern close the original size of the painting) are now available for $25 each. Special orders for different sizes and colors are an option as well.
You can get yours by contacting me directly, or by swinging by Silver in the City on Mass Ave (which you can then locate on the map).
I’m sorry. I’ve been horrible about adding new things to the blog. I’ve even lost track of my photo-a-day project. There’s a good reason for it though.
The last month has had me preparing for my trip to Portland (thank you so much to my supporters, both financial and otherwise for helping me get there), launching the new Tiny Shows at Seed & Star Studio, finishing out a couple of commissions and starting on a new, secret-for-now project. Don’t worry, as soon as I can say more I will.
In the meantime, I’ve snuck in a quick update to my website. PSA to artists – get a website (or blog, or some other venue for people to see your work online). Even my age old, hardly updated website has put enough work out there to hook me up with the afore mentioned secret project.
I’ve added several new images to the Art section, 2011-present, including many that have been on view at Ashland Gallery over the last few months. Many thanks to John McKee for the show with my mom, Sandi Finney.
Swing by the site, take a look around and watch for more regular updates.