Kathy | KathysArt - All About Goddess Art and Me
My Name Is "Kathy"
My name is "Kathy" and I am an artist. My full name is Kathy Ostman-Magnusen.
This lens is about me and ANYTHING that is about me.... Is about my art.
I WRITE.. SCULPT & PAINT.
I've written several "Artist's Statements" and add to my bio as I can. I've also had several interview of me and why I do what I do.. which is art of course. I rewrite my statements as I grow as an artists discovering the art of self development and of course creativity. Like most artists that I know I wrestle with a lot of demons and angels so evolve accordingly. Sigh.
Here then in my shortest "Artist's Statement":
I am a figurative artist and illustrator. If you check out my website you will see that I am very prolific in oils. I also do sculpture. I illustrated for Hay House Inc.,"Women Who Do Too Much" CARDS taken from Anne Wilson Schaef's book. I illustrated for Neil Davidson, who was considered for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, and several other publications. My paintings are collected worldwide.
I began my career at four years old, in the back seat of my parents car, as they travelled the countryside. I have been exhilarated and tormented by art ever since. I wake up in the morning and go to bed at night thinking about it.
I paint and sculpt women primarily; in their daily lives; in lives they might be afraid of; and in lives they wish they had. My goal has always remained the same, to hear them breathing and to know the passion I feel in my soul is met by theirs.
So I sing:
"Hold me close dear angel
muster up a little tune
and rock me like a serpent
that rises to the moon."
In every single one of my paintings my objective is to 'know them'. To let each one reveal their own vision or message. I am often astounded as their presence unfolds and I am met with who they are. I then realize that who 'they' are defines me as well. My hope is that my paintings & sculptures relate to you, their audience, and that they give you the message you need for your own heart and soul.
THE IMAGE is a detail of my NEW piece, "Leaving Klimt" mixed media on canvas
Here is one of my poems:
Mental Drawings of Demons Spinning Their Evil Ways Sometimes Bare Gifts of New Inventions
The back and forth of good and bad
the sifting of our errors
how and where do we find our revival
of clear intentions?
Mental drawings of demons of the heart
They make the wheels spin their evil ways
despite the wounded closet
there is a lovely token.
The gift of understanding
magically bringing revelations
we had not recognized
before the sleeping princess.
Waking that beauty
no further breeding of dragons
occurs without clear planning.
Sometimes we conquer that dark side
spend time considering the view from top of the hill.
consider mythical monsters
and meet what might become bad decisions
with an opposite approach
and our own fire-breathing tongues.
The wheel spins again
symbols of chaos within our hands
new attractions toward depression
monsters in the closet
despite the ones we conquered ore.
We are a fragile being
Despite the temptations
the quest for new ideas
Despite the lust of new ideas
that might disable the heavens angles
we continue on
reveling in new inventions.
Do it... it's only just round the corner,
one new experience,
one new insight,
one new innovation,
one new discovery
designs created from what is possible.
Painting our lives
drawings of scorpions
biting their own tail
or disabling objectionable disabilities thereof.
There is room for safe breathing
we are safe within the IDEA
meeting the ways of right
fault or reason.
There within the birds that cover our eyes
and meet our own glorious
finds of delight.
We are not that many steps away
from tiny whimsical angels
that remind us of
real life and our own breathing.
There is safety in that call.
by Kathy Ostman=Magnusen
My Art on Amazon - Illustrated by me, Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
I am the illustrator of these cards.. Whoot!
These also come in a app
Three reasons to love Kathy
ART, ART, ART!
The art of doing, writing and seeking out possibility.
and she makes some great cookies!
"Flight" 24x48 oil on canvas
I send cookies!
Kathy's Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup 'real' butter (not margarine!)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbl. black strap molasses
1 tsp. salt
add and blend two eggs
don't overdo this part or your cookies will turn out weird.
sift together then fold into sugar mixture:
2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking soda
add and mix to above mixture:
1 cup coconut
3/4 cup old fashioned oatmeal
2 full cups chocolate chips
Bake at 325 degrees for about 12 minutes. Use only an old junkie cookie sheet... not one of the new ones, they tend to make these cookies cake. Take the cookies out 'just a hair BEFORE they are done'. Let them finish up after they come out of the oven.
Fine Art Paintings Reproduction
What is a business opportunity list some examples, for an artist, fine art paintings reproduction for one.
Marketing fine art is a whole different ball game from just being a hobbyist. So you say, what is a business opportunity list some examples. Knowing whether or not one has a marketable product takes some trial runs, at craft fairs, local galleries, stuff like that. It you do well within the small picture, maybe you have your stuff together enough to spread your wings even farther. It is from those small efforts at first, that an artist is either rewarded with the knowledge that others resonate with their work, or not. It is from there that one can gain perspective on their work. You'll also be able to determine if you are ready for fine art paintings reproduction, known as gicless. Or is it makes sense to make greeting cards and/or art posters or prints.
I always say that, "Talent is DESIRE and the rest is practice." I don't believe in the notion that one is 'born with talent'.
If your 'talent' (talent if you want to describe it that way) is not perceived well locally then maybe more 'practice' is in order. That is what I tell myself anyway. I also tell myself that, "The second I think I have arrived? I am indeed finished."
Testing the market.
The best way to test the market, discover if your road to business opportunities for your artwork is sound and ready is at crafts fairs.
Why not galleries or local shops?
Because if you do not have a marketable product you don't want to leave a bitter pill in the gallery director or shop owners mind about you and your art. You want to walk in with a confidence knowing that the art you represent is highly marketable and will show them the money!
Why craft fairs?
Because you can hear first hand the opinions of shoppers. If you have art that stops traffic you are going to be rewarded by finding that out directly. If you have art that can be walked by without even the slightest hesitation? Its a bummer, oof, but you have to know that, if your goal it to market your work. Nothing is more difficult than being made to feel invisible when your are trying to feel noticed as an artist. Oh! It is just so darn sad! Keep in mind though, we have 'all' been there, we really have.
Every single person in every single thing had a beginning.
Take note and care of your heart however, that you should never rely on just one craft fair.. never ever! I have been to many a horrible craft fair in my day and know that sometimes they just stink and it has absolutely nothing to do with you. Be sure to base your critiques on several shows. Check the ratings of those shows as well, why waste you time at a bad craft faire?
What to do with that bitter pill?
If creating for yourself is all you aim for then 'who cares what they think?' But if your aim is to be a professional artist? That bitter pill of having people walk by your work as if it did not exist has to be considered very well.
What to do?
* Look around and see who is selling that resembles your style or energy and try to understand why that is. What IS selling in other words.
* Go back to the drawing table and consider the fact that maybe more practice is in order.
* One thing not mentioned about craft fairs by me so far is that you need to make sure your display is well done. This is your store in a sense so make it as beautiful as possible. Think of different levels of display too, don't just put a tablecloth on a card table. Having some fine art paintings and reproductions will help too, just don't overextend yourself till you are sure of your arts marketability.
It takes a lot of work but in the end it will be so worth it if you are really trying to fulfill your dreams and know the answer to what is a business opportunity and list some examples on your own.
detail of my NEW piece, "Leaving Klimt" mixed media on canvas
Sailors Captured by Mermaids and Thus the Maidens Woeful Cries
Poem by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
I stood upon the shoreline
and heard a maidens decree
"I hope your departure is sorrowful
yet filled with victory"
Lovers are lost in battle
journeys of strapping young men
who haste not to ride the tides
never to be seen again.
Labyrinth on the water
waves that the wind winds round
Purple goddess watching
met by a dolphins sound.
Within the stormy seduction
of ships that set their sails
sailors beckon adventure
beyond a dragons gale.
Kaleidoscopes of the night
great birds rush down
Sheer Waters toast a victory
to seas glories unbound.
Whales that find Kauai shores
masters of the sea
Legends of mermaids come hither
in hopes to deliver he.
Goddesses with tails
a night at the museum
acting as statues on ships
till the wind frees them.
Puzzles of night
mystique that fairies tell
sailors captured by mermaids
no longer to set sail.
And oh the fair young maidens
who waved their last good byes
hold inside their hearts
a love that never dies.
And in that mystery
that causes men to prevail
for the oceans calling
past the moon beyond the pale.
Athena prevails for wisdom
warfare for a captains breed
the only hopeful note
for a sailor to be freed.
Adorned in gold sashes
Minerva makes her mark
wisdom to prevail
for a mans dying remark.
So set your sails all sailors
the wind might set you free
but the tide of life makes no promises
from a mermaid of the sea.
Last night I heard a mournful woe
bittersweet the song
a maiden forever in waiting
for a sailor she loved so.
Make toasts to the sailor then
who fought his battle and lost
to mermaids lying wait
Athena's advice thus crossed.
by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen copyright 2015
ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented byMZ Urban Art, New York.
IMAGE IS OF MY SCULPTURE "BLEEDING WINGS 5"
Draw Draw Draw!
You don't need a SET of pencils, pick out one you like and learn to use it. Lights to darks.
Born with TALENT or DESIRE?
My take on what defines talent in artists or anyone else for that matter, is that we are born with 'desire' and the rest is practice. Desire is what makes you get up in the morning and know that you will paint rather than watch TV or go to a 9-5 job. Desire equals the idea that anything is possible. With practice (and these are MY personal feelings obviously) we can meet the challenge that we hope to exude. I personally feel that giving God the credit for my 'talent' is misdirected. I give the 'creator' credit for giving me the colors to paint with and the desire to use them to fulfill what might define me as attained talent.
ARE PEOPLE BORN WITH TALENT?
My NEW piece, "Leaving Klimt" 12x6x3 mixed media on canvas
Law of Attraction Rich Science Secret and Skulls of Crossbones Artwork-All Wear White Wings
"Law of Attraction Rich Science Secret and Skulls of Crossbones Artwork-All Wear White Wings"
My never going back remains on my menu.
Skulls crossbones artwork
trying to fight back.
That end will always be with me.
Something we made fun of at times.
So close to laughing
yet too much pain remains
along with wasted time.
I still write poems.
Hope for wealth I guess.
I lie in wait.
That law of attraction rich science secret
peeping in these days.
I hold on to fantasies.
You must have known I would.
I write them
but rarely recognize them in the morning.
I keep paints in every room now.
I lust and gather their gifts to me.
I keep articles of deeds
superstitions I guess
hung up on my easel.
One never knows
when roadways will open.
Being a good person
seemed wise once
now its just confusing.
I prop up all potentials with newspaper clippings
and keep files of possibilities.
There is always room for discovery.
No matter how tainted one becomes.
I guess that is part of the joke.
I sat next to a church one day
outside of it
and I felt grateful.
You know what I thought.
All those tokens unraveled
paying their prices in secret still.
We never really kept tidy records
but the swan bleeds
and that is enough to know for now.
Who would want to relive all those headstones anyway?
No one is that strong.
Too much time has been wasted
I know you agree
its what you've always said.
I wish I could believe you were traveling
traveling without all that same luggage.
I suspect you would be my hero
if that could possibly be true.
I keep hearing those voices.
All that singing that never ends
my fault I know.
I lost my head and remembered the tune.
I wonder though
when did it all become meaningless
was it always that way?
I hear them from time to time.
I wish I could stop their breathing
or at least silence their judgment of me.
I thought I was wise once.
So funny reflecting on that now.
Skulls crossbones artwork
tangled in the fire?
The spotlight is on the main event.
The sky is falling!
Law of attraction rich science secret
Not the one they always mentioned.
The one with white wings?
So I am choosing to walk past it.
I have my umbrella now.
Its not that I am not listening
I just got a little wiser
after the snow melted.
by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
02 September 2007
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Fantasy art of exotic women by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen. Beautiful women goddess art and fantasy art woman original paintings, giclees, posters and greeting ...
I Am Unique.. and SO ARE YOU!!
We are unique... did you know that? Sometimes I forget.
I came across these pics that I added phrases to because they speak to circumstances at times. I send them just because I love them... especially the second baby.
Nothing is impossible
If we take the time to listen we will be blessed...
Ohhh!! Yes we are unique!!
Aloha with hugs that wrap around you when you need them.
I Am Unique and so are YOU!
Share your stories, sightings, thoughts, rants, raves...
YUP! It is ME, Kathy, tooting my own Kathy horn!
"Passages"36x48 oil on canvas