#37: Pay attention. Be present. Allow transformation.

#37: Pay attention. Be present. Allow transformation.


reminders posted on my studio wall

The opening reception for “Allowing Transformation” is Saturday, Sept. 12… 5-7pm, at AS220’s Project Space, 93 Mathewson St. Providence RI. Check out my last post for more info and if you happen to be in town, stop by.

The show was installed on Sept. 1st– I was humbled and impressed by the precise, professional and perfect installation of my work by AS220 gallery director Neal T. Walsh and gallery assistant.

They spent over three hours hanging the show, measuring (to the 1/8 of an inch) so that the large four-panel paintings, as well as the works on paper, all 30×22 and suspended by rare earth Neodymium magnets, were hung right. 

In fact, there are three AS220 galleries, showing 5 different artists, and Sept. 12 will be a busy AS220 evening. Don’t miss it…


September artists @ AS220 galleries: L to R: Karen Rand Anderson, Dan Crenca, Ryan Dean, John Housley, Tim Heibert

#36: Another show, new work, and a revival of “Cleaning Up the Studio”

Since it’s been so long since I posted (three months, what?!?) I have to review how to create a blog post (WordPress keeps telling me it’s a piece of cake.) Like many things, “If you don’t use it, you lose it” {insert your own concept here}. In any case, as this sultry New England summer muddles along, I’m moved to begin writing again, and sharing art events, thoughts, possibilities.

I have another show coming up right over the horizon. “Allowing Transformation” new work by Karen Rand Anderson,  at the AS220 Project Space, 93 Mathewson St. in downtown Providence, RI will be on view from Sept 1- Sept 26, 2015, with an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 5-7 PM.  AS220 is a complex and amazing successful, artist-run, non-profit organization that has played a key role in the revitalization of downtown Providence. Check it out. 

Waterfire in downtown Providence

Waterfire in downtown Providence

FYI– also on that Saturday eve, Waterfire will be in full swing downtown on the Providence River, and if you have never had the opportunity to experience it, well– maybe now’s the time. Just for the record… the restaurants in Prov are only getting better and better, and a new favorite is Red Fin Crudo & Kitchen. It’s conveniently located right down the block from The Project Space Gallery, and I imagine it’s where I will be headed after the opening…

Here’s the Facebook link to the event “Allowing Transformation” at the AS220 Project Space. If you’re in the area, please stop by. And maybe check out Red Fin.

“Finding Answers in Shadows” 22×30″. mixed media on 300# Fabriano paper. ©2015 Karen Rand Anderson

#35: Meet Celebrity Guide Michele Leavitt

#35: Meet Celebrity Guide Michele Leavitt

Karen Rand Anderson:

Gallery Night Providence is this Thursday… My friend and fellow artist Michele Leavitt will be one of the tour guides this month. http://www.micheleleavitt.com If you are in the area, check out Gallery Night– so much art to see!!! https://gallerynightprovidence.wordpress.com

Originally posted on Gallery Night Providence:

Michele Leavitt, Gallery Night ProvidenceWe at Gallery Night Providence are very pleased to have Michele Leavitt hosting one of our tours on May 21, 2015.

Multi Media artist, Michele Leavitt resides and works in Saunderstown, RI.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, artist, Michele Leavitt grew up in New York.  Influenced by her roots in the needle arts and printing, she became fascinated with NY art scene.  There works of Louise Nevelson, Marisol, and Jasper Johns made deep impressions. Leavitt studied art and design at Rochester Institute of Technology and later earned her MFA painting degree at Cornell University.

Mending, patching, and piecing; evidence of passing time and moving hands; artful creations from materials available, extending the life of these, inspire my work.  My roots are in generations of quilters and printers, my education in the fine arts.  My fabric and collage works evolve quite naturally from these influence.s

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#34: The Aftermath – Paula

Karen Rand Anderson:

A thoughtful musing by a friend and fellow painter, Paula Martiesian http://www.paulamartiesian.com/ . As my current show (“Reaching for Beauty” at Coastal Living Gallery in Wickford, RI) is about to come down, that feeling of post-show depression is seeping in. How does an artist determine success, indeed? In reality–By just doing the work.

Originally posted on The Colorist - a Conversation about Painting:

How does an artist determine success?   Sales? Critical acclaim?  Or is it something deeper.

Americans are taught to believe that success is measured in monetary terms.  If finance is the scale by which we measure, my exhibit was not a great success.  I sold a painting during the show and one before the exhibit opened.  A disappointment surely, but much better than not selling.

I received a fair amount of media coverage.  There was a nice mention in the Providence Journal with a photograph of one of my favorite paintings, Summer Shadows.  There was a wonderful quote in the Providence Business News – they called my paintings psychotropic – a word never before used to describe my work.  I also had coverage in the RISD XYZ alumni online news and lots of great feedback from friends and colleagues.

Weeds in Snow at the Bert Gallery Weeds in Snow at the Bert Gallery

And yet, the…

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#33: Reaching for beauty in troubled times

It’s just too sad, the world.

Preliminary sketch in my 11×14″ sketchbook of “Reaching for Beauty”

Lately I’ve been trying to fend off massive attacks of feeling rather worthless in the face of what’s going on in the world— I mean, the nasty stuff. The unbearable tragedies. The unforgivable actions of hatred, anger, violence. The incomprehensible behavior of those we call terrorists. The inexcusable shootings, kidnappings, rape, and other things too awful to mention. And of course, the other nasty stuff, like outbreaks of disease, hunger, and what-have-you.

As an artist, I am not trained to deal with global tragedy. As an overly sensitive soul, I have a hard time even processing it. As a relatively privileged and fortunate person, I grapple with guilt at how I can “help.”

My simple response has been to reach for beauty, and to make art that might offer some solace in troubled times.

To that end, my recent show “Reaching for Beauty” is now installed at a lovely little gallery in historic Wickford, RI: Coastal Living Gallery. Some new work, some not so new work, some little organic sculptures, some interesting thoughts. I am reaching for beauty these days, as the long cold winter and the incredibly sad state of affairs in the world have taken a toll on me. If by chance you find yourself in Rhode Island, please come join me for some joy, lots of color, and the opening reception of my show “Reaching for Beauty” on Saturday, April 11, 4-7 pm. (Awesome views from the deck, right on the water, in Wickford, RI.) Show runs from April 1-April 28, 2015.

p.s. To read a recent article and interview about my work, click here. As the author says, “A single artist might be powerless in impacting the world, but an individual can be profoundly changed by beauty.”

36x36", acrylic on wood panels. © 2015 Karen Rand Anderson

“Reaching for Beauty” 36×36″, acrylic on wood panels. © 2015 Karen Rand Anderson

Coastal Living Gallery

83 Brown Street North Kingstown (Historic Wickford) RI 02852

Located behind Beach Rose Café on the pier.

Open Tuesday – Friday 9:30-2:30 and by appointment, chance & special event. 401.612.6121


#32: Vincent & <i>the Monkey</i>

#32: Vincent & the Monkey

Karen Rand Anderson:

A great blog post by Danny Gregory which fits perfectly with the depressing winter weather that has dampened my creative spirit recently… reminding me not to let the monkey get me down. Thank you, Danny.

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Originally posted on Danny Gregory:

Long after his death, Vincent van Gogh has been diagnosed with everything from schizophrenia to syphilis. He may have been bipolar or epileptic, eaten too much paint or drunk too much absinthe. Did van Gogh hear the voice of the inner critic, that toxic monkey endlessly jabbering in his head? Certainly. He had plenty of problems and one or more of them led to the events of 27th of July, 1890, when he shot himself, in the chest, in a wheat field. He hung around for another day and a half, said, “The sadness will last forever” and died.

Van Gogh was 37 and he had been painting for just ten years. In that time he accomplished so much, producing hundreds of beautiful works of art that have influenced artists ever since. His life, short though it was, left ripples.

But what if he hadn’t cut his life so short?…

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#31. 2015: Waking up, slowly

#31. 2015: Waking up, slowly

resuscitate |riˈsəsəˌtāt|: make (something such as an idea or enterprise) active or vigorous again.

A new year… already? Time to reawaken, revive, renew, resurrect, rekindle, rework, return, restore, reinvigorate, rejuvenate, revitalize this blog, my website, my art, and my body. Having dropped the “blogging ball” for the past six months (I know I’m not alone, that’s for sure), it’s time to resuscitate “Cleaning Up the Studio”, and reclaim the challenge I set for myself a year ago when I began this blog. As a personal challenge, it’s a way for me to up my own creative game and enhance my art practice, while sharing it… A platform for creative interaction, a place to engage and be engaged with other artists, and also maybe a place to step over the edge a little bit. I’m stepping up.

“Dark Reflection II” 2014. 38×48″ acrylic on linen ©2015 Karen Rand Anderson

Resuscitation: Bringing back to life. But then, of course,  ars longa, vita brevis….