Land, Sea, Sky at ArtProv

I’m excited to be included in “Land, Sea, Sky” alongside other accomplished and inspiring artists. And with this post I’m excited to be reactivating my blog, which will be revamped and renovated soon! Please stay tuned….

Gallery Night Providence

Land, Sea, Sky

September 20 – November 4, 2017

At ArtProv

Opening Reception, Thursday, September 21, 5:00-9:00 pm

during Gallery Night Providence

Vast horizons, expansive views and endless waterways will be explored in the new group show “Land, Sea, Sky,“ at ArtProv Gallery, a contemporary gallery located in the Jewelry District at 150 Chestnut Street.

The works in “Land, Sea, Sky” depict both the majesty of the natural world and its solitude through the use of shape, texture, color and light. The show features landscapes by:

  • Karen Rand Anderson, whose recent work reflects an abstracted, energetic investigation of place
  • Jeanne Tangney, an artist who creates almost all of her work with pastels for their unlimited variety of color and effects
  • Michelle Courier, who applies her mastery of color in her vibrant, contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings
  • Nick Paciorek, a contemporary artist who explores the landscape through hyped-up color in oils
  • Jana…

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#35: Meet Celebrity Guide Michele Leavitt

#35: Meet Celebrity Guide Michele Leavitt

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

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

“Problem solving is at the core of…

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#23. The Equinox: seeking balance, and small paintings


I am SO ready for WARMTH—and creative fertility. The vernal equinox is a pivotal point for me; the end of a killer New England winter, and the tentative beginning of a whole new year. I see the spring equinox as the true New Year’s Day, as it really is a time of rebirth, renewnal, and balance— the sun is directly over the equator, and daylight hours are equal to nighttime hours. (Equinox= equal night, Latin.) On the exact day of the equinox, one can try to balance an egg on its end. Seriously. Lots more is associated with the vernal equinox, especially creativityeggs, bunnies and fertility and sex and so on; I love this stuff. It’s also a great time to begin spring cleaning, like maybe in the studio. Ha…

this is actually a very clean desk, with a 12×12″ panel ready to be attacked

I actually did a mini clean-up in my studio today, because I couldn’t even see my desk, and had a yen to actually use it to sit at and paint something small. This blog is called Cleaning Up the Studio, but that is a very rare occurrence in my studio practice, as I tend to let things pile up organically until I can’t stand it anymore, and then something new happens— like the urge to start some small paintings after working like crazy on large ones for weeks.

new territory2

This is a large recent painting–“New Territory”, 53×65″. Mixed media on Fabriano paper, held on to the wall with applied magnets.

 Big work can be exciting and challenging, but tiring. Picking up small brushes and using little dabs of paint is a completely different challenge. It’s about balance. Thank the gods and goddesses for Spring- It’s about time, too !

small painting

the very beginning of today’s little painting.. .we’ll see how it turns out

studio wall

…and here is a clean studio wall, with a 48×48″ four-panel ready to be attacked, when I get tired of playing small

#7. Launching on the new moon


“Bald Porcupine at Dusk”  12×12, mixed media on board. © 2103 Karen Rand Anderson

As the old phrase goes…  “Let ‘er rip” . So, it’s January 1st, 2014, which happens to coincide with the Capricorn new moon, an excellent time for beginning something that is crafted from an internal, thoughtful place. You know that feeling of starting a new painting/project/piece–  making the commitment to do, begin, create with passion; having the gumption (love that word) to go for it..? I’ve made a 2014 commitment to myself to confront my fears, my past, and my future; hence, the launch of this blog, “Cleaning Up the Studio“. Welcome… I’m glad you’re here. (I’m glad I’m here!) I hope you’ll scroll down and see my previous posts… this blog has been private until today, coinciding with the new moon which, I’ve just discovered, is considered a “supermoon”. Quite cool actually.

Now that the solstice has passed, winter’s darkness is beginning to lessen, day by day. (Thank God.) I’ll be wrapping myself up in studio work, getting ready for my upcoming show at Alexey von Schlippe Gallery in April. I’ll also be thinking about and planning what to focus on here— writing, wondering, questioning, and marveling, while continuing to be inspired by the words and insights of so many others [see sidebar]. Art, writing, and messes will get made, that is, until that tipping point is reached, when I can’t get anything done in the midst of the chaos, and it’ll be time to clean up the studio again, start afresh, and get new stuff going. I do love cycles.

In the meantime, I’m stumbling around as a complete newbie in the art blogosphere. So please forgive the bumbles and faux-pas as I get going with content, comments, and concepts. By putting myself out “here”, I plan to share my art and studio thoughts, make connections, get exposure, interact with other artists and bloggers, shed light on things, sprinkle inspiration, and pose questions. I’ll be posting images of my work, which is available for purchase… Let me know if you’re interested.

And by all means, please let me know what you think — I’m looking for my tribe. Join me?


#6. Looking back & stepping out

Turning the corner. Out with the old and in with the new. Making resolutions…? Nope– no resolutions. Instead, I’ve decided to adopt one word for 2014 to sort of underpin how I want to live my year. My word is “ACCOUNTABLE”. So, being accountable is what I want to focus on– accountable to self, others, my art, my daughters, my doggie, my home, stepping up the learning curve, finding joy, and finding a way to do more in terms of service. Not sure exactly what, but it will involve my art. Basically, being accountable, in my life, every day.

Though I did manage to read a couple of books, I haven’t watched even one Netflix movie in the past several months– not since I began delving deep, doing research, taking some e-courses, and making the commitment to create this blog as a part of my art practice. It’s the Blogs of Others that did it. I’m continually amazed at what’s out there, who is saying it, the energy and information and creativity that is being shared and spread around, for free, essentially. I like the concept of free culture and questioning copyright, although I need to find out a lot more. I’ve allowed myself to become inspired and kicked in the butt by The Blogs of Others.

The Blogs of Others that have been circling me these last months include stuff about





expanding  horizons







letting go



and lots more.

And blogging.. .the opportunity to share, spew, show and tell, read and be read, respond and be responded to, spark and be sparked, find and be found.


“What Really Matters”  2010. graphite + gouache on Fabriano paper, mounted on linen. 36×28″

©2013 Karen Rand Anderson

#4. Cleaning it up

Every so often, we need to clean it up, the mess. Maybe your studio is your kitchen table, your basement or garage, a corner of the living room, a loft, or a space in an old mill—it’s wherever you make your art. My studio has been all of these places, and I am one of those notoriously right-brained artists, whose work is, for the most part, all over the map (more about that later) and also all over the floor, walls, and every available horizontal surface. I revel in my creative process, which includes but is not limited to drawing, painting, gluing, wiring, tearing, twisting, building, sawing, sketching, stitching, hammering, and writing. Until suddenly—there comes a point where things are getting lost in the creative mess. Like tools and materials, self-confidence, motivation and vision. Focus, intention and drive. 


This is, I kid you not, my studio in process of being cleaned up and reorganized a few weeks ago. 

As artists, we (some of us) love our messes, but when they get out of hand,  well, one has to clean them up in order to move forward. Move things around, rearrange, pitch, let go. Put the old work away to make room for the new. It’s a challenge, at least for me—letting go of old work, past mistakes, and people who are no longer part of the picture. But when the cleaning up thing takes place, it’s amazing what happens…  new ideas, new people, new work all begin to show up.   


Embarrassing…!! But that’s why I’m here, doing this– putting myself into a new and courageous place. (Just getting into the studio is pretty damn courageous, especially when it looked like this. )

Is your studio practice fueled by headlong creative onslaught, or focused and preconceived concepts? Are you organized and methodical in your art approach, or energetic and spontaneous? (I guess it’s fairly obvious which one I am.)


Truth be told, I would love to have little elves come in once a week and tidy things up in my studio. But then, they probably wouldn’t know where to begin, and I probably wouldn’t be able to work in such an organized space. (Hmm. Food for thought.)


My faithful studio assistant, Theo. 


#2. Longing to know… Blogging to grow.

Blogging to grow… I’m longing to know… Over the past few years I’ve been consistently inspired and awed by all the accomplished, meaningful and self-confident writing out there in the Art Blogosphere. (and non-art as well). It’s been a bit overwhelming, while at the same time inspiring and eye-opening. How on earth do they do it, and still have time for studio practice, art business (more on that later), “real” life, relationships, laundry, the occasional novel or movie, exercise, etc? Journaling, art-wise and personal therapy-wise, has always been immensely important to me. Frankly, without all that spewing on the page (since about sixth grade) I probably would have gone under long ago. Especially over the past five years. And I’m tired of just scratching away in my personal journals, without connecting to anyone. Entering the game and stepping up to this plate is the next step.

So, I’m starting this blog in order to grow. To wrangle the fears, vanquish the personal doubts, embrace that queasy feeling in my gut and turn it into a glow. Blogging to grow, blogging to glow. Lots to learn… the steep learning curve looks daunting from here, but I’m making a commitment to just keep writing, and continue to be inspired by all those amazing other people and posts and thoughts out there. In time, I’ll be posting amazing things, too. Somehow, I will find my tribe.Image