Friday, October 31, 2014

Spookalicious Cupcake

Daily Print #3 Spookalicious Cupcake, 4 1/2 x 6 inches, $60
In honor of Halloween, and my girls who are still excited about Trick or Treating! This year since our house is not complete Andy and I both get to go out with the girls... I plan on bringing my outdoor stemless wine glass because in Stapleton the parents get treats too!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Preppy Cupcake


Daily Print #2, The Preppy Cupcake, 4 1/2 x 6 inches, $60
This is the second print of my cupcake series.  It, like the Yellow Cupcake, is 4 1/2 x 6 inches in size. Hope you enjoy this happy little set of pastries, there are a dozen in all plus one for the baker.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Yellow Cupcake


#1 Daily Print - Yellow Cupcake, 4 1/2 x 6 inches, $60
I had posted this image earlier as a start of a new series but it also signifies the start of my online art sales! Yes friends each day I will post a daily print which will be for sale. Eventually I will start an Etsy online store but for now my blog will be the go to place for my daily prints. Thi yummy morse can now be yours!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Prepping Canvas for Core exhibition

Prepping canvas' in our tiny temporary kitchen/dinning area/studio for my Exhibition in Core Gallery, March - April 2015. These will be the last 3 mouth paintings for my Voice series (last three for now... I never know if I will want to revisit the series and make it so that it fills an entire wall, now that would be a large scale grid!) Next up Prepping the Geneology of Hair pieces for the PAAM show in February as well as the for my show at Core... the beauty of having so much hair! Then finally I need to start work on a paper piece for the Crashing and Dashing show at Hyperlink. I was invited to be in the exhibition yesterday... the work is due November 14th with the show opening November 21st! Yikes... November will be a busy month in the studio...

Friday, October 17, 2014

One in Eight (a work in progress)


One in Eight
Installation by Kim Putnam

It is estimated that one out of eight women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life. According to census research in 2013 approximately 160,593,450 women lived in the United States. Twenty million (or one in eight) of those women are destine for breast cancer.

This installation visually exemplifies these statistics. Using the concept of the latex balloon stress ball, the work consists of 160 pink balloons. Of those 160, twenty balloons contain a marble and flour or are filled with black pepper. The marble signifies the dreaded lump. The black pepper is more ominous it symbolizes the disease that invades the body undetected. The remaining balloons are filled with white flour. The pink balloons are a metaphor for a woman’s breast, the texture, shape and feel of the balloon as stress ball, once filled with flour, act as a tactile representation. The color of the balloon is intentional as it calls to mind both the concept of femininity and the soft pink skin of the breast and nipple.


Visually the balloons all look the same. Like the self-examinations women are encouraged to do, it is only through the sense of touch that the infected balloons can be identified, and even then there is no certainty. Thus the exhibition is intended to create a sense of ambiguity and a feeling of discomfort and a heightened awareness of breast cancer as it relates to the female population in the United States.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Paper Plate Lithography Master Class, CAEA Fall Conference 2014 - Breckenridge, CO

The following images were taken during the Master Class that I lead at the CAEA fall Conference in Breckenridge, CO 2014. The participants were art educators from all across Colorado.

















Cupcake 1

Yet another demonstration print I did for the Master class I taught at the CAEA fall 2014 conference up in Breckenridge. This is a paper plate lithograph of a line drawing of a cupcake - drawn from memory. I again colored the image in my studio at home. I've been fasinated with the image of the cupcake since August when I learned someone very close to me was diagnosed with breast cancer. For some reason I am associating the image of a cupcake with a womans breast. I think it has to do with the shape, the oral interaction and the idea that the word cupcake has been used in reference to a womans breast. Like the Fashion plates I'm not sure where I'm going to take this image but for some reason I see it developing into a colorful series. I'm toying around with the idea of selling them on line and donating a percentage of the sale to breast cancer research, if I could only figure out how to sell them on-line? The other thought I had was to turn them into postcards or cards and creating a packet of them and sell those on-line, again donating a percentage to breast cancer research. Just not sure were to go with this idea...

Fashion plate 1 (working title)

For now I'm calling this Fashion Plate 1 (working title) because I'm not sure where I want to take this... it could be the start of a new series, or perhaps the start of a 'daily' printing practice where I draw, print and color a new fashion plate each day... all still to be determined. I also look at these as possible studies for a larger idea that is still swirling around in my head. For now this was a fun little experiment that I did as a demo for a Master class I was teaching at the Colorado Art Education Assocation fall conference that took place up in Breckenridge, Colorado this past weekend. I added the color (a combination of watercolors and watercolor pencils) when I returned from the conference.

In creating this, I am interested in the idea of fashion drawings and the concept of simplifying the figure, leaving the face unrendered providing only the guide lines of where the facial features would fall if they were added and focusing on simple shapes to render a fashion design.  The purpose of simplfying the figure and leaving the face non-descript is so to not objectify the female but instead to focus on the design of the clothes. The image is small, perhaps 5 x 7 inches (I didn't measure it so this is an eyeball guess). Maybe I should call it Fashion Plate 1 - blue sheath?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cupcakes - the latest addition to the Doodle Series

Cupcakes is the newest addition to my Doodle series, this one is inspired by a recent event that involves breast cancer. I am also working on an installation work titled One in Eight that is in response to breast cancer as it relates to and affects the female population in the United States. More on that piece soon...