Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Internet Can Be a Good Thing

I got this email last week:

Dear Ms Kossow;

Years ago I purchased a painting on line I think via e-bay. Its been hanging in my house for at least 10 yrs, it is an ocean scene, grey/blue/beige scheme with a liminous green in the center,,,,signed CKKossow 69'. Is this your work???  It has a sort of antique look  to it. I purchased it as it captures the sun through high waves on a late summer  West Dennis MA beach....Often wondered about the artist.

Warren M
Billerica MA

My response

WOW is all I can say. There are a couple of strange coincidences going on here. I would love to see it— can you send an image?

In 1969 I could have signed a piece of art "CKKossow".  I never had a middle name and adopted the K for a while because I felt left out.

I used to go to Harwichport for vacations with my family, though not West Dennis. I honestly have no recollection of this art, but it was the late 60s after all, enough said, right?

What is so interesting is that I went to Parsons in 1971, then eventually had a 35 yr career in graphic design. I "retired" two years ago to see what would happen if I tried painting again—picked up pastels and have not looked back. But to have you contact me from a piece of art I might have done in 1969 just astounds me.

Here is the painting. I do remember it, an oil. I know it's me because I also put the apostrophe after the year incorrectly — only to learn some years later that it goes before!

The best Warren and I can come up with is that when I cleaned out my Dad's house in Briarcliff Manor NY, about 2004, some one went through the pile of trash on the curb and put this up on EBay. I think the Cape connection is just a coincidence.

The internet is full of surprises, like what the heck will I paint for the next 30 Days...

Saturday, August 30, 2014

PSA 42nd Annual Exhibition Enduring Brillance and HVAA 82nd Annual Juried Exhibition

The month of September is going to be busy. I hope you will stop by the National Arts Club,
15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY— and take a look at the best pastels from around the world. It was a tough competition, with 182 finalists out of 1222 entries. I am thrilled to be part of this tribe.

Snapper On Ice 11 x 14 pastel

The week of September 20-26,  the Hudson Valley Art Association will have it's 82nd Annual Juried Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Ave, New York, NY. Along with pastel, this show includes the best oil, sculpture and watercolor paintings in the US.

On top of all this excitement, I have signed on to another 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. This round close to 700 artists are signed up from 20 different counties. That's 21,000 new pieces of beautiful art for the world to enjoy.

Monday is September 1st!!! Check your email...  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Satanic Eggs

Satanic Eggs 11.5 x 15.25 pastel  SOLD

I took this image in March 2013, from an artists reception at The Donald Gallery, South Presbyterian Church. I have always had a soft spot for this painting, maybe it's the "chicken sitter" in me. It is now in the home of dear friends in Hastings-on-Hudson—once one of my steady chicken sitting gigs.

On another note, I have signed up for another 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge for September! It is my busiest month in a while, but I decided to go for it. I already know I am going to have to "double dip" and paint a few a day to cover some time I will be out of the studio. 

Where will I be, you ask? Two openings in NYC— Pastel Society of America 42nd Annual Enduring Brilliance at the National Arts Club, and Hudson Valley Art Association 82nd Annual Juried Exhibition at Salmagundi. Details to come soon.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stepping Out

"Stepping Out"  10 x 8 pastel on gatorboard  $125

It's been a long time since I have posted. Getting ready for some big shows in NYC in September, entering a few more in CT and starting a commission. 

But I needed a break, something fun. This guy is actually from the "petting zoo" at Stew Leonard's— It's actually an asphalt pen with a small variety of farm animals. I am not sure how I feel about this, but it does make for easy photo ops.