November 26, 2013

Sophisticated Lady - Jazz art at Wall Flower Studio

This painting is named "Sophisticated Lady" after a song by Duke Ellington.. It just seemed like the right thing to do. It's the latest in a series of the many Jazz/music inspired paintings I've done, though I must admit, my focus has been on gardening for the last couple of years so I haven't done much painting of late.
It's good to be back in the studio again. Thanks for stopping by.

July 24, 2013

Judging a book by its cover…

The cover of any book is the first thing any prospective reader sees, and despite that old adage that one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, inevitably that’s exactly what many people do. The cover will attract a reader to that said book/story, even above the description or table of contents, so it's extremely important that a cover look professional, and that it will attract positive interest in the author’s story.

I had all of this in mind when friend and fellow artist, J. Michael Fay asked me to create the cover art for his series of short stories. It was a challenge for which I am deeply honored and I happily accepted. In this respect, I feel very fortunate. When it comes to traditional publishing, choosing an artist to create one’s book cover is not usually under the author’s control, although some small publishers allow author feedback on the chosen design. However, when it comes to self-publishing, it’s totally in the hands of the author. 
Being an avid reader myself, but by no means a book reviewer, I can only say that it was the most pleasurable of experiences to read a piece of literature that made me want to slow down and savour every word. It is easy to lose one's self in Michael's writing as the atmosphere feels evocative and lyrical on so many levels. When I read "Tenderness" the first time, I could visualize so many aspects of the scenes in the story that it became clear to me very early on how I could best portray it in a visual sense, and in a way that I hoped would tie in with the words I’d just read. Happily, Michael felt I’d hit the mark.
Michael’s stories are being ePublished by IslandShorts, an imprint of IslandCatEditions. "Tenderness" is available to purchase via Kindle: HERE
In closing, I'd like to recommend reading Michael’s background and inspiration that went into writing his short story collections, too. In “Tenderness”, Michael proves he is a skilled craftsman who obviously loves his subject matter.
Look for "The Whirlabout", (shown below) at Amazon 

June 24, 2013

Shaken, not stirred. A classic martini on a warm summer evening

Sure, I couldn't resist using that famous line from the Bond movies as a title for this painting, but it's really universal, and perhaps a bit obvious, even cliché, but it's the only thing I could think of and seemed to suit the painting so well, so there it is. A cool martini on a hot summer night. The painting represents what you'll see if you have one too many. ; )
'Shaken, not stirred' - 10 x 12 acrylic on canvas, by Karen Sloan
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April 28, 2013

Piano Man and tickets for the Dan

Let's just start by saying that I'm not a fan of fan art because it's just weird on many levels; kitsch even, yet here I've done the exact thing I've made fun of countless times. The irony!
Suffice to say when I painted this, I had just gone and seen Steely Dan and had front row seats! Lucky me, and the debt was worth it, and I figure creating this image was likely inevitable at some point in my painting career. Plus, I just wanted to see if I was up to the challenge. Next time I won't be so judgmental of others now, will I?

By the way, the title of this painting is: "Piano Man" ... Not to be confused with Billy Joel who also creates wonderful music that I enjoy very much.
Thanks for stopping by!
~ KS

April 21, 2013

How to decorate a 'Home Office' in an artistic way. ; )

Home is where the heart is, and the home office, too!
One should always have cut flowers, an antique telephone, a comfortable chair, and a couple of houseplants there, too.
'Home Office' - 24" x 24" acrylic on canvas - SOLD
by Karen Sloan
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