I’m so excited to introduce you to my new collection, Blending. When you take a look at the pieces in the collection, which launches Friday May 15th, 2020, I think you could understand why I decided to name it that. You can see that the paintings have a blended effect. But the title goes beyond lines and colors.
As you may have seen in my last blog post, I decided in January that Connect would be my focus word of the year. And that’s exactly what blending does, doesn’t it? It connects colors, lines, and ideas… it takes a concept from one part of the page and forces it to connect with a concept from another part of the page… creating a new concept entirely. Blending is like a very intense version of connect-the-dots.
When I connect, both in real life and in my paintings, I’m thinking about old meeting new; slow meeting fast; dark meeting light. What happens when opposite concepts collide? The answer is revealed in the blending.
As an artist, I learned about blending on Day One in the classroom. Blend the yellow and the red and you get orange. Blend your finger over the charcoal and you get soft. Now, years later, blending is taking on a new meaning. But it is still just as relevant. So what’s the latest lesson I’ve learned as an eternal student? Blend experience with trust and you get magic.
In these strange new times of quarantine, I’ve found myself seeking a connection with my past. I’ve been drawn to repetition, back to basics — the way my art process began. When I got my BFA in Illustration, I was a pen and ink artist. Pointillism and cross hatching were my comfort zones. The repetitive, reliable dots and lines brought me peace. It’s no wonder I’m seeking some of that peace again right now. My past is seeping into my present, and as the two merge together, they are creating this new collection I am calling Blending. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed creating it.
You'll be able to shop the Blending Collection starting May 15, 2020 on www.katiewhiteartist.com/shop.