Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Graphite and mixed media on paper
(c) Kristen Martin Cowan 2005
This is an older piece that I thought I would share with you.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I stumbled upon this today.

and this...

Amazing isnt it?

In other news, I'm finishing up a research proposal on the effects of art therapy on depressed elderly individuals living in their own homes and in nursing homes. The paper writing is crappy but the actual experiment is going to be exciting. I cant wait to find out what the results are.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Lapse in time

My friend and fellow artist, Jeff Littlejohn asked me just today if I was still writing my art blog and sadly I had to say that I hadn't posted anything in a while. That made me pretty sad so here I am trying to pick it back up again. To be honest I haven't really done any new drawings or paintings in a while either. I wish I didn't have to have a day job because thats when I do most of my work. Now when I get home from work its usually 9 or 10 pm and I dont want to do anything but relax hang out with my hubby.
But listen to me. I've always hatted giving excuses so I'm moving on to something else.

Alfred Stieglitz
Georgia O'Keeffe (1918)

I watched a movie about Georgia O'Keeffe the other day. It wasn't the best movie about an artist I have seen but it was still great. I was reminded in one really beautiful scene why I am pursuing art therapy. Joan Allen was really amazing and portrayed the pain that she must have felt so well. I searched and searched for that clip on the internet so I could share it here, but couldn't find it.
I have always admired O'keffe's paintings but I do more now after having watched that movie.

I had never seen her drawings before. These are some of her earliest works and are some of the most beautiful things she did in my opinion.

Abstraction White Rose, 1927

Wave, Night, 1928

Friday, February 5, 2010

As you might know, I am getting married in 2 months and afew days so needless to say I have been up to my eyeballs in things to do. Its all pretty exciting but I'm ready for everything to fall in place and the day to be here. I am ready to be Mrs. Cowan!

Here is the past due picture of the painting that was in the show "Doing What We Can to Help" at the Mabee Gerrer Museum of Art in November. The photo quality isnt excelent (a retake is needed) but I would love to know what you think of the painting.

Still life with cans 
acrylic on canvas
(c) Kristen Martin Cowan

Friday, November 6, 2009

A new post is way past due. My apologies.

Ok great news! I am going to be in my first exhibit tonight at Maybee Gerrer Museum of Art. The show is called Doing What We CAN to Help and is a food drive for the Shawnee Salvation Army. It starts at seven and lasts till nine. Bring a can of food or two to get in. If you cant come tonight don't worry. The show will be displayed until Nov. 22nd. I will post pictures from the opening evening soon.
The project I am working on currently is a sketchbook for Art House gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. Art House Gallery is getting together a Sketchbook Library including about 1,000 sketchbooks from artists all over the world. The Sketchbook Library will be apart of a touring exhibit. The Library will be in Atlanta, New York, L.A., Chicago and St. Louis beginning the first of the year.
I also have been asked to be in an exhibit next year at IAO gallery. I am very excited about this opportunity. My mentor and friend Sunni Mercer is going to be in the show as well and I am so excited and feel really privileged to get to show with her. I will have more details about this show as the time draws near.
This has been an exciting time for me. When I started out the year I never dreamed that I would get so many great opportunities. Who knows what else could happen. The years not over yet.

Friday, July 10, 2009

new website

I finished setting up my new website, http://www.kristenmartin.com It to is kind of rough and I'm still working on it a bit, but its improving I think. If you have issues with the site or you dont like something about it PLEASE let me know. I want it to be friendly and professional looking. Thanks

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Here are a couple of small drawings I have done recently.