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Posts made in December, 2015

How Nature and Art Informs Our Lives

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on How Nature and Art Informs Our Lives

How Nature and Art Informs  Our Lives

Nature has been the subject of art ever since humans started expressing themselves on cave walls. Sometimes their art is the only thing left that can tell us about ancient human experiences. Art is a powerful communicator in that it can both express a point of view and invoke feelings. Because I am a visual artist, looking at and being in nature is the way I understand how to navigate my life. I see nature as a teacher. Dual, 9x12in collage on panel – This pieces was inspired by two birds in my garden At first, I was seduced by the physical beauty of nature, its shapes, forms, colors and textures. But as I pondered the natural world and how miraculous the process of a seed growing and blooming is, the profundity of it lured me deeper, past the surface and into the energetic side of things.   Orange Flowers, 24×36 in collage on panel- This piece illustrates the cycle of life with the bud, bloom and fade of the flower. Look closer and you see the stems pierce the petals. Concepts like reciprocity, cycles, process, life, death, release, transformation and abundance are all playing out before our eyes. There are miracles everywhere if we stop and take a deeper look. These natural processes have energies that guide and inform me through the cycles of my life. My intention is to have a visual conversation about the beauty and energy of the natural world through art, so we can remember that we are deeply connected to nature and each other. Life is so beautiful and so are we!  Karen...

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Paper Mosaic Studio

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Blog, Commission, News | Comments Off on Paper Mosaic Studio

Karen Sikie offers your home, business, or personal art collection beautiful and immaculately detailed collages. Paper mosaic is a highly detailed form of collage which consists of essentially painting with paper. Karen Sikie carries this out by first drawing a complete image, then this drawing acts as the map for her collage. Afterwards, each shape is traced creating a pattern. Lastly, the paper is handcut and placed on the drawing. The final masterpiece comes together meticulously piece by piece, paper by paper.   Karen’s works consist of beautiful portraits of women. She uses an array of pastel colors, dark tones, light tones, and ranges of opacity. Many of the colors in her color palette consist of blues and greens and all the shades and tones in between. Karen Sikie also creates botanical paper mosaics. These consist of plants, flowers, leaves, birds, and butterflies. The colors range from greens, to yellows, to blues and many earthy tones.   Karen also creates beautiful abstract paper mosaics that consist of earthy tones and pastel blues and greens. Her abstract pieces consist of many basic shape elements such as circles, lines and squares. At her studio she also creates pieces using Lucite, which is a beautiful material that is translucent. Karen engraves and carves into both sides of the Lucite to create her designs. The wondrous part of Lucite is that by carving into both sides of the Lucite, it creates a sense of depth and layers by the interaction the Lucite has with light.   Karen’s Lucite works of art consist of botanical and abstract. The botanical pieces are colorful and earthy plants and leaves. There are blues, greens, oranges and red. Her Lucite abstract pieces consist of circles, patterns, and many linear elements that are beautifully intriguing. Paper Mosaic Studios offers commission work as well at an affordable price for the beautifully unique paper mosaic...

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