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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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KAREN SIKIE Produces One of a Kind Art Pieces For You

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Blog, Commission, News | Comments Off on KAREN SIKIE Produces One of a Kind Art Pieces For You

Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, Claude Monet . . . what do they have in common? They are considered to be the greatest artists of all time and they have all passed on long ago. Their art, that took many forms, remains largely extant and it is from these coveted pieces that the fame of their artistry has endured. What would you say if one of these great masters were alive today and you could commission them to create a masterpiece just for you?   Here’s the good news! There is a great master alive today that is creating some of the most amazing art you are likely to ever see and her name is Karen Sikie. Karen Sikie is pretty much unlike any traditional painter you have ever known because she doesn’t employ the typically conventional media to create her works. Her pieces are a meticulous patchwork of collage and she employs the use of everything from paper to plastic to create truly unique and three-dimensional works of art. They interact with ambient light where the motion of the viewer themselves creates a unique phenomena.   Who is Karen Sikie? Form and function. Art and science. Precision, patience and meticulousness. The brain of Karen Sikie conceptualizes the totality of the artwork in advance and then chops, slices and dices all of the components of the collage, piece by piece, to create these marvelous masterpieces. Many first-time observers can’t even figure out just how Karen Sikie is able to create her works. She is indeed enigmatic in her ability to create these time-consuming works of art much faster than would be expected.   It is hard to discern the magic of Karin Sikie’s art from a picture you might see on the Internet. The three-dimensional reality does not translate well. When you see one of her work’s of art in person, you understand immediately. It is incredible! Some of her coveted pieces are available for your purchase. She can also be commissioned to create a masterpiece for you on command! Karen Sikie can make one her fantastic creations starting from a favorite photo you have of your subject. If you enjoy great art, you owe it to yourself to explore the artistry of Karen...

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Karen Sikie Brings Art To Life

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Karen Sikie Brings Art To Life

With showrooms in Los Angeles and Pasadena, California, Karen Sikie is a sought after artist for unique pieces for any space. Karen creates art work that is featured in galleries but also works on commissioned pieces. No matter the medium or style, Karen can create a beautiful and unique piece for your home or office. Enhance the ambiance of your environment with a one of a kind art piece that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Paper Mosaics By using paper mosaics, Karen can create unique art pieces, even portraits as she paints with paper. The first step to the portrait process is to have a drawing on a panel. This will be the map Karen uses to paint with paper. Each shape is then traced from the drawing to create a pattern. Each paper is hand cut and applied to the surface, emerging the picture one piece at a time. Botanicals can also be created with paper and Karen creates lovely art work of various botanicals by using beautiful colored paper. She transforms the canvas with the lightest touch as she carefully cuts out the shapes to create the beautiful picture of a unique flower or plant. Lucite Artwork Another medium that Karen works with is Lucite. This material is translucent and with dremil tools and an exacto blade, Karen is able to engrave the sides to create a botanical or abstract design. Both sides of the Lucite are used to create depth and layers to the piece as it interacts with the light. Karen can create a unique piece for every client or art enthusiasts can choose to purchase a piece online. Karen sells Lucite botanicals, Lucite abstract, paper mosaic abstract, paper mosaic portraits and paper mosaic botanicals at her website. The unique pieces will provide visual interest to any space as well as give you a conversation piece to share with friends and...

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Featured on “About a Boy ” on NBC

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Featured on “About a Boy ” on NBC

Featured on “About a Boy ” on NBC

Two Pieces on the set of “About a Boy” – Violets and Passages #1.....

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Karen Sikie inspires with her detailed art

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Karen Sikie inspires with her detailed art

Karen Sikie inspires with her detailed art

Sikie’s art work will be on display in the art gallery from Feb. 28 to March 24. Daniela Alvarez , Staff writer March 25, 2014 Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase Moorpark College is proud to host the artistic creations of Los Angeles native Karen Sikie. Sikie’s exhibit appropriately titled “Garden Variety,” contains the perfect transitional pieces into the spring season. “Her work is beautifully crafted and I wanted to know more about it,” said gallery curator and art faculty Erika Lizée. Sikie’s pieces are a mixture of the natural world, including flowers and animals, as well as textures and colors that exude femininity and elegance. Many of her pieces are figures of her daughter who helped Sikie by modeling. Sikie’s work is the reflection of one of her most sacred values: staying true to herself as an artist. “A rose does not yearn to be a daisy—you must stay authentic in your work and self,” said Sikie in her lecture on March 18. The process of making the art is a meticulous and time consuming one, but results in beautiful and intricate works. Sikie’s paper mosaics, engravings, and rubbings consist of a variety of materials that range from acrylic paint and glass to an assortment of papers, like wrapping paper and tissue paper. “Be kind to yourself in this process because it is a process and mistakes are really opportunities to grow,” said Sikie. For Sikie’s creative process, elements in nature were responsible in serving as both artistic inspirations and life lessons. She explains that the cycle of seasons not only keeps her imagination running, but also helps her stay focused on continuing to make art. “We all have that visual language we have to find,” said Sikie in her lecture. “[For me] nature is my muse.” After dropping out of UCLA as a French major, Sikie pursued her career as a full-time artist and has reached a level of success many working artists strive to achieve. Sikie’s pieces have been staged in several venues including Elements Kitchen in Pasadena, Kaiser Permanente in Riverside, and on the set of the NBC show “About a Boy.” Sikie’s success is owed to her hard work and perseverance, so she encourages artists to stay stable with the process of making art, while also going out to see other artists’ work to gain confidence or feel inspired. She also recommends writing in order to release thoughts and emotions and use them in the process of art making, such as naming a piece. “Every day I feel constantly inspired,” said Sikie. “I have developed as an artist, and for that I value myself.” Sikie’s exhibit will be on display in the art gallery in the Administration building, and will be held from February 28 to March 24. – See more at:...

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