Gallery and blog for the art of Kara Hammond

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Paisley Vapors: Making room for ideas

Oak gall, acorn cap, walnut, rust, dirt, copper oxide, titanium white on cotton rag paper, 18″ x 24″.

Making inks from various natural and found substances, attempting to forge a deeper connection to place and material.

A cup of tea, a way of centering to regroup one’s thoughts, honoring contemplation in the creative process; a process of discovery in which each successive change leads down an unseen path until the endgame is clear. Every drawing is a new adventure.

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Saturday Evening Open Studio + Some New Hands

Saturday Evenings from 7 pm – 10 pm, through the end of August, my studio door will be open to the public for visiting, drawing, and conversations about art with me and downtown artist, ArtDezo, aka Donell Williams. Masks required for the unvaccinated, recommended for the rest of us. The fans will be running. Stop by and say hello!

ArtDezo with his in-progress mural by the back door of AFAS, 7th St. and Liberty.

And the latest hands, more handmade inks along with traditional watercolor on a variety of papers.

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Billboard on Hwy 52, south of WSSU, until mid-July

It’s been a great year, having a billboard image to reach the thousands of people passing each day with a positive message. Sadly all good things must end, and so this will be coming down soon. But many thanks to:

@artpopstreetgallery @artscouncilwsfc @lamaradvertisingcompany @adamsoutddoor @associatedposters

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Hand studies in ink

(Vintage fountain pen ink, Carter’s washable blue, circa 1950. On watercolor paper, 11″x14″, 2021)

These drawings are made mostly using a variety of artist-made or found vintage inks. The handmade inks include oak gall, walnut, and acorn-iron, hand picked and rendered from the artist’s farm, as well as studio-made copper oxide and titanium white. The vintage inks are mid-20th century, and have been rescued from our farm storage outbuildings.

The series began early in 2021 as a practice of drawing a hand a day. As in a net sport like volleyball or badminton, the intent has been to keep the thing in the air for as long as possible. So far, it’s been nearly two months. These are the best examples.

(Sumi ink on watercolor paper, 11″ x 14″, 2021)

(Hand foraged oak gall ink, and tea, on watercolor paper, 11″ x 14″, 2021)

(Hand foraged oak gall and titanium white inks, with coffee and tea, on watercolor paper, 12″ x 16″, 2021)

(Coffee and tea, with a brush, on watercolor paper)

These quick drawings use vintage sumi ink and brush.

The drawings above use a combination of vintage fountain pen ink, hand foraged walnut ink, copper oxide, and tea.

The drawings above use sumi or walnut ink, and crosshatching.

These are made with tea.

(Oak gall ink wash and titanium white, 11″x 14″, 2021)

Vintage fountain pen ink. Foraged acorn ink with brush and dip pen.

Vintage fountain pen ink, brush and dip pen.
(Oak gall wash, coffee, and titanium white ink on watercolor paper, 12″ x 16″, 2021)
(Copper oxide, walnut ink, tea wash, titanium white ink, oak gall ink, on watercolor paper, 12″ x 16″, 2021)