Gallery and blog for the art of Kara Hammond

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Botanical Drawing at the Sawtooth Center, August 8 – 11, 2022

With the goal of creating accurate, yet vibrant depictions of living plants.

Approaches to botanical drawing we will explore:

Gesture – searching for the life force inherent in the subject. A quick study in which the artist looks to record what the subject is doing, to capture the essence, the verb within. Without this, the drawing will remain lifeless, inert.

Structure – searching for the basic shapes of the different elements of the subject, determining the arrangement of shapes, as well as its overall form and direction.

Layout – determining the composition of the drawing. May use a viewfinder to decide arrangement of spaces around the subject.

Observation –looking carefully, to learn how the plant is put together, to bring it to life on paper through two methods: Contour – slow, deeply observed lines which connect edges of surfaces. Looking for details which will help define the particular characteristics of the subject. Value – using cross hatching or stippling to enhance the sense of volume and form to a two-dimensional drawing.

Value – using cross hatching or stippling to enhance the sense of volume and form to a two-dimensional drawing.

Some Botanical Art Web Sources:                                   






Some famous botanical artists through history:

Maria Sibylla Merian, German (1647 – 1717)

Pierre-Joseph Redouté, French (1766 – 1854)

Marianne North, English, (1830 – 1890)

Ernst Haeckel, German (1834 – 1919)

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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