"Musical Complexities," 2023.  Acrylic Painting.  


ART ANNOUNCEMENT!!  Wonderful news.  My acrylic painting is currently part of an online ABSTRACT EXHIBITION sponsored by Las Laguna Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, California.  This exhibition will be on display until Sept. 29, 2023.  Check it out! There is a lot of variety in this category.


It's a beautiful day.Skies are bright blue with no clouds in sight.  Such a refreshing cool breeze which is such a needed break from hot and humid days.  Enjoy!



 Photo by Kathleen Contri, copyright 2023

Hello, All! I hope you are doing well and enjoying the outdoors.  It's sunny here with a little haze to the blue sky.  We in the Midwest have been told of the wildfires in Canada, and the winds are carrying the smoke down in our region.  No one wants to hear about wildfires and the damage it causes for people, wildlife, and trees.  It has brought us some interesting sunsets and sunrises due to the smoke particles in the atmosphere.


  A bit of reflection here:  Although my art style isn't in the category of photo realism, it is loose realism (I made up the category) or representational.  What you see in my paintings is recognizable, and with that, there is truth.  What is truth?  Truth is my reality, and not make believe.  A quote about truth is not exact here, but it goes like this:  Truth is beauty and beauty is truth, and that is all you need to know.


   Truth in my paintings is emotion and what I see as beauty in my world.   From landscapes to flower gardens to my special pets....they are truth.  No spin, no tall tales, no purposeful exaggerations.  It's what I see sprinkled with emotion.


  Have a wonderful week.  Kc




I thought my title would interest a few of you.  Yes, tonight is a glass of wine night with music.  I would have to say that Classic Rock is my favorite, but I enjoy jazz and blues, too.  Music has a way of soothing one's soul, and perhaps, that's what we all need.  The "Moody Blues" and "Crosby, Stills, and Nash" are two bands that I still gravitate to.   Soulful and reflective.  With the music playing, my ideas for art production soar.  Who carries a pad of paper and a pencil to write or draw out the beginning for a GREAT piece of art?  I am not so organized.   I will save those ideas in my memory bank until another day.  I wish you a joyous party of your own choosing.

Hi to all of you.  I have been lax in continuing with my writing here.  I hope that you are having a wonderful day creating new and happy memories.  Earlier today, I sat in our garden drinking a cup of coffee and thought how lucky I am to be able to do this.  Grateful! 


I do hope that you are enjoying my art collection.  While my new additions have slowed down on my website, my paintbrushes and I have not.


Happy weekend, Everyone!   An uneventful day here.  I am working on a summer landscape in watercolor hoping to get the right textures and shapes in place.   This project seems to be taking a bit more time due to other tasks.  On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, we experienced a pretty significant ice storm losing our electric.  Fortunately, we were able to use our gas fireplace and make coffee and scrambled eggs on the charcoal grill.  We are grateful that all power is back on and that we have a warm home and warm food unlike those who live on the streets or those enduring such catastrophic hardships as earthquakes and war.


I believe that landscapes provide peaceful moments and gratitude almost all of the time for me.  I have too much of an imagination to think otherwise.  When I complete this landscape, I will post it on my website.   Take care.

Good morning! Our county in northern Illinois is expecting a good amount of snow as I watch it fall outside my studio window. Stay warm indoors ....sounds like a great idea....and maybe with a cup of coffee or tea?

What do I gain from my art.....is a worthwhile question to ask even if I am experiencing slow sales. 


                                                 "Creating art in today's world

                                                  Helps me find purpose

                                                  And distraction and

                                                  Happy Feelings with

                                                  A sprinkle of reality."


Study my art collection, and ask questions about the story behind it or if an art piece is available.  And yes, I create pet portraits in watercolor.  Have a peaceful day!