Tattooed Muse by KatCanPaint

Things I learned from my two new favorite pink paintings.

Things I learned from my two new favorite pink paintings.

  1. I have no idea how to name my paintings.
  2. I’m always going to chase after an elusive idea of perfection.
  3. Having fun is important, being challenged is important: these aren’t opposite concepts.
  4. Keep painting, you’ll figure it out.


Tattooed Muse by KatCanPaint

©2012 Kathleen McBride, Tattooed Muse, Acrylic on Canvas, 8″x10″


Have I ever mentioned that I am total crap at naming my personal pieces? This one is my favorite, she is my muse. She embodies everything I have been considering painting concept and technique-wise.
I’m thinking about saturated colors, flowers, energy, patterns, tattoos, art nouveau influences, and things with wings. I’m always thinking about the differences between holding on and letting go, both physically and emotionally. I’m perfecting my girls, my expressions, my faces. Sometimes I see little glimpses while I am painting- that perfect face, that perfect curve to her lips, and I’m still painting because I’m not there yet.


Angel of Sunset acrylic painting by KatCanPaint

©2012 Kathleen McBride, Angel of Sunset, Acrylic on Paper, 9″x12″

I love painting flowers + girls + feathers. I bought myself a 10-pack of Golden Fluid Acrylics, and I love them. I love the fluid consistency and I love how pure and bright they are, even when I mix them. My work is bright and intense now. They dry fast, but holy moly, a dab of paint goes far with these guys.

Sometimes I really want to paint something pretty, without all the big ideas and big technique I cram into my other pieces. The balance for me is somewhere in between these two pieces, between something challenging and something effortless, big ideas and big fun. The more I paint, the more I know.


<3 Kat


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