26 April 2010

Kenzie Gallery

Filed under: Reflections — ktismatics @ 10:28 am

It’s been quite awhile since I put up any of our daughter Kenzie’s art. Here are some of her most recent pieces.

“The Empress” (watercolor)

Untitled (pastel)

“Aspettativa: Fanatica” (tempera)

“Aphrodite” (acrylic)

Untitled (tempera)



  1. These are beautiful, and I’m so glad I can so without thinking I ‘ought to’. The earlier ones I liked okay, but hadn’t found them quite so elegant and striking. Oh, it’s lovely to be able to say nice things about people’s children, because I can’t do it just to be nice. Not that in these areas I have a professional eye, but my impression is that they’re rather gorgeous.


    Comment by Anonymous — 26 April 2010 @ 6:23 pm

  2. Those are really stunning. My absolute favorite is “Aspettativa: Fanatica” (tempura). I love it so much!


    Comment by Kim Dot Dammit — 26 April 2010 @ 7:55 pm

  3. Wait. Shouldn’t that be “tempera”? That’s a total me kind of typo to call tempera tempura.


    Comment by Kim Dot Dammit — 26 April 2010 @ 7:57 pm

  4. Kenzie thanks you both for the kind comments. It is more interesting to have a kid around when it’s got talent. The Aspettativa Fanatica is my favorite out of this batch too, and probably Kenzie’s as well. She wrote a description of this painting for her Spanish class — here it is:

    ““Aspettativa: Fanatica” es una pintura en tempera que yo hizo hay una mes. Es sobre la confusión en general, pero durante los días cuando yo la pintaba, tenía mucho estrés en mi vida debido a mis clases y la escuela. Pensaba que todo era en “blanco y negro” metafóricamente; que tenía que o hacer todo perfecto, o no hacerlo. Mis expectativas eran todas en mi cabeza, y es por esto que la (¿)persona(?) es toda en blanco y negro con muchos diseños, para simbolizar mi estado mental a veces. Algunos de los diseños significan partes de la vida que pueden confundirnos: los corazones para el amor, las cicatrices para los sentimientos de desconexión de nosotros mismos, el zapato para sentirse incapaz, y los Xs en sus ojos simplemente para estar “muerto” de fatiga. El fondo es similar a ella (lo que quiere decir que es verdad que hay mucha confusión en el mundo), pero es más en gris (menos definitivo), y más en armonía, con líneas curvas y flores (la natura). Hay tiempos que pensamos que nuestras vidas son muy complicadas y desorganizadas, pero puede ser por causas internas en adición de causas externas. (El título, en español, es “Expectativas: Fanática” porque ella es una fanática de expectativas de ella misma y del mundo. Quiere expectativas.)”

    Wait, tempura is that Japanese deep-fry thing, isn’t it? I’m like Homer Simpson putting up art in a gallery, thinking about food while he’s doing it. I’ll go make the corrections — thanks Kim.


    Comment by ktismatics — 26 April 2010 @ 8:53 pm

  5. I like the Aphrodite, reminded me of Aubrey Beardsley and Klimt.


    Comment by Anonymous — 26 April 2010 @ 10:24 pm

  6. I’d love to go to Homer Simpson’s art gallery.


    Comment by Kim Dot Dammit — 26 April 2010 @ 11:46 pm

  7. Aphrodite is one in a series of paintings of Greek gods. Here Kenzie depicts Aphrodite as African with an ancient Egyptian eye and flat profile. These days she mostly does portraits of fictional characters, which I’m sure you can relate to, Kim. Kenzie appreciates your references to these other artists, anon, and she says she’ll look into them further after she gets home from school. She also says that there is an old Simpsons episode in which Homer opens an art gallery — she’ll look for that link tonight as well.

    Kim, I see that you’ve just opened an online gallery for Bean’s art, which is a great idea. She’s another talented one. Interestingly on the age difference, yesterday Kenzie received a note at school from a fifth-grader — apparently the local fifth grade teachers asssigned their students the task of writing letters to high school juniors and seniors who are presumably getting ready to attend the Prom. Here’s the note Kenzie received:

    Dear Kenzie,

    My name is Myranda I’m a 5th grader at Eisenhower Elementery School. It is my job to inform you to be safe at this time. This is because at this time people are making wrong decisions with their life. Like drinking, and smoking, and chewing tobacco. If your firends think it’s cool but it’s not. So try your best to not be tempted to try drugs.


    No doubt Myranda is worried about the transition to middle school and all the evils that await her. Kenzie thought the note was sweet (I did too), and plans to reply thanking her for the advice and reassuring her that she, like many of her friends, neither drinks nor smokes nor chews nor does drugs.


    Comment by ktismatics — 27 April 2010 @ 8:41 am

    • Yes, I was going to respond that I totally understand what mean about being lucky to have a talented kid. That note from the fifth grader is sweet and heartbreaking. It’s so hard watching our kids be exposed to “The Evils of the World.” This weekend, Bean is going to an open house for an art school here in town. I’m going to enroll her in classes there during middle school. It’s called the Drawing Studio, and they have a real hardcore art curriculum. Bean has been the star artist at her school. Her teacher says college students don’t have the talent and skills Bean has! We tried to get her enrolled in the community college art classes, but they wouldn’t take a student so young.

      It’s great that you nurture and support Kenzie’s talents. Certainly the world could use more artists and creative individuals.

      I’m glad you noticed Bean’s art blog. I’m going to try to update it almost daily with different things she does to exercise her creativity. Maybe Kenzie can start one?

      Here’s to our talented kidlets!

      Also, regarding that Homer Simpson art gallery, perhaps the opening show can be a Tempura Mixed-Media exhibition. I’ll enter a piece (of shrimp)!


      Comment by Kim Dot Dammit — 27 April 2010 @ 11:03 am

  8. john these are really good, and she’s also developed at a stunning rate since the last works I saw, in terms of composition, style, color use.


    Comment by voice of parody — 27 April 2010 @ 3:39 pm

  9. She’s pleased to know that she’s earned your approval, voice. Before I put these up she wondered what your reaction would be.


    Comment by ktismatics — 27 April 2010 @ 5:29 pm

  10. Homer the outsider artist: episode is here.


    Comment by ktismatics — 27 April 2010 @ 9:16 pm

  11. Better late than never, but I just saw this post now, and it is simply fantastico! Real talent, vision, expression, and I like ‘the’ Woman


    Comment by sam carr — 28 April 2010 @ 3:19 pm

  12. I’ve recounted your review to the artist, and she thanks you, Sam.


    Comment by ktismatics — 28 April 2010 @ 10:29 pm

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