Thursday, June 15, 2017

Back to Block Island a Stormy Day


Looking out of Hannah's widow or rather French doors at the stormy morning....rain coming down and very windy. waves crashing on the beach....the rocking chair was rocking...could not paint outside...I headed back to Claudia's for the afternoon painting as the ferry was leaving still too wet to go out  20x24" oil on canvas    16x20" oil on canvas

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Block Island Spring...Two Windows Two Views


We had a wonderful Spring weekend on the Island...In the painting on top we were having dinner at Larry and Karen's house out on West Side Road. The martini glass is half full , the flowers were just picked and the sun was setting quickly into the ocean....In the lower painting breakfast was on the table at Claudia's , the daffodils were fresh and the view out the window was of Calico Hill across the tidal inlet where the Captain of the Carol Jean and his wife live...No leaves on the trees yet anywhere! The Shad was just peeping out , absolutely beautiful.  watercolor and gouache on paper 9x12"

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Cabbages on a White Plate with Kniife


 

Here are several different angles of the same cabbage which I thought was very inspiring...like the miracle of nature, what could be more charming than a Savoy Cabbage? Not much in the quiet dark cold months of January and February....16x20 oil on canvas

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Painting and The Palette



 Actually the first painting was done with watercolor and gouache 11/16" the palette is my oil paints that I did use to paint the second painting of lemons with the lovely blue patterned cloth 12x12"......just for the record...from whence it came



Thursday, March 23, 2017

St Croix USVI Beach and Quiet



       Here is a small selection of paintings done while I sat on the beach somewhere in Paradise...        I actually felt total PEACE OF MIND while I was there ...I love the tropics, especially the empty beaches of St Croix where I can regain my sanity after too much worry and work...lots of swimming in the warm water therapy... all paintings here are @11x14" watercolor and guache on paper

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Underwater in St Croix

It is that time of year when we run away to the West Indies and I get inspired spending hours looking down into the amazing underwater world floating on the surface of the transparent Caribbean Sea...The Barracuda are lurking , the Flounder is floating and the Sea Fans, Coral and shells abound...30x40" oil on canvas.....available at the "Top Hat Gallery" in St Croix! One of many...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The French Chair , Hat, Geraniums and Tangerines

A winter day in the studio , all is well . The chair was brought back from France by my friend's cousin. I bought it because I knew I wanted to paint it. The horse carved in the back of the chair was what got me. Well actually the whole chair got me. Then the tangerines up against the blue striped cloth...just add sun hat and geraniums and I was totally gone, in love...There is something so simple about the "Still Life"... Perhaps it is just because it is so "still" ? 30x30" oil on canvas

Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year in the Alford Valley

A beautiful misty snowy day in the Alford valley...loved the color combinations...and so the New Year begins!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tangerines and Turnips in the Studio


A simple plate and some food....That's all it takes to inspire me...But I get to pick the plate and the cloth and the FOOD...sweet little turnips on Chintz with a dish towel donated by a friend and some gorgeous tangerines on Chinese plate and a piece of sample upholstery fabric given to me by another friend for use in the studio...a great way to spend the morning painting 11x14" both oil on canvas

Saturday, December 3, 2016

510 Warren St Gallery Hudson NY KNAPP Opening


510 Warren St Gallery presents   RECENT WORK  by  KATE KNAPP   DECEMBER 2 2016 - January 1 2017   Opening Reception Saturday December 3   2-6pm     ALL WELCOME!
The Buck In The Snow is what I call this painting...The winter scene I painted two years ago when we had constant snow...it got very deep...this is the view from our house looking across the valley...I recently decided to add the deer in the landscape as I felt the composition needed something...so I got a buck to pose for me..(.not an easy task).loved the antlers looking so much like the bare tree branches...can you see the apple he has his eye on in the old apple tree? 24x30" oil on canvas

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Happy Hen House

Just another perfect Autumn day at the farm in Sheffield where the hens are laying some fine eggs and the sun is shining...I really liked the RED DOOR...one of the last days outside painting in the warm air...now snowing here...24x30" oil on canvas...This painting will hang in my Hudson show starting next week! 510 Warren St Gallery....Winter Walk!!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Closing The Block Island House Up For The Winter


As of this past weekend (Holloween) there will be no laundry blowing in the breeze on this line for many months...The sun will set without us seeing it go down... We will miss being at our island home very much...One can only hope that in the Spring this house will once again be a place of refuge from the daily pace of our lives on the mainland...Oh Happy Winter! 24x30" oil on canvas



Saturday, October 22, 2016

This Year's Crop Of New Potatoes

Every year I plant some seed potatoes, given to me by a friend, and this is what I get! My humble crop which I thought was worthy of painting. I had just sold  a painting done in this same colander of some beets I harvested last year on this Chinese looking cloth...it is a fun challenge to make sense of the pattern and the reflections...20x24" oil on canvas

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Berkshire Hills and Day Lilies with Black Eyed Susan's


It was 95 degrees out side on the porch when I painted this study...nice and warm...I was in  Alford at Barbara's house looking out over the distant hills and beautiful summer blooms....Hydrangeas 20x20" oil on canvas  Day Lilies 24 x 24" oil on canvas

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

On The Shores Of Richmond Pond



Early Summer and the Skunk Cabbage is coming up...the Dandelions have already gone to seed and the ferns are pushing  through the soil....I love this wonderful world of green around the water's edge...my students are painting "The Pond" a big distant view of the Berkshire Hills and very large pond?(lake?) while I get lost in the undergrowth...24x24" oil on canvas

Monday, August 29, 2016

A Wall of Kate....48 Years of My Life


A self portrait is an interesting thing...a painting that asks...who am I? where am I? and How am I? Each painting gives the answer in some very subtle way...from 18 years old in Provincetown (bottom left lower photo)  to 65 in Housatonic.( just above the oldest one or shall I say youngest?)..more to come?

Summer Bouquet With Moth

Can you find the moth? It flew into my studio and I could not resist painting  as it enjoyed this Queen Ann's Lace blossom...Why do I love flowers so much? Painting them gives me the greatest pleasure...they are so alive...wonderful colors and shapes and movement! 18x24" oil on canvas

Monday, July 18, 2016

Front St Gallery The Self Portraits and Recent Work by Kate Knapp


New show now hanging at Front St Gallery July3- Sept 6 ...48 years of self portraits (not all of them, only the best) from the age of 18 until now 65....also the new landscapes still lifes etc...I am very much in love with the flowers this summer...can you tell? 24x30" oil   16x20" oil on canvas

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Block Island Spring Paintings

Opening up the little house and looking out at the Island world...a long winter is over and the paints are trying to capture the magic of Block Island again...a new season...sun setting as the towels dry on the line in the sea breeze...gotta love it...oil on canvas 24x30"

Friday, May 27, 2016

Springtime Comes To The Alford Valley

The fields glowed brightly with the Dandelions blooming...Spring leaves had yet to creep up the distant hills...when the blossoms faded and the weeds went to seed the valley looked as if it were covered in frost! oil on canvas 30x40"

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Interiors The Bath and The Hall View


More interior scenes that I live with every day...I love my house and I am very happy to live here and be able to paint what I see in each room... both oil on canvas 24x30 and 20x30"

Sunday, May 1, 2016

St Croix USVI Sea Shells



Every day that I walk down the beach in St Croix  I pick up shells that catch my eye and I fall in love with them...and so my house is filled with shells and this year I decided it was time to try and paint them...here are some water color studies from the collection...each one a treasure...9x11 watercolor and gouache on 140lb paper

Monday, March 28, 2016

After Kitagawa Utamaro

Here is a recent interpretation in oil on canvas of the late 1700's wood block print of Utamaro's. this was from the Ukiyo-e period (paintings of the floating world) This painting was one of the "bigin-ga" that is "pictures of beautiful women" that Utamaro was famous for...I love to spend time studying these old prints because they were made so beautifully...working with oils changes the effect but one can still see how amazing the work was...the intricate patterns. and subtle colors I am inspired by...30x24" oil on canvas (sold)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

St.Croix Seascapes Today


Every day a new scene and a different inspiration...I revisit the same places to swim and fall in love all over again....watercolor and gouache 11x14"


Friday, January 22, 2016

The View From My Sofa


It just so happens that I was very sick with a cold for a week at which time I lay on the sofa and watched the sky change colors outside my windows....I am very happy doing this...for a while ..but then I need to get up and paint what it is that I have been looking at...it also helped that I read a book about the artist Nell Blaine which did influence these studies! Sunset and Cyclamen 36x36" oil on canvas   Winter Dusk 30x40" oil on canvas

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Year's Eve Self Portrait

I am looking a little pale...the light was very cold that morning...I really did look a bit grim when I saw  myself in the mirror or rather just seemed too pale so I grabbed the hat to add some color...my student who was painting with me said I looked "old" I guess that's life? 65 in February....20x24 oil on canvas

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Play It Again Sam

Once more I am blessed by having Sam Rosen play at the studio...He comes to practice and I get to paint...while listening to his amazing tunes...36x36 oil on canvas

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Apple Studies



Three apples three studies...on the same cloth...we grew these apples in our orchard...there were several thousand out there this season...we have been eating them for months now.... so I brought some to the studio...imperfect organic apples... amazing how much fun it can be to paint them...want one? they are all for sale...11x16" 16x16" 11x16"oil on canvas