Watercolor and collage by Bremerton artist Kate Vikstrom.

Making Color Sing
Watercolor and collage by Bremerton artist Kate Vikstrom.

First Friday ArtWalk: August 2, 5 - 8 p.m.
The show will run July 30 - August 31.
Regular gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

"Color is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment."
 ~ Claude Monet

Apparently my art career began at age two when I drew all over my mom's room with her red lipstick. Very quickly, they bought me my first set of Playtime Watercolors. I continue to choose watercolor because of the element of surprise. The artist must be willing to let go of control, taking a back seat to the movement and caprice of paint in water. The painting reveals itself!

Architecture by Kate Vikstrom

Rather than show you an exact depiction of something, every leaf on every tree, I hope to evoke a feeling, or a recognition of that thing from your own life's experience. I love to depict the place where water and sky seem to have no hard edges; where earth, water and air intermingle. The mists that move within that space allow the painting to touch upon the mystical. This is a metaphor for all of life, in which there are no clear boundaries between friend and stranger, heaven and earth, love and poetry.

Watercolor collage
Like most watercolor artists, I have many unsuccessful paintings languishing in a drawer, longing for a second chance, saying "choose me!" Within these "failures" there are gem-like areas which I  rescue and recombine into new work: playful mosaics, whimsical house portraits, dream scenes.

"What I want and aim at is confoundedly difficult, and yet I do not think that I aim
too high. I want to do drawings that touch some people." ~ Vincent van Gogh

Fig Tree Cottage by Kate Vikstrom

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