KAREN J. ANDREWS GOLDEN STORM photograph of trees reflected in puddle in the woods
I prefer painting with fresh paint as opposed to paint that has dried up. The juiciness of the pigment is what I like from a kinesthetic standpoint. Do you ever get artist block? Then what do you do? Karen: When life is busy, I sometimes find myself in resistance to sitting down and painting. I don’t always feel like it. For example, right now I’m feeling a little pressured because the summer season is upon us, and I have four open studios coming up. I’d like to have a substantial quantity of new work to show. So I “start with art” in the morning, right after breakfast my walk. It helps enormously if I plan the night before what I’m going to work on during my painting sessions. I have my materials ready to go, paper cut, palette and brushes clean and the house to myself for an hour or two. I like to keep the timer handy for those 20minute increments. I also keep a notebook nearby to make notes about what I’m about to do, how I want to approach the work and to record any inner critic mutterings (to get them out of my head). At the end of the session, I might make some more notes on what I did and what worked and didn’t work. I would love to attend an Open Studio with you. Can you tell me what is involved? It’s a great idea to go to the artist’s intimate place of work. 28 •JULY 2019 THE ARTFUL MIND
Karen: I actually don’t have people right in the space where I work, but I have work on the wall, in bins, and different series that I’m working on. Some of it will be framed, and some will be loose prints or watercolors. I think it’s a great, informal way to connect with art lovers and I always get a lot out of it. People can ask me questions about my process. I’m often asked if I teach, which I do on occasion. What time in history is your favorite? Why? Karen: I would like to have been able to hang out with Vincent Van Gogh, even though he was probably a bit strange. It was a time of incredible discovery of the world with new eyes, and the world was still so natural, beautiful and unspoiled. How does the Berkshires fit into the scheme of things for you in terms of your art, your life, your freedom to grow and with just living in nature, as opposed to like, New Haven! Karen: While I don’t love the winters here, it’s a good time to get work done! I need to be surrounded by nature. I kept trying to find a place to live near New Haven, and I just couldn’t find enough trees, woods and clean lakes. The Berkshires certainly has many like-minded spiritual, creative, entrepreneurial people so in that sense I feel right at home. It’s been very supportive to me as an artist. And the “Berkshire Shuffle” agrees with me, wearing a few hats instead
of having just one work identity. I seem to be a natural–born eclectic. And even though there’s a lot of driving, I’m often painting in mind while enjoying the way light hits a mountain. It’s never-ending beauty. [Illustration: Barn Door or Flower Essence] How can we get in touch with you? Karen: Come to my gallery in Richmond/West Stockbridge, open every Saturday in July and August. I will be participating in all four of the Art Studio Tours through the Guild of Berkshire Artists, a growing arts organization that now covers most of Berkshire County. People can find the map online at GuildofBerkshireArtists.com or on our brochure which is distributed throughout the county. The summer Open Studio Art Tours are Saturday July 13 and August 10, from 11- 5pm. I also welcome people to make a private studio visit if they contact me first at 413-212-1394 or email@example.com. If someone is interested in the Creativity Coaching, I have a separate website where they can find out more about it: KarenAndrewsCoaching.com Thank you, Karen!