Artist Spring: The Fire and the Rose Are One —
at Sofie Contemporary Arts, Calistoga
Sofie Contemporary Arts, in Calistoga, California, marked the six-month anniversary of the Northern California wildfires and Napa Valley's Arts in April with this show of local and regional artists responding to the fires. Many of the artists, like Karen, were affected by them in one way or another. She created this video introduction to them, to the show, and to the gallery.
Making Beauty from Ashes
Karen lost her barn art studio, on the ranch of friends, in the Tubbs wildfire in October 2017. This is the story of it, and how it helped her make new art.
Calistoga Hearts: part of the Hearts Across the Valley Art Project
In 2017, Karen created Hearts Across the Valley, a community-based public art project with the vision of using the power of art to spread love, kindness, and compassion. It included projects in both Calistoga and St. Helena, at St. Helena Elementary School. This video is about what happened in Calistoga. And she's not done....
Hearts Across the Valley — a video by David Moon-Wainwright
Rev. David Moon-Wainwright filmed and put together this video of the first Tree Heart Art going up at the end of March 2017, part of the public art installations in downtown Calistoga and at St. Helena Elementary School, intended to inspire people with visual expressions of love, kindness, and compassion.
You can learn more about Hearts Across the Valley by clicking here, at www.HeartsAcrossTheValley.com.
A painting in process — Dusk in the Vineyards
Dusk in the Vineyards • private collection • 48" x 48" • © 2014 Karen Lynn Ingalls
Notes from the artist:
Dusk in the Vineyards began with a photographing trip not far from Calistoga, where I live in Napa Valley.
It was late afternoon, and as the sun set, the light grew magical. It is that magic that I have tried to capture in this painting.
The painting itself is four feet square, on canvas. I photographed it on the easel as I painted it, with the studio light changing from morning to afternoon to evening.
My friend Lil loaned me her van to carry it to the photographer, because it was just a bit too large to fit comfortably into my Volvo wagon.
It continually amazes me to see how much a painting changes as it grows and evolves. They often lead me in places I didn't quite expect, and it is my job to follow them, and trust the process. I'm glad to be able to share a little bit of the process with you.