Author Archives: Kate McGee

About Kate McGee

Pastel artist who paints real and imagined landscapes.

Thank you Mr. Cassinetto

Jack Cassinetto, my high school art teacher, died January 4, 2018, at 73. All these years later, I am just realizing that he was only 10 years older than us. I know he was the cool, young, handsome, understanding teacher … Continue reading

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Burnished Autumn

We had a wonderful, long, autumn this year following a warm dry summer.  There was a brief cold spell that turned all the leaves gold and then it warmed up for a couple of weeks.  The rain stayed away and … Continue reading

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Winter Landscape

This week has been time spent in the studio trying to avoid the challenges in my personal and national realities.  My challenge in the studio was to depict the landscape from a photograph.  My neighborhood has been frozen for a few … Continue reading

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Artistic Inspiration

A Richard Diebenkorn show has been in SF and Palm Springs this year.  I bought the catalogue even though I did not make the real thing.  I wish I could see the paintings at their full size. Below, are two … Continue reading

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Cotton Nightie

It is not as if I am obsessed with laundry, although I do get to watch Top Chef, Project Runway or the latest Masterpiece Theater selection while I fold it. The ordinariness of it and the whiteness of it are … Continue reading

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White Nightie

I belong to a group of artists that meets bi-weekIy to get through the long gray winter days by making art.  We give ourselves assignments.  This week, we decided to paint white objects.  It was fun to play in such … Continue reading

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Critique and Response

      I thought that I would share with you the evolution of a painting of mine, incorporating the good advice of artist friends with whom I meet regularly.  A crit group is a great way to improve your … Continue reading

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It is so absolutely gorgeous outside.  Yesterday there was an enormous thunderhead over Mary’s Peak so I ran out to the fields south of Philomath and painted.  I have been looking at Roos Shuring’s work, an oil painter from the … Continue reading

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Just Beet It!

My friend Julie sent me home from Book Club with a bag of beets freshly dug from her garden.  I thought they would have character and be a fun still life challenge.  And challenge they were.  The first painting was … Continue reading

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IT IS dark out there!  Tis the season for candlelit dinners.  Gotta make the best of a bad situation. Usually, I light my subjects with incandescent light. I have been looking at Old Master still life paintings lately and decided … Continue reading

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