Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thoughts on Writers Groups and the Creative Process

When I moved to the Seattle burbs this May, I brought with me hopes of meeting a few working writers and illustrators who I could share my latest work with.  I met some hard working and talented folks at the SCBWI conference in L.A., and that kick started me to join a local critique group.  The following paintings were created for my Children's Illustration portfolio that I exhibited at the conference.  

  "Grandma's Kitchen"
watercolor on paper, 13" x 10"

Shortly after joining the SCBWI children's writers group, I received an open call for participants for a fiction group meeting in downtown Seattle.  I jumped in head first in to both groups and am now writing two new stories.  We gather once every couple of weeks to review each other's writings allowing honest feedback to flow freely.  It is tremendously helpful in creating momentum for projects, old or new.

Writing and illustrating are similar disciplines, and I feel a similar reach towards what is important.  I have to make decisions about what to keep and what to discard.  Some things look better in my head than they do on paper, but the thing that matters the most is getting the work out so that I can move on to the next...

"Owl Flight"
watercolor on paper, 14"x13"
original painting SOLD

"Yellow Cat Club"
watercolor on paper, 11" x 10 1/2" 

There may be times that other people feel I am hiding away, and I have to be careful to not get too lost in my own world.  The discipline of painting and writing requires as much personal space to breathe as possible.  The more time I spend alone, the more I find authenticity in my work.  It is the feeling of creating "new ideas" that is exhilarating and extremely rewarding.  Spending time with people can be very inspiring and is most necessary for a healthy sense of humor.

Singing in the Rain
watercolor on paper, 7" x 8" 


The Naturalist
7" x 8"

I find that the main reason why I create art is to try and better understand myself and all that surrounds me in the world.  Joining groups of other creatives teaches me new things and helps me to carefully consider what is important for my vision.  It was daunting to begin the process but its was worth it.  I'm getting constructive criticism that is hopefully steering me into becoming the best writer that I can be.




Saturday, November 12, 2016

My Society6!

 I've just opened a Society6 shop and could not be happier with the results!  I now have a unique line of original designs on demand for your many decorative and expressive needs.  Frolick through a selection of throw pillows, wall clocks, mugs and more! here!

You are indeed supporting me directly if you buy through this site.  Society6 allows me to spend all my time designing in my studio, and zero time spent on printing and shipping.  True I take a price cut that way, but I feel that my time might be better spent sketching the next idea.  Plus its super awesome to see these designs materializing in so many forms.  

Please have a look Kelly Patton Art

Happy Frolicking!  

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Wonderella and Fiddler's Green

    One of my favorite publishers, Wonderella Printed, has kindly featured my snap shot of their latest zine on the main page of their website.  Fiddler's Green is a beautifully printed pamphlet revealing "Art & magic for tea-drinking anarchists, convivial conjurors, and closeted optimists."  Their publication includes esoteric articles, essays and artwork by friends of the creator of the peculiar parish, Clint Marsh.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading the latest issue, and cannot wait for the next!
     I have been following their publications for nearly a decade, and have gleaned an immeasurable amount of inspiration from such books as The Museum of Lost Wonder by Jeff Hoke, and The Mentalists Handbook, An Explorer's Guide to Astral, Psychic and Spirit Worlds, by Clint Marsh.  So needless to say I was excited to meet Clint at the Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle, and am now truly honored to call him a friend.  

Explore these vast otherworlds at www.wonderella.org