Getting Organized for the New Year

Getting Organized for the New Year
by admin-eric | Jan 1, 2016 | Fine Arts America | 0 Comments

Ready to start planning for the upcoming year? To begin with, here are five straightforward elements of a daily plan: 1. Start each day with a simple, eloquent plan like “I am painting today.” 2. Create a daily mantra that you use to keep yourself on track. It might…

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It’s a cricket

My grandson,West, thinks my “Xochipilli” mug is a cricket. At 2 1/2 years old, he’s already thinking creatively. My design for this image was inspired by the Aztec god of dance, IMG_4125. It is interesting that the Hopi’s have a deity “Kokopelli”, the god of fertility, child birth, and agriculture. Coincidence?

According to Patheos “Kokopelli has been connected to various other gods over the years, most notably to gods of the Mayans and the Aztecs. The theory that Kokopelli is related to the Aztec god Xochipilli (sometimes spelled Xochopilli) has been popular since the 1960′s, and is one of the reasons that Kokopelli sometimes has his name spelled Xochopelli.
The biggest problem with the theory is that the Aztecs didn’t exist as a distinct civilization until 1250, and pictures of Kokopelli date to at least 700 CE. The two gods are both agriculture and fertility deities, but Xochipilli carries a whole list of attributes that never show up in the Kokopelli petroglyphs.”

What ever is going through his mind, I’m glad I can help to inspire West’s inspiration.

Ken’s New Artistic Adventure

Welcome to my revised Blog site. I hope to show you what I’m doing now; new projects, and new art. At the moment I am getting an art store together. It’s at Society6. It’s a new venue for me . Still learning how to put my images on a curved t-shirt or coffee mug ; a whole new set of design challenges. Here is a new item that I just uploaded. Some of you might remember these from a few years back. They were water soluble oils with pen and ink on water color paper.

This is called "The Garden of Eve"
This is called “The Garden of Eve”

Chairs, but nobody is sitting down!

All of Ganges it seems
 went a little chair crazy last May (2010), with a weekend auction of simple plywood
and metal chairs transformed into Art by a who’s who of over 60 Salt Spring Island

                                                                                                                                                                                 “Chairabundus”  by Ken Ketchum

Chairs by artists who donated their time and materials in support of this
event were displayed in locations around Ganges before the Chair-ity
Dinner and Auction on May 21st &22nd which raised $45,000.
The Auction at Historic Mahon Hall was a spectacular event. Our
own renowned arts community mingled, enjoying savoury
appetizers served with wine from Salt Spring Winery whilst celebrity
MC and Auctioneer duo Sid Filkow and Arvid Chalmers led the auction.
A sold out dinner for sixty was held the night before at Hastings House.
Here’s an interview with one of the artists Ken Ketchum. Questions by Megan Manning:
"My Other" by Ken Ketchum

MWhat first inspired you to become an artist?

KAs far back as I can remember I have been interested in designing things. When I was a young boy, (8 or 9), our local Sunday paper would have a weekly floor plan of a top home design. I would clip out the article and then redesign the plans in my own way. No doubt these exercises helped me develop my sense of space and composition, and a passion for drawing.
M: Would you tell a story about one of your first artistic experiences?

K:  I moved out of my parents home when I was 18. I moved a few miles away in our small conservative town to an apartment building full of artistic types. They called them freaks and odd balls then, this was 1966. One guy there was a little more unusual than the rest. Mike was into performance art. One day he decided to see if he could kick a dime a mile… he did it. The next thing he did was to dress up in aluminium  foil from head to toe and walk around the neighbourhood …He got arrested. He was the first performance artist I ever met. Mike was funny and fearless, and taught me a few things about the power and importance of taking chances with artistic expression and seeing things in a different way.

M: What do you say ‘yes’ to in your artistic life?

K: I say yes to spending lots of money on art supplies and equipment. Sometimes I spend more than I have. I say yes to going out of my way to visit a museum or gallery
when I am travelling.
MWhen it gets difficult, what makes you keep going?

K: There are always difficulties. What keeps me going is the knowledge that things always get better. Just like the weather
MWhat other artists inspire you? Why?
"Still Life" by Ken Ketchum

K: Because of my early experiences with drawing, I became attracted to the early master draftsmen like Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Duerer and Rembrandt. As I matured as an artist, I learned to understand and appreciate painters like Picasso, De Kooning, and the German Expressionists. I try to bring to my photography a passion for expression through composition, colour, texture; a poetic, rather than a journalistic approach
 MHow did you end  up on SaltSpring?

K: My wife and I started coming to Salt Spring in the mid ‘80’s, for yearly summer visits to a friend on Prevost Island. We loved the place, and in 2004 we decided to make Salt Spring our home.
MWhat do you see as your greatest Challenge as an artist?

K: Probably the greatest challenge is making the time in my work schedule as a carpenter to switch gears and let the creative muse take over.
M:What’s the best thing about the art scene on SSI?

KThe best thing is the number of artists and creative folks that are on this small rock. I keep running into really talented people. Artists are a different breed and it makes me feel at home to know some of them.

MIf you had a magic wand, where would you wave it?

"la Chucha" by Ken Ketchum

K: I would make it possible for more artists to do well financially by doing their art. Make galleries more successful, and patrons more willing to invest in art.

This interview was first published in the May 2010 Salt Spring Arts Council newsletter. See the entire news letter here