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Kathy Rees Johnson
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Attended University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art and Architecture and the University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts
Lives in Lexington, KY
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Iconic Ionian
Iconic Ionian, 7 x 5", watercolor/Neocolor II      And the first shall be last. The Ionian Mode is the basis for the other six modes. It is the fundamental C Major. Joanna Mell, in her book Modal Musings  calls the Ionian Mode neutral. Perhaps that it why I...
Iconic Ionian, 7 x 5", watercolor/Neocolor II      And the first shall be last. The Ionian Mode is the basis for the other six modes. It is the fundamental C Major. Joanna Mell, in her book Modal Musings calls the Ionian Mode...
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Lent in the Aeolian Mode
Aeolian Arch, 7 x 5", watercolor/Neocolor II Every Lent, I like to read The Secret Garden  by Frances Hodgson Burnett, preferably reading from the worn copy that belonged to my mother and still has her special page marker attached. The Secret Garden  is the...
Aeolian Arch, 7 x 5", watercolor/Neocolor II Every Lent, I like to read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, preferably reading from the worn copy that belonged to my mother and still has her special page marker atta...
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Come along with me on a lark
Lydian Lark, 7 x 5", watercolor/neocolor II     Next stop on my musical modes tour, Lydian. To my ear, this is an odd mode. It strikes me as high key, with irregular steps. Perhaps my painting is too literal in interpreting ...
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Continuing on my exploration of musical modes
Phrygian Fire and Depth, 5 x 7", watercolor/Neocolor II Continuing with my exploration of musical modes (please see my previous post, In the Dorian Wood, January 23, 2015), the painting above illustrates the mood evoked in me...
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Delving into the Dorian mode
In the Dorian Wood, 5 x 7", watercolor/Neocolor II I have begun a shift in my endeavors, working toward a focus on creating in a way that serves to comfort and heal in today's world. A big part of this shift involves learning...
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Inspired by Wednesday's Blood Moon
Blood Moon, 5.5 x 5.5", mixed media Very early Wednesday morning, I simply walked down my driveway to witness a wonder of our solar system. The earth's shadow slowly covered the moon. When I ventured out, there was already a ...
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Lunar Locrian
Lunar Locrian, 5 x 7", watercolor/Neocolor II    The Locrian Mode is the last of the seven modes, and it is the most "unsettling" as Joanna Mell observes in her book, Modal Musings. The obvious reason is that it begins with a half-step. To me, the Locrian M...
Lunar Locrian, 5 x 7", watercolor/Neocolor II    The Locrian Mode is the last of the seven modes, and it is the most "unsettling" as Joanna Mell observes in her book, Modal Musings. The obvious reason is that it begins with a...
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Mellifluous Mixolydian
Mellifluous Mixolydian, 5 x 7", watercolor/Neocolor II       When the thought first came to mind to pursue some sort of harp therapy training, I looked into a book by Kay Gardner, Sounding the Inner Landscape.   One of the things she considers in this volum...
Mellifluous Mixolydian, 5 x 7", watercolor/Neocolor II       When the thought first came to mind to pursue some sort of harp therapy training, I looked into a book by Kay Gardner, Sounding the Inner Landscape.  One of the thi...
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Lydian Lark
Lydian Lark, 7 x 5", watercolor/neocolor II     Next stop on my musical modes tour, Lydian. To my ear, this is an odd mode. It strikes me as high key, with irregular steps. Perhaps my painting is too literal in interpreting these characteristics, but I can ...
Lydian Lark, 7 x 5", watercolor/neocolor II     Next stop on my musical modes tour, Lydian. To my ear, this is an odd mode. It strikes me as high key, with irregular steps. Perhaps my painting is too literal in interpreting ...
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Phrygian Fire and Depth
Phrygian Fire and Depth, 5 x 7", watercolor/Neocolor II Continuing with my exploration of musical modes, the painting above illustrates the mood evoked in me by the Phrygian mode. The underlying feeling for me is one of passion. Luther's hymn tune, Aus Tief...
Phrygian Fire and Depth, 5 x 7", watercolor/Neocolor II Continuing with my exploration of musical modes, the painting above illustrates the mood evoked in me by the Phrygian mode. The underlying feeling for me is one of pass...
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In the Dorian Wood
In the Dorian Wood, 5 x 7", watercolor/Neocolor II I have begun a shift in my endeavors, working toward a focus on creating in a way that serves to comfort and heal in today's world. A big part of this shift involves learning how to make music that helps. T...
In the Dorian Wood, 5 x 7", watercolor/Neocolor II I have begun a shift in my endeavors, working toward a focus on creating in a way that serves to comfort and heal in today's world. A big part of this shift involves learning...
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Moon Musings
Blood Moon, 5.5 x 5.5", mixed media Very early Wednesday morning, I simply walked down my driveway to witness a wonder of our solar system. The earth's shadow slowly covered the moon. When I ventured out, there was already a visible bite  taken out of the m...
Blood Moon, 5.5 x 5.5", mixed media Very early Wednesday morning, I simply walked down my driveway to witness a wonder of our solar system. The earth's shadow slowly covered the moon. When I ventured out, there was already a ...
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Artist. My work is on display at MS Rezny Studio/Gallery
Skills
Painting with watercolor/pastel, acrylic and mixed media. Predominantly landscapes, but also figurative art.
Employment
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    Artist and Teacher, 1995 - present
    From time to time, I teach classes and workshops: Experimenting with Watercolor & Pastel (a 4-session class) and One-Day Wonder Workshop (also using watercolor & Pastel) Information on upcoming classes will be posted on my blog
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Lexington, KY
Previously
Lexington, KY
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Everyday Wonders
Introduction

Standing in the woods, I am surrounded by companionable complexity. There are layers and layers of life, seen and unseen; known and unknown. And yet, much of life is bound by order and repeated pattern.  My art work celebrates that sweet spot between chaos and order. In fact, it is created through a bit of chaos and order, made possible by mixing media: watercolor and pastel, and acrylic and oil pastel. You may see my work at MS Rezny Studio/Gallery, 903 Manchester Street, in Lexington, Kentucky's Distillery District (msrezny.com).  

     I enjoy sharing my ideas about life and art by teaching. My objective is to help others develop their own visual vocabularies; reliably creating the work they want to create.  I offer classes and workshops using watercolor and pastel. The timing of classes and  workshops is responsive to demand, and located at MS Rezny Studio/Gallery.  I will post information on upcoming classes and workshops on this blog. You may email me: kathyreesjohnson@gmail.com

  

     

    

Education
  • University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art and Architecture and the University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts
    Design, 1973 - 1975
  • University of Kentucky
    Art History, 1975 - 1977
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Female
Other names
Rees