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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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Blessed Perception
Universal Color,  12 x 12", watercolor/pastel* I listened to a fascinating Interfaith Voices  program. The discussion was on near death experiences. The descriptions were compelling and appealing. The close proximity to death had the feel of a rich hyper-aw...
Universal Color, 12 x 12", watercolor/pastel* I listened to a fascinating Interfaith Voices program. The discussion was on near death experiences. The descriptions were compelling and appealing. The close proximity to death ...
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In the Night Garden
In the Night Garden, 12 x 12", mixed media I requested a digital audio recorder for my birthday this year, and I received it! The wish came to me as I have been creating small paintings illustrating how the seven (most famous, Western) modes connect with th...
In the Night Garden, 12 x 12", mixed media I requested a digital audio recorder for my birthday this year, and I received it! The wish came to me as I have been creating small paintings illustrating how the seven (most famous...
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...and Back to Order
Danny's Trees, 24 x 20", watercolor and pastel on paper So, you have seen the Fine Mess  (4-16-16) and now I will show you how she cleans up.  This is a very satisfying process, like polishing up a piece of furniture that has been collecting dust for ages (...
Danny's Trees, 24 x 20", watercolor and pastel on paper So, you have seen the Fine Mess (4-16-16) and now I will show you how she cleans up. This is a very satisfying process, like polishing up a piece of furniture that has b...
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Remnants and Recreation
Discarded painting with demonstration limb--the perfect start to a painting I have been working with some young people at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Paris, KY. We have been making images of Easter to adorn the church. It has been an exhilarating experi...
Discarded painting with demonstration limb--the perfect start to a painting I have been working with some young people at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Paris, KY. We have been making images of Easter to adorn the church. ...
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An Organizational Sweet Spot for Creativity
At the moment, there seems to be a lively discussion about whether 'tis nobler to be thoroughly organized or authentically messy.  Perhaps this has been brought about by the publication of Marie Kondo's new book on "tidying up" and a little push back in ord...
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At Home in Harmony
Forest Floor Harmony, 9 x 12", watercolor/pastel on paper We gathered for Thanksgiving with family at a West Virginia state park in the region where my mother and uncles grew up. I always view these visits as a kind of homecoming, where I am able to commune...
Forest Floor Harmony, 9 x 12", watercolor/pastel on paper We gathered for Thanksgiving with family at a West Virginia state park in the region where my mother and uncles grew up. I always view these visits as a kind of homeco...
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Accidental Inspiration
Mother, Mother Are You There? 7 x 5", mixed media  I've been thinking about my recent affinity for combining musical and visual elements in creating. While on a walk, I struck upon the possible roots of  this inspiration. When I was about ten years old, my ...
Mother, Mother Are You There? 7 x 5", mixed media I've been thinking about my recent affinity for combining musical and visual elements in creating. While on a walk, I struck upon the possible roots of this inspiration. Whe...
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A musical illustration of my painting, "In the Night Garden"
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In the Night Garden by Kathy Rees Johnson
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A Fine Mess
Underpainting set-up My favorite media for creating art are watercolor and pastel. I start with a rich underpainting in watercolor. My goal is to create an abundance of texture and "chaos" to the scene. Then I can use pastel to bring some "order" to the ima...
Underpainting set-up My favorite media for creating art are watercolor and pastel. I start with a rich underpainting in watercolor. My goal is to create an abundance of texture and "chaos" to the scene. Then I can use pastel ...
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Spring Creation
Let's Play: back and forth with oil pastel and watercolor In the upcoming Saturdays I will have the new experience of working with young people to create images of Easter. Their ages range from 7 to 17+. We are going to be thinking about some of my favorite...
Let's Play: back and forth with oil pastel and watercolor In the upcoming Saturdays I will have the new experience of working with young people to create images of Easter. Their ages range from 7 to 17+. We are going to be th...
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Full-throated Mixolydian
Full-throated Mixolydian, 7 x 5", mixed media The fifth mode (going up the scale in C major) starting on G, is the Mixolydian mode. When I play the Mixolydian scale, I immediately think of ballads and the spinning of tales. It is conducive to self-expressio...
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Leaping Heart Lydian
Leaping Heart Lydian, 7 x 5",  mixed media I've been thinking about the heart chakra lately. It seems like a strengthening of heart would be good for our collective souls. The heart chakra is the 4th energy center of the body and the Lydian mode is the 4th ...
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Occupation
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
  • self
    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