KAA Member Show 2019– North Branch of Heaven Exhibit

The Kitson Arts Alliance proudly presents its KAA Member Show 2019 – North Branch of Heaven – at four distinctive gallery spaces located in our North Branch Art Trail region.



From April 8th to May 25th, North Branch of Heaven at the Cultural Center will be on display at the Dietrich Theaters Earnshaw & Sherwood Galleries, Wyoming County Cultural Center, 60 East Street,    Tunkhannock, PA 18657.




Wyoming County Courthouse. One of four location for Member Show 2019. From April 8th to June 28th, North Branch of Heaven at the Courthouse will be on display at the Courthouse Art Gallery, Wyoming County Courthouse, One Courthouse Square, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.




From April 8th to June 28th, North Branch of Heaven at The Cup will be on display at the Community Cup Coffee & Tea House, 421 Main Street, Towanda, PA 18848.




From April 8th to June 28th, North Branch of Heaven at the Cafe will be on display at Tina’s Cafe Coffee House & Eatery at the Luzerne County Courthouse, 200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.


The four North Branch of Heaven exhibits will feature artwork by a wide range of KAA member artists, among them: Billy Brandenberg, Betty Bryden, Jack Donnelly, Rita Eddy, Erika Gibson-Bertram, Richard Griffith, Sue Hand, L.P. “Rip” Howard III, Ben Jackson, Melissa Jennings, Catrina King, Joe Kluck, Chris Lathrop, Debra Lee Osborne, Sue Palackas, Christopher Ries, Amanda Robinson, Gayle Ruckstuhl, Morgan Scudder, Jayne Stevens, Alice Strauss, Sharon Templin, Michelle Thomas, LaVonne Walter, Joe Welden, Charles “Ty” Welles, and Frank Wengen.


April 8
June 28
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Kitson Arts Alliance


Wyoming County Courthouse
Tunkhannock, PA 18657 + Google Map

The Anatomy of Art

The last several months I haven’t had the desire to paint on a detailed scale.

(I LOVE detail!! I love every aspect of it! The architect of a building. How the stone or wood, that holds it’s heart together, feels. The reflections of the types of glass that was used during the construction. In general, I understand, that this is history placed in front of me and that there is beauty that I should scribed.)

I’ve been dabbling in varies mediums, pens, pencils etc., but to no avail.  It just wouldn’t come to me.  Of course, maybe I was trying to hard, maybe I was just burned out. I felt burned out*. (*Warning: the whining is about to proceed)  Not from my art, but from the world outside my studio.  I moved further out for varies reason, but the primary was to increase my productivity.   It was going pretty well.  Then it took a left at Albuquerque.   I kept pushing the pen in the sketch book, but nothing.  I was getting some ideas roaming around my brain, but none seemed reasonable.  I rearranged my studio (it started with a sick Cichlid, who had to be pulled from the main tank.  Then, I thought, because he was so social, maybe, just maybe, I had room in my studio for him.  So, I started moving things around, tossing things out.  Moved an empty tank in, called my partner and had it setup, ready to go.  Yep, sure enough, moved him in and he died within two weeks. (Cuss, Cuss, Swear, Swear!)  So, I took some fry out of the main tank and now they’re in the studio. The little brats.  Assuring that they were settled in, I took the paintings stacked against the wall and hung them up.  Not much for symmetry, but they’re up and that’s that.

Moving forward,   I started taking those “reasonable” ideas and putting them on canvas.  It felt like I was brushing away the cob webs in the corners of my brain.  I don’t know where any of these concepts are going but, I’ll follow.








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Clip Art



The world of clip art has endless possibilities for creativity. Invitations, greeting cards, wall art, transfers, it’s limitless. Some of the best works come from the 1800’s public domain. I have been collecting some damaged pieces, actually I am like a chipmunk collecting a feast for winter. Anyone who lives in a snowbelt area can understand why :)It’s always incredibly rewarding to make something old and unusable into something new again.

I hope to be changing up my shop to include some of these pieces. I am adding commercial clipart so that others can use these in their own art. If you are a crafter or artist looking for unique clipart please feel free to message me. Or need a blog logo, I’d love to help you create something you are looking for.

Be on the look out for freebies here. Please feel free to click on the image above…

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Wrapping Up Two Strathmore Aquarious II Sketchbooks


Toward the end of April, 2018, I gave myself the challenge of filling a 4.5″x5.5″ sketchbook filled with Strathmore Aquarious II watercolor paper that I had made quite a while before. After I made the sketchbook I discovered I was not happy with the paper when using my old method of working, which included pencil drawing before inking and finally adding watercolor. The paper’s surface is soft, and I found it impossible to use a pencil without making grooves in the surface, and that also made it impossible to erase pencil lines completely. So the sketchbook sat unused for quite a while.

Later I began using fountain pens, which transformed my drawing process. I was using less pencil predrawing and focusing more on ink drawing. Finally I decided to take the plunge and fill the little sketchbook with ink-only sketches. If they all flopped, it would be no great loss…

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