Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"OWLS" by Kathryn Morris Trotter

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This was one of my favorite paintings to paint!  I wanted to stretch myself while still being true my expression of art.  As an artist, it is important to experiment with what you are really wanting say as opposed to feeling like you have been "trapped" into a certain style or subject that people associate you with.  If we never break the mold, jump, take a chance, allow ourselves to fail, then how will we ever discover anything new and unexpected???  WE WON'T!  

I will end with this quote that has been my inspiration for the week....
"In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is noting" Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

"AWAKENED" by Kathryn Morris Trotter

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by Kathryn Morris Trotter
oil on canvas

This is one of my favorite paintings I have painted.  I love the orange, even though it is quite specific. I see this painting bringing life and color to a sun room or a kitchen!  Check it out at Trinity School's Spotlight on Artist market this week!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"BUTTERFLY TRIPTYCH" by Kathryn Morris Trotter

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"Butterfly Triptych"
26x33" oil on canvas
By Kathryn Morris Trotter
 On display at Saks Fifth Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia!

I just can't get away from these butterflies.  They make me so happy to paint....they are freeing, exciting, and energetic!  When I paint butterflies I feel no inhibitions with my palette, and it is liberating!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


"First Moments"
18x24" oil on canvas
by Kathry Morris Trotter
Every mother knows what if feels like to see your baby for the first time and to hold the baby that you have been so anxiously awaiting.  These are God given moments...what could be greater than the gift of life.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

"Le Comptoir" by Kathryn Morris Trotter

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"Le Comptoir"
by Kathryn Morris Trotter

This scene reminds me of a restaurant where my husband and I dined in Paris when we were engaged.  The restaurant was called "Le Comptoir," however, this painting it is not an exact replica of what the restaurant looks like.  The essence is what I wanted to capture, and I also made a few color adjustments to capture the energy it needed to reflect excitement and life.

I NEVER paint directly from a photograph and render the exact scene that a photo represents.  I could just yawn all day in my studio and eventually fall asleep if I thought I needed to copy a photo.... BOOOOORING!   In my opinion, those types of paintings seem stagnant, lifeless, and frozen in time.  Do you know why I am so in tune with this type of painting??  I used to paint in this way years ago, and I would get so lost in the most ridiculous details that I would loose sight of why I was painting.  I would be exhausted by the end of my painting session, and in the end the only thing I could see was my lack of perfection in recreating a photo.

I am glad I can go into my studio and push all the voices out of my head that tell me my painting needs this or that...I say, it is my painting, and it doesn't have to make sense if I don't want it to.  I can change any color, add any person, animal, building, or whatever I like to make it work!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"Summer Wedding" by Kathryn Morris Trotter

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"Summer Wedding"
24x30" oil on canvas

Shhhhhhh.....This painting is a SURPRISE commission piece.  That is all that I can say, as I don't know who reads my blogs! :0!! The only suggestion for painting this was a plethora of colorful dresses (twist my arm, right??).   It is interesting that the last 5 commission pieces have been surprises.  What a unique gift idea that will be a keepsake for the rest of this person's life? 

It is a joy painting for these wives, husbands, and children who have put so much thought and excitement into photos, ideas, and specifics about the painting they want commissioned.  What is even better is the response I receive after the gift has been unveiled.  

Thank you to all who have allowed me the opportunity to play such a unique role in your expression of love to your family and friends.  Some of you have not even seen my work in person, nor do I know you on a personal level and some of you, I know quite well...either case, it has been a true joy.