This body of work began sometime in the mid 1990's, as an experiment, seeing if I could adhere a dress to a canvas and create a painting over all the textures. "Dress painting" is a term I came up with to explain these when I simply couldn't think of anything better. Over the years they have evolved, with new elements of collage being added. Dress patterns, photographs, and embroidery all appear from time to time, as well as lino block prints, rubber stamps and gold leaf. I will use this space to explore the beginnings of this series, as well as showing my latest work. If the piece is available for sale you'll find the price at the bottom. Free shipping in the U.S. Contact me at kallencole@aol.com to purchase.

Would you like to see my full website? Head over to KathrineAllenColeman.com

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A new website!

I've done it, I've gone and built a new website!  With dresses, and abstracts, and links back to here and my (elle)ement page.  Take a look...


Thursday, September 3, 2015


I've been holding out on you.
Work has been coming out of the studio at a nice steady pace, but I have been hoarding it.  Keeping it to myself.  Waiting for the right time, and all the while making more work.

Here is one of my favorites, "Scapegoat."
Scapegoat gets blamed for everything, even things that are clearly not his fault.  He gets so good at this, that eventually he begins to blame himself, he doesn't even need the middleman.

Vintage boy's sailor suit, acrylic paint, and dress pattern tissue on canvas.
24"x 48"

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Bits and pieces

Projects, works in progress, unfinished, almost finished, turned against the wall.

I rarely start one piece, and ride it to completion all in one go.  There are drying times, and other factors that just get in the way.  So when one piece is in limbo, I am working on another.  This usually means that either it feels like I haven't finished anything in ages.  Or, work is flying out of the studio and waiting for framing.

Right now, it feels like I haven't finished anything in ages, especially as I was out of the studio for almost a month.  So I'm focusing on the small victories.

Red Handed is in progress

The Destructive Bastard has grown antlers since this photo, and there will be some beading before it is finished.  And paint, and other bits...

And tags, I'll be making more tags.  In paper, like these, and in porcelain.
Can you imagine the clinking sound that porcelain tags will make as they bump?

Projects, collaborations, partnerships, those things are all sounding interesting too...  
Yes, I'm keeping busy, I'll keep you in the loop!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Doubling down

One of the questions I am asked most often at shows is "where do you get your ideas?"  And the answer always escapes me, I fumble it. Sometimes I actively hunt ideas, I used to buy art books and visit galleries regularly.  But, I find that rarely works for me, although I love the distraction.  More often than not, just staying in the studio and working on something keeps ideas flowing.

But they really start popping when I am presented with new challenges. Fewer shows on the road, but more gallery show this year have stirred things up a bit.  As has the opportunity for collaboration with other artists, and getting to work in new media.

I don't know how far these new ideas will go, if they will push a new body of work into the forefront, or just be pulled into the arena that I work in now.  But I am enjoying this time of experimenting.

Puppet studies,  I'll make more, there will be puppets sometime, somewhere in my work.  I think.

In progress.  I love this piece, and then I thoroughly dislike it.  Then I see it in a new way, and like it again.  That happens sometimes.  The tricky part is to know when to quit when it stalls.

And, I thought I would make a few fun Valentines this year, like this one.
"I love you bonehead"

That's it for now, I'll be heading to Miami next weekend for the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.  Come on down!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

All she needed was a magic dress

There is something about magic, if you talk too much about it, it kinda disappears.

"All She Needed Was a Magic Dress" is 24" wide x  44" tall.
Acrylic, linoleum block prints and vintage dress on canvas.

Monday, September 29, 2014

It's ok to be blue too.

Layers of linoleum block prints, a nest made of dress pattern tissue, vintage dress and bits of 18k gold leaf are all incorporated to make this piece.

The blue jay seems to be whispering in her ear.

This piece is 24" wide x 44" high.  And is waiting for a frame.  The first place you'll be able to see this one is at the Bluff Park Art Show in Birmingham, AL.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bad Girlfriends

I've been looking a for reason to start a series of bad girls.  Just the idea of bad girls, what is considered "bad" vs "good" and who gets to decide amuses me a bit.  Then, out of the blue, the idea of "Bad Girlfriends" takes over.  Tightens the focus for the series a bit, excludes the idea of little girls, unless your idea of a bad girlfriend includes a petulant pouty grown up who is acting like a little girl.  That's a definite fit, and may well be used in the future!

So, what pulled the trigger to get this series on the easel?  I was accepted to exhibit in Jazzfest in New Orleans.  I can't think of a better place to introduce the Bad Girlfriends.  Here are the first two.

A cocktail dress adorned with Octopi, the background features the same pattern on the warm tones of dress pattern tissue.  Red roses are scattered across the top.

The Documentrix
The dress is covered in silver leaf and photo transfers.  It has a shine that falls somewhere between the tin man and the lovely flicker of silver gelatin prints.  If you are related to me in any way you may recognize someone on this dress.  The lime green background is overwhelmed by vintage camera prints, and the spots and sparkle that comes with too many flashbulbs going off.  The documentrix is she who always has the camera phone out, stealing your soul, one digital click at a time.

Ok, I'm back out in the studio!
Interested in Jazzfest?  Here's the link.
Have you "liked" me on Facebook yet?  You can find my page here!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Coming up for air

I feel like I'm neglecting y'all.

I'm just too busy making new work to be able to find time to blog about new work.
And I've found this work rhythm that really fits.  But it all seems to be in studio, carving lino, pulling prints, putting together new ideas, painting, assembling.  All that stuff.  

The other stuff, the book keeping, the show scheduling, the website-etsy-blogger-twitter-newsletter stuff.
That stuff just isn't getting done.

But the work is getting done, although I rewarded myself for a couple good shows with a full day in the garden.  I've pushed a little paint, and I'm about to pull a few prints.  I actually have the blocks laid out, the paper cut, and The Talking Heads on the CD player. But I thought I'd come in and say hi.  

The good news is, I have a couple of great shows lined up that I'm excited about.  

On April 11, 12, 13 you can find me at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. This is the first time I've been in this show for several years, as I usually head to Texas.  So I hope to see some Atlanta folks!  And then, you can find me in New Orleans for Jazzfest on April 25th, 26th, and 27th.

And I have to tell you, I'm pretty Jazzed about that one.

I'll write again, I promise. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014


So I've had this bathing suit piece sitting in my studio since, oh, July. 

It started ok, but quickly lost momentum, and eventually got bogged down in an ugly spot.  The only thing that looked good were the midnight blue rings.  Raindrops, puddles from a sprinkler perhaps?  So, I put it aside, face against the wall as I worked on other things.  Yesterday, the time had come, I put it on the table, and started painting over the ugly bits.

You hear lots of different advice on getting out of a painting rut, but my preferred tactic is to paint my way out.  I am an intuitive painter.  By that I don't mean, I just "follow my heart, and let paint fly."  It's more of a process of adding and subtracting, working with the limitations set by the piece, the limitations set by the last decision.  And somehow, it just comes together.  Buried in the red background is an octopus.  and the girl doing the cannonball?  After several months of not really painting anything remotely realistic, all I had to go on was, "Gee, I wonder if I can still do this."

Being a full time artist, living this life, travelling across the country in hopes of a good show.  It's always a leap.  Sometimes you just have to tuck your legs up and go.

Oh, and "Leap" finally gave my new direction a title.

Brave Girls, Bad Girls, and Bad Girlfriends.
Coming soon.

20"x 24"
Vintage bathing suit, acrylic, and linoleum block prints on canvas.
Framed  $895

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Nine newies.

Nine fresh new small pieces.  These are all 8" square, on deep gallery wrapped canvases.  All these and several more will be packed up and on their way to Miami next week for my first show of the year.
See you at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival  on Feb 15, 16, & 17th
You'll find me in booth #244

Are you interested in purchasing one of these little babies before the show?  They are $145 each including shipping in the US.  You can contact me at kallencole@aol.com

Enjoy your day!