Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Start From The End


This Art in Action Blog should be started at the very end and worked toward the beginning to get a sense of the art as it was painted.


Sunday, May 27, 2007

Art~ "ke ala o Pele"

"Lei Hilo"
Ua hilo 'ia i ke aho a ke aloha: Braided with cords of love.
30x40x2 gallery wrap, oil on canvas, completed 12/05

"ke ala o Pele" (Path to Pele or Pele's Path)
48x36x2 gallery wrap, oil on canvas, completed 3/07

"Giant Ferns of Lava Tree Park"
48x36x2 gallery wrap, oil on canvas, completed 3/07

48x36x2 gallery wrap, oil on canvas, completed 3/07

"Ho' okalakupua" (Magic)
40x30x2 gallery wrap, oil on canvas, completed 3/06

40x30 oil on canvas, completed 2/06
(Solid Koa Frame optional)

40x30x2 gallery wrap, oil on canvas, completed 3/07

"Wind and Silk"
40x30 oil on canvas, completed 3/07
(Solid Koa Frame optional)

"Inside the Wind"
40x30x2 gallery wrap, oil on canvas, completed 3/07

"Path To Pele"
40x30 oil on canvas, completed 3/07
(Solid Koa Frame optional)

40x30x2 gallery wrap, oil on canvas, completed 3/07

$ Original SOLD

"A Rainbow of Silk"
40x30 oil on canvas, completed 3/07
(Solid Koa Frame optional)


Friday, May 25, 2007

A Few Friend's at the Opening

Guest, Shan, Mailin

Auntie Beth

A Beautiful Auntie Beth, a quilt maker, in front of my painting the Ti Leaf Lei


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Kilauea, Perhaps the World's Most Active Volcano

All of the paintings below were inspired by a visit to Lava Tree State Monument, Pahoa, Hawaii.

My intension in doing these paintings was to show honor to the Monument as well as the power of nature, the active Volcano Kilauea and Pele, the goddess of fire who does indeed watch over the land.

Pele is a goddess of fire, lightning, dance, volcanoes and violence, a daughter of Haumea and Kane Milohai. She lives on KÄ«lauea.

Check out:
to learn more about Pele in Hawaiian mythology.

It is an awesome thought to realize that one lives not far from an active volcano!

Kilauea is Perhaps the World's Most Active Volcano (for more info click the link at the top of the page).

Going through Lava Tree Monument is almost holy as I have written before. The forest of lava trees almost seem human and ghost like. Amazing. For this reason I used titles like "Respect' and "Honor" because that is how I felt upon seeing the wonder of the park and its statues.

"Path To Pele"
40x30 oil on canvas, completed 3/07
Solid Koa Frame

40x30x2 gallery wrap, oil on canvas, completed 3/07

48x36x2 gallery wrap, oil on canvas, completed 3/07

"Giant Ferns of Lava Tree Park"
48x36x2 gallery wrap, oil on canvas, completed 3/07

"ke ala o Pele"
48x36x2 gallery wrap, oil on canvas, completed 3/07

"ke ala o Pele"

About the opening:

The dedication of my One Woman Show, "ke ala o Pele" was written on my show information handout:

"I would like to dedicate this body of work to my husband Dennis Magnusen,
Dr. Douglas Hiller, Anne Carlson, Rehab of the Pacific, Shan and Mailin Moy and Carrie Johnson.

On the back of the handout was my poem about my process of healing and what I learned about myself in that adventure of the soul.

"I Stood Inside A Rainbow"

I stumbled to find myself
wanting to be lifted
and yet
I fell to smell the earth.

I stayed there for hours
me in brown beginnings
researching the treasure
that before
I had only walked upon.

I pointed my finger
into a tiny hole.
I hoped I might discover
one thing different
I had not known before.

Alas I found myself mesmerized
as an ant climbed from its cave.
One ant, one tiny ant
a delicate treasure, and
a focus in my day.

He became like none other
I had ever seen before
I chose to lean my attention
sit in pause
and hear life, and its
unmistakable roar.

A reflection in a pond
beyond the ants tiny hole
I leaned to meet the journey.
Who knew a lake would open
by the magic of my own smile.

I found myself host
to a thousand tiny angels
and an afternoon of solace.
I toasted all the Universe
and from roses
I sniffed a glistening vapor of hope.

I knew thirst to touch the dew on roses
and treasure all they had to say
found comfort in their voices
as the sun met their moisture
of an ever so brilliant day.

I stood inside a rainbow
Its colors met my skin.
Stepping then outside myself
decoding past objections
I accepted miracles were calling
and stood back to watch them grow.

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

For the opening I was blessed to have Codie King, the director of Wailoa Center help me in a zillion ways. Codie took special efforts in preparing my hand outs, hung the art on the walls with a wonderful volunteer. Her son helped before the opening in setting up tables for cookies, I made my famous chocolate chip cookies of course, and punch.

Thank you dear Codie King, volunteers and friends.

Dr. Hiller came with his mother, Anne Carlson came with her husband, Shan and Mailin Moy came and of course my dear husband Dennis was there. Such dear and sweet people in my life. Carrie Johnson lives on Kauai and could not make it but I felt her love.

There was and is a quilting show going on at the same time which is upstairs. Lovely ladies who made beautiful quilts with their hearts and hands. I thought of them that evening of hours they must have spent together making their wares. So dear.

I met some lovely people during the opeing and it was a very blessed time.

I am thankful to my friends and for all those rainbows known thus far and the ones yet to come.

I will post the final paintings throughout today and tomorrow along with my thoughts about each one.

A hui hou,


Friday, April 6, 2007

Kathy Ostman-Magnusen Art Opening Tonight

My art opening is TONIGHT! YAY!

Here below are a few of the paintings being shown. I will add more in the following days.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Fantasy Art Women | Stealing Saturn

"Orange Star Bromilead" 18x24 oil on canvas
I did 6- 18x24 flowers and orchid paintings at the last.... this is one.

"ke ala o Pele"
48x36x2 gallery wrap, oil on canvas

Taken at Lava Tree Monument.

OK... I will post more tomorrow, I am off to pack up my van to set up for Friday's opening... YAY

Check out the link at the top titled Fantasy Art Women | Stealing Saturn, to see how I stole Saturn! purchase of my art can be done there also. YAY

Monday, April 2, 2007

Earth Goddess Art | Bed of Dreams Site

Earth Goddess Art | Bed of Dreams, the above link is from my main website.. check it out to see my new E-cards, purchase my art in cards, posters and giclees as well.

40x30 oil on canvas, done and waiting to be named. Hummm I will do it tomorrow.

Click the image to see it larger.

I hang the show tomorrow so took pics tonight. I also painted 6 other works in the last few days of flowers, mostly orhids. Big Island is the Orchid Isle.

OK.. tomorrow and the days following I will be posting the completed paintings.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

"I Have Come To Know The Rain"

My Unicorn, My Legend of Pegasus and Dolphins That Fly...

The painting:

"I Have Come To Know the Rain" 40x30 oil on canvas
Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

and the poem:

"I Have Come To Know the Rain"

My unicorn, my legend of pegasus
I climb on your back
my hands reach for your mane
the voyage is set.

I bring flowers
and fairies for comfort
for when my dream feels cold.

I've come to know the rain.
It is not enough to know that I am cleansed by it.
I want to see its breath
hold its message in my hand
lest I fall on other journeys.

I suspect you keep secrets
your words have become mere noise.
I don't believe your magic
just because you scream it.

All the children that I remember visit me.
No matter they are grown
I hear them playing.
Outside there are tokens
sunny days to play in.
I miss their laughter.

There are interruptions everywhere
they want to be understood.
I thought they would lie down
give up
but no.
They seem to be weary
but still measuring.

I am inclined to bargain against consequences.
I hold my own image up to the light
I am not as transparent as I thought.
I feel a huge relief
and yet
I am not sure of which foot to start with next.

I will maneuver my aim
invade my own existence
initiate a standard
for taking no prisoners.
I can feel myself still standing
with somber resolve
proclaiming victory over self
but never being clear on the final outcome
none the less.

I saw dolphins fly last night
twas an unusual sight to see.
It seems they had been called upon
to gather tokens from the oceans floor
gather up the magic of a mermaids charm.

'My' mermaids I ask?
Have they left my dream?

It is raining
and yet there are a few birds singing
I sit back
sip tea
and listen for them.
They sing the only words that I can count on.

It is not enough to understand consequences
the moon tells me this is so.
I fold up all prerequisites
put them in a closet
cover them with flowers I have met
and wait
for the shelter of rainy days.

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
20 March 2007

note: the title at the top, "I Have Come To Know The Rain", when clicked will bring you to my profile on My Space. The poem above along with the image is also posted on my blog there. Smile.


I have finished all but one painting which I think I will complete today. I will then put each of the paintings back on the easel and give them whatever life I see that has been missed.

My feeling about the painting above which is shown in part is that her eyes are too deeply set. I am not sure yet though, I will have to study it some more. This will be the first painting I put back on the easel because of that.

I will try to take more pics over the weekend. Wow... I am getting very close to the show! Yay!

I talked to Cody King, the director of Wailoa Center yesterday about the cards and stuff. She got a new puppy! Smile! ... HUGE SMILE! Nothing cuter than a puppy or kitten.

I ordered the invitations yesterday through and worked with Colleen. My webmaster, business partner and brilliant buddy Carrie Johnson of Andarta Designs, told me she has used them and she loves the company. Actually I think that is the company we used for my "Bed of Dreams" promotional cards. The price was certainly right! Wow, after doing some compare shopping this is the place to go.

I had intended on trying to do some sculpture to add to this show. I am not sure that is going to be possible. I still have some time though. If I don't do that I am going to paint some smaller paintings, maybe 18x24 of orchids.. we'll see.

Today I added some info about my friend Terri Lloyd who is doing part of a show called, PROPAGANDA III: WORLD TOUR 2007. Terri is a great email buddy and I try to support her efforts whenever I can. She does the same for me... Thanks Terri!

OK... a hui hou for today.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Kathy Ostman-Magnusen Cafe Store

The painting process and more paintings waiting to be worked on.

The room is filling up with new artwork. I will keep it all out, look at them constantly and make changes as I 'feel' them needed. I feel art and because of that I know passion and a feeling of abandon as I reach inside to pull out questions that were not there before.

It is more about the emotion of it all to me. I do not paint art that goes above someones couch to say nothing. I just don't get that. If I wanted that I would go to bed.

Say nothing then... so that art will not threaten you or change your mind or cause you to think past what you felt before you saw it. No.. I would not paint at all if I was boxed in to say nothing. I could paint one single color of muted gradation or a landscape of someplace I visited once, I could... but I won't.

I want to stir things up not settle for the same cake I had last week.

I watched Chuck Close on PBS, Charlie Rose, last night. He said that he paints people without emotion. He thinks that by painting emotion a conclusion will be established by the viewer. He wants the viewer to decide on their own. While I like his work I feel what is the point?

I do feel... and emotions are right on the surface with me. I want to convey every single one.

New Work


More paintings with close ups coming. HUGE SMILE!!

PS.. I did make cake last night.. sugar high!

I will post some close ups tomorrow. I am making progress.


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

ke ala o Pele

OM Gosh!!

As we double checked on the name Ala o Pele... asking those who know the Hawaiian language we found out it is not that but is:

ke ala o Pele

OK... onward right. Painting. Will try to get more pics tonight!


Thursday, March 8, 2007


This is the painting I finished today.

If there is a downside to painting ten paintings at one time.. it is that it is kind of anti-climatic when one is done. I kind of becomes a blur... OK.. NEXT. It feels like my old days of doing 120-160 mugs a day, there is never enough.

I do think that for just about anyone else who has not experienced what it is like to do assembly work that would not be true.

On the bright side however, my goal is to finish the ten and feel a sense of completion then.

I have finished another painting. I will try to take photos of the new ones tomorrow.

ONWARD! Painting is a gift that matches my passion so I do not mean to dampen the experience... I only mean to be honest.

Aloha, Kathy

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This is the finished image. The painting is 40x30x2 gallery wrap on canvas. This is the image I am going to use for my invitations for my one woman show at Wailoa Center, Hilo, Hawaii, April 6 opening. The reason I am using this image over others that are possibly more Hawaiian is because it crosses over. I will have cards left over and I want to be able to promote other genres of art and because I love this painting.

This 48x36x2 gallery wrap painting is pretty much finished. I will look at it for a couple of weeks and then make touch ups.

Gallery wraps with 2" sides have the painting extending over the sides continuing on with the scene or image.

Both this image and the one below are still a work in progress obviously. This is the one I worked on today. It is a 40x30 oil on canvas. It will be framed in solid koa.

OK... on to finishing this one up.

Aloha, Kathy

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Full image of this finished painting will be posted later today. New photos being taken because the other ones had too much glare. I have also completed another painting that will be posted as well. Yay.

Aloha, Kathy