Category Archives: All of It

Morning at the Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo has a new exhibit called Banyan Wilds where tigers, sloth bears, arguses, and Asian small-clawed otters now reside in more natural, expansive surroundings. I went last weekend to see it. Worth a visit, for you local ‘Ticklers.’

Now, I have mixed feelings about zoos in general, but I love visiting our city’s little jewel and always enjoy watching the wild and human (also sometimes wild) animals roaming its acres. I went early enough to catch many of them in an active state.

My meanderings led me through the Family Farm at the end of my trip. Tired of walking, I stopped and sketched a couple of the not-so-wild creatures who also live at the zoo.

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brass_rubbings_at_zoo(3″ x 5″; water soluble pen & Niji water brush on moleskine®)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.



I unburied this bright drawing recently while cleaning out old files. It is many years old. My only recollection is that it was probably the first brainflash* I ever put on paper. Maybe that’s why I kept it. And, it’s an abstract which was an unusual genre for me years ago. It appears that I was experimenting with complementary color and reflective symmetry. Sounds good, eh? I really haven’t a clue.

* brainflash — my term for my ‘mind’s eye’ vision of some composition that flashes, for a split second, when my eyes are closed and I’m trying to sleep. These visions are often so vivid I recall them the next day and put them to paper. It’s quite wonderful, but when my brain decides to let in a parade of these, I can’t quiet them. End result? Insomnia.

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(5″ x 3″  colored pencil on paper)
Displayed artwork © circa 1997  Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

San Diego Bay Impressions

I drew this last December while visiting family in San Diego. I spend a lot of time around the harbor when I’m there — Shelter Island, in particular. It looks southeast to the downtown area and south to Coronado Island which has a huge Navy presence. I thought this appropriate to post after “Sailor Boy.”

It was drawn late at night, from memory, of images I recalled of that day, minus the aircraft carriers! My memory’s not THAT good and at midnight I was just a bit too tired to even try. Keep it simple. That was good enough.

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(3″ x 3″  pen & ink on moleskine)
Displayed artwork © 2014 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Sailor Boy

I drew this from a royalty-free vintage photo I found on the Web. I was captivated by his facial curves, long neck, and obviously self-confident air. I was going to name him “Art” since those are the only three letters visible on his cap.

But, I did a little more internet searching and discovered that the “A•R•T” letters are part of this particular seaman’s vessel name. (Seaman’s caps bear the name of their ship, apparently.) He was an “unidentified Australian crew member on the modified Leander Class cruiser HMAS Hobart.”  The photo was shot in Aden, Yemen in February 1940 (Second World War).

My depiction makes him look a bit more burly and of the tobacco-chewing persuasion perhaps! What a proud fellow, yes?

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sailor boy

(6″ x 6″  pen & ink and watercolor on paper)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Original photo:


Photo credit:
Damien Peter Parer.

Valentine’s Love

Sending out a hug wrapped with thanks for continuing to follow  a r t i c k l e. You all keep me motivated and sane.

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(4″ x 6″  mixed media on card stock)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Three Pears

It’s been three years since I started this blog! I give you three pears. There is no significance to this other than it’s a 3-for-3. Thank you to everyone who has stuck with me this far.

I had an incredible urge for mixed media play the other night. I pulled out a piece of cardboard that was already gessoed and lightly washed with watercolor over a year ago. I had three delicious pears to look at. There were colored oil markers to grab, Pan pastels I had never opened, and the omnipresent black permanent marker. I was in heaven. Still haven’t eaten the pears.

May we all have a delicious 2015.

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(9″ x 10.5″  watercolor, color oil markers, Pan® pastels, permanent black Sharpie® marker on cardboard)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Silent Night

As another year ends, I’d like to thank you all for your dear support. I wish each of you a wonderful holiday season. Peace and happiness.    – Kim

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(3″ x 5″ ink and watercolor on paper)
Displayed artwork © 2013 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.


You’ll see this again in a future post — likely with some creature added to the scene. This premature share is because I really like it in this stark state and wanted you to see it before I start tinkering.

This is a good example of how the gelli plate technique can provide a background scene on which to build.

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(8″ x 10″ acrylic monotype using Gelli plate)
Displayed artwork © 2013 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Blue Button

I could also title this “Red Tide.” Then what would the blue “button” become in the scene?

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(8″ x 10″ acrylic monotype using Gelli plate)
Displayed artwork © 2013 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Gold Mounds

Are you tired of abstract monotypes yet? Not me!

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(8″ x 10″ acrylic monotype using Gelli plate)
Displayed artwork © 2013 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.