How To Read a Face

When I’m not sure how to get my hands moving, my ‘go to’ subject matter lately is faces. Quick sketches, usually one-liners, distorted and that’s what I love about them.

This one in particular is a favorite because I cannot read his expression. Is it disgust, boredom, disbelief, exhaustion, disdain, contempt, interest, confusion? He shows great concentration and appears almost ready to speak. What do think he’ll say?

(Reference: photo of Robert Mueller) (Click to enlarge)
politician.jpg(3″ x 5″ pen & ink with watercolor wash on Moleskine®)
Displayed artwork © 2019 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.


More Acrylic Play

Another acrylic experiment here resulting in an altogether different abstract — layers of opaque paint, taped-off areas (later removed), acrylic washes, and a bit of solvent thrown in for fun. Complete lack of control. I had no idea what would result. Pretty wild.

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abstract_IMG_8082(10″ x 22″ acrylic on cradled birch panel)
Displayed artwork © 2018 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Acrylic Play

I’ve been taking acrylic painting classes and experimenting on my own this year. I’m still not comfortable but that’s a good thing — I have no sense of what to do, so anything I do is a really good lesson. How do I begin? Do I like these colors together? Does the paint feel better thin or thick? What if I throw this on it? Or add this line?

Wonderfully, it is all just paint! I’ve overpainted some panels many, many times with no guilt at all for hiding the previous. This abstract, for instance, is about the eighth layer of paint it’s seen. Vastly different from the first lay of colors, it now feels right to me. This one is done.

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(12″ x 12″ acrylic on cradled birch panel)
Displayed artwork © 2018 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

North Beach with BFF

A favorite hike to my favorite beach with a favorite friend (and a great blue heron). Yes, Monday was a good day.


My neighbor’s cat. He’s a big fluffy. Cuddly as all get out. Until he’s not. Then there’s fire in his eyes and attack mode ensues. What is WITH that?

Coconut Fun

Boys playing with coconuts at Isaac Hale Beach Park, Puna District, Hawaii.

Honaunau + Goat, Hawai’i 2018

House next to two-step snorkeling spot, Honaunau.

And goat on trail to Makalawena Beach.