My latest painting series features my love for the ocean, living near it in Central Florida,
and being concerned over the health of our oceans.
Also, I wanted to return to painting with a trowel and palette knife. It was quite freeing not working with a paintbrush and learning how to give up control of some of the mark making.
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Some of my paintings are now available on Etsy at Lauraspaintbrush
Here are a few examples! Click on link and email me with any questions!
So every year in our backwoods just before Spring,
the leaves of our Pignut Hickory tree unfold as if they are flowers! The new leaves appear pink before fully opening and turning green! This is so fascinating to me. Below I have documented the photo of the event. Above is my original painting of it. This Pignut Hickory Tree is native to Florida so I also included the native Zebra butterfly.
Anyone else find this fascinating?
Here is he original photo I took.
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A Day in the LIfe is my latest painting based on a lovely banana bloom I once witnessed while eating ice cream in New Smyrna Beach under this tree. Years later while painting it, I went to the kitchen to see a red rat snake peeking out from behind our refridgerator! So, the snake is now in the painting!
Here is online gallery link to size and details.
As an artist/art therapist creating art as wellness workshops, I research art therapy directives with a basis in mindfulness based art therapy. For this directive, I was to transform a portrait that was either a part of the self, archetype, loved one, or simply a character that relates to meaning in my own life. I of course, worked on my own before I facilitated the workshop for others.
I started with deep breathing and relaxation, I have learned to relax and focus while choosing images to work with as we do in the workshops. When I found this image of a girl in National Geographic, she was supposedly a generated representation of a future young lady of mixed ethnic heritage as the norm in America. I thought she was stunningly beautiful and it reminded me of the beauty that comes out of two people loving each other from different backgrounds. It also reminded me of all the prejudices some of my friends went through when they were involved in relationships that were not accepted by others and they resulted in beautiful children who were trying to find their place in the world. And so I just wanted to transform those prejudices into something beautiful into acceptance and love.
While working, on this piece, I let it evolve naturally. I used paint, printed images, and words to transform this piece. I started painting on the image for fun and the results were simply from playing with paint.
The words in the finished work are from Maya Angelou who eloquently states…
“I can be change by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it”
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My name is Laura Knapik Bohn and I have been a working artist for many years.
I also teach art and in 2014 received a masters degree in art therapy.
To make it as an artist, I have found I need to not only sell artworks but share art processes through mindfulness techniques in arts and wellness and art therapy. I also teach traditional art classes and children’s art classes.
I am having a summer painting sale. Either free shipping for those of you out of the Central Florida are and for those of you in the Central Florida area I can give you a discount on a painting of your choice.
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This sweet little painting is 11 x 14 . I have been really into this color scheme with the reds, ochres and turquoise.
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Since I have written this blog, the above painting is now sold.