Saturday, March 24, 2007

"Damez" April 26th Opening

Invites for Monkdogz Urban Art Show, Chelsea, New York. April 26th. YAY! I will have five original works in this show, "Bed of Dreams";"Testing the Climate";"Lap Dancer";"Swan Song"; and "The Mask. These paintings are all 36x48 and priced at $1,500. with the exception of "Bed of Dreams" which is 30x40, priced at $1,300.



Ruth Butler (USA)
Verane Guern (France)
Sylvia Hennequin (The Netherlands)
Kathy Ostman-Magnusen (USA)
Valerie Patterson (USA)
Karen Sperling (USA)
Eico Wada (Japan)

Reception for the artists
Thursday April 26, 2007

Monkdogz Urban Art
547 West 27th Street
New York City, NY

Tel: +1 (212) 216 0030

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

New Squidoo!


Check out my new Squidoo... Legend of Pegasus

It was inspired by this poem I wrote this morning:

"Legend of Pegasus and a Field of Flowers"

Legend of a Pegasus
I adore you.
I lie down among the flowers
I feel the journey
the flight I longed for.

I imagine them clearly.
I see my pegasus fly
mane and tail
flowing past the night
meeting with the dragon
doing my bid
my battle.

still life portraits
commission me.
I paint the sky and rest there.
I am a token of the breath of flowers.
I speak for them
call upon the moonlight
to reassure my pathway.
My flowers call me in the dark
I rest with one eye open.

Ahh dragon
know my wonderful legend
a history with lessons
a pegasus, a unicorn
a traveler of light.
Do not blend the colors
I want to see them clearly
hold up all your ornaments
I will adore them
they are your jewels
of your well traveled history.
I want to breathe it forever.

I feel me floating
flowers everywhere
like stars in the night
I hear them singing
on the landscape I painted.
I was commissioned by the sun.
Petals of white and pink
I rest my head there
feel the warmth.
In the distance I hear waterfalls
my unicorn drinks in tomorrows adventure.

I wait in longing for the other side
a dream known fully.
I will arrive there surely
as my brush hears my intentions.
I stroke my own sadness
plant a forget- me- not
in the air.
A well kept dragon indeed
softened by baby roses and babies breath
or was it one single orchid?

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
17 March 2007

Check out this blog too, it's all about watercolor flowers:

Thursday, March 15, 2007

detail of "Silk"

New Work: "Silk" 40x30 oil on canvas

I have a new website I would love for you to check out.

Hawaiian dancer posters | Hawaiian art prints photos posters. "Vintage original authentic hawaiian prints". Hawaiian Passion of Pele, Hawaiian goddess of the volcano. Her traditional home is Halemaumau, the fire pit of Kilauea crater on the island of Hawaii. Art work, gifts, clothing, cards and hawaiian art prints photos posters.

Hawaiian Travel ideas and stories about Hawaii. Legends, geckos, food; anything and everything I can find to share my beloved Hawaii with you.

News about my Hawaiian Series, "ke ala o Pele". I have another blog that shows the progress of this series of work. It is with respect for the Merry Monarch Festival, Hawaiian culture, Lava Tree Monument and the path of Pele that I have painted this series of work. The url to see the painting process of the series "ke ala o Pele" is:

I am painting ten at once and describe the process on the blog above.


Hawaiian Art Watch||"ke ala o Pele"

Another great site I have on Squidoo is:

Fantasy Art Woman | Beautiful Women Goddess Art|
Whimsical Angel Drawings|Fantasy Art of Exotic Women|

Aloha, Kathy

Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
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Tuesday, March 13, 2007 CLICK HERE

News about Art in Action and my progress with the series "Ala o Pele" for my one woman show at Wailoa Center April 6th opening. MY blog at:

is the progress of that series.

I still need to take new pics. I will try today. I have finished 6 paintings so far so yup... I need more pics! There is one painting that possibly needs some going over. I will look at it along with the others I feel are done for awhile. Sometimes you see things later that seemed so right at the time that need attention. We'll see.

I think I will make a cake or cookies today and have tea while painting. Gotta have that sugar!

Above is another pic of Brina... such a beautiful girl. If you would like to meet her and are in Hawaii during the show she will be there wearing the cream colored dress seen in some of the pics and paintings.

Blessings and Aloha,


Saturday, March 10, 2007


POLL NOW OPEN for March 2007 N*de-of-the month
Just a quick note to let you know that the poll is now open to vote for the N*de-of-the month for March 2007. Whether you've picked your favorite or still have to decide, the poll is open now for your votes. Check it out.

MY ART IS NUMBER 12, which is titled, "Lap Dancer"





Gallery Space

What you are seeing in images above are from the interior and exterior of our gallery location at

547 West 27th Street, New York City.

We are fortunate to have some of the most exceptional and innovative galleries in New York as neighbours in this building.

The new Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery is now open on the 5th floor on Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm and also by appointment.

Tel: +1 (212) 216 0030
Fax: +1 (212) 216 0031


MORE on Barebrush:

POLL Closing March 15th for the February 2007 N*de-of-the month
If you haven't yet voted for your favorite nude for February, now is the time. This poll will close March 15th.

You can celebrate the month and the art of the nude with BAREBRUSH shirts and gear (t-shirts, sweats, caps, mugs, briefs, thongs & more). If your art is in the calendar, this is a great way to brag. If you just want to support the barebrush concept or buy yourself or someone special a cool gift, barebrush gear is a great way to do it.

In addition to the value-priced t-shirt with the calendar on the front, we now have shirts with the calendar on the back and the barebrush blue butt logo on the front. There is also the calendar mug, and tote bag. Check it out. The prices are great for the quality of the merchandise, especially if you are a regular CafePress shopper and have coupons or can order in bulk.

The cut to barebrush is $1 per item ordered, (that is not very much for the work involved and the expense of the store), but we want to keep the merchandise affordable. So I think you can see that the idea here is to give you another way to promote your work, your art and popularize barebrush to the public.

....And of course, the call for entries for the April 2007 calendar went out last week. Mikaela Sardo Lamarche of ACA galleries is our guest curator. Art must be uploaded on or before March 23rd for entry into the April N*de-of-the month competition. We have some great art already and hope to get more!

Best regards,

Ilene Skeen
ILS Designs, LLC
372 Fifth Avenue, Suite 7D
New York, NY 10018

Tel: 917-806-7992
dedicated to the art of the nude

I am also posting my info on Technorati Profile Because of my articles in "She Unlimited"

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Hilo Art & Glass Supply, Hawaii CLICK HERE

Artsy Happenings in Hilo Town
Sponsored by Hilo Art & Glass Supply
Aloha Friends of the Arts!
March is youth art month! Take the kids and adults alike out on this artsy town for some of these great classes and art shows!

Featured at the Ironworks this month is Ralph Curtis Moyer, a dynamic sculptor from Santa Cruz, California. His megalithic copper and resin sculptures are a sight to behold, and can be installed inside or outside. You can check out his work on their web site

Don't miss one of the year's happy highlights - the Young at Art show. It will be on display at the EHCC throughout March. If your keikis get inspired, the EHCC is also offering a Kid's Spring Break Art Camp - mornings during the week of March 26 - 30.

Hilo Art & Glass is offering a 10% discount for all kids under 18. (yes it counts even if the parents pay! The kids get to pick the supplies, tho!) If you haven't seen it yet, our employee art show is quite impressive with a large collection of paintings, prints, and even a stained glass piece. For those who may not know, the artist employees of Hilo Art & Glass Supply are Eva Anderson, Lisa Franklin, David Hubbard, and Jacob Medina.

The Wailoa Center has the Big Island Woodturning show on display March 5 - 30th. Don't miss the reception (w/pupus!) on Friday March 9th. Then, on the remaining Saturdays in March, check out their free Woodturning Demonstrations from 10AM-2PM. This is a great opportunity to watch this almost magical woodworking technique.

The new Big Island Plein Aire painting group has been meeting at various locations around Hilo every Thursday for group outdoor painting. Here are their meeting sites in March: March 8th - Richardson's beachpark; March 15th - Onomea Bay; March 22nd - Four Mile beach; March 29th Private Residence (join the group earlier in the month and get the scoop.) We'll try to put the info up at Hilo Art & Glass Supply, too.

Exciting News! There is a new e-zine out that's all about Hawaii artists. It's published right here on the Big Island, so check it out at Just another step towards making Hilo the art capitol of the Pacific.

Classes at Art in the Ironworks - to sign up call Hilo Art & Glass Supply 935-9967
Sign up in advance at Hilo Art & Glass Supply! You can even sign up over the phone with a credit card.

Beginning Drawing - youth.-- 4 Thursdays 4-6PM Starting March 22

Jacob Medina teaches this introduction to drawing techniques for kids and teens. Jacob will teach students to draw what they see as well as some tried and true drawing methods that will improve anyone's drawing, no matter what experience level. Jacob is well known for his visceral, complex, and very modern style.
Cost: $75.00

Silkscreen Printing - 4 Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:30 PM, starts March 20th

In this class you will learn the basics of preparing and printing a silkscreen. David Hubbard will show students how to produce quality silkscreened images with easy to use supplies that don't require any special equipment. Anyone can silkscreen at home with success after completing this class.
Cost: $75.00

Independent Projects in Watercolor - An open studio for watercolor painting Wednesdays 1:30 - 4:30 PM, On-Going

This is an on-going open studio for watercolor painting with Kerri Ligatich, who also teaches intro to watercolor, and Watercolor Step by Step. Students may buy one or more punch cards for studio time with Kerri, and they have 'til June 6th to use up the three classes on each card. Kerri will be available to guide you as you complete your own projects in watercolor.
Cost: $45.00 per 3 class card

Watercolor - Step by Step - 6 Wednesdays from 1:30 -4:30, starts March 21st.

Kerri will walk you through the steps to completing six gorgeous, pre-planned paintings. You will learn each crucial step in its proper order as you paint a wide variety of subject matter in watercolor. Students will be introduced to a broad selection of colors, brushes, and papers. This is a great class for new painters, or anyone wanting more control of their watercolors.
Cost: $100.00 (supply list available at Hilo Art & Glass Supply)

Beginning Watercolor - 3 Saturdays 9AM - 12PM, starts March 31st.

Be introduced to a broad spectrum of techniques in watercolor. Kerri will demonstrate each of the techniques needed for successful watercolor painting in a stress-free, explorative environment. All materials are included in this jump start into glorious color and expression in watercolor.
Cost: $60.00

Classes at the EHCC - to sign up call 961-5711
Next Step Stained Glass - 4 Saturdays 10AM - 1PM, starts March 24

This is a class for the stained glass artist to broaden their horizons with. We will learn to do plating, (layering of glass Tiffany-style) metal overlays, and 3D objects like boxes.
Cost: $130 EHCC members, $140 non-members

Classical Glass Painting - 4 Friday Eves 5-7 PM, Starts March 23rd.

This class will show you how to paint a grisaille painting and fire it permanently into glass. This is what you are looking at when you see faces and hands painted into stained glass windows. We will also play with enamels and brighter colors for a less traditional approach to this classic medium.
Cost: $90.00 EHCC members, $100.00 non-members

Your address has been given to Hilo Art & Glass Supply to be included in their “Artsy Happenings in Hilo Town” newsletter, as Art in the Ironworks will no longer be sending out its monthly letter. If you do not want to receive “Artsy Happenings”

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Pet Horoscopes and a Funny Dog's Exotic Ways: Maxwell's Story

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"Dog and Butterfly" 4x5 Watercolor
Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

I cannot check my funny dogs horoscope because I am not exactly sure when she was born. I simply must rely on what my funny, and exotic dog tells me.

They say one cannot teach an old dog new tricks. I am not sure one needs to though. Perhaps their former life was more than we could ever have imagined.

My dog Maxwell... a girl dog with a boys name 'cause I think it is kind of funny, is an ex-con. It was a white collar crime she tells me. She does have some white under her chin and on her neck sooo. She was the only dog I saw like that at the dog jail, so I am thinking she was mixed up with real hardened criminals. Egads! It is difficult, even still, to think of her in that environment. Yes of course her former cohorts in the life of crime she had before were bad, but white collar like her.

Maxwell says has a lear jet that she keeps hidden in storage. I am not sure I believe that but I am too polite to question her.

One must not mistake good manners for weakness though dear Maxwell, so don't think I will allow that lear jet in the yard for even one second of one day! I am not even sure it would fit here anyway.

Maxwell says with an air of confidence, that as soon as she gets a little bit more ahead with $$, she is going to fly to Spain and buy property there. I hear her at night under the house digging. I asked her what she was doing and she told me she that is where she keeps her computer. She has been doing lots of research about Spain she says.

I don't know how she is going to do that while working for Jack in the Box quite frankly, but who am I to dampen her dreams? I just hope she doesn't take Grace and Charlotte Bronte (my two cats). I do know their birthday though. Humm perhaps I should look up their horoscopes and see what lies in their future, because I would miss them terribly!

Ahh so cute our pets!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Art in Action|Artists Watch|Ala o Pele Click "HERE"

Merry Monarch Fetival is coming to Hilo, Hawaii. I am in the process of painting for my one woman show at Wailoa Center that will be at the same time. Reception for the artist is April 6, 2007, 5-7 pm.

Here is an update:

Lots of progress is being made on my paintings for my one woman show at Wailoa Center, I have finished 2 and have 8 to complete. The paintings still remaining are more than half way complete. The images above are of one of the completed paintings. This is the painting I am going to use for my invitations. I will try to post a full image later on in the day.

Blessings and Aloha,


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Barebrsush Call For Entries

Below is an email from Ilene at Barebrush. If you paint, sculpt or draw nudes Barebrush is a great site.

Aloha, Kathy
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Dear Members,

Here is the Call for entries for April 2007. I am very excited about this show. ACA is an 'old-time' well-established gallery with an A-list of collectors. Also in March, barebrush has a 1/3 page ad in the NY Gallery Guide, in addition to the regular impact ad (p 59, big ad & p 43 impact ad).

I'm looking forward to seeing lots of great art for this show.

Regards to all,


Deadline March 23. All visual artists are encouraged to submit art of the nude to the for selection by Mikaela Sardo Lamarche, Curator, ACA Galleries, New York, for the April 2007 N*des-of-the-Month exhibition.

New York, NY – March 5, 2007. announces today that Mikaela Sardo Lamarche, curator at ACA Galleries of New York will select and curate the April 2007 N*des-of-the-Month virtual exhibition. The entry deadline for the April 2007 calendar is March 23. Art must be uploaded to on or before March 23 to be eligible for the April exhibition. "I am extremely pleased that Mikaela and ACA Galleries are interested in the barebrush project," says Ilene Skeen, founder and CEO. "ACA has a long history of supporting art of the human condition. Mikaela has a wonderful eye as well as being a terrific person to know. It is a privilege to make this announcement."

About Mikaela Sardo Lamarche and ACA Galleries

ACA Galleries, established in 1932, specializes in 19th and 20th century American Art, Modern and Contemporary paintings, drawings and sculpture including American Impressionism, Stieglitz Circle, Ashcan School, 14th Street School, Regionalism, WPA, American Abstraction, Social Realism and Abstract Expressionism.

Mikaela is responsible for organizing all special thematic and historical exhibitions as well as traveling shows for ACA Galleries. Since 2004 she has curated numerous exhibitions including the first retrospective in over 40 years of the artist, Francis Luis Mora, as well as Continuum: Celebrating the 130th Anniversary of the Art Students League of New York and Masters of Tempera, a survey of 20th century American tempera painters. Currently she has two traveling exhibitions on view; African American Masters at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey and Jon Schueler: The Sign of the Gale, at the Opalka Gallery of the Sage Colleges in Albany, New York.
When asked to provide some insight into her approach to the April calendar, Mikaela wrote,

"For the April exhibition on, I am looking for originality among the individual artists. I would like to see artworks that enlarge the boundaries of the genre and somehow move beyond the classically inspired and stylized nudes that we typically associate with the genre."

About -- dedicated to the art of the nude is a start-up website dedicated exclusively to the art of the nude. Membership on the site is free, and entering listing art in the "Art Log" on the site for 30 days is also free. The N*des-of-the-Month is a virtual juried exhibition of the art selected from the entries in the “Art Log” by a different guest art professional each month. The exhibition is presented on the web in a unique calendar format. Also on the site is an “Art News & Events” blog which presents opportunities, events and news in the world of the nude in art. There are some nominally-priced optional extras. For example, a 60-day listing costs $1 and automatically enters the artwork into 2 successive N*des-of-the-Month contests.

The N*des-of-the-Month exhibition series began in September 2006 with an exhibition curated by Brigitte Saint-Ouen, founder and director of Gramercy 32 Fine Arts. All previous calendars are still live in the archives of The current calendar, March 2007, was curated by Bob Hogge, director of Monkdogz Urban Art.

“I want to increase the acceptability and interest in the art of the nude. Unlike many other websites, recognizes the importance of the dealer in the art process. With, I am trying to widen public awareness of, access to and appreciation for the art of the nude. I want to help artists to find dealers, help dealers to find collectors, help collectors to find enjoyment and help us all find each other.” says Ilene Skeen, a native of NYC, who has a unique background: artist, MBA, business systems designer, and graduate anthropologist. Ilene is a resident artist member of the Salmagundi Club and former chairman of the Curator's Committee.
In February 2007, barebrush experienced a record 360,000 hits and 30,000 page views. Unique visitors exceed 10,000 for 2007. The site is averaging over 12,000 hits daily.

Contact information:

Ilene Skeen
372 Fifth Avenue, Suite 7D
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 917-806-7992
dedicated to the art of the nude

Mikaela Sardo Lamarche
Curator: ACA Galleries
529 West 20th St
Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10001

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Ilene Skeen
ILS Designs, LLC
372 Fifth Avenue, Suite 7D
New York, NY 10018

Tel: 917-806-7992
dedicated to the art of the nude

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Work in progress|Artist Watch|Ala o Pele

Art in action, an artist's watch of the progress of this series "Ala o Pele" is coming along. I finished the second image yesterday. I will post it in its finished state today or tomorrow. I had to finish it up because it is the one I have chosen for my invitations of my show at Wailoa Center. With an opeing of April 6 and hanging on the 2nd I need to move along. I totally love how it turned out and the orchids made a wonderful touch. Big Island is know as the 'Orchid Isle" so it if totally fitting.

The top painting is what I am working on today. I worked on the trees a bit last night and will complete the figure of Brina today I hope. If I do I will post both tomorrow, the orchid painting, titles unknown at this point, probably something and Hawaiian,and the top painting. The top painting is 36x48 and the second is 30x40, both with a 2" gallery wrap. Paintings that are not in a gallery wrap will be framed in SOLID KOA! Rare find. I will offer the paintings for sale with or without the koa frame.

The other two images are of my 2 painting buddies, Charlotte and Gracie Bronte-Magnusen. Sooo cute!

OK... onward!

I am thinking too of making cookies today. No chocolate chips though... humm.



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