Saturday, July 23, 2011

Celebration Exhibit, San Diego Women's Caucus for the Arts

Tonight, July 23, from 6-9pm. is the opening of "Celebration"
Hosted by San Diego Women's Caucus for the Arts

Show Dates: July 23-30, 2011

Held at:

Space 4 Art
325 15th Street, San Diego
(619) 269-7230

I am showing two pieces from my "ke ala o Pele" Hawaiian series. If you are in San Diego do stop by, I would love to meet you as would the other beautiful women showing their goddess inspired art.. as I take the liberty in saying. Smile.. see you there!

Artist's in the show and their WEBSITES:

Lori Sandstrom and

Check out their link for upcoming show and more info about Women's Caucus for the Arts:



Sunday, July 17, 2011

Paper Wings and a Tiny Fairy

"Paper Wings and a Tiny Fairy" 16x22 graphite on paper by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Drawings and sketches help refine the artist's eye. I need to do more! I keep thinking about the curiosity of Leonardo da Vinci, who took a sketchbook everywhere he went. Time to begin that again is now. smile.. yes. Tiny fairies, drawings of dragons, drawings of my thumb even, yes to all, yes to drawing more and asking more questions about life and curious things.

Bleeding Wings Sculpture Series YouTube

I created a YouTube for my "Bleeding Wings" sculpture series..

ta dow:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Flower Fairies Are Never Far Away


Flower fairies are never far away.

This pic shows my husband Denny and his mom Clarice cleaning up after Christmas dinner. Denny and I spent last Christmas with his mom Clarice. We have celebrated the last 7 years of the Christmas holidays with her. During any holiday we knew we would all be together. Not this coming Christmas though, as Clarice has passed away. She died unexpectedly of a massive stroke on May 17th at a hospital not far away. That seems poetic in some ways..

"not far away".

What her loss has given to me is the wind through my hair bringing more meaning. Each and every flower, every tree I see now reveals to me that time is short and time should be embraced as fragile. Clarice was my muse as an artist as she was a dancer, in spirit and soul. She loved each day and met it with the pleasure it is meant to be. Today as I find myself missing her, again, I remind myself of those things about her that I admired. Thus I am grateful. I breathe in this very second of my life and feel its potential. My personal potential in the arts, the ability to connect with emotions and present them in clay, oil paints and poetry. I have the freedom to express who I am, my take on life,there can be no sweeter gift.

I have two solar bumble bees in my garden that Clarice bought for me a week or so before she had her stroke. They are like flower fairies that bring a kind of magic of rainbows at night, as their colors change from reds, purples, blues, greens, oranges and yellows, colors my artist palette does hold. As I imagine my bees to be tiny fairies I feel the need to sculpt and continue on with my own gifts as well as the gifts that Clarice brought to me. I dance before my artwork as she danced in lovely costumes.

Farewell dear Clarice.. I will remember this part of you and appreciate each moment more, paying closer attention to small miracles often looked over by me.

Farewell dear lady.