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Katie G. Whipple  Lady Painter 🌸 Queens, NY

Tomorrow! Join us in Paris for part two of the Americans in Paris Show! The opening is tomorrow from 5-8pm at @galerieloeilduprince! I can’t wait to see the show.
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This is the last little study I did for Papavera, it is just 8”x8”. I was looking for the poppy to put at the bottom of the painting! This is the one I landed on ❤️
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Happy birthday to my wonderful husband @brendanhjohnston. Tomorrow we will have been together for 7 years! 💕 I’m so lucky to be walking along side him in this sweet life. We are spending his 34th birthday in Paris... we are beyond lucky to get to do what we love and that we share what we love. Happy happy birthday. I love you sweetheart!
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Brendan is standing in front of Monet’s Waterlilies at the L’Orangerie in Paris... a beautiful museum not to be missed if you love Monet and flowers ✨
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#americansinparis #monetwaterlilies

Hello from foggy [sunny and beautiful] London Town, friends!! I have a fun special announcement:
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TOMORROW this painting is going to be up for auction to benefit the American Heart Association! It will be on auction at the Heart and Stroke Ball in Indianapolis, chaired by our dear friends and earth angels, Al and Nancy Gatmaitan.
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The great news: you don't have to attend the event to bid on the painting!! If you are interested in bidding, please email coco.okocha@heart.org. Coco will register your cell phone so you can participate in the auction. Bidding will end Saturday, May 19th at 8:15pm EST at the event. The silent auction is open NOW!
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Check it out, buy a painting, and raise some money for a great cause. Not only will this painting be up for auction (starting at a very reasonable price!). But so will two paintings by my amazing mother, Libby Whipple, as well as a beautiful painting by my husband @brendanhjohnston.
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Don’t miss out! And don’t forget the best cure for heart disease is a healthy and well balanced diet with 30 minutes of exercise each day 😉 #omegathrees
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“Trumpet Lily” oil on wood, 14”x18”, framed in a 2” white gold frame.
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Thank you for supporting this great cause! Xoxo K

Happy Mother’s Day! Especially to my amazing mother, Libby Whipple. My mom put a paint brush in my hand around age 4, so I owe all of this to her. Not only did she start my painting interest, she encouraged it at every step along the way. She took me to museums around the country, signed me up for workshops, and introduced me to professional artists for career advice. She was unwavering in her faith that I could make painting a way of life as well as a viable career. My mother is also an incredible painter that inspires me daily. The third image is a painting she did last year after participating with me in the Women’s March in NYC. The piece is titled “January 21, 2017”. (I told you she was amazing and inspiring!) The first image is my current work in progress of some lily of the valley, one of my Grandma Givan’s (my maternal grandmother) favorite flower. (The G in my name stands for Givan, it is my mom’s maiden name and also her middle name. 💕 #matriarchy) And happy Mother’s Day to all of the other wonderful mom’s in my life that raise me up and inspire me everyday! I am beyond lucky. 🙏🏻 #happymothersday #lilyofthevalley #womensmarch #ilovemymom

Americans in Paris opens tonight!! I so wish I could be there to enjoy the opening and see all the incredible pieces in person. Since I can’t, here is a little video “step by step” of the making of Papavera. As you all know by now, making this painting was not just a matter of setting some poppies in a vase and painting them. It was carefully planned out and I painted dozens of poppies in preparation for the final piece. Here in the video I start by showing the three “cartoons” (full sized composition studies) I made to figure this piece out. Making cartoons is becoming increasingly important in my process for making large complex works. This painting might not seem so complex, just a dozen poppies in a vase... but design is something I am very interested in my work, and I have crashed and burned many times from going into a painting not fully prepared. I’m still working through and changing my composing process from painting to painting, since each species of flowers requires a slightly different approach. The first cartoon in the video was my first playful attempt at the composition. I didn’t expect that to be anywhere near my final result, I just wanted to throw some color around and see what ideas stuck. The second cartoon was my more serious attempt at a final composition. This was created after I had most of my poppy studies finished, so I had a better idea of what I was working with and what others I needed to finish the composition. Three of the poppies in the second cartoon are compositional place holders from my imagination and I subsequently painted poppies from life to match those positions. The third and final cartoon was my final composition, fixing the problems in the 2nd one and solidifying my ideas, now all based on my poppy studies painted from life. These cartoons are painted on Mylar, btw. I then drew out the composition on the wood panel with brown chalk. Since I was just painting on wood prepared with rabbit skin glue, I knew I would have to be VERY careful not to paint outside my drawing lines and stain the panel. I typically don’t approach my paintings with a line block-in of the composition. (Description continued in comments!)

‘Papavera’, oil on wood, 32” by 20” on view tomorrow at @arcadiagallery for Americans in Paris! Opening at Arcadia Contemporary in Culver City, CA tomorrow (Saturday, May 12) from 6-8 pm! The poppies would love to see you there ❤️
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This frame helped inspire the design and composition of the painting. I bought it years and years ago at a little antique store out on Long Island. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I had to have it. I’m so glad I found a perfect use for it after years of patient waiting in my studio! It is hand carved and I have no idea how old it is. Special thanks to Sebastian at @quattroframeworks for beautifully restoring it. 🖤 Some things are just meant to be and this painting felt like one of them. From the frame to the vase to the poppies, it has been a joy to make this painting. I’m SO excited to share it with you all!!
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And again (every time I post a photo of this painting someone asked about the wood panel in the comments) it is a maple wood panel from @sohoartmaterials that was too beautiful to put a white primer on. So I prepared it with four coats of rabbit skin glue (1 part glue: 10 parts water). It was a beautiful surface to work on! I really love how the natural wood grain is completed by the beautiful carvings in the frame. ❤️
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#arcadiacontemporary #americansinparis #papavera #poppies #floralpainting #oilpainting #oilonwood #odilonredon

Oh, did I not mention my husband @brendanhjohnston has paintings in ‘Americans in Paris’ too?? And that they are of little ol’ me? 😊 Here is one of his two masterpieces he will be showing @arcadiagallery this Saturday! I posed for Brendan and these paintings this winter. It was a lot of long hours and long days, as our friends can tell you because they haven’t seen either of us in months. I paint from natural light, so after the sun went down I would pose for Brendan for several hours in the evenings. He paid me by listening to the Harry Potter books on audio for the first time (what’s up Jim Dale??) ⚡️💫✨ and I have to say, I think some of the Magic slipped into this piece. I just love it. I also feel like I could get used to being surrounded by lilies and gold all the time...’Flora’, oil and gold leaf on wood, 24”x24”. Also, this might be a good time to add, Brendan also painted the portrait that I use as my Instagram profile picture. 😍 I’m lucky to be married to such a talented man! (But honestly... the design in this painting 💔 I am so inspired!)
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#americansinparis #arcadiacontemporary #brendanhjohnston #oilpainting #flora #gilding

Friends, I know I’ve probably been over sharing about this poppy piece. But before the show opens on Saturday, I wanted to share with you my inspirations for the painting ‘Papavera’. Pictured here first is the painting ‘Vase of Poppies’ by Odilon Redon probably painted around 1914. Unfortunately this piece is in a private collection and I have not seen it in person, but it and Redon’s many other floral still lives inspired my painting (swipe👉). If you have been following me on Instagram for a little while, you probably know about my love for the paintings of Odilon Redon. Being an academy trained oil painter and teacher, this love for Redon is rather inexplicable. Redon’s work didn’t really capture my imagination or even my notice until I visited Paris and the Musee d’Orsay for the first time in 2014. While gazing with wonder at a small pastel portrait in the Museum I turned to my husband, @brendanhjohnston, and said “How come you never told me about this guy!?” And my sweet husband (who has a degree in art history and knows a lot more than me) said, “honey, I’ve been telling you to look at his work for years. I knew you would love him.” Brendan was right. From that moment on I have been somewhat obsessed with his work and have sought it out at museums and auction houses ever since. I don’t have reactions to artists like this very often. Really, it has only happened with one other artist, Fra Angelico. And I can’t really explain that one either, friends. But when I am in the presence of Redon’s (or Fra Angelico’s) paintings, it feels like I am seeing my oldest and dearest friend. Like we have been parted, but now we are back together and no time has passed and the love and knowing are all there. I have stood in front of Redon’s large decorative paintings and cried, embarrassing both my mother and my husband in museum galleries. When @vanessarothe sent out the email about the Americans in Paris show, I knew exactly what I was going to paint. I was going to paint a love letter to my friend Odilon Redon. I am so grateful for the opportunity to make this series of paintings. I am so grateful to be able to share them with you. I am so grateful for my friend Redon. ❤

I painted a vase!! It might not seem like a huge accomplishment, but since I rarely paint them, this vase caused me a lot of anxiety. (I’m much more comfortable with organic flowers than symmetry!) I love this old vase and I waned to do it’s beautiful character justice. Here is a brief step by step of how I approached painting him (swipe 👉) I started with a line drawing block in on the panel. I used brown chalk to get the symmetry and drawing correct. I then blocked in the basic white glaze to get the overall form and light effect of the vase. After the white underpainting was dry, I glazed the hand painted blue pattern. Finally, I added the highlight, cracks, and imperfections to give it character. I can’t wait to try my had at painting this vase a second or third time. I learned so much!! (Final photo is the real vase, I didn’t come close to capturing it’s true beauty and personality!!)
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See this painting and it’s studies THIS SATURDAY @arcadiagallery!! #arcadiacontemporary #americansinparis #instalesson #stepbystep #floralpainting #fromlife #oilpainting

Another sneak peek of ‘Papavera’! Tomorrow night I will be sending out an email newsletter about our upcoming show, Americans in Paris, at @arcadiagallery and @galerieloeilduprince! Sign up for my newsletter by clicking the link in my profile, 👉www.kgwhipple.com/contact 👈 enter your email and subscribe! I will finally share this whole painting, and I wrote a little bit about my inspirations for this poppy series and how this Americans in Paris show came about! Thank you as always, dearest internet friends, for the love and support. It means the world!
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And don’t forget, the show @arcadiagallery opens May 12th! So soon! The paintings are already in LA! 😱🤗😍
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#arcadiacontemporary #galerieloeilduprince #papavera #floralpainting

Super fun to see my piece “Earthly Delight” published in the most recent journal of The Society of Classical Poets! I am honored to be included in this beautiful publication. Swipe 👉 to see the full color image of this painting. It is wonderful to see humanities combined in a print publication, a sight that is becoming increasingly rare!
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“Earthly Delight” is available at @arcadiagallery for anyone interested 👀 🌸 .
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I’ve been posting a lot about the Americans in Paris show opening at Arcadia (@arcadiagallery) in 12 days, but the great news is this is a two part show!! There will also be a show in PARIS! Opening at @galerieloeilduprince May 24th! Brendan and I will both be there with a few works, including this plein air sketch of poppies I made in the Luxembourg gardens last May. This was the first poppy painting that started the poppy obsession... “Poppies in the Luxembourg (detail)”, 9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas. If you are a Parisian or happen to be in Paris at the end of May, we would love to see you there!
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