The sun casts itself over towards the yard arm, on this, my first day of the rest of my life. The last show I’ll be painting, for Canada’s National Arts Centre, English Theatre, has been a baroque rendition of 12th Night. The Old Trout Puppet Company has designed an outrageous interpretation for me to manifest for them. It was certainly a labour of love. It opens in a few days and I am expectant…. to see the costumes, the props, the actors, the lights and sounds, bringing it all to life, if only for a little while… this is how it all begins… a small part of the floor…
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The Bermuda journey

September 17, 2015
by Karen Phillips Curran
I’ve a few hours before I leave Bermuda, yet again. I am packed and ready to go. I have come and gone too many times to count, though I have made it a mission to count when I get home…passport stamps will tell me the exact number of visits to this fair isle. Its colours and texture have been a source of inspiration and a dedication to a purpose since 1986, when I first visited. Bermuda opened my eyes to a new world of colour, texture, form,  and drama of the skies. The turquoise waters enthralled me and my artistic journey began. Many visions repeat themselves and, the expanded new me, on each visit, relishes its connection with my past. Goodbye bermuda, until we meet again
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                                                                                                         Wherever I am I paint, draw and see….I am setting a new studio space in a place far from home. Love drives me there, is my motivation, that, and a thirst for new experiences, new visions, new warmth, new trust, new work….
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season of change

September 15, 2012
by Karen Phillips Curran
Time to pack up and get to the city….its theatre season. Here, I awaken to the sound of distant gunshot, it’s hunting season, and time to leave. The first set will be  a delicious array of warm and cool greys, depicting a coastal scenario. I am looking forward to it. Glace Bay Miners’ Museum…  
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studio time

August 23, 2012
by Karen Phillips Curran
  ahh where does the time go? Working quietly in the studio today. I say quietly, but it is interspersed with periods of song. I often sing while I am painting, and dance. (I can’t actually carry a  tune in a bucket but hey I’m alone so who cares?) The actions energize me, and the work. Right now I am working on some undulating keyboard images that will become small floorcloths. I am doing two at a time here and one is upside down, so can move the board around and not be distracted by the other image. It also gives me a chance to see the image as an abstract, so I can check composition. But today my paint brush has been all over the proverbial map. I painted a silver coat on a gate that will eventually grace my studio wall, a piece of theatre that will involve my bathroom door. I couldn’t resist. Right now it is outside leaning against the wall, drying. I also went at my cabin, and screen door. First priming them, because much of the paint used here has been oil based, so priming was a safe bet. The O’Brien theatre doors I […]
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Courage

December 26, 2009
by Karen Phillips Curran
Ahh another set painted, ready for set up in a few days. A large translucent drop for the production of Mother Courage at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. This is an image of the reverse of the piece, in progress. It is a translucent drop and so has particular theatrical properties designed to amaze and astound…that need to be applies in certain order and style.
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week one!

January 13, 2009
by Karen Phillips Curran
I am having a great time here at Cobalt Studios, today is one whole week! It has flown by, as well as a sense of having been here forever. I am comfortable, warm, engaged in activity all day long, so no time to be bored or restless. I am learning new things all the time but not in a pressured environment, all very easy going. I even have an opportunity to occassionally teach them a tidbit or two. The environment is great, the workshop is well equipped and bright. The processes used here are more traditional so I get a chance to learn the good old ways, see the tools, use them, nothing like hands on to embed a teaching….
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