I’m one who likes to know the big picture in life. But sometimes, life circumstances affect us in such a way that knowing the big picture is not possible. We are then forced to live more daily. But daily is ok because we end up finding out that each day is actually sufficient, that nothing is lacking. Sometimes we don’t need the overarching plan. Sometimes the overarching plan gets in the way of the here and now. And it’s in the here and now where we’re being given what we need.

shared history

About 10 years ago before I was ever making art, I read through the Artist’s Way book with a group of women back up in the Bay Area. This group was really the beginning for me of taking steps towards becoming an artist. The women in this group became life-long friends and have witnessed my full morphing into “artistdom” over the past decade, probably to a fuller extent than anyone else has.

We’ve managed to all get together about once a year since that time, as we’re now split between the northern and southern parts of the state. But a few weeks ago, half of us got to meet up here in LA. I love this kind of shared history!



“The proper use of imagination is to give beauty to the world…the gift of imagination is used to cast over the commonplace workaday world a veil of beauty and make it throb with our esthetic enjoyment.”

–Lin Yu-Tang

name change

Hi everyone -

Important announcement to let you all know that I have switched to operating under my maiden name, Karen Kinney, in my public art career. My website is now, and this replaces the old url (which was

My art email address has also changed to reflect this, as well as my blog address, instagram, and twitter handles. Here is all the new contact info:

twitter: @karen_e_kinney
instagram: @karen_e_kinney

If you have me bookmarked anywhere or have my contact info on file, please update to reflect these changes – thank you!!

moving stuff around

I’m in the process of moving my studio back home. But this time, the moving involved includes cleaning out things at home and moving a few items to a storage space in order to make room for all the art stuff that will be returning again.

I’ve always been against storage spaces in theory…why in the world would you spend money to house stuff that you’re not using out of sight somewhere? But, this time it has become necessary, in part because we live in 600 square feet of space, and working from home at the scale that I now do just requires more room than it did previously.

However, even though in general we live pretty high on the simplicity scale (small living quarters, one car, few possessions, etc.), I still noticed the dynamic of “stuff” today. It seems that all day was spent moving “things,” whether from home to storage, or from the studio to home, or from the above spaces to the trash bin. And at some point you stop and think, “What am I doing and how much energy should my stuff really take?” Moving material, inanimate objects, none of which really contribute to vitality in life, starts to feel a bit senseless.

And it is especially senseless when you realize that living in such a mega-consumeristic culture effectively blocks us to the access we have to real abundance, which is often a spiritual thing and always an inner thing, and certainly not something you purchase. I really think that the degree to which you live in a consumer culture directly corresponds to the degree to which your access to real things is blocked.

So, I don’t know. Stuff will always be there and is, in some primary ways, unavoidable. But it seems the less time spent managing/maintaining/fixing/improving it, the better.