Sunday, August 10, 2008

Pretty Things Spotlight: * Katrine K *

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Congrats to Shaumein...winner of the Katrine K. limited edition print give-a-way!
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Inspired by her dreams as well as everyday life, Norwegian artist, Katrine Kalleklev creates a whimsical little wunderland that I myself would like to live in.

"I’m often inspired by dreams, both dreams that I’ve actually dreamt and dreams that I imagine I could have dreamt! My head is filled with little, weird imagined stories."


Her enchanting animals mingle with sometimes oddly quirky little people in the cutest clothing. They inhabit rooms papered with chic wallpaper and furnished with the most beautiful furniture ...or they wander out to play in the sweet starlight countryside.


Katrine's use of muted colours gives each piece of her work an almost ethereal moody feel, drawing us in to each new story yet to be told.



Tell us a bit about You…
Hello, my name is Katrine K and I’m a 35-year old Norwegian artist and illustrator. I have a Master’s Degree from Oslo National Academy of the Arts. I live and work in a tiny village very near Oslo. I have a husband, two children (Gustav and Oskar), --and a black cat called Julius, who is 11 years old and the boss of the family! We live in an old, little house next to the woods…it’s quite romantic and peaceful. I have my studio in this house too, so you can say I spend a lot of time there!

What inspires you?
I’m often inspired by dreams, both dreams that I’ve actually dreamt and dreams that I imagine I could have dreamt! My head is filled with little, weird imagined stories. I am very
interested in psychology and the unconsciousness; dreams have a central part here. Surreal poetry, crazy music and other artists also inspire me. Lastly, I am also inspired by small details of everyday life, -the little things that don’t seem to mean anything…they can mean so much if you look at them separately or in different settings.

Apart from creating things, what do you do for fun?
I enjoy baking very much…Bread and cakes (with spelt, I am allergic to wheat), as it’s a fun thing to do with the kids! I let them decorate the cakes, as you never know what the cake will end up looking like! I also love to watch a good film, spend time with my little family and go to the cafe with my nearest friends. In the summer I just love to sit in our garden, relaxing and perhaps eat one of those delicious cakes we’ve just baked…Or nip to a glass of red wine.
One more thing: It’s perhaps odd,… but I find much pleasure in tidying up in my cupboards and drawers. I like to sort things, look at stuff I’d almost forgotten, make “systems” and “classify” the things. For instance, I put all the red things together in a box…!

What has been your most memorable moment selling your art?
H
mmm, it’s hard to give a proper answer to this one. I think every little or large sale is memorable. I am so honoured every single time I make a sale and think it so exciting that my pictures are bought all over the world thanks to Etsy. My local Library also bought one of my paintings and it now hangs in the Library for everyone to see…that’s very nice.

Any advice for fellow artists...
Stick to who you are, what you stand for and what you do the best. Never give up even when you
meet difficulties! It’s essential that you love what you do and listen to your heart.

If you could be any character whom would it be and why?
I would like to be Amelie from Montmartre. She is a bit of an eccentric loner with a great imagination full of fascination
for the little things around her. She doesn’t care what others think of her, has a strong personality, a good heart and wants to enrich other people’s lives. I’m always so inspired when I see this movie.

Where have you traveled or where would you like to travel and why?
I have this stupid anxiety for traveling and don’t like airplanes very much because they give me claustrophobia. Still, I have managed to travel to Italy a few times and would love to go back soon as it’s so rustic and romantic! I’ve also been to Berlin, a fantastic city, which is so urban and modern, yet so cozy and down-to-earth. Sorry to say, but I’ve never been to the US. Some day I will gp, but then I must fly, mustn’t I? I want very much to visit New York!

Tell us your future plans for your business...
My plan is to continue with what I’m doing: Painting and drawing and doing illustration work on the side. I’ll always try to develop myself as an artist and wish to one day also make a proper living out of being an artist. It’s
so hard but I don’t know what else I could do…I am hopelessly in love in my business and will work until I die…

Anything else you'd like to add about yourself or your work, etc…
At present my work is represented in the US by the Tinlark Gallery in Hollywood (thetinlarkgallery.com) and at 1301 Gallery in Omaha, Nebraska (hotshopsartcenter.com).


Shoppe: http://KatrineK.Etsy.com
Blog: http://KatrineK.Typepad.com



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This Give-a-Way is now closed...

Miss Katrine is soooo very generous with her feature's
give-a-way of her limited edition print "I Do Not Know You". This is one of my most favourite images in Katrine's shop and I'm sure you will absolutely love it too...Yay!

The winner will receive #5 of 50 in this limited edition
7.3" x 10,3" print series, which is printed on archival matte 192g weight paper that resists fading for up to 200 years. This print will be signed and numbered by Katrine.

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Congratulations!

99 comments:

itwasn'tme said...

chair and flowers is a fav- its simple and I wonder who belongs in the chair or who just got up- its one of those that makes you think a little-

Michw37 said...

"Just a Feeling" is my favorite for no other reason than I am simply a cat lover.

rhubarbsky said...

There's something about the texture of "While we were sleeping" that I LOVE.

Janice Golden said...

The cardplayer is really good
Jaleigh78[a]aol.com

toughturtles said...

The Candlestick it just stands off the page

idahomom said...

Anybody Here is lovely.

Janice said...

I like "Just a Feeling" the best. Which is kind of funny because I am SO not a cat person. LOL I just like the black and white contrast.

Paula said...

I found the set of two prints "Is anyone there?", and "The shoes", those are my favorite.

Paula




desnomiep@inac.gc.ca

Nikki said...

"I Wanna Be With You" is my favorite. Very unique art!

Donna said...

Chair and flowers is very nice. Thanks for the contest.

imaclutz89 said...

I really like the balloon in postcard form.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Longing by the Tree is my favorite. I'd really like to know the story behind it. It has an ominous feeling to it that I like.
karhiannon at aol.com

Petra said...

Juggler Girl is my favorite. She is so quirky and cute. Your work is wonderful, Katrine!
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Great feature, Raven. Thanks for introducing us to another talented artist yet again. : )

Have a happy week!

Maja said...

I like Just a feeling one. It's very elegant and I love b&w pictures in general.

Sunnyvale said...

I like Chair and Flowers, nice colors

Maja said...

I commented on lily and tulip, about a bleu bubblebath

kygirl said...

Just a feeling is the one I like cause I like cats.

janehixon said...

I can't decide.....I think The Door and/or The Shoes.....whimsical and, I think, a little sad......

jffryclough said...

'juggler girl' is fitting around here

Smooshy said...

I like the Long Wait. It looks like something Roman Dirge would draw.

M.A. said...

I like "Chair and Flowers".

silverbele said...

The candlestick is a great work of art

gkstratos said...

My favorite piece is The Faded Thought. For me, it's very haunting. Looks like something I might dream. I love it.
gkstratos@yahoo.com

Catherine said...

"Look at Me" is my favorite print (although it was a tough decision!) It has a sweet feel with just a touch of unnerving quality and reminds me of myself as a little girl.

mverno said...

just a feeling i have 3 cats and love them dearly

C.L. Morin said...

I love The faded Thought. It's so mysterious.

Lyn said...

My favourite is: "Look at me". The girl is so adorable and the room/background is lovely!
All prints are absolutely gorgeous though!!

zlyn88 (at) gmail (dot) com

Jenn S. said...

I really like While we were sleeping.... It reminds me of home. Deer would always come out at night and my brother and I would always want to stay up to watch them.

Kari said...

Oh i just love "just a feeling" Thank you for this beautiful giveaway!

Anonymous said...

i love art

souldolphindream said...

the faded thought print has caught my eye and needs to be on one of my walls. It just called to me and it is mystical
souldolphindream@earthlink.net

Hayley said...

I love "The Balloon" print- so simple and cute. Thanks!

-Hayley
oreo89[at] gmail[dot] com

windycindy said...

Hello, I adore her "Chair and Flowers" Archival Print! It looks like a still life print to me. I enjoy decorating and designing, thus the simplicity of the chair and flowers appeal to me. Please enter me in your fabulous giveaway drawing!
Many thanks.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Crystal said...

I love "i do not know know you" like all of her work it draws me in and i get lost in imagining....

Janice Wright said...

I like "Just a Feeling." I'm a cat lover. Thanks for the giveaway!

jwright at iowatelecom dot net

elizabeth@shoptwig said...

Hard to pick one as a favorite. The details of Katrine's work is so amazing. The Girl in the Spotlight - is one of my favorites. I also like the tea party - the tablecloth fabric is adorable.

ThisOldHenHouse said...

The Longing by the Tree is absolutely lovely, in a dark and desolate kinda way - which makes me love it <3

wooby3 said...

Chair and Flowers is lovely.

vboackle said...

i like chair and flowers because it is calming.

ky2here said...

I like 'Chair and Flowers'.

amyparsons1@yahoo.com said...

"Just a Feeling" is fabulous

Kathleen said...

I really like 'Is Anyone There' ... It's neat because you don't quite know if it's a fun little game or if it's a little bit scary.

judybrittle said...

Just A Feeling in memory of my wonderful cat. It looks just like him. Thank you so much!

Cindy said...

Just a feeling print is my favorite. Love the black and white contrast. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Just a Feeling-cat lover

carol drury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
Just a Feeling - such a cat lover!!!

louiseb130 said...

While we were sleeping

blueviolet said...

I can't decide between 'The White Chair' and 'The Shoes'. These have a sort of dreamy, enchanted feeling and I really love the artist's style!
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

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Sarah Z said...

I love "I am here for you" because the character is solitary and seems to be looking right at you. Beautiful!

Thanks!
Sarah -
believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

lisacna said...

I like the longing by the tree. It just looks peaceful to me

Kitty said...

I like "Is anyone there" It gives an odd combination of anticipation and calmness

niftyknits said...

My favourite has to be "Everything is just as it should be"

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because...getting a bit personal here...I have struggled over the past year to take that sentiment to heart and find the positive in all things.

bison61 said...

The long wait - I like the funny man waiting

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Meredith said...

Me and The Balloon is one of my favorites. Kind of spooky,kind of sweet! It would be fun to collect these and line them in a hall.

LBSGONE said...

I like the faded thought because it looks like my cat about 10 seconds before she falls asleep.
cherylfrancisco@hotmail.com

Rascallion said...

OK, I don't actually know what the date is today but I will say I like "The Shoes". It's fab but it was really hard to pick just one.

AmandaSue said...

I love Katrine K's artwork its simple, and yet gorgeous in a so very different way from most art I have seen. I really like her "sudden harmony" print.

zoe hunter said...

I really like: "While we were sleeping" that I LOVE.

kathy55439 said...

Chair and flowers IS MY FAV......

I think it would look great in my older home... It is classic and very fun.....

pitaharmon said...

Sudden Harmony is my absolute favorite. This stuff is awesome. Why can't I have talent like this.

NesieBird said...

Just a Feeling is nice. I really like it best.

Stacie R. said...

My favorite print is "Juggler Girl" because there is something mysterious about the little girl. She is expressionless which makes me wonder if there is a deeper meaning to this print.

absolutestacie@yahoo.com

yellowlabs said...

"The Meeting in the Woods" is my favorite. It is very mysterious and caught my eye.

Erma said...

The Candlestick looks good.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

Samantha P said...

the animal and the lamp is such a great piece. I love the look on the dog looking things face, so sad and cute!

Jinxy and Me said...

I really like The white Chair - - it's simple, yet striking.

Anonymous said...

Tea Party For One is my favorite. I find solace that we are all alone at one time or another. It is just so sweet!!
autumnbride7@yahoo.com

Swtlilchick said...

My favorite is The white Chair print.It reminds me of a time out.
A place you can go and think,a
quiet place.Thanks for the giveaway

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

Geoff K said...

I would say that "The Door" is my favorite work of Katrine's -- to me it represents the choice between taking risks and seizing opportunities versus playing it safe and staying behind closed doors. It moved me, and that's why it stood out. Thanks!

gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

kate d said...

The look at me print is my favorite...it's just beautiful!

kylie8cake@gmail.com

purango said...

I like The Longing by The Tree-print. I like the colors, the simplicity and the imagination in thinking about the meaning of the print. garrettsambo@aol.com

Sylvia P said...

i really like "The long wait" print, mainly because i know what it feels like to wait for a long time, and that's usually the face i make

Renee said...

Chair and Flowers is my favorite. It caught my eye as soon as I brought up the page it was on. Very, very lovely to look at. Your art is different and interesting. Thanks for the chance to win a piece of your work. :)

i am very mary said...

Oh, I'm rather fond of "The Long Wait" - and all her work is adorable!

lilyk said...

I love the Chair and flowers print because it's so pretty!

The Mommy said...

Ok...all of her work is just gorgeous, and I love the detail in the wallpapers on her prints! My favorite though is "The Card Player". He is simply wonderful.

Teresa E said...

"Just a feeling" is my favorite. It is relaxing to look at. Just love it!!

dani said...

I like while you where sleeping. It is very serene. I also liked shoes.

intime said...

Juggler Girl

Mrs. G. said...

I adore "Is There Anyone There" It reminds me of my young son who delights in skulking outside my bedroom door and scaring me when I walk out. Sometimes I can just feel him waiting, so I jump out and scare him first.

Silly but true.

kim said...

"Is any one there" totally reminds me of when i was young.

see you there! said...

They are all beautiful but since I come from a family with a history of playing cards at every opportunity I'd have to choose "The Card Player" as my favorite.

Patricia said...

I love the Faded Thought

klp1965 said...

The Faded Thought is AWESOME

Anonymous said...

I really like The Balloon- the image is suspended in time and slightly creepy. I think I have seen it somewhere myself in a dream. I was immediately familiar with it.

jaylee33 at gmail dot com

Lynda said...

I am having a hard time choosing between, "The Longing By The Tree" and "Just a Feeling" - they both evoke different emotions. The Tree evokes a sense of isolation and anticipation while Feeling gives a sense of peace and comfort. Beautiful!

- Marybeth I. said...

Is anyone there? is my favorite!

Jean said...

I love the etherial quality of all your work.

klp1965 said...

While we were sleeping :)

calgirl said...

Just a feeling is my favorite from Katrine K

aybbelle said...

I love While We Were Sleeping! abarrett005@cfl.rr.com

Julie said...

My and My Balloon is one of my favorites. I love Folk Art. Her prints are great. Thanks!

Carolyn said...

Juggler Girl is nice.
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Anonymous said...

I like the Candlestick.
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donna444444 said...

I like Is anyone there?

Felicia said...

Just a Feeling because I love cats, I have 8 and they all mean the world to me. thank you Icetwofire[at]aol[dot]com

Erika said...

Chair and flowers is a fav.

Courtney said...

Chair and flowers is my favorite. My favorite color is blue, the flowers are so pretty, and I love the antique looking chair.

Please enter me in your drawing!!