Natalie Kuehn signing Gasparilla Music Festival Poster
There is a pace to life and even when you’d like to slow down, it keeps beating on. These last six months I feel like I’ve been able to cheat time, if only just a little. I’ve been able to create a bit despite a full schedule. And it’s been oh so rewarding.

This winter, I spent over a month developing a gramophone painting for a contest call with the determination that it had to win. Thankfully, my time paid off and my work was selected to be the commemorative artwork for the Gasparilla Music Festival poster. The original oil painting was auctioned off during a reveal at the Tampa Museum of Art, and the poster represented all of the great musical performances that came though Tampa GMF weekend.

“The piece she created for the Gasparilla Music Festival draws from the landscape lines of both Kiley Gardens and Curtis Hixon Park to create a rhythmic and dynamic environment. Silhouettes of buildings visible form the parks rise into the background as an ageless gramophone spins the sounds of the festival—to Tampa and beyond.”

Developing Gasparilla Music Festival Poster Painting

In other news, the great collective of artists I’m proud to be a part of, the Ybor Art Colony, was just featured on the local PBS tv station, WEDU. We were interviewed and and our studios were shot for an Arts Plus segment. Together, we looked like a great group of artists, and thankfully they only put in a couple seconds of this camera-shy girl. Watch Episode 305 HERE.
Ybor Art Colony on WEDU
Besides that, I’ve been in a couple of shows at the Oleson Gallery in the great art city of St. Petersburg, three short films I helped out and/or dominated in the art department were accepted and are being shown at this weekends Gasparilla International Film Festival, I designed the album art for a great friend and musician, Landon Morgan, and I’ve started drawing again. I want to start pushing my paintings further, but I often get glued to a path quickly when I’m painting. Drawing right now is really freeing and I can’t wait to see where my drawings go and where they take my paintings.
Fragments by Landon Morgan
Mercurial Expanse