Artist Kim Foster

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Born on Miami Beach, Kim Foster began figure drawing weekly in high school. She attended Pratt Institute in New York, transferred to The London College of Printing in England and began her successful career as a graphic designer in Miami in 1975. By the late 1970s, she began painting the figure in oil. The paintings were large – some 36 X 48 inches and took at least 8 months to complete.Using conte and hard pastels, Kim continued drawing from the figure every week. Painting in watercolor replaced oil painting in the early 2000s when Kim had 3 young children, in addition to her growing graphic design business. Pastels on WatercolorThough she loved the look and feel of using conte and pastel on smooth newsprint, Kim knew that the paper was not archival, She searched for a paper that would look as good but not deteriorate as quickly and found that smooth Arches watercolor paper had an excellent surface that she could draw on. By painting watercolor backgrounds on the Arches paper, Kim brought the prepared background to figure drawing sessions. Hard pastel figure drawings and portraits “popped” off the backgounds, turning 30 minute drawings into finished works of art, painted on archival 100% rag paper. Gesture figure drawingsDrawing the figure in conte while the model holds a 2 minute pose requires skill, focus and a bold, “less is more” approach. In 50 years of almost weekly practice, Kim’s gesture drawings are spare and elegant.Love what you paintThat is the truth of art. Kim loves drawing and paintiing faces and just doesn’t feel the same love painting flowers and landscapes. She REALLY loves her family, pets and friends, so that is what she often paints.Miami bornTold that she swam before she could walk, Kim’s colors are the blues and greens of South [...]

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