Just before Christmas, I decided to tackle a new project, one very unfamiliar to me in many ways.  I desperately wanted to do some drawings on my new Cintiq tablet that would be meaningful to me and would take a period of time to complete. I had been doing some images as a collaboration for various tarot decks.  I fell in love with the concept and wanted to make my own deck, using friends and family. 

As a theme for this deck (78 cards), I asked each friend to chose their totem animal as well as give me some background of their history, real or imagined.  In this deck,  I am the Fool...perfect for this venture.  I did not know, or care, what I was getting myself into and now realize it is going to take a looooong time before I complete this project.  Doesn't matter because I am loving every minute of it. 

The Painter program is a wonderful one, except for a few quirks that I have learned to work around.  I adore the Cintiq tablet...it is honestly like working on paper to a certain extent!   Each image takes about 1 to 2 weeks to complete with an additional week for research.


 


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05/11/2012 12:29pm

To: Ka Graves
Does any gallery in the Scottsdale area represent you with your painting

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05/11/2012 9:05pm

Hi Sam. No, currently I do not have representation in any gallery in Scottsdale. You can also see more of my Totem Animal Tarot cards on my Facebook website. My email is pandaka3@gmail.com. If you any any questions, I would be happy to answer them. Thank you for stopping by!!
Ka

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Ed Reino
10/18/2012 8:25am

I am in receipt of a hand painted chess set. All pcs are signed by you. #5/500. I am trying to place a value on it. I am in Boca Raton, Fl. Thank YOU!

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Ka Graves
10/21/2012 6:12pm

Hi Ed, I have sent you an email with information.

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linda
10/21/2012 6:34am

so i am an artist and a collector of fine art and I came across a sculpture with your name on it. It is an imaginal called Black Bark from 1992 this was one of the first pieces i bought for my collection. For insurance reasons only how much is this piece worth now, I hope by asking I have not offended you I truly enjoy your art and appreciate the time and effort it takes to create such beautiful pieces.

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Ka Graves
10/21/2012 6:13pm

Hi Linda, Thanks for your comment. I have sent you an email regarding Black Bark.

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Ka Graves
10/21/2012 6:18pm

Hi again Linda, My email to you was return because it was an incorrect address. Can you send another one?

linda
10/25/2012 5:47am

So I hope you have facebook my myspace address has been kinda messed up lately. please resend any info to my facebook thank you so much for your time! -Linda Quirion

Ka Graves
10/25/2012 11:30am

Hi Linda...There are many "Linda Quirion"s on FB. I will just post the my email here. OK?

"Hi Linda! Thank you for visiting my site. I am delighted that you have Black Bark. He was one of our first characters in Barkerville. Do you have any of the booklets or information on the series? If not, I can give you some background information on them. Our company, called SO! Studio Originals, Inc., was started by my husband and me back in 1990 and was dissolved after the events of 2001. During that time, we made chess sets and the characters of Barkerville, all limited editions. Unfortunately, we moved and placed all our files in storage, where they still are. I have access, but it is a tough one!! Also we had a Mac at the time which crashed and we are unable to retrieve any of the files.

Of course, I am not offended by your question! I don't know if I can help with value though. I am not an appraiser but I can tell you that the series was quite popular and had appeared in several giftware magazines. I recall that Black Bark was featured on one of the covers. He was the "patriarch" of Barkerville along with Ma Barker. As far as pricing, our last retail was about $100. Does that help?

Thank you again for contacting me. Let me know if you need any additional information."




Chuck Harder (Helt)
02/04/2013 2:24pm

Ka,
I am glad to see you so active in the technology world and easy to find.
We first met when you were the "Artist in Residence" at McClintock High School. When I saw my mom at Christmas she pulled out an old newspaper clipping with a photo of me helping you set up your show at ASU. I still have the piece you plastered my face for for the show...always questions about it.
I just wanted to say hi and see some of your recent work.
Chuck

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Ka Graves
02/05/2013 2:03pm

CHUUUUUUCCCCKKK!!! What a wonderful treat to hear from you! I am relatively inactive on this website but I am so glad you found me. I would love to hear about you and what you are doing now. I will send you an email. Hugs!!
Ka

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Katherine Lamp
07/04/2013 3:54pm

Hello Ka, I realize this is an old post but I was wondering if you still check your comments. this is the first time I've ever left a comment on anyone's website. I absolutely enjoy your artwork that I was wondering if you used to create ceramics. I have a ceramic Great Dane given to me from a patient of mine and its signed with your name , or someone who also has your name. it's dated 1996 and I was wondering if if it could be you. I am also intrigued by your series related to children as I work with adult women who suffered childhood abuse. well if you still see this you'll have my email and I'd be interested in hearing from you. Thank You, Katherine...my first blog comment

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Ka Graves
07/05/2013 4:20pm

Hi Katherine!!! Thank you for your comment...I am honored by your first blog comment. I am not much of a "blogger" but I do love hearing from those who care to write. I will send you an email...Thank you!!

Ka

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Juanita
05/25/2014 10:03pm

Hello, I have one of your pieces, the Imaginals papillon dog. What year was this dog made?
Thank you!
Juanita

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Ka Graves
05/29/2014 10:11am

Hi Juanita, The Papillon was made in the late 90s. There might be a date on the signature.

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