Take a Risk

Take a Risk
You can be a great artist in your own studio, but ask yourself...Why am I making art?
Take the risk and enter some shows, if you get in, it will be a good resume builder!

It's kind of like the lottery. "You've got to play to win"
If you don't get your art out in the world you will never know how far it will go. Recently, I got into a museum show, here is my collage flower image.

Make your hard work pay off.

Available for viewing at the Palm Beach Photographic Museum 8/2019-10/2019


Torn Between Love


Torn between the love of your children, spouse or (significant other) and the love of making art.  Do you wonder how as a parent, or working person you will ever find the time to sit down and create? It can be difficult, especially when inspiration is not always happening. Right?

I often wake up early and go to the computer look at photo blogs, and just think.  Then, when I go about my day that brainstorming, I did earlier­ will incubate.

I found that I work best talking to fellow artists, and through meditation, and writing.   It is a clearing…a way to get centered. 

Ester Perel is a couple’s therapist and a fascinating speaker.  I’d like to share with you what she says are the three components in a relationship. I think they are also appropriate to making art.

  1. Imitating other artists

  2. Identifying with other artists­

  3. Internalizing and producing our own art.

Let me know your thoughts, how you create or whatever you would like to share.

Here is a new piece from Stratosphere (working title)


Ancient Terrain Exhibit - Save the Date


"The winter in Iceland reduces everything to a still white landscape, producing an environment of isolation – vast, barren and cold. Photographing this infertile landscape felt as though I was dropped on a strange and wonderful terrain of extreme simplicity.  I would be challenged physically, mentally, and in ways I could not predict as I explored this landscape."  - Hope Kahn


I will be exhibiting Ancient Terrain, a new body of hand-painted photographs from my visit to Iceland, at The Sallie & Berton Korman Gallery at CCE. The exhibit will be on display from February - March, 2019. 

MARCH 16 AT 6:00PM

425 24th Street  |  West Palm Beach, FL 33407  |  www.cceflorida.org

*Northwood Village – Just a few blocks north of downtown West Palm Beach


New Exhibit Opening November 16!

I am excited to announce my upcoming exhibit this November in West Palm Beach. For the first time, I will be showing my collection of Pinhole Nudes! Please note the corrected opening reception date listed below...

Featured Artist: Hope Kahn
Friday, November 16
at The Box Gallery
from 7-10pm
811 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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"The photograph is but the bridge that provides the emotional and spiritual connection between the viewer and the art. I look for the darkness in the light, the mystery in the everyday. I spend my time blending nature and the figure into a narrative for the viewer. My mind is wandering, wondering, where my next image hides. I concede to my impulses and instincts to bring mysteries to light."   

- Hope Kahn

“Art is Everywhere.”

This lovely poem was written by a good friend and fellow photographer named Gabriele Roden. The photos that accompany this piece are by her as well. She has inspired me and I hope you feel the same. Enjoy! 

Art is Everywhere

I am possessed to chase the details,
Not to miss any abandoned pieces of the puzzle.
When I slow down
I find them scattered all around me.

The tossed apple that floats
On a bed of seaweed.
The rusty shovel
That planted sunflowers in another season.
A piece of washed up driftwood
That leans against bleached shingles, 
eligible for a fine sculpture in a museum.  

In other words, “Art is Everywhere”,
A teacher told me.
Now I see it, each one a gift,
A story that wants to be told,
anchored in place, waiting for me to discover.

A reunion of sorts,
Both of us bringing our story.
Each object in the spotlight
Between my lens and the setting sun. 

August 2018/Rockport


So, you are bored, and unmotivated as an artist?

Living in your head? Here’s what I did to break the cycle of no inspiration:

Get in your studio, paint, or get out and photograph or Plein Aire paint, or get behind your computer or whatever your medium is for creating.

If you wait for motivation, you may be waiting a long time… motivation comes in the process of creation, one thing will lead to another. 

Sometimes I just get out of the house, take a walk, or sit quietly and close my eyes. If you live in a city there are tons of options for motivating yourself. All the obvious of course, the museums and galleries, but how about walking a new way, trying a different street, looking at window displays?

I used to say to my mother, “I’m bored” and she would tell me to just do something!  I remember I would put a 45 on my record player and be transported!  (Yes, I gave my age away with that one!)

Now get out there, there is no excuse. 


Finding the Best Images to Wax and Paint

When choosing an image to make an Encaustic painting, I look for 3 important things:

  1. It must be a good image! Don’t think waxing is going to solve a bad image. Your picture must have good “bones” to start with. i.e. leading lines, rule of thirds, etc.
  2. Look for an image that has a lot of white space in which to paint, as there is not a lot to paint when the image is too dark. 
  3. You must have a sturdy paper to hold the wax and paint without cracking. Choose an Archival Paper that is 308g/m or better. I find Hahnemuhle Natural or Bight 308gm or Epson Hot Press or Cold Press paper 330 g/m to work the best!