At Dusk

It’s easy to get trapped in a daily routine, focusing dutifully on predictable tasks, checking off one’s to do list as the days go by, and so ending the week feeling virtuous, if somewhat empty. Weeks like this bleed forgettably into one another, and before you know it, months have gone by without significant memories. […]

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I Colori della Luce

Very happy to share that my work has been featured in the Italian online magazine Hestetika. Check it out at: https://www.hestetika.it/caty-forden-i-colori-della-luce/

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Corners

My paintings initiate from something I’ve seen, lately the urban landscapes of Berlin. Light, space, color, and form convene in such a way that interests and inspires me. I take a picture, and if possible, make a quick sketch, jotting down notes, hoping that later I’ll still find it interesting to work from, and that […]

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It’s Time

It’s Time – Es ist Zeit… the title comes from the political campaign of Germany’s former leader of the SPD, Martin Schulz. I had recently arrived in Berlin and as I wandered the city in search of urbanscapes to paint from I kept noticing the campaign posters, for Schulz, and Angela Merkel, at traffic circles, […]

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Rising

This recent painting of a nearby controversial construction site found a new home before I had a chance to post it! I painted it from a series of sketches and photos I made on Rigaer Strasse which runs east-west in the block behind my studio. Historically a zone known for its occupied dwellings and anarchy […]

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Flow

After a lazy morning getting the most out of the morning sun on my east facing balcony, I walked down my favorite avenue in all of Berlin – Karl Marx Allee – to Alexanderstraße where construction has begun for the “tallest building in Berlin.” In the late afternoon light, a few cranes dangled their hooks […]

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Plattenbau

What I like most about Berlin is its variety of people, food, and architectural styles from different eras coexisting side by side on the same streets. I constantly have to stop to admire the lovingly restored turn of the century Altbau apartment buildings with their Jugendstil decorative motifs and elegant foyers leading into the hidden […]

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Waiting and Isolation – Urban Watercolors

On a recent trip to Italy we spent some time on local trains visiting family outside of Milano – stopping at every small town, sometimes waiting for what felt like forever while the sun shone down on miles of tracks, concrete, and empty stations. Sometimes the flat expanse was interrupted only by isolated apartment blocks […]

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Zig-Zag

While traveling to Italy I stopped in Nürnberg and visited the Neues Museum. One piece, “Later…,” by Dutch artist Edwin Zwakman, depicts towering apartment blocks dominating a flat space with a series of man-made reflecting pools disappearing into a background of mist. The endless repetition of balconies, windows, and vertical supports begs scrutiny and the […]

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Heat Wave

This week I experienced one of those inevitable lows in the creative process. A painting I had recently begun with high hopes suddenly felt directionless and repetitive. The oil paint became sluggish and unmalleable in Berlin’s unexpected heat wave, along with my own willpower. Seeking inspiration and an escape from negativity, I looked back at […]

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