Saturday, March 25, 2017

Holiday Cats! Valentine's Day Cat

Valentine's Day Cat  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
Valentine's Day Cat, before and after tweaking
The last of the Holiday Cats...  I hope you enjoyed them.  I really liked this project on so many levels. I took my time planning them. ...and I didn't post them one by one as soon as they were finished, which allowed time to tweak them before posting. 
Also, for some reason, writing several blog posts in a row is much easier than doing one at the end of a long day painting? Not to mention the brainstorm of ideas I now have for future paintings, holiday and otherwise. Thank you for reading!



Friday, March 24, 2017

Holiday Cats! New Year's Cat

New Year's Cat  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
If you are looking for a kitten, Spring is the time to do it!  Many kittens at the shelter this time of the year.  "New Year's Cat" model was initially photographed at the Cleveland Animal Protective League.  If you are local to Cleveland, OH, it's a great place to find a furry companion.  



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Holiday Cats! Christmas Kitten

Christmas Cat  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
Kitty elf booties!!  It's true what Tony Robbins said "Where focus goes, energy flows." I'm tempted to do more silly paintings of cats... and I feel energized by the design aspect of this series!  




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Holiday Cats! Thanksgiving Cat

Thanksgiving Cat  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
This Holiday Cat was the most difficult to design.  I wanted to avoid pilgrim and indian motifs. The cornucopia basket with more generalized "Fall" props seemed fitting.  ...and a black cat because I hadn't included one in the series yet. Though I'm not sure this painting really says "Thanksgiving." Tomorrow: a white kitten Christmas elf. :)



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Holiday Cats! Halloween Bat Cat

Halloween Bat Cat  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
This painting cracks me up. Maybe my favorite in the Holiday Cat series. When I designed it, I didn't plan pointy ears, the widow's peak or goatee.  Those happened as I painted.  Too fun. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Holiday Cats! July 4th, Independence Day Patriotic Cat

July 4th Cat, Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
I am a quote junkie. I post them on Pinterest and the bulletin board by my desk.  My 2017 calendar had cat inspired quotes.  Nothing beats a short true statement, extra points awarded for humor and/or inspiration.  When I discovered that one of my awesome collectors utilizes quotes in her work, I had to share.
Anne Choi hand makes sterling silver beads. They are stand alone gorgeous and also provide wonderful centerpieces for more intricate bracelets and necklaces. I especially love the
old world Arts & Crafts vibe of her designs.   (I have two of her exquisite beads: "Let us then be up and doing, with a heart for any fate." William Wadsworth Longfellow and “What greater gift than the love of a cat.” Charles Dickens)  If you are a jewelry maker, her beads are a a must see!  



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Holiday Cats! Easter Cat

Easter Cat  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
More from my new series of paintings, Holiday Cats! Going in order, Easter follows St. Patrick's Day.  It's a cat with bunny ears! Mmph, I'm scheduling posts and I realize with horror, I forgot to paint a Thanksgiving cat. That cat would be scheduled for this Wednesday (after July 4th and Halloween cats....) So, back to the studio. I think I can get it done in time... 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Holiday Cats! St. Patrick's Day cat, St. Catrick

St. Catrick  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
Happy St Patrick's Day!  Couldn't let today pass by without posting a painting from my new series: Holiday Cats! Look for the rest to follow starting Sunday at 6:30pm EST.
The new guest artist at Gallery + this month is Milan Kecman. Experience Milan's double portraits of historical figures during the 78th ST open studios event on St. Patrick's day, Friday March 17th between 5 and 9pm.   A closing reception for landscape artist, Ken Marshall will also happen! Hope to see you there.



Sunday, March 12, 2017

An update and a product recommendation video


"Queen of Cats" Sold
Despite a lack of posts here, I am back in my studio painting. Just a cough remains from the icky cold. During my downtime, I got to thinkin' about a series of paintings I've been wanting to do forever. The series started as "character cats" and the paintings were intended for potential commercial use. Later I decided a series of holiday themed cat paintings might get more mileage.  I painted one (Halloween) cat and kinda dropped the idea. But I couldn't stop thinking about it. Well, I'm back on it, three done, a few more to go.  You'll never see a cuter St. Catrick than the one I painted...  I hope to share the whole series tentatively titled "Holiday Cats" with you soon.  :)

A great product, Masters Brush Cleaner. I buy the giant tub, it's perfect for swishing brushes clean. Happy Daylight Savings to you and thank you for your interest.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Painting in Progress shots

A few painting-in-progress shots of "Cat's Eye View," a painting from 2016. As always, more progress shots can be found on my Pinterest board, here
Thank you for commenting on my last painting and also the kind replies to the post via email.  I'm afraid I am (still) struggling a bit with whatever flu-bug monster took hold last week! Will post again when I'm 100%.  Thanks.