Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bedtime Brigade painting of sheep

Bedtime Brigade  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
At Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, OH the dog park is called a Canine Meadow.  Farmpark is a family-oriented science and cultural center devoted to agriculture and farming...and a wonderful place to wander, should you have the chance. I brought my camera with me and was thrilled to discover sheep, goats, horses and chickens! By the time I got to the Well Bred Shed, my camera battery had died...  a tragic occurrence, as there lived piglets and calves. Must buy a membership and go again soon!

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In other news: "New Do" made the second page of the Lake County News Herald!  :)  The painting will be part of the Skulls and Skeleton exhibit at Lakeland Community College.  A costume party reception will take place October 26th from 6-9pm, though the exhibit is open to the public now. 

Thanks for reading, have a great day!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tilda and our new cat

Tilda  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
The new house came with an outdoor cat. The previous owners affectionately named her "Mooch" and the name has stuck.  (They left a photo of her on the counter.)

A dead chipmunk appeared on the doorstep recently and we are assuming that is her way of welcoming us to the neighborhood. :)  

Today's painting features a long hair Calico who waits for adoption at the Cleveland APL.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tentative a new painting

Tentative  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  $330.
Greetings from the new abode!!  I missed you and this blog.  I hope you didn't forget about me...  A "tentative" black cat peers from this, my first painting in a while. :) 

Below, a quickie tour of my new studio:
The room is situated in the front of the house and faces west.  This video was shot about a week ago, still much to organize-- I will replace the curtains with blinds and eventually install a daylight fixture over the drafting table...  

The new house is most excellent. It is completely surrounded by nature and nature is very nice.  (Understatement.)  Deer wander across the back yard! 

Upon arriving, Coco-cat was kept confined to a small room for the first week.  After that we let him have free reign. He stayed huddled under the basement stairs for the first 48 hours then got curious and he now seems to enjoy the new digs. 

The packing, sorting and organizing of various stuffs into proper places goes on, but life is good. I hope it is for you too.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Book of the Cat, Angus Hyland, Caroline Roberts

Today, something very exciting: I am pleased to share with you "The Book of the Cat!" 

Angus Hyland and Caroline Roberts have created an exquisite little compendium of cat art accompanied by thoughtfully written vignettes and cat quotes. What a delight to have my art (several paintings including a couple of the Coco!) included. 

You can't tell from the photo, but the heavy cardstock cover features a lovely linen texture... The book is beautifully crafted.
"Brooding Coco" on page 131!

(Above) "Cat Study" (detail) Edward Hopper sketches, 1941 and "Jilt" by Owen Smith, 2012. Also, Lucien Freud's "Girl with Kitten," 1947. (Didn't know he ever painted a cat!?)

My painting "White Cat," The quote reads:
"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as Gods. Cats have never forgotten this." (Anonymous)  :)

Love these watercolor ink paintings by Endre Penovac titled "Tranquility," 2015 and "Excited," 2014.
Me thinks nearly the perfect gift for the cat person in your life. Use the discount code DIANE to receive a 25% discount on the Laurence King website!  Also available on Amazon here.  

Husband and I are still moteling it here.  We expect to move into new place by the end of the month if not sooner!

Monday, August 14, 2017

I See Daisies and a Coco Update

I See Daisies  Oil on wood, 6" x 6," Reserved
Before we left our home in Cleveland, husband and I had to shoo Coco cat out of hiding from the bowels of the basement... He knew changes were afoot and he wasn't havin' it. It took him a few days to recover after we moved into the motel, curled up tight under the covers of the bed. He's fine now, his appetite has returned and he's his sweet self again. More paintings when I am able!  Thanks for reading.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

New Do and cable TV rocks

New Do  Oil on panel, 10" x 10,"  Reserved
Greetings from a motel room off of Interstate 90! Motel living: I'm having a terrible time pulling myself away from cable TV. Chip and Joanna Gaines really ARE the cutest couple EVER. Also there's a cafe in Japan that serves only mayonnaise inspired foods... Mayo milkshakes, mayo muffins etc...?!  And a really interesting documentary about a woman who made a fortune selling crystal meth before serving a 20 year prison sentence. But I digress. :) I am getting some painting done, a couple new paintings this week: both reserved for the Skull and Skeleton in Art V: Folk Art to Pop Culture at Lakeland Community College/Kirtland, OH in September. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hoeptner Happenings Newsletter and BYE for now!

Quick post today:  My Hoeptner Happenings newsletter went out this week.  if you missed it, here's a link.  I forgot to put a banner across the top, doh?!  Kindly ignore that part, lol.

Finally, I must bid you a fond farewell for now.  Our home is 99% packed.  This weekend we move into a temporary digs until the new house becomes available. I'll be back on the other side. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

White Witch

White Witch  Oil on panel, 6" x 6,"  $195.
It's a lot of packing going on here. Still. I'm worried about Coco. That little gray animal doesn't like change, though I've been reading up on how to make the transition easier for him...  If you have a tip/experience on moving with a cat, I'd love to hear about it in the comments.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Alison and moving is tedious business

Alison  Oil on panel, 6" x 6,"  SOLD
"Alison" will grow into her outrageous whiskers...  A bit of glare on photo here, it's better in life.
The Captive

In other news, "The Captive" kitty model has a profile on the Cleveland APL website, great cat!!  Here's a link if you reside in Cleveland and would consider adopting.

Husband and I continue to pack for the move. We've been in this house for ten years and stuff accumulated.  Who knew we owned five camera tripods?!  Only two of which include release plates -the parts that connect the camera to the tripod? Though, a couple of those turned up and I will attempt to match all before boxing! **sigh**

Monday, July 3, 2017