Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Blue Coco and I will juror a show on CFAI.co

Blue Coco  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  $245.
From the latest issue of "Where Art Lives"
Exciting news!  I've been asked to be the guest juror in the June 2015 artist showdown at Contemporary Fine Art International. Having been on the receiving end of the jury process many times, I've often wondered what it would be like to judge a show.  I imagine one wants to reward entries that capture the theme (in this case animal art) and those that do it in a novel way-- Paintings that demonstrate good composition, color, values and effortless (looking) brushwork would get extra points... If you are an artist who relishes the challenge of painting animals, please enter! But don't tell me, I don't want to be biased. That would be very bad. :)  I will post about this again soon with a link to enter.  

"Blue Coco," another melancholy painting of my favorite cat. You'd think all he does is mope but it's not so.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Orange Medley with Cat

Orange Medley with Cat  Oil on wood, 10" x 10,"  $375.
Thanks to all who commented on my time lapse video, your feedback is greatly appreciated!  I will do more in the future...  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Orange Tuxi + Video of painting in progress

Orange Tuxi  Oil on wood, 6" x 6,"  $175.
Included with this post, a quickie video of "Orange Tuxi" in the making...  Video is 28 seconds long (and captures about three hours.)  It's mostly the rough-in--and doesn't include whisker painting and final finessing. If you find the accompanying video useful or entertaining--let me know in the comments.  It was fun to do and I can see the potential for better ones happening...  
Side note to subscribers:  I'm not sure how this is gonna look in your email. If you don't see it, please click over to the blog!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Black Cat Full Moon

Black Cat Full Moon  Oil on wood, 10" x 8,"  SOLD
This is Billy the Kid #63, he waits for adoption at the Cleveland Animal Protective League.  I'm including a picture of him, from the APL website.  Interested?!  See this  link to his adoption profile.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Update: Joe Bonamassa, Red Rock Canyon and PRINTS on FAA

The last painting in my blogiversary give away (gray kitty, "Bronson") has finally shipped. Thanks again to all who subscribed. Thanks especially for your enthusiasm. It took longer to give away three (as opposed to one.) A few subscribers never responded to my "You Won a Painting!" email....  most likely par for the course.  We'll do it again next year, but perhaps reduce the notification reply time from 48 hours to 12.

In other news,  Husband and I went to Las Vegas last weekend to see blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa in concert, it was a lot of fun!  
Joe Bonamassa at the Palms, Red Rock Canyon and me on a horse!

We took a two hour trailride of Red Rocks Canyon. (Amazing!)

A selection of my cat paintings are now available as prints on Fine Art America.  If you've waffled at the prospect of spending your hard earned cash on my original paintings, this will be of interest... They start at just $17. 

Check out my cat paintings on Fine Art America, here.  

Looking forward to getting back in the studio soon!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Coco Pulls the String

Coco Pulls the String  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
We have another winner in my blogiversary!  So sweet, it is a couple and they chose "Darby" (the orange cat) because it reminded them of a cat they had in the past.  The final winner has been notified that "Bronson" belongs to them, though I didn't hear back from them yet...  (another subscriber will be picked Thursday, should they not claim the painting.) 
Today I painted my doe eyed little boy-cat, Coco.  It probably won't come as a surprise when I tell you painting him is infinitely easier than other cats.  I know him very well.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Estate Cat & Can you tell that's a gravestone?

Estate Cat  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
A couple months ago, my husband and I wandered around an old cemetery.  I shot pictures of the gravestones and memorial statues...  
Potential settings for future cat paintings.
(So elegant!)  "Estate Cat" is perched on a gravestone from one of the photos... It works, right?  Looks like some kind of fabulous estate architecture....  Must go again and photograph them without all the icky snow.  :)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Cat in Cranberry Collar

Cat in Cranberry Collar  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  $245.
We have a winner!  A fabulous subscriber has chosen "Morris was Here" (the floral still life) from the selection of give away blogiversary paintings.  There are two left and another name has been randomly chosen and notified.  Woohoo!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cautious painting of an orange cat

Cautious  Oil on wood, 8" x 6,"  SOLD
Well it's one of those days when I want to blab about a bunch of stuff before said "stuff" has actually panned out...  
But a few updates:  My fabulous blogiversary painting give away is taking a minute. I've now emailed another subcriber (because the first never responded.)  If I don't hear from them, another will be selected Monday morning. That means if you're reading this from your email box, you could still win!  
In other news, "Gadjo" a painting of Jala Pfaff's lovely Siamese cat has been accepted into the 12th Annual VMRC Art Exhibition at the Park Gables Gallery in Harrisonburg, VA.  This year they had 462 entries and accepted 99.  It's a very well run show and I'm pleased to be included!
There's more news I am eager to share, but better to wait 'til it's a sure thing.  :)