Monday, October 20, 2014

Eye on Butterfly a new cat painting

Eye on Butterfly  Oil on wood  8" x 8"  SOLD

Still trying out landscape backgrounds. The background reference for this painting started out emerald green and cerulean blue, but I thought it complimented the foreground better in sienna and ochres.    
Will include a photo of "Eye on Butterfly" kitteh, which was taken at the Cleveland Animal Protective League.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cat & Butterfly V & pictures from Gallery+ Debut

Cat & Butterfly V  Oil on wood  8" x 8"  SOLD
I've painted this APL cat a few times.  This one is my favorite so far.
Gallery + opened Friday night...  Here's a few pictures.
Ted Lawson's NYC paintings on the left and Tricia Kaman portrait & figurative paintings on the right
My floral and kitteh paintings are on the wall to the left as you enter Gallery +
Though you can't see 'em here, there's refreshments on a counter across the back wall.  

Gallery + Artists!  Zachary Hoon, Ted Lawson, Leslie Edwards Humez, Diane Hoeptner, Tricia Kaman
It was amazing. Wonderful, in fact. I am thrilled to be part of this talented group. Having a local venue for  my work provides a sweet excuse to dress up and get out of the house for Third Friday events  ...and it's got me brainstorming new projects and approaches to my work as well.  I look forward to blogging about future Gallery + receptions and goings-on as they occur!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Kitty Pitcher preparing for Gallery + debut at 78th

Kitty Pitcher  Oil on wood  10" x 10"  $325.
"Kitty Pitcher" is one of nineteen of my paintings on exhibit at the Gallery +  at 78th ST Studios in Cleveland, OH. The opening happened Friday night!  Much fun was had. It was a stellar evening.  
This week has been a blur of preparation for the show.  It'll be great to get back in the studio and paint next week.  I'm including a photo of me assembling work into frames... Glamorous, I know.   More about the Gallery + opening in tomorrow's post!    

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cat in Corner gray and white cat painting

Cat in Corner  Oil on wood  8" x 8"  $215.
Love the almost human looking eyes on this kitty.  Photo reference is courtesy of Maggie Swanson who volunteers at a shelter in Norwalk, CT.  She blogs photos of shelter kittehs here.  She is also a talented illustrator, check out her website here

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Adventures on the internet

Umbrella art!?
Very wonderful Kristin Bauer van Straten mentioned me on twitter recently.  Here's the tweet:

When the True Blood star who will play "Malificent on the next season of Once Upon a Time tweets: my traffic stats go through the roof. Thank you, Kristin.   
But wait, I happened to click the hashtag symbol before my name....  and discovered this gem on Twitter.  (WTH?)  Someone saw fit to decorate their umbrella with my 2009 painting "Beach Daisy?!" Yes.  Well, at least they gave me credit.  :)  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Dragon Cat in book Daily Painting by Carol Marine

Dragon Cat, 2012 (sold)  to be included in Carol Marine's new book:  Daily Painting
I am honored to have "Dragon Cat" included in Carol Marine's new book:  Daily Painting. I've glowingly raved about Carol's art (and life!) to friends, family and on this blog in 2009, here.  She has inspired countless masses to pick up a brush and paint! Myself included.  She is a tireless workshop instructor, traveler and all around renaissance art woman. Additionally, she and her husband are the faces behind Dailypaintworks.  Oh, the amazing tips she's shared -- just on her blog!  Her book is sure to please. 

Carol has the unique ability to explain very complex painting methods in simple, easy to understand language. Daily Painting will be published by Ten Speed Press/Random House and will be available for purchase on November 2nd.  But you can pre-order and save $8, here.  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mulberry Cat and Gallery + joins 78th ST Studios

Mulberry Cat  Oil on wood  12" x 12"  $420.
Mulberry Cat, my latest:   If you'd like to purchase this painting the "Buy Now" button is at the bottom of this post.  

Now, my big news:
Glorious wall space at Gallery +, the newest addition to 78th ST Studios.  (All mine!)
Big news, I tell you!  This has been a long time coming.  I have always wanted a permanent local hub for my art and I think I found it...  Four artists and I will occupy the newest addition to 78th ST Studios:
Fellow artists are Leslie Edwards Humez, Zachary Hoon, Tricia Kaman and Ted Lawson.  The "+" in Gallery + symbolizes occasional guest artist exhibits as well as artist merchandise to be offered in the future. 
If you are local to Ohio, please attend our first opening which will happen this Friday between 5 and 9pm during the 78TH ST Third Friday open house event.  Address:  1300 West 78th ST, Cleveland, OH  44102
  • 78th Street Studios is the largest fine arts complex in NE Ohio with over 40 retail galleries, studios, and other creative spaces all under one roof.

All of my larger paintings will be on exhibit.  You've heard me belly ache on this blog --about wanting to paint bigger. Gallery + is an amazing opportunity to share those paintings.  Our group is looking forward to hosting Gallery + exhibits during the the monthly 78th ST Third Friday tours. Please consider attending this Friday!!  

I will keep you, dear subscriber/blog visitor in the loop with updates and pictures as this new venue gets rolling. 

To purchase "Mulberry Cat," paypal button here:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Deco Still Life before and after fixing a painting

AFTER:  Deco Still Life  Oil on wood  16" x 16"  $900.
BEFORE:  Oy, bad photo, I realize this in hind site!
Well, you'd think I repainted the whole dang thing based on these photos...  The before photo was shot inside and it's too yellow, my bad!   The after photo of  "Deco Still Life" was taken outside this morning and the overall colors are (shockingly) more accurate. The only parts I actually repainted are the daisies, a few stems and the blooms in the horse head vase.  
If you are wondering "Mmm, I wonder why Diane is hauling out her oldies but goodies and attempting to make them perfect?"  All will be revealed in tomorrow's post.  :)

Thursday, October 9, 2014