Monday, September 29, 2014

Black Muse a painting of cat and sunflowers

Black Muse  Oil on wood  12" x 12"  SOLD
My painting, "The Fellow" stirred a nice bit of interest in a recent Facebook post.  (It's always such a pleasure when people take notice and comment!)  Thought I'd try a variation, this time around with a darker background.   
I'm gonna disappear into the studio for a few days.  I want to make some bigger paintings for a very special local event taking place in October.  More on that soon! 
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Nouveau Sunflowers reworking an old painting

AFTER:  Nouveau Sunflowers (reworked)  Oil on wood 16" x 16"  $900.

BEFORE:  Nouveau Sunflowers (before rework)
"Fixing" old work is a seriously slippery slope...  I went into this one thinking only to re-do background pattern.  That lead to warming up pears and adjusting table top for more color harmony. and that quickly lead to more misc tweaking of the sunflowers. It's hard to know when to call it quits!    



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cat & Butterfly IV

Cat & Butterfly IV  Oil on wood  8" x 8"  Reserved
I photographed the elm trees in the background of this painting at the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, OH last Fall.  Using my landscape photographs as backgrounds is is fun- wanna do more of that.  You've seen this kitteh a few times, such a beauty.  She waits for a forever home at the Cleveland APL.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Cat in Box because cats love boxes

Cat in Box  Oil on wood  6" x 6"  SOLD
It's tempting to avoid painting by telling myself I don't have enough time... Today was busy and I was short on time, scaling back to 6" x 6" was the perfect remedy.  Very happy with the orange tabby "Cat in Box." The photo reference for this painting was provided by Love and Hisses.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sheba II portrait of blue eyed cat

Sheba II  Oil on wood 6" x 6"  $155.
I wish every day in the studio was like today.  You know when the paint just falls off the brush?  Granted "Sheba II' is small and rather simple, but dangit if this painting didn't just paint itself!  



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cat & Butterfly III cat painting, butterfly,

Cat & Butterfly III  Oil on wood  8" x 8"  SOLD
Satisfied with this painting, though I might like to try it again sometime, bigger. Cat+pattern+butterfly was a tall order for an 8x8...  The Victorian pattern and the way it helps describe the ledge is especially interesting and warrants further exploration.  This cat waits for adoption at the Cleveland Animal Protective League.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Serious painting of serious cat

Serious  Oil on wood  8" x 8"  $215.
Oh, so serious.  But aren't they all?  Photo reference for this painting courtesy of Love and Hisses.  



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Noms Now hungry cat painting

Noms Now  Oil on wood  8" x 8"  $215.
I was so pleased to be able to photograph this long haired kitteh at the Cleveland Animal Protective League...  I hardly ever see orange and white kittehs there, let alone long hairs!  Photo of his loveliness included.  If you are in the Cleveland, OH area, go adopt him!!



Friday, September 12, 2014

Sally and Sunflowers floral still life + cat

Sally and Sunflowers  Oil on wood  12" x 12"  $420.
Another floral + feline.  So many variables factor into planning these paintings, but it's fun.  When choosing reference photos, light direction, size and placement of all matter!  Photos of still life set ups (that I previously deemed not worth painting) bring renewed interest with the addition of kitteh.



Monday, September 8, 2014

Kittycat magazine features artist Diane Hoeptner

Nice write up in the September/October issue of online magazine, Kittycat!  Kittycat is based in South Africa and offers cat lovers a veritable plethora of useful information about cat health and well being.  Here's a link, there's a Q & A with me on pages 63 and 64.