Tuesday, October 16, 2018

It Crows, a new chicken rooster painting

It Crows  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $330
Lucked out at Farmpark in Kirtland, OH last week:  they let the chickens out of the coup, woohoo!  I was able to photograph them inside the "Well Bred Shed" and outside in natural light...  Many great shots were acquired, especially a pair of sweet chickies who I hope to paint later...  It got me wondering is a rooster also a chicken? (Yes.) Also, how does one tell the difference between male and female? A common saying among people in the know:  "If it crows, it's a rooster, if it lays an egg, it's a hen."  This one for SURE crows. :) 



Sunday, October 14, 2018

Objective Calculations a new Eye on Bird painting

Objective Calculations  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
Oh, how calming and curative it is to just paint for several days in a row!  This painting is another for my "Eye on Bird" series.  Little birdie photo reference courtesy of Kelly Strope.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Old Cat Friends and Sheep Herding at Farmpark

Cat Nap
Not enough time in the day... I took a week "off" from painting to do a bunch of business (and kitchen) things and it morphed into two weeks... Lol, it's shocking how quickly time goes by.

I made a trip to the Cleveland shelter to aquire new reference material (aka photos.) 

The shelter has a feral cat colony in a side yard.  (cats are ear tipped and well fed--) I was so delighted to see some familiar kitties hanging out in the parking lot...  


Hilda
I painted "Hilda" (a favorite) back in 2014! It was a nice surprise to catch a glimpse of that kitty. The other cat was featured in painting "Cat Nap" from 2016 which is still available here.


During a photo expedition to Farmpark, I happened upon a fascinating lecture about sheep herding (video included.) 

Apparently, Tom the Border Collie Shepherd does not work for doggie treats... He does it purely for the opportunity to herd more sheep. Gotta love it.
I'm hoping to get back in the studio this week! New paintings soon! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hoeptner Happenings Fall Newsletter

Doh?! Due to a technical glitch beyond my control the fall newsletter may have been missing a column...  Here's a link to the browser version, all content included! Wanna sign up? Here's a link for that. I am knee deep in kitchen overhaul stuffs, back soon with new work.  

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Kitten Considers, painting of diluted calico kitten

Kitten Considers  Oil on panel, 10" x 8,"  SOLD
Tried once before with this kitty (see that hot mess here.) This time is better. :)

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Waiting for Winston

Waiting for Winston  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
We have TILES installed in the kitchen!!!  They are glorious! 
Part of the wall needed leveling before they went in.  But the whole process took less than three days.  If you are local to NE Ohio and need somebody to install glass or ceramic tiles, I have a referral for you, just ask! Still more to go: Under cabinet lighting, paper towel
dispensers, many "misc" wall and hardware tweaks. Wall paint, the color of which has not yet been figured out, lol, swatches in purse...  Also, we need a bulletin board and I'm hoping to use a pretty vintage frame and make that myself.  Psyched! 
My husband says today's kitteh looks like she's waiting for something. We'll call that something Winston. :) 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Under the Sunflowers and a collector pic

Under the Sunflowers  Oil on panel, 8"x 8,"  SOLD
The cooler weather fall brings is always such a pleasant surprise.  This time last year we were holed up in a motel waiting for our house to be vacated! Fall was a total blur of moving and unpacking! I so look forward to seeing the leaves change this year. 
Today's painting features a spooky little black cat.  Sunflowers are still my favorites to paint--maybe try a few more combos (flowers + cat) before the snow starts flying. 
Also today, a quick share. My painting, "Blue Coco" sold to a buyer in Germany.  The painting was held up in customs for a really long time... Many emails were exchanged (worried buyer, me bugging my local post office.)  Finally, it arrived and she was kind enough to send me this picture.  Such a funky and cool space!  Can you tell she's is an artist?!  That's her painting of greyhounds above the mirror.  It makes me happy to see my painting in this setting. Thank you, CVW!  

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Idea Cat and my kitchen tile

Idea Cat  Oil on panel 8" x 8,"  SOLD
This is the second time I painted this sweet cat from the shelter, the first time was here.  
This afternoon my husband and I picked up 118 pounds of "Glass Beach Blend Amalfi" tiles for the kitchen. They are subway tiles with a mix of shiny and frosted tiles in white and grayish green and will be accented with a narrow runner of more saturated green glass tile.  Still waffling on grout color, but psyched to see them installed! Pictures soon.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018