Sunday, August 5, 2018

Crimson Cat and Hoeptner on Katzenworld

Crimson Cat  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
Last Friday, an interview with me and my cat paintings were featured on Sara Day's "Friday Art Cat" column, part of all-about-cats UK website Katzenworld. Check that out here. :)

Today a special thanks to Maggie Swanson (illustrator extraordinaire) for allowing me to paint "Crimson Cat" from a photo posted to her shelter cats blog.

In unrelated news: project kitchen over haul continues.  I started shopping for wall treatments.  Doncha know wallpaper alone wouldh've been food enough for thought...  but no.  I went to a tile shop too (mind blown!!) 

Though a bit overwhelmed with the variety of choices I did discover a couple tasty selections that may (or may not!) make the cut. 
Love the wild life theme! (Etsy wallpaper on left)

Included above, a picture of the wall that might be wallpapered. 

A few weeks ago, I found some wallpaper on Etsy that I liked. 

I had thought it so charming... (because deer! bunnies!) The Sherwin-Williams store had so MANY wallpapers.  I found another with deer! Gorgeous!  
Not to mention the neutral colors are a perfect match for the floor tile and would make the cabinets pop. 

lovely rippled glass tiles
Truth be told I found a half dozen beautiful wallpapers... and going to the tile shop complicated things further... The floral themed tiles to the right were my favorites. 

I brought one home with me to see what they looked like in the kitchen and they would totally work. Meanwhile, shelves need installed before tiles (doh!?) so yeah, maybe I swing back around and figure that out next?!  Feeling discombobulated but strangely optimistic. :)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Righteous Rita

Righteous Rita Oil on panel, 10" x 8," $410.
Sorry so mum the last few days! I've been multitasking a little more than I like.  Coming into the studio to paint was a welcome relief today. 
A quick share of the latest development in my kitchen renovation: a light fixture has been installed!  Pictures for your amusement attached. 

The old one used to bonk my husband in the head. ...until I tied it up with some picture hanging wire.  (kind of hilarious, considering the rolling pin design) -- the new one is bonk-free and features a dimmer.  I love it though it's a little more "glitzy" than I had anticipated?! Maybe the solution to that is add more sparkle to other parts of the room?! I had thought to skip a backsplash/tile and just do beadboard on the walls, now re-thinking that. Happy August!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tonya and the Tomato, Tomato Art Festival Nashville, TN

Tonya and the Tomato  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  NFS
It's almost time for the 15th Annual Tomato Art Festival in East Nashville, TN! The festival is a wacky celebration of all things tomatoes and art and it happens August 10th and 11th...  
Because tomatoes...  (Photo from 2017 Tomato Art Festival)
Art and Invention Gallery will present a veritable plethora of tomato themed art including my painting "Tonya and the Tomato." Local to Nashville?  Get tickets for the Art Preview Party and find out more about the festival here
In other news closer to home: a before and after shot of some of my refreshed kitchen cabinets.

I debated forever about whether to replace (chalk paint/resurface?!) the cabinets but the new hardware did the trick...  I'm crazy about this upgrade... The (last) custom made counter has arrived... More pictures once we get a little farther down the road!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mercy, painting of a white cat

Mercy  Oil on panel, 8"x 8," SOLD
White cat fur (not unlike white in general) so beautifully picks up reflections and bits of surrounding colors. Using a limited palette is helpful and lessens the risk of muddiness. This cat lives at the home/shelter in LA. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Brutus, a new cat painting

Brutus  Oil on panel, 8"x8,"  $330.
A handsome kitty from the shelter in LA... He needed something a little more fancy from which to survey his kingdom. Though, I might have bitten off a little more than I could chew with the ornate table. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Cloud Walker and a collector photo

Cloud Walker  Oil on panel, 8"x8," SOLD
A happy collector in PA sent this photo of painting "Terrance the Tabby" with her cat, Brother Love. Sweet!  :) 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Ned Naps

Ned Naps  Oil on panel, 8"x8," SOLD
A work in progress pic included with this painting... So much of this one depended on Ned's silhouette standing out.  I painted very thin lines to establish that early on which helped a lot, though they got mostly painted away by the end. 

Few things comfort like the sight of a peacefully sleeping cat! I really wanna paint more sleeping cats...  Also included the photo of another kitty from the Pet Pride shelter, who WAS sleeping until I put a camera in her face. :)