Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Monday, January 30, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
This is a closeup of one of my favorite paintings. I have always loved pennants and have often rerouted our drive to sit under them. Yep. You can't watch pennants without being happy.
Find pics of the entire painting on my site, colorcatstudios101.etsy.com, where it's for sale.
Here's one more awesome closeup. :)
I was surprised to find a goofy pic of our son online, so I used it today to make this goofy sketch in one of my art classes as we're studying expressions!
First the photo...
Then the sketch. Remember, this is a FAST sketch... so be good to me!
Monday, January 23, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
This is my best baby. Ever. And she has gone missing. Although my feed is dedicated to art, you will find her in many posts because she acts like a dog and shadows me. And because she is so beautiful. She embodies art.
My baby is gone and I am a wreck. She followed me everywhere and I can hardly operate without her.
I choose present tense in hopes that she comes back. She sleeps with me and stumbles to the bathroom for morning exercises. She eats with me. Paints with me. Critiques my work, as you have seen in previous posts. Gardens with me and walks to the mailbox with me. Wherever I go, she follows and parks herself at my feet. If she's outside and I come home, she runs to my car and jumps in. If she's inside, she comes running and meowing as soon as she hears me. She lays on my iPad and our card games, and parks in the middle of big groups. She continually trips me because she is always there. She cries if she can't find me and comes running when I call. My baby.
Art critic extraordinaire. Always there.
She was happy when she was with me.
But she is no longer there. There is a tangible empty space around me. I move and she is gone. My hand reaches out to empty air. My shadow is missing. I call out to an answering silence. Tears tears tears, I have made myself sick with tears. My baby, you who scolded us every time we left the yard, please come home.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
When I'm getting close to the end of my creation process, I often carry the painting around the house and look at it in different lighting situations. Here I am having a good stare. This will go on for a couple days, sometimes up to a week.
During this time, I will add a brushstroke here, a dash there, getting increasingly smaller (there's a contradiction of terms for you!) as I go until I'm satisfied. Most of these changes are not observable to the naked eye, or really, I should say, to any eye other than mine. These tiny strokes, however, are often the cohesive glue that holds the entire painting together.
And below, my Inspector Extraordinaire. She's checking it out, too.
I used a VERY limited palette - really, only four colors. Naples yellow, ghost green, indigo and black. I'm really enjoying these more muted colors this winter.
The patterns and the way I applied paint really give a great feeling of movement throughout the painting. I like it!
You almost feel as if you're looking IN to the painting, with the dark background. It feels as if you could walk right into it, thus my name, 'Enter.'
Oh, man, I love the splatters! And I love the way the colors are mixing right on the canvas.
I can see I need to take some more photos in different lighting. That's always an adventure, too.
Here I am. After that last brushstroke, I'm always washed with satisfaction.
And yes, it's iced tea. I'm a Texas girl. No sugar. I take my sugar in solid form, thank you very much. This painting is for sale and can be found on my site, colorcatstudios101.etsy.com
Thursday, January 12, 2017
This is the woodblock I carved to make #chrysanthemum #prints . Find my #chrysanthemums at colorcatstudios101.etsy.com
I hunk my woodblock is a thing of beauty in itself.
Here's a portion of one of my flowers for a closeup view of the textures and layers.
Find the entire painting on my site.
This is a mono-print, which means I couldn't make another like it if I tried. I carved the chrysanthemum woodblock and used it in printing this fascinating, layered piece. For sale at colorcatstudios101.etsy.com. There you will find other views, including the entire painting.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Let's brighten up this new year! This lantern oughta do it! This is one of three Chinese lantern paintings in this series.