Monday, October 22, 2018

Abraham Lincoln Quote

Abraham Lincoln quote on one of my embossed metal pieces.  It’s so true.  It doesn’t even matter what you choose to do (as long as it’s legal and you WANT it)!  Just go for it!



Yes, I photoshopped this piece to make it look cool, but honestly, I think it looks better the way it was!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Landscape Abstract... sort of...

Sometimes I almost think I could be an abstract artist.  Almost.  I’m really liking this tiny postcard-sized piece.  For it I used inks, acrylic paint and pen. Message me if you’re interested. My email address is colorcatstudios@gmail.com



Friday, October 19, 2018

Linoleum Cutting, Acanthus Leaf

Oh, man, I love block printing with linoleum blocks! My advanced art class doesn’t know it yet but we’re about to go into full production for Christmas.  Drawing it in and cutting the blocks is rewarding and peaceful and printing with them is about has hard to stop as picking berries. 

I don’t know about YOU, but when I start picking berries, it’s well nigh impossible for me to stop!  Same with prints.  Currently all surfaces are covered can with prints over here. :)



Thursday, October 18, 2018

Puppy Painting

I know that National Cat Day is coming up (October 29, of course) but can’t a dog get a break? I’m posting this little cutaway of my ‘Excitable Pup’ acrylic painting just to be fair.  For sale on my website, no drool included.


You can find a lot of pictures of him on my website, colorcatstudios101.etsy.com. I painted him with big, bold brushstrokes to capture the just out of control feeling that having a wild puppy gives. :). So cute.




Monday, October 15, 2018

Days with my Students

‘What did you do today,’ you ask? I’m glad you asked! Color theory with my students.  Complimentary colors mixing for neutrals, to be specific.  Days with my students are always fun days. 




Sunday, October 14, 2018

Funny One Painting with Comic Strips

It’s so nice to have hired help to do the dusting.  And what is it about outdoor photography, anyway, that invites so many feline helpers?  Whatever it is, I’m glad for it.  They just want in the picture too. This piece, named ‘Funny One,’ is a mixed media piece into which I incorporated the good old funny papers - the comics.  All my favorites, of course. :). Always makes me smile. Available at 

colorcatstudios101.etsy.com


This sweet girl is always with me.  It’s no wonder she’s in the pic, she is a Maine Coone and follows me around like a dog.  That’s one of their character traits and what makes them so precious.  The faithfulness and companionship of a dog, the easy care and loving of a cat.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Fall Leaves Painting

This painting is simply a celebration of fall, cool weather and the beautiful colors that ensue.  Hooray! It’s mixed media and I love the way the layers interplay with each other.  I call it Measure for Measure.  You can find its details on my website.



Friday, October 12, 2018

Leaf Printing with Linoleum Block

Oh my goodness I am loving the effects you can achieve with carved linoleum prints! The leaves I carved and showed in a previous post look positively ethereal on this background.  Loving this medium.




Owl Painting

This painting was created in joy and makes everyone that sees him smile. I love the way the colors glow through one another. He’s looking for a new home and you can find HIM on my website.

colorcatstudios101.etsy.com




Thursday, October 11, 2018

Carving Linoleum Blocks

Carving another lino block; this time one of my favorite subjects - leaves.  Things from nature always rate high in this artist’s book.  God has given us a great big beautiful world. For a number of years people have been begging for an advanced art class and I finally jumped in with both feet this year (as artists tend to do).  It has been an absolute delight.  Together we are delving into the mysteries of art.



Wacky Wavy Inflatable Tube Man Painting

I have a friend that actually bought a costume of one of these blowup guys.  This is my painting of these funny dudes.  We decided that each of these wind blown poses reflects moods during different times of the day.  My favorite one is the poor bent over fellow which you always see when they’re not getting enough air.  I embossed the metal, seated it on a painted canvas, and then painted everything to unite it.  :)

After much crazy deliberation, I named this one ‘Highway Dancers’ as opposed to Crazy Dancing Blowup Guys or Wacky Wavy Inflatable Tube Man and myriad other funny suggestions.  It makes me laugh. The entire piece is 24”x12”. Message me if interested; it’s not on my website. $200.00.


The following is a closeup of just the embossed metal.




Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Lino Printing in my Advanced Art Class

In my advanced art class I’m teaching my students linoleum printing.  Oh, what FUN!  As a woodcarver I have found that this is soo much easier, ever so relaxing and beautiful as well. And once you get those printing blocks carved, you can go into printing production until the house burns down around you and you realize you haven’t eaten for three days.


Below are some of the linoleum blocks carved, and some of the printed works below them.  You see varying darknesses of ink; the second printing in a go is called the ‘ghost’ and I often prefer it to the first printing.



This one is a little print I made and laid out in the classic fashion.

I love printing on top of already painted works.  For me it’s all about layers. And here, some of our tools.







Monday, October 8, 2018

Sketching with James Galway

These show my concert experience last night. James Galway. Master flutist who over his extraordinary career has played for kings, queens, presidents... every great hall and orchestra there is, and with innumerable  star performers. He’s sold over 30 million ‘albums;’ I guess these days music comes in so many forms that you now call it a unit. What a special privilege to enjoy him last night.  


Without any miking, his flute rang through the hall with that unmatchable, glittery tone, and he kept up a running narration showing his good humor.  At one point the music was so funny he cracked up, then the pianist did, and we were all laughing. Just like any musician’s practice, they had to stop and laugh.  They began again in jolly camaraderie. 


 Before the concert I sketched the piano whilst waiting, and this is what I had him sign.  He liked my piano. :). 

He looks pretty good for age 79! Knowing his legend, I scoped things out at intermission and found out where his signing table would be.  At the end of the concert I walked to the back of the auditorium (second row seat in the handicapped section for some reason, with no chair in front!) Anyway, he played the second encore I was outta there and standing at the table.  Sure enough, I was the first of at least 300 people in line for an autograph and a short little chat. :). SWEET!






Saturday, October 6, 2018

Did you know that my website not only features my paintings but has stickers, magnets, postcards and posters of many of my paintings? Here are just a few.  Wow! What a treasure trove! They make perfect little thoughtful gifts.  Check ‘em out!

colorcatstudios101.etsy.com
These are some of my magnets.


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Progress on Octopus Painting

Here you can see how the octopus painting I just finished progressed.  First I worked it up in charcoal with lots of rubbing out and movement. Once I got the composition the way I wanted I laid in some thin Payne’s Grey to set it up for color and get the contrasts balanced.  My next post will show the progression of color.  This piece is 24”x30”

I think all the swishy movement adds to it, but most of it will come off in the end.
Here you can see I’m laying in paint now.
Establishing and balancing values...

I like it already! However, time to get rid of some of that movement; I’m going to wash the charcoal off once the paint is dry.  Next time I post you’ll see how it progresses in color. :). Oh, man, I love painting!









Wednesday, October 3, 2018

This Artist’s Inspiration - Roger Dean

Thank you, Roger Dean, for being a lifelong inspiration to me. I’ve been working on a new painting. This time, charcoal cartoon and a thin layer of Payne’s Grey once I got it al adjusted.  Today the canvas watched and waited as I worked through the color scheme, this one something I’ve always wanted to do, colors based on Roger Dean’s artwork on Uriah Heep’s Magician’s Birthday! This one’s going to be fun, now that the lion’s share of my work is done.  Just add color!




Tuesday, October 2, 2018

An Artist’s Body; Just Another Canvas

I consider my body just another canvas.  Here’s a good example. Sorry for the poor lighting, I look rather like a mannequin.  Ah, well.

Also, what I wear is an extension of my personality and each piece is telling.  First, the dress.  I’ve had it for a long time.  I don’t know why I first bought it, and have called it my ugly dress all this time.  Yet I continue to wear it and it’s always been a favorite.

The long amber strand is about 40” and I usually loop it around a couple times.  It was my mother’s, so it holds special meaning.

The velvet scarf which is a rich brown on one end and a deep red on the other was a find somewhere in the South of England in a little coffee shop.  Wanting coffee, I walked in and this Texas girl found two people, a clerk and a customer, discussing Texas food! It was a warm and welcoming shop with walnut cake, pea soup and a pile of sketchpads on a table into which anyone that had the desire could make an artistic entry.  Enjoying the atmosphere and conversation, I walked around to find the shop was also a kind of second-hand garage sale of sorts.  Draped over who knows what, I found this scarf for a mere four pounds, which I think was about six American dollars at the time.

You can see I’m wearing two scarves; the crazy black one with the dangling shapes I adore! Gary and I went to Florida a couple years ago and I scooped this up on one of the days he had to work all day and, oh, woe is me, I HAD to go shopping.  This scarf fits the weird bill and suits me just right.

The brass bracelet is honey comb shaped, and I bought it to remember the great times I have with my friend who has hives, our honey gathering and bee sting experience, of which we hope to have many more. ❤️ 

The wooden bead bracelet is actually a necklace that was my mother’s.  It’s olive wood from Israel and is also a symbol of her intrepid, adventurous personality.  She traveled internationally twice before dad realized she was having all the fun and decided to join her in her overseas voyages. This bracelet is very precious to me.

I purchased the ruby ring when I was maybe 23.  It’s been my friend all these years.

The gold band is a ring my dad found metal detecting.  It all began for him when we lived in Illinois and the county drained the community lake.  One of our friends had a metal detector and moved right in to the swimming beach finding probably 1,000 rings.  Some were cheap but being the first one to the beach he made a score of a whole lot of precious gems and metals.  Right there the metal detecting bug bit my dad.  He had an awful lot of fun doing this, always drew a crowd, and sometimes found some pretty nice stuff! All this to say, the jewelry from my parents is the most special of anything I’ve mentioned.

Oh yeah, the necklace with the big, glittery hunk o’ glass? True Value Hardware Store.  Where else? :)



Monday, October 1, 2018

An Artist’s Desktop

It doesn’t seem to matter how big my desk is; it pretty much always looks like this.  Unfair that I’m not showing you the outer edges which sport PILES of books, papers, information, inspiration and ephemera. What’s on YOUR desk? Is it clean? 


I have an insatiable personality which means I read an unbelievable variety of weird things, just because it’s good to know.  And as far as art supplies, I pretty much have to try everything, which means I’m constantly experimenting.  Thus the Daniel Green watercolor crayons you see in the little five-pack at the top. Each stick is the equivalent to approximately four pans of watercolor and they ARE pigment loaded.  The jury’s out on them thus far... As far as both the Golden paints and the Matisse paints, they are so luscious and pigment packed that I could eat them.  But I won’t.  Because I expect like many materials they are carcinogenic in the State of California.  May be safe here in Texas, but let’s not be chancey.




Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Tardis

Well, everyone needs a Tardis now and then.  At least a whole lot of pretty fanatical people!  I painted this Tardis on a regular old door, and it was auctioned off for a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity a couple years ago.  I guess that makes this Throwback Saturday.




An Artist Cyclist


Well, I generally keep my blog to talk about art, but you know... what IS art, anyway?  Living and keeping healthy is an art, after all.  A big part of my life that I don’t talk about is I ride.  I ride a lot.  About five days a week I ride between 8 and 12 miles a day.

The short version of THIS bike ride was: I got dirty, wet and poopy.  But there’s another story.

(This story should be read at the lightning speed of the Veggie Tales’ ‘I love my lips’ narrative.  If you don’t know that narrative, just think, REALLY FAST!)

I ventured out in the sunshine and the first nine miles were beautiful and unremarkable, which, when you’re riding on the streets is a GOOD thing.  But then I noticed a persimmon tree, actually three, and they were dropping their fruit, so I took my camelback off and removed my handy-dandy gallon ziplock, my collection bag, ready for just such a purpose, and began my persimmon pursuit.  Finding most branches too high, I began gleaning under the trees, which turned out to be a battle between me and every six legged creature known to man.  

Then a nice Swedish lady came along and we had a poodle/persimmon conversation and stood eating them together as I continued picking, during which time THE CLOUDS WERE MOVING IN AND IT WAS GETTING DARK. A spatter of rain released and turned into an instant downpour, during which time the nice Swedish lady ran off, pulling her little poodle, Stella, along, who really wanted to stay with me and continue her own dinner of the yummy fruit.  I closed my fruit bag and hopped onto my bike to find that my left cleat wouldn’t attach to the pedal and wove down the path trying to get my foot in and finally stopped, in the pouring rain, to find the problem.  Ahh! Persimmon seed snugged right down into my cleat.

Oh, by the way, did I tell you I finally bought lovely new leather biking gloves, breatheable and filled with gel so make them ergonomically correct and Oh, So Comfey?  So, armed with my nice, brand new gloves, which I love, I proceeded to pull out the pit only to find that it was covered in dog poop.  Stella! How could you.  Thus, my nice gloves, handlebar and left shoe were poo-ied.  As the deluge continued I decided I was grossed out and proceeded to the nearest pond to wash my hands, glove and left shoe, tramping through the mud to do so.  So, if you saw a woman, all muddied and poopy, washing up in the pond in the rain, never fear.  She is sane.  Pretty much.  Thus cleansed I proceeded home.  As I rode onto our street, the rain dissipated and the sun came back out.

Yep.  That’s my story.  And I’m sticking to it.  (rather... it stuck to ME.)
(My lovely shoes, getting a nice suntan after being thoroughly scrubbed.)


Metal Embossing

This beauty is one of my creative loves - metal embossing.  Done in layers, I first painted the wood with those nice flowing textures. Once I embossed the metal I gave it that nice patina and laid it on the wood. Once set I put a layer of heavy gel over all as a sealant, and drew textures to echo the metal and signed my name into the gel, so this piece actually has a double signature, seen and unseen. The finishing touch was the turquoise patina around the edges of the wood to bring it all together.  Rich and deep!


This piece is on cradled wood and is approximately 12”x12”.  It’s on my website, colorcatstudios101.etsy.com


Friday, September 28, 2018

Artist Celebrating Over Here

It’s time to celebrate! Whenever I use up a sales receipt book and have to buy a new one it’s time to celebrate. Thank you, Lord, for directing me into this profession! How can I help YOU? 



Thursday, September 27, 2018

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Art Class Official

Now this.  This is what I call art.  One of my students brought super yummy whoopie pies for us all.  Whoopie pies on top of my Australian art towel on top of my art board.  Layers of love here.


Aren’t they beautiful? :)


Puppy for Sale

Wouldn’t you love to adopt a new pet? This guy will ‘fun up’ your house and you won’t even have to clean up dog hair! Check him out at my site.   30”x24” and full of excitement. Here he is sitting on my easel.

colorcatstudios101.etsy.com





Sunday, September 23, 2018

Digital Art at the MFAH

Yours truly.  Using some camo to try to blend in for a change.  At the Museum of Fine Arts Houston they’ve got a nice display of digital art which includes a lot of projections. This allows viewers to become part of the art.  I like it! 




Saturday, September 22, 2018

Abstract Painting... Almost

Here’s a closeup of a section of ‘Enter,’ the previous painting I posted.  I love the abstract qualities of this piece. Happy day to you!




Glassell School of Art, Houston

I had work downtown this week and made sure to pop in over at the Glassell School of Art to see what they’ve done.  I missed their Grand Opening (since they razed the previous building to the ground and started fresh), but enjoyed poking around on my own probably more than I would have at the opening.  It’s beautiful.

This first pic is me and my new friend.  I can’t remember the artist but it was done within the last 60 years, if I remember correctly.  It’s called something like ‘______________ in a landscape,’ and features this fine fellow, made entirely of glitter, yes, glitter, in a landscape of neutrals.  The entire piece was like 12’x7’.  Anyway, this little guy and I made friends and had a nice (pretty much one-sided) conversation.
This is the space they’ve dedicated to performances and lectures, really nice.  Lots of natural light, in fact, maybe too much for things held in the afternoon, with the sun blazing in.

This third photo is from the park in between the MFAH, where I had just been snooping around, and the Glassell.  I didn’t have my sunglasses with me and it was a super hot day, so I avoided the outdoor roof-steps.  That will be for a time with a cool sunset and a friend. :)




Friday, September 21, 2018

Mary Cassatt, Impressionist

This stunning Mary Cassatt is a great example of putting the minute details into that which you want the viewer to focus in on first.  Note the beautiful detail on the mother’s face and how brushy the child’s face is.  First you look at the mother, then take in the child.  Yes, that kid’s eyes are downright scary close up, but when you get back, you see all the reflective, bright wonder found in a child’s eyes. Beautiful.  Collection our own Museum of Fine Arts Houston. 

I absolutely adore seeing the brushstrokes.







Portrait of an Artist. This Artist

This is the artist responsible for this crazy blog.  Me.  I’m just over here celebrating my naturally red hair.  One of our sons tells me I’m prone to gross hyperbole, but I don’t know what he’s talking about.




Trip to the Art Museum

As an artist, I need new stimulation all the time.  A trip to the museum was just what the doctor ordered.  Isn’t this gorgeous? Whew! From the late 19th to early 20th century, this would have been worn by a bride in the Indonesian islands.  Pure gold.  A little heavy, huh?  The little chains would have tinkled as she moved.  I’m entranced by the detail they worked into the metal.  Personally, I would’ve worn it.  Shouldn’t we start a new tradition? (From the MFAH permanent collection) Next time I work in metal, I’m going to use this as inspiration!

Oh my goodness, it is SO lovely!




Monkey Photography

Went down to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston yesterday and they had a nice exhibit on the history of photography.  Apparently this handsome fellow caused quite a stir.  This seminal photo started a court case in which the rights of the photo were determined.  The prosecutors said that the monkey should own the rights.  Yep.  It was determined that only humans could own the rights to a photo. There you have it! Enough to make you smile,huh.  :)




Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Coasters for Small Gifts

Hard to believe, but it’s time to start thinking about tiny, special gifts for the holidays. These enchanting little coasters come in three different images, all with a nice cork back, so you can mix and match. Check out my website and get a little ahead of the game.  Our orchestra is beginning Christmas music; that means it’s coming!

Aren’t they sweet? Methinks they’ll make your coffee and tea taste even better!  Check me out at colorcatstudios101.etsy.com


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Class is In Session! Charcoal

Just getting dirty with my advanced art students today. Charcoal.  Gotta love it. Honestly, there are few things I would rather do than spend creative time with kids.  Love them so much.




Sunday, September 16, 2018

Octopus Painting, Photography

Can you see the difference between these two photos? It’s always a challenge for me to get good photos of my art.  The first one is the pic I posted yesterday; the one with my toes is the one I just took - FINALLY - which is truer to the way it really looks!  The little glimmers where I made the green ocean swishy around the moving tentacle are, however, reflections.  More work on photography to get those out.  Yes, it is available, sans toes!