Friday, June 15, 2018

Berry Wreath Painting

My work this morning was listing this tiny little jewel on my website. Painted in layers of transparent glazing, the colors peek through one another and you feel as if you can gaze deeply into it.  Very difficult to photograph because of its shine, it looks something like this! I love berries and all things growing! You can find what inspired me, more pics and purchasing details at 

colorcatstudios101.etsy.com. On my website you can find purchase information, lots more photos and also what inspired me!


I put in so many pictures because each one is different.  Very difficult to photograph, and in differing lights it looks different.

I would say the one below is truest to the natural colors of the painting.  It is very deep and layered, and you feel as if you can see into the depths when you look at it in person.



Oh my goodness, I love this tiny little piece!







Thursday, June 14, 2018

Red Panda Painting

In order for people to understand what size canvas I’m working on, I like to have a shot taken with me holding it. Here it is! Now you can tell what size it is (24x36) and see that I wear super goofy hairstyles when I work at home.  NPR, you have your ‘driveway moments, and so do I.

Also note my lovely long green hair growing out of that head planter.  Pretty fantastic, huh? When I planted those two little plants, they were six inch sticking-up hair. :)




Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Red Panda Painting Commission

This adorable little fellow is coming out to meet the world tonight, barely dry.  Someone hired me to paint a red panda and wanted me to include some teal, which was really easy since they’re complimentary colors. I think he is ADORABLE. When she came to see him she said, ‘He’s even cuter in person!’ That’s what they always say; it looks bigger, brighter and ‘realer’ than photos ever could. I do commissions of pretty much any subject requested. Check out  my website, colorcatstudios101.etsy.com, and if you like my style, tell me what you’d like me to paint for YOU!


This fine fellow is 24x36”.


Monday, June 11, 2018

An Artist’s Palette

Palette of the Day. My work for today is with this palette and an entirely new set of colors. What’s your work today?


Honestly, though, although I don’t paint a whole lot of abstracts, I love the abstract qualities of my palette and really love looking and the colors, layers and values.  I think it’s beautiful in its own right.  Sometimes I’m sorry to cover it up and start anew.


Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Continuing Saga of... (cue music) AN ARTIST’S DESK

Between each project I clean my desk and clear off all the stuff.  Okay, not ALL the stuff, but a goodly portion! Then I lay out the tools of my trade with a surgeon’s precision, albeit not that sterile, for the next great work. The brushes laid out here indicate I’m working small, which means I’m either painting a small project or working on a BIG project and getting close to being finished. Generally when I work big, I keep to big brushes for as long as possible and switch to the smaller brushes when they start to feel unwieldy. I think this keeps my work looking fresh and more immediate. And yes, I am getting close to the end of a big project.  Can’t show you yet because it’s a commission.  Dream about a painting you’d like to have and ask! I work within everyone’s budget. My email address is colorcatstudios@gmail.com.




Friday, June 8, 2018

Teaching Homeschool Art Classes

It’s not Teeny Tiny Art Time, it’s Teeny Tiny Words Time! But I have so much to say! This is a teeny tiny synopsis of one of my class schedules. I’m offering seven classes for the school year. Although two of them are already filled, there’s room in the others.  These are classes during the day for homeschoolers; I teach all day Mondays and Tuesdays through the school year.


For info on schedules and supplies and probably more than you want to know about me, go to two websites:  

www.hisclasses.org

www.ttcclasses.com



There is so much more I could say; we really learn a lot.  Alongside all this, we do a massive sweep of art history.



Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Traveling Artist

This floor.... you know, most of us don’t recognize the artistry that goes into the everyday products that surround us. I was captivated by these tiles and they inspire me in all kinds of ways. Yes, that rolling suitcase is paint-splattered and I think it is downright awesome.



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Newest Floral - Just Finished!

Here’s my newest floral in all its bright colors.  At 12” square, it’s sure to cheer. This painting is for sale on my website, and you can also find lots of detailed photos.  Only $50.00 for this little stunner. 

colorcatstudios101.etsy.com



Don’t you just love the layers? In this tiny piece I’ve got a crayon resist done with watercolors and acrylics, a paint marker (and pencil under it all,) and then those lovely Golden fluid acrylics on top to balance it all out and brighten everything.  Such a fun piece!


Can There Ever Be Enough Flowers?

Here’s a cutaway of a floral I just finished and absolutely love.  Tonight I’ll post the painting in its entirety.  This pretty little thing has an abundance of layers in mixed media. I did a wax crayon resist with watercolors and acrylics, used pencil and paint pens and gave some pops of serious colors with some glorious Golden fluid acrylics.





Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Carved Woodblock

This is a woodblock I carved into a chrysanthemum.  I used it to make prints and suppose I made about 100 before I retired it.  As for ME, I want to retire my printing blocks before they start to crack and split as I consider them things of beauty in themselves. You can never get them entirely clean after each use, and I consider the leftover paint hiding in the cracks part of our history together, this block and me.  


Although technically it’s a tool, I consider it a piece of art in its own right and love it for itself.  It really is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? I have it resting on a shelf to happy it up for me each morning.  Here’s a side view, with the little indentations carved for handles.




Monday, June 4, 2018

Finished Bloodhound Painting, Really!

This is a painting of a very old bloodhound I just finished. His name is Blue and I think he’s pretty stinking adorable. I’m not sure I’d want him slobbering on my carpet, but I would definitely want him hanging on my wall!  There are some very slight differences between my previous post and this one - can you find them?  The changes I made are minute... ;)

Do you have pets you’d like me to paint?  Let me know!


Bloodhound Painting

Just finished this picture of my friends’ old bloodhound, Blue.  I wanted to name him Slobber Dog, but I think we’ll stick with Blue. :). Hope they love their new pet! Yes, you can commission me for your animals.


Here I am holding it.  The clue is if I’m holding a painting in front of my face, it means I’ve been in studio and haven’t done hair or makeup.  Now you know my secret!


The following post will show the finished bloodhound; this is almost done but has minute details...




Saturday, June 2, 2018

Sketching on a Plane

This is what an artist does when on a plane.  I look forward to being forced to sit down and make plans to get stuff done as I’m really terrible at sitting... EVER.  I copied this from a Vogue magazine.  A four hour flight is good for a couple drawings and a good read. No movies for this girl!




A Creative’s Summer Gardening

If you feel something wonderfully warm, if you hear something stretch within itself, it’s my squash. ❤️ ❤️ 


In the North we grew so much squash everyone would come to church with grocery bags full of the stuff. We would look at each others’ bags and try to give it away to someone, anyone!  This is the first time in 19 years, since we’ve lived down here, that I’ve been able to grow squash.


We shall see if it can stretch itself into yummyhood before squirrel, opossum, coon, humidity, mysterious phenomenon or Act of God takes it out. We shall see.  Artists are forever optimists.

Oh, the beauty with which God has surrounded us! Thank you, Lord!!




Friday, June 1, 2018

Outside My Doorstep

Just listed this little 12”square beauty.  I named it ‘Outside My Doorstep.’ The plant that inspired this really IS outside our doorstep, and welcomes us home with its cheery little persona. This painting will do the same, and with its tiny size can warm and cheer even the smallest space.  The depth and colors will draw you back again and again. Check out for purchase. 

colorcatstudios101.etsy.com




I posted two ‘identical’ pictures so you could see the variation in color a little better. It’s hard to trust a camera, or the lighting or time of day.

Here’s a nice closeup to let you peer in a bit better.  Bright and cheery.




Thursday, May 31, 2018

Painting Sold

This one is sold and tomorrow will be wending its way to its new owner. You would note that I added a little rust into the mix per the client’s request. Love the added color, and now it will compliment their beautiful silk carpet. Absolutely love the rich new dimension added into the mix!

Below shows my original painting.  They request that salmon be added and I really love the difference!




Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Owl Painting Needs Home

Feeling owlish? A new painting on your walls will take care of that! This bad boy puts a little edge in whatever room he hangs around in, and a lot of conversation.  For sale.  (His name is Horatio.)




Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Making your Day Palette-able!

Just trying to make your evening’s feed a little more PALETTEable!  Har har har! Ah, hum.  Yeah.  Sorry.  Couldn’t resist. Anyway, kind of pretty, isn’t it? 





Monday, May 28, 2018

Painting for Sale Today Only!

Memorial Day Special! This beautiful 12”x12” square piece is only $50.00 to celebrate the day! Today only.  I don’t have it on my site, so you’ll have to reply here. First one to reply gets this colorful painting! Mixed media on heavy mixed media paper.  


Wow, I absolutely adore these colors and textures~!!  :) Happy.




Artist Palette

Ya know, every now and then I just really love the look of my palette and think it should be a painting.  Such is the case today. Happy Memorial Day.  Today I will paint a little, we will remember. We will eat, swim and celebrate,and plan to go down to ‘our’ sculpture down on the Waterway to pay tribute to our lost friends.  Thank you to all who have served to keep us free and great, and grant us the freedom to plan our days in such a wonderful way.





Friday, May 25, 2018

Inspiration for This Artist

These are my Peruvian Lilies.  I prefer to call them Bad Hair Day flowers.  Aren’t they just lovely? Even though they are beautiful, they DO look like bad hair in the morning, though, don’t they? Scroll down to see what the background pattern is.

It IS a nice background.  Actually, it was serendipity.  I washed one of my summer dresses and hung it outside on our umbrella table.  It just happened to be hanging there. Of course, turquoise is such a nice compliment to red that it seemed like the perfect foil.  So there you have it!


I spend a lot of time outside. Working in the garden, puttering around, biking, swimming and of course having coffee in the morning with my guy. ❤️ I cannot overstate the inspiration I draw from the beauty of God’s creation.




Puppy for Sale!

Puppy PAINTING for sale, that is! I just posted this fine furry fellow for sale on my website.  He is full of fun and ready for a new home.  Trust me, he will be easier than a real dog! 

Have I ever told you I paint on heavy, gallery-wrapped canvas with the highest quality fade-resistant paints? I also finish my paintings with a UV varnish. If they decide to get dusty on you, all you have to do is wipe a damp cloth over them. Also, this guy badly needs a name.  Any suggestions? I’m thinking about ‘Not Quite Rabid.’

Here are a few closeups.  Love the colors and textures in this painting so much!

Here I am holding it so you can get a perspective of size.  It’s 24x36”, and I’ve got it wired for immediate hanging.


I painted him in big, bold strokes to give the feeling of imminent movement, as you should feel with a dog like this! Oh, my goodness, I love him!

 
Check out this link for details.
colorcatstudios101.etsy.com

A Creative Life

If you’re curious about the crazy artist responsible for this feed, here I am in a bush.  Actually, this is a telling portrait because I tend to immerse myself in pretty much everything. These are lilacs which grow only in the North.  I haven’t had a chance to see them blooming for 20 YEARS and every lilac we passed got to meet me personally. I believe that artists are a little more in touch with, well, everything.  If you took a walk with me, you’d find out about that because I have to stop and examine whatever interests me. Part of my mission as an artist is to show these beautiful things to others.


My friend enhanced the above image somehow.  And below... just can’t stop talking...




Thursday, May 24, 2018

Art Experimentation

I’ve been doing some experiments with oil sticks on top of mixed media and liking the results.  These are the pearlescent and metallic ones, and the illusion is that they’re actually floating on top of the watercolor.  Pretty cool.  Tonight I’m going to post a video of it to explain a bit more. 




Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lunchtime Sketch at the Guthrie

We had lunch with Grant at the Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis on the banks of the Mississippi River.  This was our view, and my quick sketch whilst waiting for food. (I painted it at home.) Our view was of these condos, which were built out of the old Gold Medal plant.  They were beautiful.  We never saw, but I’m sure the sign on the top of the building, which faces the Mississippi, said Gold Medal all those years.  I’m guessing it still does.  Adjacent to these condos is the Gold Medal Museum, if you feel the need to find out about your history. The big yellow space on the left was actually a huge outdoor pillar outside our building.  Wanting to maintain the vertical feel, I chose to draw it in and fill it with Latin words as we’ve studied a lot of Latin. I chose the words that had a lot to do with family, since we were reunited with Grant.  I never did take a photo, but this little sketch brings back the memories in a much sharper and more memorable way.




Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sketching Portrait of Our Son

Doing some quick sketching in my small pad to keep my chops up. I never know what people are going to hire me for next, and sketching a wide variety of everything is always a good thing.  This wide variety of everything just happens to be our youngest son. :) 


I started this on a plane, minus the knife, of course.  It’s extremely sharp and works really well to sharpen my big fat pencils.  I’m not that good at it but it reminds me of my trip to Cuba and making music with the Cuban musicians.  When we needed to correct our music or make notes, I noticed that they could sharpen their pencils to deadly weapon status with a few strokes.  Sheesh!

Anyway, if you need me to do some artwork for you or sharpen your pencils, let me know. :)

Inspiring Flowers

One thing I miss about the North is the flowering trees.  Here I’m enjoying a nice crabapple.  We were lucky to be able to go to Minnesota during the beginning of the heavy flowering season.  My wooden ‘bracelet’ is one of my mom’s necklaces.  Intrepid person that she was, she went on a trip to Israel with a tour, leaving Dad home to work.  She got this there.  I’ve been wearing it a lot lately as it makes me feel close to her.  It’s been one year this month now that she died. Aren’t these flowers just gorgeous? 



Looks like I’m going to have to paint some crabapple flowers.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dave Barry Quote

Now and then we all just need to laugh.  So I put one of my favorite Dave Barry quotes onto a background of one of my paintings. Just in case you didn’t know, the difference between men and women. :). Haha! Just had to deviate from my art feed for this one as it has given me so many smiles.




Animal Magnet (ism)

I’m curious, of these six animals, which is your favorite? Because of a goofy sketch I did of a grizzled old lion, I began painting animals and haven’t been able to stop! Three of these paintings are still available and I always have these magnets and others for sale on my website. I love animals! Check me out at 

colorcatstudios101.etsy.com




Wednesday, May 16, 2018

In the Art Studio with My Watercolors

This is, I think, the most honest art form for me.  When I’m tired or worn out, in a hurry or just needing to lay down some color, it usually comes back to something like this.  And it always seems to be an expression of flowers, to which I am so deeply and intricately connected. The layers of color, the compliments and the bleeds satisfy me in a very deep way.  Not to mention the highly pigmented, super bright QOR watercolors made by Golden.




Cookie Artist Palette

Seems a fitting way to end a year of art classes, doesn’t it?  NO, I didn’t make these; one of my students did. And they tasted even better than they looked! Yum.