Thursday, September 12, 2019

Market Street Fine Art Fair

Come on out THIS Saturday, September 14 to the Market Street Fine Arts Fair and find me at my booth!  I will be located by the North Passageway in front of the Sunglasses Hut and CRU Wine Bar.  Entry is free; come out and meet all the artists and get some shopping done.  I’ll be looking for you!




Monday, September 9, 2019

Preparing for Art Show

This is my very last batch of paint pour abstracts that I took to the frame shop to have hanging wires attached.  Do you have a favorite?  These will be at my booth in the Market Street Art Fair THIS Saturday!  As you can see by the fluorescent tube light reflections they are now SUPER glossy, sporting their thick coats of resin.  The framers promised to have them by Thursday - cutting it close - yikes!  You would note that the bottom right is the one with the leaf.  It blew into my work without my knowledge and by the time I noticed it was too late.  Now, it’s part of the artwork!  These beauties pack a really glorious punch for a really good price - from $45.00 to $95.00. 




Saturday, September 7, 2019

Art Fair Pieces

Here are some of the many pieces I’ll be selling at the Market Street Art Fair NEXT Saturday, September 14.  



Note that the tiger is a poster; I have small posters of some of my animal paintings even though the paintings are sold.



  I’ll also have tons of stickers and magnets, LOTS of coasters (which are still curing) and most of all, original paintings!  


It’s impossible to get a shot of this guy, who is 24”x30” - VERY STRONG PAINTING!  He’s on a bed of gold. :)

I’ll have a TON of paint pours.  I’m working on wiring them and letting all the coasters I made cure.






Hope to see you there!  Many of these are on my website; if you don’t want a piece to go to someone else, you can buy it there and pick it up at the faire. Www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Creamsicle Painting

This acrylic pour is just so beautiful, and the colors so rich I think I could eat it.  Some of the colors remind me of a creamsicle and next to those peaches all I can think to name it is ‘Luscious.’  If you could see it in person and see the depth and breadth of all these colors glowing it up together I bet you’d think so too!



I created this on an 8” x 8” square cradled birch and the colors flow over the edges to make even the sides look like art. I also signed it on the side because I didn’t want to disturb the beautiful flow of colors.  Rich, high-quality acrylics make this an archival, non-fading heirloom. At $60.00, that’s quite a bargain and a great one of a kind gift!


Note: this is an extremely thick layer of acrylics.  What do you do if it gets dusty?  Take a damp cloth to it.  That’s all!  The surface is impermeable.

You can find more pictures of this painting and more information at my website, www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com. Come and find me and knock out a few Christmas gifts with pleasure from your own home!


Art vs. Mass Production

Wonderful People,

I do my best to refrain from comments that I am going to make here, but sometimes these things just need to be said.  Here we go.


How many of you would like to own a seriously beautiful piece of original art?  How many hours might it have taken the artist to create it? Fifty?  Sixty?  This is not uncommon.


All right, let's see... what is a living wage?  $10.00/hour? Not really, but let's use it.  Ten dollars times sixty = $600.00.  Would you be willing to pay $600.00 for a beautiful piece of art?  My guess is that many of you would not.


Now it gets personal. And honestly, I think this is the first time I've ever spoken about this among non-artists.  Artists understand.  Believe me.


When people look at my art, they enjoy it, take photos of it and use it that way, which is not legal, and is actually stealing from me.  They also frequently comment to me that they wish it wasn't so expensive.


I'm really proud of my work, and careful to use only the best materials. I want it to last, not to fade as so many do, and be preserved archivally into the next generations. Just curious, have any of you looked at the price of art materials lately?  I drop twenty bucks on a tube of paint without the blink of an eye.  Lots of the art you DO buy was made by a machine with cheap paint that will fade to tan in about ten years.


So, what you are asking, in essence, is for me to invest thirty or forty hours on a piece, invest a great deal in materials, and sell it to you for a low, low price.  That makes my living wage about $1.28 per hour.


I am a professional artist.  I'm very proud of my work.  But it can be discouraging when the work doesn't sell.  People love to support me by telling me how much they love my work, but that does not compensate for the hours I spend alone creating art when I need to be, say, taking care of my family and home or enjoying free time.


If you want to support an artist, support an artist by buying his or her work!  Now THAT'S what I call encouragement!  Please don't say, 'Oh, I love this - you should do a whole series on that!'   The deal is, if I've created one piece that you really like, it means I really like it too, and would LOVE to do an entire series on it.  But what goes unsaid is that I can't continue to create without the financial support of others.


Something else that goes unsaid is that when you see a painting of mine that you like, there has been untold cerebral work, sketching, and research before I put brush to canvas, not to mention a lifetime of study, work and practice. And it may possibly mean that there are a number of paintings behind that one that failed as I struggled to bring it forth.


There have been so many times I have been discouraged and wanted to quit. Trust me, being an artist is often a difficult thing. Did you know that a successful artist's goal is supposed to be 'Paint for three months of the year, sell for nine months of the year.'  I can't even IMAGINE what it would be like to have people buy my paintings at a pace where I could spend more time painting.  Wow.


So please, don't balk when you see an artist's high price.  See the work of art for what it is.  Art.  Something beautiful that was lovingly and thoughtfully created and is perfectly unique.  Buy it.  And appreciate it for what it is, for the rest of your life and the lives of your children and grandchildren to come.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Dragons of the Earth Painting

This one I named ‘Dragons of the Earth.’ Oh my goodness, it’s one of my very favorites.  I wish I could do more like it but alas, that could never happen.  The reds and golds are a standout and the golds mix with the emerald greens to make them positively luminous.  



I painted it on 9”x12” cradled birch.  Signed on the side and ready to hang.  Highest quality paints will not fade and will bless you with an heirloom.  And at $95.00, that is a BARGAIN!





So pretty!  You can find lots more pictures and information on my website.  You can buy it tonight at www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com or take your chances and come to Market Street Fine Art Fair September 14.

www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Creative, Problems

This was my morning layout to get resin on all these pieces.  It was an adventure, to be sure.  I learned a few things - 1.  An assistant is a must (thanks, Noah and Melody)!  2.  If you work with resin in 100 degree heat, the exothermic reaction will kick into high gear and the resin will burn your hand (even through gloves,) and 3.  Whilst getting your hand burned turn off the blowtorch so you don’t start a secondary fire.  This said, I am READY to continue the work EARLY in the supposed cool of the morning and have made up my mind to never do this with my art classes. I like my students to have adventures, but not quite THIS much adventure! Watch here and my website in the coming days for all these lovely coasters, and a couple small paintings, to be added. :) 




Market Street Fine Arts Show Coming!

A lot of artists, including myself, have been working like crazy people for this upcoming show.  Two weeks!  Mark your calendars!  Come on out and be sure to stop at my booth!

Monday, September 2, 2019

My Art and Dave’s Killer Bread

You see one of the pictures I took for size comparison is with Dave’s Killer Bread.  We ALL know how good that stuff is - it’s art!  So, art next to art. 🙂  


This beautiful baby is a nice 16x20 and will make a strong impact wherever you put it.  I had difficulty photographing it to show the golds and the glowing layers without getting reflections.  It looks good in pictures but it pretty stunning in person and looks like a happy celebration as the bleeds and swirls pull you in.



Created with the highest quality archival paints on sturdy, 1 1/2” deep cradled birch.  The colors will not fade and you will be able to pass it down as an heirloom.  Signed on the side because it was just too beautiful to disturb anything by front signing.  Find it at www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com at a bargain price of $300.00! Oh happy day! 

www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com. You’ll find lots more infor and photos there as well. :)




Sunday, September 1, 2019

Lily, Lily Painting

Start now and get a jump on Christmas so you can enjoy the season.  I love this pretty painting! 

To me the colors seem rich and modern.  My little friend likes it too.



The lily pops out at me and glows in its iridescents and silvers.  The way the colors flow around each other pulls my eyes around the painting as I follow the ways the paints move and blend together.  Such a beauty!


This is an acrylic pour over 8”x8” cradled birch.  I used the highest quality archival paints which will not fade with time.  That and the sturdy frame will make it an heirloom!  Wired and ready to hang.  Signed on the side.

The website is: 

www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com and there you can find many more pictures of this painting along with lots of information including the price, which is a MERE $60.00!  Check me out!

‘Loving’ Heart Painting

I named this one ‘Loving.’ Even Mr. Giraffe loves it and he KNOWS.  9x12” on cradled birch. 



You can find detailed information about this awesome paint pour and more pictures on my website, www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com.  

www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com

Oh my goodness, the way the colors moved is just incredible!!!  And so bright and beautiful.  The golds and pearlescents really make it shine!

As you can see, I let the paint drip off all edges to make it one piece of art, and signed on the side.




You’ll find lots more pictures on my website.  Isn’t this one just so much fun?


This one will make a very special gift for that very special person.  If you like it, get it fast because I’m certain to never be able to do one like THIS again!! 


Saturday, August 31, 2019

Galaxy Painting for Sale

This little 8”x10” piece will draw you in and converse with you about galaxies, planets and stars.  It actually fills me with joy just contemplating the possibilities!  In it you will find blues, teals and whites alongside blacks, golds and opalescents which give a rosey hue and make you feel like you’re staring into the depths of space.  Coolio!!




Oh, those iridescents!!!! Yummy!




You can find lots more photos of this painting on my website, www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com


I painted this on a small, 8”x10” canvas with high quality archival acrylics.  A peaceful and powerful painting at a great price of $80.00, signed on the side.  You can see I let the paints flow over the edges to make the entire piece ART!  Perfect for a unique, one of a kind gift, or for yourself, just in case you need a little trip into space now and then. ;).

‘Glorious’ Painting

 Honestly, I think this might be my favorite one of all my pourings. The golds and reds have melded together so perfectly and the teals and blues compliment them so well that it’s a joy to follow the movement. 

Oh my goodness, just look at this thing!



It’s 12x12” on cradled birch, heirloom quality paints for only $120.00. https://etsy.me/2UmAwyH. I wish somehow I could capture the beauty of this thing with a photograph, but alas, it is not to be.  Just know that it is ever so much more beautiful in person.  Signed on the side.  The birch box is about 1” thick, and I let the paint pour over the sides to continue the art.


Glorious!! You can find lots more pics on my website, 

www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com

Friday, August 30, 2019

Second Group of Art Coasters for Sale

I have been seriously busy adding work to my website every day getting ready for fall markets and shows.  That being said, if you like any of these, grab them now!


Gorgeous, huh?  I’m curious which one you like best.  Details to make them yours are on my website, www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com. 

www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com



Now that I have them photographed, I’m going to flood them with super-glossy protective resin and give them nice cork backs. 🙂. If you want them, now is the time because I am not going to be making more!  



I like this one... it looks octopussy.



As far as the black and gold coasters, I made only eight and just posted the other four in my previous post.  When I asked if people wanted to see that they were recycled I got a resounding yes, so you my find little chipped pieces or a bit of grout I left on one.  Picture me digging through piles of discarded builders’ junk, scraping and scrubbing and you’ll get the picture.  Anyway, once these are gone, they are GONE! 

Oh my goodness, I love these!


Art Coasters for Sale

I have been seriously busy adding work to my website every day getting ready for fall markets and shows.  That being said, if you like any of these, grab them now!


 Gorgeous, huh?  I’m curious which one you like best.  Details to make them yours are on my website, www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com.  

www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com



Now that I have them photographed, I’m going to flood them with super-glossy protective resin and give them nice cork backs. 🙂.



You would notice this following one has a little chip out of its corner.  Picture me digging through bins of discarded builders’ junk, chipping grout off tiles, scrubbing them and you’ll get the idea.  I asked if people wanted to be reminded that these are recycled and got a resounding ‘YES!’  So, I used some with tiny chips, left a little grout, and we will celebrate recycling and helping this ol’ world.  That being said, I think these little stunners don’t lose anything but actually gain personality with these little blemishes.







Whew!  Pretty all over the place!
If you want them, now is the time because I am not going to be making more! As far as the black and gold coasters, I made only eight and will post the other four soon. 

Art Decision Making

Okay, so here’s the problem, and one reason why it’s so wonderful to get a perfect piece.  I adore this 8x10.  I love the colors, the way they flow and intermingle, the shapes... everything.  Except for the leaf stuck in the paint.  What would you do? I could try tweezering it off, but the chance of ruining the entire piece is about 85%.  I could just pour resin over the whole thing and call it art... hmmm?





Other things that can happen?  People mowing and blowing down the street - flying debris.  Insects, twigs, dirt... the paint literally sliding off once I get it ‘set’ and ruining the entire composition... cats and rats and elephants... SOOOO when I get one I like - I REJOICE!  Let me know what you think about my LEAF painting.  Would you buy a painting with a leaf? 


Honestly, for me, it’s so beautiful I’m just not willing to risk ruining the whole thing to remove one leaf.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Paint Pouring Painting - ‘Rising’

You know, I began doing paint pouring in response to my shoulder surgery, which left me unable to mentally focus long enough to produce my ‘normal’ style of art.  But it’s become more than that.  The beauty of these works really moves me in a way that’s hard to describe.  Here’s the entire painting:


It’s also a huge challenge to get one of these to turn out and many I end up painting over.  But this one.  I call it ‘Rise,’ because for me the paint rises up like a stem of gladiola flowers.  The fact that there’s a little elephant in with the flowers I guess is just a bonus.  Do you see him?  He’s in this following picture:



Aw, goodness.  He looks like Dumbo. ❤️ Oh, the prettiness never ends with this one!




I just popped this on my website last night.  Believe it or not, these are ever so much more beautiful in person, with their deep, glossy colors.  You can find this painting and many others at www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com. 

www.colorcatstudios101.etsy.com
Oh, goodness, I’m in love all over again!