Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Artist Hands

Missed with the fingernail polish. Well, maybe not. But it's interesting I chose flute over guitar and harp so I could have long nails. Then paint took over. I guess I'll always have artist hands. And that's okay with me.


Monday, December 26, 2016

Sold Commission of Ship

Here's a commission I painted for someone to give as a Christmas gift, so I can show it now.

This is a ship that will definitely NOT sink under that wave! The atmosphere reminds me of a Turner, and the subject perhaps Hokusai's Great Wave.  Pretty much love this one.

I'll give you some closeups later of this awesome almost-abstract.



Friday, December 23, 2016


Here's a detail of one of my Chinese lantern paintings showing the textures. The gold calligraphy means 'paintbrush,' a sort of self-portrait. Can you see the horizontal hand holding the vertical brush in the symbol? That's how the Chinese language changed, from unmistakeable pictograms to a more stylized lettering.


I remember long ago happening on a friend in Borders as I was searching for a book teaching Chinese and telling him my plans to learn the language.  He laughed and said, 'Even the Chinese don't know Chinese, they have more than 3,000 characters!'  I suppose that would intimidate a sensible person, but creatives tend to stab out there.

Did I learn Chinese? Of course not!  But what I DID learn has greatly enriched my life. I discovered how the language has changed over 3,000 years, how the characters are put together, the discipline of each particular mark, how one individual word can be uttered in six or seven different inflections which changes the entire meaning of that word.  I discovered the beauty of the Chinese word and the enjoyment of being able to look at it, pick out a very few words that I actually CAN read, and appreciate it for the beautiful language that it is.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Raccoon Acrylic

My sweet raccoon is for sale, 10%off until Christmas.  Message me if interested and I'll take off the discount.  Colorcatstudios101.etsy.com is my website.

Here are a few pictures...

Adorable baby.  I used the best paints; Golden... you'll see in the closeups.

Here you are. You can see the gleam of beautiful Golden Products' silver, and their Micaceous airon Oxide, which has crushed mica in it.  You can see the shimmer.


And... a closeup...  it's actually very abstract.


Oh, man, I love this painting!


You can message me under conversations directly on the website for a discount. Discount continues until Christmas only. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Video Incognito!

Well, my video absolutely will not post here, so you'll have to view it via Facebook or Instagram.  Sorry!!!

An Artist's Studio

Here we have the first installment of ... bum de da bum.... Unraveling the Mystery of an Artist's Studio.'

Finally! A voyage into the brain of a Creative.

Video coming SOON!

An Unusual Juxtaposition

This unusual juxtaposition between tower and tree always gives me pause. They say so much with so few words. Actually, no words at all!



This scene is in Denton, Texas.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Raccoon Mugs

Last minute Christmas; I only have five of my cutie raccoon mugs left!  You can find them at 



Thursday, December 15, 2016

Onion Painting

Here's a closeup of my onion beauty.  The combination of colors along with the gold acrylics make this as warm as your own culinary concoction. Must be one of those awesome Texas sweet onions! 

A tiny piece painted with Golden acrylics, which I watered down to look like watercolor.  No fading problems for this fellow!

For sale at 



Oh, man I love this!!!


The roots are awesome.  Love.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Winter Pining for Summer

Ya know, we can always dream of summer with my geranium painting, shown here as a closeup side view to see texture and finish.

For sale at colorcatstudios101.etsy.com. Love geraniums!


Teeny Tiny Art Time!

Finally some studio time, in a winter palette. Teeny tiny art time is back, after a long sabbatical! I love the subtle echo of the tree in muted colors.

Weapon of choice, my trusty Pitt pen, and some lovely watercolor pigments from Brusho. Great products! 


Friday, December 9, 2016

Chinese Lanterns

These Chinese Lanterns are aglow! Mention this post for 10% discount on entire site until Christmas. For sale at colorcatstudios101.etsy.com

On the website I've posted a lot of closeups so you can get a good look.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Peppers for Sale!

Red Peppers. One of the good things in life. Find yours at colorcatstudios101.etsy.com

This is a cutaway of the peppers.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Dutch Artists

From one Dutch artist to another, I honor VanGogh with my Starry Night t-shirt. And rocking the big glasses.

Tiny Art

I'm often struck by the beauty of the plastic gift cards I use for painting tools.

Simple beauty.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Einstein Quote

Here's Einstein on a portion of my abstract painting.  I really love this quote and wholeheartedly agree with it.


Abstract Acrylic

Here are s several shots of one of my abstracts.

First, the entire painting - 


Here is a closeup...


Oh, man, I love this.


The textures and colors fascinate me to no end.

Last, but not least... :)


This is also available on my website, colorcatstudios101.etsy.com

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Black Friday Weekend Sale

This is the last chance for a ten percent discount on my paintings site wide! Celebrate! I have magnets, posters and mugs, and paintings ranging from $60.00-$800.00. Something for everyone!


Here are a few 'somethings.'

I love my owl.  His name is Horatio. :)


This is a side view of a beautiful abstract, including comics. 

Here is a little section of one of my lovely mixed media pieces.


A really awesome and colorful geranium...


My cat.  No, she isn't for sale, but I love her so.


My adorable raccoon mugs.  I love mynraccoon painting, which is also on the site.  Mugs are nice, too.


Here's the entire comic abstract.  I call it Funny One. :)


Last but not least, one of my metal embossing pieces.  All on my site noted above! Happy Black Friday weekend!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Commissioned Painting

Just finished a commission that I LOVE! Can't show it yet but here's a small section. I wish I could show more because I love it so much.  After Christmas, I'll show you the rest! 

The hint is stormy ocean.


New Flower Painting

I bought a gorgeous bunch of sunflowers and hydrangeas . Can you tell what my next acrylic painting is going to be? Yep.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Alstroemeria Painting

Here's a portion of an alstroemeria painting I just listed. Beautiful at only $80.00!  Super easy shopping at 








Sunday, November 20, 2016

Happy Place

Favorite pens, in a mug holding fond memories, in front of my color chart. Happy little spot.


Pastel Dream

Just listed this tiny pastel colored dream. Makes a great gift! This 9"x6" gem is only $80.00 to your door. Easy! colorcatstudios101.etsy.com



Oh my goodness, I LOVE this!


Do you see the words peeking through?


This is close to the same shot as one above, but a little camera shift caught some different color nuances.


The variation from color to color just makes my eyes keep circling the painting.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Geranium Painting, Mixed Media

I just finished a beautiful little geranium piece in mixed media.  I really love the colors in this, and laid them down one on top of each other, to mix on the paper.  This way, you can see how the colors blended to make new colors and enjoy all the nuances in between.

You can see that the first layers contain words - I pulled them out of a Spanish or Latin dictionary. Because I love languages, I alternately pull from them and believe that they add an incredible amount of interest.

After the initial drawing and layers of color, I also added some postage stamps.  I've been a stamp collector for most of my life, and only recently did I realize why I do this - I'm just collecting pictures!  Of course!  What do artists do but look at and collect pictures!

Especially in the petals I love these reds and the layers of color, one on top of the other.  It is here where I think the words peeking out are most seductive.

For the life of me, I can't remember if these are watercolors or acrylics.  I water my acrylics down a lot and use them as watercolors, so it really could be either/or.  Love the colors and drips in this closeup of the head. 

Oh, so pretty the way the colors gradate one into the other.  I like the crazy bird, too, looking, of course, into the painting.

This mixed media piece is available for sale at colorcatstudios101.etsy.com.