Tuesday, March 14, 2017

An Artist's Desk... continued!

The continuing saga of... An Artist's Desk. Here we have my awesome Oberon iPad cover, well-loved and well-used for many years. 

Personally, I think all that paint just adds to its character.

Anyway, look up Oberon's tooled leather products.  They have greatly enriched our lives!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Self Portrait

Here's my self portrait in a photo - 


This one tells a lot about me too! I used this photo to do a self portrait with markers...


Remember, I do commission work. Let me know!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Art Games!

You would be surprised, but I never present drawing games to my students before the sixth week of classes; they're all too afraid to show others their work!

But by NOW, we are warmed up! Here's one I did - we all had one minute to sketch FAST FOOD!



Friday, March 10, 2017

Leafy Abstract

This leafy almost-abstract painting is on my website and in my March 28 show. Shown is a small cutaway.


Love the colors and textures on this one! For sale.

Coffee Mug Art

Favorite mug. I drew one side, Melody drew the other. In the middle,Mae blended the styles together.  Mother and daughter.

Looks like art to me! 


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Newest Painting

Here are some closeup details of my latest piece showing off the textures.  Love the colors!!

 For sale at 



It's mixed media with acrylic, gouache, and Pitt Pens.


The pastel colors make me go 'aaahhh.'



This one shows the nice deckled edge. :)


 And... the entirety... almost....


 Here's the entire painting! Ahhh... love!


Tools of the Art Trade

Tools of the trade. These are some of my favorites. 


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

New Frame for Show!

This one's for the Hubble and Hudson show. I had this beauty of a frame built and antiqued it to match the painting. Like!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Student Work; Plaster

Finished! It was a big project and I'm proud of them!!! These plaster busts were a study in continual, non-stop decision making, and they turned out great.

Ugly, though... ;)
Jake, you have satisfaction all over your face, and you deserve it. He/she, uh,,, it... looks AWESOME,

Monday, March 6, 2017

Work in Progress

Working up another layered background, pouncing those stencils! This would be layer number three.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Animal Magnets for Sale

Remember if you need a small gift, I have these great animal magnet sets for sale at colorcatstudios101.etsy.com.



Oh my goodness, I love my students.  Here is a sampling of some of my classes.

Blue Man Group ain't got nothin' on us!




Love my little skeptic.


Painted Hands

Hands. Lots of happy hands! I love my art students. #artteacher


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Solo Show

I'm looking at a piece in my show. Come out, March 28 6-9:00 to Crisp Eatery in The Woodlands for a great solo show and wine tasting!


An Artist's Tools

Some of my favorite tools of the trade.


I love these Fleur brushes! They hold a lot of paint, and have a big reservoir inside.  Of course Princeton brushes. Always good. The little yellow one is ... WAS... for basting in the kitchen.

 The modified one on the far right is a Jerry's Artarama brush... Creative Mark.  They're cheap and I always go for them, even standing in my brush holders alongside far more expensive ones.

The toothbrush, well, goes without saying.  I use it for everything!

Friday, March 3, 2017

My Art Studio

Tonight a video showing what I was up to today.


An Artist's Palette

My ever-changing palette. Looks like art to me!


Thursday, March 2, 2017

VanGogh Painting

Teaching my students about VanGogh these days. Thought I'd post this fresh blooming orchard since spring seems to have sprung here in Texas. 


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Teeny Tiny Art Time!

It's ... the long-awaited Teeny Tiny art time! This textured little gem sports a map we used in the south of England. These tiny artist trading cards are invaluable in giving me all kinds of ideas for bigger work. 


Student Work, Plaster Busts

My students' heads are coming along. What a delightful journey we have walked together with this project in major decision-making. Oh, and be sure to know that bottom right is Alejandro the Salsa instructor!


Monday, February 27, 2017

Jordan's Woods Painting

Here's a closeup of Jordan's Woods, which is in my current solo show. Find it for sale at colorcatstudios101.etsy.com and come to my special art and wine evening March 28 at Crisp Wine Beer Eatery on Research Forest in The Woodlands. I'd love to see you there!


Paint Pots

I plopped this plant into a paint pot temporarily and realized I like it! Maybe I need to add a new business...


I like it!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Crisp Solo Show

Here I am in Crisp Wine Beer Eatery explaining what the Chinese characters in my painting mean. Come out to Crisp on Research Forest for my solo show at their Legendary Tasty Tuesday wine tasting 6:00-9:00 on March 28. 


Leaves Painting

Another go at this big boy. When they're 36"x48" or bigger I have to paint outside. Gorgeous day for outside work! This one is in the same series as 'Enter;' same theme, different color scheme. 

These colors are so pretty, I'm excited about finishing.  Getting close.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teeny Tiny Art Time

This means 'perfume,' and you can clearly see the plant from which perfume originates. I adore Chinese calligraphy and learning the language.


An Artist's Bookshelf

Books. An extremely small sampling of my books.  Love them.  I read a LOT.


Solo Show

Mark your calendars... my show is coming up! This show fills the place with 28 of my paintings, which represent two years of my work.  I would love to see you come out to support me! 


Monday, February 20, 2017


A closeup of 'Subtle Riot.' Shot with silver and unusually applied paints, these flowers are a riot to enjoy. For sale on my website.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Smiles All Around

A closeup of a section of my painting Smiles all Around for sale on my website. This one is pen and liquid acrylics on YUPO.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Lion Painting

My lion painting fairly vibrates with color. This is a closeup; you can see the full painting at colorcatstudios101.etsy.com. This one is in my current solo show.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Big Ben in Solo Show

A closeup of 'Reconstructing Alice.' My Big Ben is one of the paintings hanging in my current show. Set your calendars for March 28, my solo show and wine tasting at Crisp Eatery in The Woodlands. You can also find my work at colorcatstudios101.etsy.com. 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Eyes Have It

Here's looking at you. I combined acrylics and archival Pitt pens for this fascinating piece. For sale at colorcatstudios101.etsy.com, and there you can also see the entire painting. 


Mixed Acrylics

Mixed and ready to go. These are Matisse tube acrylics, which are quite thick. I needed more viscosity to flesh out my idea so added a Golden drying retarder and matte medium, and a little water.  These paints are ready to MOVE! No brushes allowed, it'll all be hands and palette knives.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Into My Work

I really get in to my work. (It's the painting that counts.) 



Encouragement from Walt

🐭 What!? Encouragement for the day, a freaky fact about Walt Disney, on my painting.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Crisp Wine Beer Eatery, Solo Show!

Set your calendars for my solo show at Crisp, coming up March 28! My art is hung and it looks beautiful! It's hung in their gorgeous special events room and represents two years of my work.


My daughter says the first poster is too hard to read, hence...