Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Art Inspiration

This is what happens when we have peonies, my favorite flower. First a little sketch. Then a drawing.  Then, hmmm... this would be a nice print block, and now... NOW... I am going to be carving FOREVER.  It’s a wonderful work, really, to see this come into fruition in front of my eyes, but it is a long process and my hands are tired. 

 I think I’m gong to go for a walk.  Maybe I’ll find flowers...

Friday, April 24, 2020

Tiny Art, ACEOs

Ooooh la la, these are gorgeous!  Tiny art for YOU! 2 1/2”x3 1/2” find them at
 These will give you a happy jolt in the morning right along with your coffee.

These are ACEOs - Art Cards Editions and Originals.  Many people collect these in what’s called the ‘Pocket Movement.’ I guess that goes right along with Tiny Houses!  It’s part of my plan to make my original art available to everyone. :)

Aren’t they gorgeous? I LOVE them. ❤️ The different layers show through at differing angles.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Quarantine Art

I’ve been working on a project to make my art affordable for everyone! You see one photo with four art cards and three more photos - those three are all the same card at different angles! Here are the four together.

And here are three photos of ONE CARD:

I created them in layers of texture and color which reveal something new at every turn.  These collectors cards, called ACEOs (Artist Cards Editions and Originals) are tiny one of a kind treasures affordable to everyone. You can find these at:
Tiny, affordable art to brighten up your desk and fabulous for the collector!

If you look very closely you may find a bit of playing card revealed.  Because I love complicated work I enjoy seeing through one layer to another (just ask me what kind of music I listen to!). I’m giving a nod to the playing cards I used as a base.  These pieces are ALWAYS 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” exactly because people like to put them in collector’s albums, just like playing cards!


Sunday, April 19, 2020

Quarantine Lino Printing

My last post showed first prints with my newly finished lino block. This one shows how it looks on a color chart I made. 

Absolutely love the colors peeking through the black pattterns.

You can see in the third photo that I labeled the colors so I could tell how each interacted with the others. I like the layers, and even the words under it all. Do you?

Staying Home Making Art

At it again! Quarantine printing!  First, the idea, then the sketch...
Then making those sketches into a real, exact drawing,
Cutting, cutting, cutting...

Then, the virgin print and more cutting to clean things up...
I am really loving the results.  In my next posts I’ll show you more printing on different backgrounds.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Quarantine Printing

The beautiful thing about block printing is that each piece has its own characteristics and no two are the same.  I love the way you can see right through these.
You can find more of my work at 
Colorcatstudios101 at Etsy. COOL STUFF!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Block Printing

he two gold ones are the same piece; I’m posting two shots so you can see how highly reflective the gold is.)

See the difference in these two photos?

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Artist at Work

All four of these photos are of the same cool piece!  I’ve been experimenting with layers of pencil, linoleum prints and color changing watercolors.  You can see that as the light and direction changes, so does the color, in my little piece and also the colors on the background card. By the time we get out of quarantine I’m going to have all kinds of art to sell at the art shows that have been cancelled and rescheduled.  If you see anything you like in my posts these days they’re all for sale, just message me. This one is for sale. It’s a very special 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” 
If you like COLOR, you’ll love my work!
Hard to believe these are all the same piece, isn’t it? It is soooo GORGEOUS in person!

I absolutely adore the layers, textures and colors.  There is so much to look at here!  :)
You can also find my work at:

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Quarantined Artist

More Art versus Artist photos. I love this painting because it’s of one of our favorite cats ever. She actually looked exactly like this, well, except for the fact that she wasn’t green... or see-through.  Anyway, you can find more of my paintings at It’s a good thing to check out while we’re all in quarantine!

Most of my art deals in layers, color and texture.  I really do love this piece. :)

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Quarantine Cheer

Do you need something cheery on your walls?  Something to help you through this quarantine?  This is it! 

I named this gorgeous paint pour ‘Luscious’ because, well, it looks luscious and the colors remind me of peaches and raspberries.  You can find it at
. Signed on the side and it has a super glossy resin finish.
Looks good with peaches, too, doesn’t it. :)

Friday, April 10, 2020

Quarantine Printmaking in The Woodlands

Making prints.  I’ll be selling these at art shows, that is if we have any art shows that aren’t CANCELLED. Now I’m printing on thin mulberry paper; you can see right through it and can’t make any mistakes.  It’s soo satisfying to get a good one.  Can you tell my print block from the prints in the first pic?

I’m doing a lot of print pulling these days; if you see anything on my feed you particularly like, message me and I’ll pop it in the mail.  My address is
Oh, and a nod to Jeff Koons and his balloon art animals with my little friend there.

Print Maker

There’s something about black and white.  Even though I’m a color girl, I always find my way back to black and white.  These are linoleum prints.  Can you tell which are the carved blocks in each photo?

Linoleum blocks are EVER SO MUCH EASIER to carve than wood and make beautiful prints. Being a complicated girl, I lean toward prints that are complex and layered. I adore the printing process and can get totally lost in it for hours. I hope my work shows the love.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Print Making!

I’m curious which you like best.  Here we have four pieces created with the same two printing blocks which I carved.  There are so many possibilities!  Message me if you’re interested in any of them; they’re all works on paper between $5.00 and $20.00. #artist #quarantinelife 

I love this first one; I like printing in sections so you can see what the different layers look like.  
One thing I think is important is to have slow color gradations.  When they’re layered on like this it’s fascinating!
Ahhh.... what can I say but that I’m in love.
I like the light application of blue in places on this one; it reminds me of indigo denim. ❤️ 

More to come!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

An Artist in Quarantine

Staying home and going into the print making business.  What are you doing while you’re at home? 

Aren’t these colors gorgeous? ❤️ I carve linoleum blocks (not pictured - sorry!). Once they’re done I roll on the ink!
The yellow and hot pink is one of my favorite color combinations.  I can find all kinds of things to do when I stay home!

I hope you’re staying home too so we can kick this thing together.  Take care and MAKE STUFF.

#covid19 #stayhomesavelives #workingartist

Friday, April 3, 2020

Fluid Painting for Sale

For sale, toes not included.  This painting, ‘Chain of Events’ features a copper chain which runs through it.  These neutrals mixed in with the copper remind me of an aerial map of water and land.  You can find it and two of its mates for sale at:

Online Art Teacher

As long as we’re home, I might as well include you guys just a bit in my online art classes:
Japan is full of art! It’s not only in museums and galleries but right under your feet in the streets!  Aren’t they GORGEOUS???  My favorite is definitely the face.  And if anyone can figure out what that carwash looking one is, please let me know!

In the 80s someone came up with the idea of beautiful art on manhole covers to raise awareness and help pay for costly sewer projects.  Each city had art competitions for designs.  The designs usually speak about that which makes the city famous, for example if they make a certain product there or are famous for whale sitings.

The idea took off and soon cities were competing with each other for the best designs! Now there are manholes all over Japan and they are encouraging tourists and travelers to go to certain places to find special manholes!  Japan has been hard hit in the past years by acts of nature and these regions are creating special manholes to encourage tourists to come.  This will help with the rebuilding of these areas.
Even Pokemon has gotten into the game to help with disaster areas.  They want to encourage tourists to go see them.  Think about it… how could those Pokemon manhole covers help those places make money so they can rebuild?  (I wish WE had such pretty manhole covers!). They’re a delight, aren’t they? :)