A gift from Grandma Lee who painted my kitty Prissy in 1983.
It’s been awhile since I’ve made a blog post. I feel bad that I fell off my 52card PU art. At this point in the year, I think I will just start planning to start again next year!
Coming up on October 19th, I’ll be the featured artist for Arts & Ales at Lefthand Brewing from 6-8pm here in Longmont. I’ll have some of my pet portraits, greeting cards and other art available for purchase and I will be revealing my KITTY FACE 20×20 painting! Stop on by! I’d love to talk art with you while sipping a yummy beer from LeftHand!
I’ve been busy this summer working with the Longmont Artists’ Guild working at the Boulder County Fair where we were in charge of the art contest there, the Lyon’s Art on the River event at the end of August, Longmont ArtWalk in mid-September.
I’ve also been working with Lisa Larsen on our GYST (Get your S**T Together) workshops for creatives. It’s been good for me to work on my own art business while coaching others to do the same! This project is in it’s infancy, but we both know it will grow and become something much bigger! We’re looking for late 2018 early 2019.
I’ve also been busy with my digital media business. I work for a real estate team doing their newsletter, website, social media and other marketing tasks. I’ve been growing this business in the last month. Which is good, but leaves a little less time for art.
I’ve recently updated my “About Me” page which is a bio/artist statement about why I create. Check it out here! In case you didn’t already know, my mother and grandmother were oil painters too! Mom was more into landscapes and barns, while Grandma did landscapes, portraits, still life and animals! The picture above was a gift from her to me in 1983. It’s a portrait of my kitty Prissy.
Thanks to everyone for the tremendous support you give me. Because of you, I can create and that means everything to me.
You can explore SFMOMA’s collection now with the ease of a text, though you don’t always know what you’re going to get.
I found this fun tip on a article by Claire Voon at Hyperallergic.com (read full article here) and tried it out for myself! All you need to do is send a text to SFMOMA at 572-51 and put in the message: send me _______. You can put in any keywords, from a color to a subject, and even a mood. You may even text it an emoji and they will send you a photo from their collection. It’s AMAZING.
Of course when I tried it, I put in a cat emoji and they sent me a photo by Henry Wessel with a cat in it! WOW! I can spend all day doing this…….
Today I spent the afternoon preparing images of my paintings for entry into art shows this summer. It’s a lot of work to properly photograph (or scan) your images in a high quality format. Then you must edit your images to the size and format (ppi) that the exhibitor (or the website that handles the entry) wants. Luckily, that’s one of the services I provide, so I know what I’m doing!
I entered 3 shows this afternoon:
Gone to the Dogs 7 – Which is put on by Niza Knoll Gallery at 915 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. I entered my “Portland Pooches” painting and my “Sunny Day Lunch” painting. The show runs from August 4th through September 16th. I will hear back from them by next week if I made it in.
Louisville Art Association National Fine Art & Photography Show & Sale – 801 Grant Ave, Louisville, CO. www.louisvilleart.org
I entered my “I’m Feeling Koi,” “Lonely Fox,” and “Hunter’s Lunch.” The show runs from September 1st through September 10th.
Boulder County Fair – Boulder County Fairgrounds at 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont, CO. This is not a “juried” show, meaning everyone who enters, gets in! The fair runs from July 29th through August 7th. I entered my “Piggy Toes,” “Blue Ribbon Rooster,” and “Garden Bunny.” All artwork is for sale by contacting the artist directly. Free Admission! http://www.bouldercountyfair.org/
One of the things about being a cat owner, is the daily routine your beloved cat insists on. Addison’s favorite thing is to be brushed. We have this wonderful morning routine where I get up out of bed, do my morning thing, come downstairs, wash her food bowl, add wet food and fresh dry food, and give her four treats. She will eat her treats and nibble on her wet food while I make my 1st cup of coffee. Once she hears the coffee machine finish, she will “bury” her wet food to save it for later. Then she runs and jumps up on the ottoman which is the designated spot for the “brushing.”
The brushing routine is quite elaborate. We must first brush from head to tail a number of times to prepare for the special cheek massage. Addison will sometimes be so excited about the cheek massage that she will start rubbing her face on the side of the ottoman.
This is typically only a morning routine, however Addison has taken to wanting an afternoon brushing as well. That’s a cat for you.
Today’s daily sketch doodle is of Addison waiting for me to brush her. She was not very happy that I was drawing instead of brushing! But I had enough time to get a short sketch in before she was aggravated.
I’m super excited to be participating in the LAG member show this weekend at the Boulder County Fairgrounds! If you’re at the farmer’s market here in Longmont on Saturday, pop on in and check out all the beautiful art! There’s also a gift shop and handmade jewelry, greeting cards and more!
Thursday (today) 1-6pm
Friday 10-8pm with an artist reception from 6-8pm
Saturday from 10-6pm (I’m doing an art demo from 3-4:30!)
Sunday from 10am-4pm
Okay, THIS is the card fro this week. I am finally caught up now. Whew! I painted this card today after lunch. I had canned tuna for lunch, so I thought I’d paint a tuna. I’m not sure why I like to paint what I’m eating for lunch, but a doodle is a doodle and inspiration can come from anywhere at anytime.
Tuna are very large fish. The one I painted today is a yellowfin tuna. I painted this in oils, so it was a bit more difficult to layer the colors because the paint will take a few days to dry and I didn’t have the patience to layer paint properly for my doodle.
After painting a number of these cards, in both oils and acrylics, I think the acrylics work better for a small quick painting like these are. Oils are richer in color and texture, but to do them right, you should layer the paints to reach full potential. Oils blend really well. Acrylics on the other hand, dry almost as fast as you can apply them to the surface you’re painting on. This is ideal for small paintings, in my opinion.
I’m looking forward to seeing what comes over the next few weeks. Almost to the half way point for this project!
After this card, I’ll be caught up on my weekly card paintings. Well, actually, I have one more to do for this week, but I’ll post that on Saturday! This card is inspired by the bag of cherries I was eating while painting a new mini-pet painting (still working on it). Cherries are interesting to paint. They are such a deep red/purple/blue color. I also had a pretty intense lamp pointing on my canvas, so the lighting is dramatic. I painted this in acrylic, which I’m still learning to paint with. I showed this card to a friend of mine and she said it looked like a rotting apple with a worm coming out of it. I love my friends. 🙂 It is supposed to be a cherry with a stem; although rotting apples would make an interesting painting I’m sure.