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.
New beginnings. It’s been four weeks since I haven’t had the motivation or the energy to create a new pick up card art. So I’m a few weeks behind, and I plan on making up the weeks as soon as I can!
I recently moved into a new studio space, here in Longmont. I’m very excited about this new opportunity and while my old studio was a great launching point, it was eventually not the right fit for me.
So this weeks card represents new life, new beginnings, new beauty, new art. The inspiration comes from my husband’s cousins family who raises monarch butterflies. They always share a photo when a new one hatches, so I choose one of these wonderful photos as my inspiration for this weeks pick up art.
Snow Day in May You Say? No problem! It’s a great way to spend the afternoon painting tiny liquor bottles into my painting. There’s even a mini painting within this painting and a painting of bottles in there as well. Whew.
I’ve been working on this painting from my trip to Ireland in 2009 for a few months now. People who have seen me paint know that I am a fast painter, usually done with my paintings in 3 sessions. This one, however, is a labor of love. And SO worth it! I still have a ways to go, but here’s a close up of the liquor bottles sitting in a window. Yes, I used a tiny brush!