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.
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!
Yep, shameless plug! Tonight (Friday, March 10th) starting at 5pm at the Great Frame up at 430 Main Street in Longmont, the Longmont Artists’ Guild is having their annual show. There will be a reception starting at 5pm with voting by public opinion for “Best in Show” as well as “Best 2D” and “Best Photography” ending by 7pm.
I entered 3 paintings and 3 photographs! (because I just couldn’t decide!) . ALL ART IS FOR SALE!
Some com on down and give me a vote…er um… I mean vote for your favorite art! There will be finger food, drinks and wine to purchase.
Hope to see you there!
Photography: Spirit of Antelope Canyon
Paining: “I’m feeling KOI” and Photography “Pent Up”
Photography: “Colorado Sunflower”
Painting: “Sunny Day Lunch”
Painting: “Lonely Fox”
This last week, a friend of mine was in town visiting. We had a great time hanging out and we also spent some time going to local art galleries. One of the things she noticed is that a lot of artists have small cute pieces that they can sell for a lower price. I’ve been meaning to do something like this, and I’m working on some 8 x 10 pieces, but this week I have been working on some 4×4 Addison portraits.
My inspiration, of course, are my Instagram photos of Addison, my cat. She has a lot of personality, and even though she doesn’t like her photo taken, I manage to get some fun cute shots of her.
Here are two of my first Mini-Cats that I have for sale in my Gallery on Main Street in Longmont.
This has been a huge project for me. The process of learning perspective, the amount of detail going on with the subjects all has my head spinning! I am loving this process, but also feel somewhat frustrated too. At this point, I think I’m about 95% complete on this painting. I need to do a lot more work on the dogs and around the dogs before I finish. I think the rest is done. The “learning” part of this for me is how to paint the animals in such a way as to show enough detail and personality, yet not get overly caught up in detail and personality. It’s a fine line. I should be done with this by next class session. I’ve very excited about it!
My next project is to paint in “plein air” and work on live subjects. I just saw a demonstration by Chuck Ceraso this week and I’m intrigued. He offers a 6 week studio class that I think I’ll sign up for. Chuck painted this picture in an hour and half using a palate knife. Amazing.
Last weekend we visited the Botanic Gardens in Denver. It is always a joy to go see the flowers in bloom. They also have many large ponds with mature Koi swimming around. It is very difficult to get a good photo of fish. I managed to capture a nice image with the Koi swimming and in a “s” curve with its body. While the photo isn’t print worthy, I decided to paint a portrait. I started today and here it is so far! I am also making progress on the “Portland Pooches” painting. Probably will be done in 2-3 more sessions.
I was recently commissioned to do another per portrait. I love painting pets ands great part of the fun are all the photos folks send me to choose from. I try to select a photo that I think shows the pets personality best. What’s hard to get across to people is that sometimes a really cute photo will not make a good portrait, it’s just a cute photo. 🙂
So meet Rusty. He’s adorable and loves his tuna cans. He also has a great big tail he swishes through the air. He was a lot of fun to paint for sure! I admit that the position this photo was taken of him had him at a difficult angle to paint with proper perspective. I employed the grid method to sketch him on the canvas. It took me three tries to get it right but I’m in love with the result. I think my clients are too.