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
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 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.
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.
Today I painted the first part of the undertones of my Portland Pooches project. If you remember from last week, this is a 24″ x 24″ square painting. I snapped this photo using my iPhone last Fall when we were traveling in Oregon. This was an early morning scene in one of the charming restaurant alleys you find in Downtown Portland. I believe this is somewhere near VooDoo Donuts.
My goal today was to start painting undertones with the intent of darkening many of the areas with more paint layers next week. The painting compadres (other folks in my class) said they liked the transparency of the sidewalk areas and I should consider keeping those in the final product. Rick, our instructor, said he agreed and it’s almost like a watercolor done with oils.
I’m not sure how I feel about that, but I will take it into consideration for sure. Meanwhile, I feel like I’ve made good progress on this. I left it at the studio to dry this week and will work on it again next Thursday in class.