Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Feb 28, 30 Cats& Friends in 30 Days starts TOMORROW!!!

WHO will be #1?!  I'm not telling yet! I will say I am close to finished with the list and I'll post it tomorrow morning, along with the first painting!  Hee!
Here's another from last year that is still available!
And I could use more goats!


discounted from last year!
click here to enjoy this one everyday!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


YES, send me more photos, please!  I'm getting that list going and I'll post it on Thursday morning, along with the first painting of the month, and I'm wanting a few more critters please!

This is a sweet little painting of my sister's silly kitty, whom happens to share my son's name!

6x6 acrylic on wood
$75 (plus tax and shipping)

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Feb 25, The Lap of Love

I've been working on this for a little bit, as part of my "Connections" series, though I'm not sure that's what I'm calling it yet, but I am appreciating that inter-special connection between human and dog and I have a few paintings already, showing the dog in the lap or held somehow. I really love them!  This one I am still having some issues with the skin tones and flesh- let me know what you think~

20x20 acrylic on canvas

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Feb 24, Max Says "Please?"

I took this photo the other night at the Cardinal, when Max and our friend Jana were playing the crank machine, where you put money in and move the crane and get a stuffie if you're lucky.  Max had already won a rather nice rabbit (we have too many crappy stuffies from that game) and Jana was working on her own toy, and Max really REALLY wanted to give her a hand.
It was a tricky angle to paint, getting just that hint of a eyebrow, and that slightly open mouth and wrinkled forehead... skin tones are so fussy!  But fun!  Give it a go if you've been thinking about trying!
Hmm, though now that I look at it again and smaller, it almost reads like his face is dirty...

I suppose it probably was at that point...
8x8 acrylic on cradled panel

Friday, February 23, 2018

Feb 23, Another Kitty...

Yup~ I'm working on more Max paintings, but dang!  That skin tone is just so hard to capture!
So here is a kitty for you~
A sweet siamese-y kinda kitty~

8x8 acrylic on wood

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Feb 22, Boy and Cat (Max and Maddy)

Yes, my child also loves animals. Maddy is a cat given to us by my sister, who rescued her as a feral cat in Virginia.  Maddy came to me when my sister moved out of country, and I already had two cats in the house so when my sister gave me two more cats, Maddy went and lived in the basement until Duane, my then-fiance decided to take her in.  He was so good to her, luring her up from his own basement with love and affection, carrying her around his house in his arms so she could swat at flies and light cords. He spoiled her rotten. She's still spoiled, but very soft and sweet, and now the oldest pet in our house except for Plato the tortoise.
Max loves to carry her around when she lets him. He really wants all the animals to love him as much as he loves them but he is still too much of a very active eight year old for them to completely trust him yet.
I love his face in this!

6x12 acrylic on cradled wood
$155 (tax incl)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Feb 21, Another Kitty.....

Yup, I do have a few backlogged kitties... this is another one....
still will always love those black furry critters...

6x6 acrylic on wood
click HERE to purchase!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Feb 20, small Max painting...

Working out the human condition~
Gotta start close to home, you know- I think it is tougher doing human skin on the black ground that I love so much- it's harder to get delicate shifts in color, and humans are so delicately colored! There are all kinds of crazy tints to skin. It kinda picks up everything around it~

5x7 acrylic on wood

Feb 19, And now, for something completely different...

...the Duomo!  Or some other Italian old building like it- this is Francisco's photo, so he'll have to tell you where it's from.  We worked on painting buidlings at class on Saturday and this is my unfinished demonstration-  I'll finish it, and then if you think you want it, you can let me know.  Buildings are so fussy!
Oh and KEEP SENDING ME YOUR ANIMAL PHOTOS!  I have a lovely line-up of kitties and one bird so far and I'd like some more! Here's the link for more info~

8x10 acrylic on wood
not quite ready to be sold yet! Not finished!
(but let me know if you are interested and I can hold it)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Feb 18, A Cat

I thought perhaps I'd re-post a couple kitties that are still available from past projects!

This is Glow~ I loved painting that background in there! It's one of those opalescent greys~

8x8 acrylic on wood
click here to snag this kitty!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Feb 16, My Loves

My nails are too long again. It's amazing how fast that can happen, without hardly noticing. It seems I've only just cut them and now they are clicking on the keys as I type this and it bugs me and I need to trim them.
Kinda like how a kid grows up so dang fast, without a lot of fuss. Being excited about his first words has changed to being excited about his handwriting, and his creative writing. And his learning to tie a pair of shoes. Way too much velcro in our world, people. We need to teach kids to tie knots!
I have lots of photos of my son, for which I am grateful.  This is one of a pair that I've been wanting to paint forever.
I think it needs to be bigger...
I can't quite get the detail I want for their faces- though I kinda want them to be more suggestive. It's hard!

And do keep sending me your Cats and Critters for 30 Cats in 30 Days!  I'm getting that list together!

9x12 acrylic on board

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Feb 13, Another Bun

Yup. Sometimes, we just stop in the middle of the road. Sitting there. A bit stunned at something. Maybe it's the large vehicle bearing down on us.
Maybe it's the butterfly flitting past.
Maybe it's the smell of cut grass inviting us further across the street....

6x6 acrylic on wood

Monday, February 12, 2018

Feb 12, A Bunny

Hi again!
Yup, sorry, I was a bit under the weather over the weekend. Not the flu, thank goodness, but enough of an icky bit that it took my energy away, and I just didn't feel like doing much. Except read the "Percy Jackson" series to my eight year old son.  I could kinda manage to do that, though we have to work on him reading to me more.
So this is a bunny~  perhaps to prep you for the "30 Cats and Friends" month coming up in March, or as a reminder that yes, spring WILL come, and life will be better again in the sun, and grass will grow, and all that hopeful stuff that can somehow feel impossibly far away in the middle of February, which we know is the shortest month but which can sometimes feel like the longest.

And I'll cover shipping on this one!
6x6 acrylic on wood,
click here to purchase!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Feb 9, Black Bear on the Rocks

Maybe a drink?  Could be- it IS Friday, after all~  at least in my part of the world...

5x7 acrylic on paper

Feb 8, Brown Bear Butt

AND... another bear!  Doncha just wanna squeeze that tookus? Such a comfy looking seat~

This one will also be at Art4Shelter in May!

5x7 acrylic on paper

for Art 4 Shelter!  May 9, 2018!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Feb 6, Guess What?

Yes!! It's another BEAR!  For Art4Shelter again!  Yay!
This is a smaller version of a much larger painting that I really love- there's something about that tilt of her head that feels so sensitive and thoughtful. And I'm just guessing that this is a she-bear~

And DO send me your cat and small pet photos!!!  I'm gearing up for March's Daily Painting Project!  "30 Cats and Friends in 30 Days!"

5x7 acrylic on paper
go to Art 4 Shelter May 9th to get this one!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Feb 5, Another Bear!

You aren't getting tired of bears yet, are you?  I'm supposing that this time of year, they made be stirring a little in their hibernation caves, maybe slowly coming up to the surface of sleep...
The shapes of their bodies are just so fun to paint!
And this is another one for Art 4 Shelter~ go catch a bear! May 9th!

5x7 acrylic on paper

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Feb 3, Art4Shelter Bear!

SOOOOO we had a lovely full day yesterday, which was our actual 10th Anniversary of our wedding!  Wahoo!  And we had a great house full of friends to celebrate last night~  yay!
And so here is a bear, for the Art 4 Shelter fundraiser in May, which is at the MIA this year!  YAY!

5x7 acrylic on black paper
$35 if you can nab it! Gotta come to the party on May 9!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Feb 1, Another Commission!

This was a really fun one!  My client wanted to make sure and include both guinea pigs in the painting, and he provided me with a photo of the two of them together and two photos of each guinea separately. And the separate pics were more fun and closer up and more detailed than the one of both, so I played with putting them together, and this worked!  I just am so pleased with the fur shapes, and those eyes, and just all of it!  Yay!  It is so satisfying when I am so happy with a painting too!

Aren't they just the cutest?!? This is Poppy and Nugget~

8x10 acrylic on cradled panel