Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Parrot and Daisies

Parrot and Daisies  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
Carol Marine wrote once that she sometimes paints "vulnerable" colors first...  After mulling that gem over for a while, I decided to try it with "Parrot and Daisies."  I put down the yellows and oranges and then proceeded to paint the rest. Very happy with the results...A great upside to this method is you have those ever-important colors available (right there on your palette!) when going down in value/saturation, making color harmony that much more likely. Thanks for the awesome (as always) painting advice, Carol!  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Flying Cat "Dreams & Visions" Show at Lakeland Community College

Flying Cat  Oil on panel, 10" x 10,"  $430.
"Flying Cat" will be part of the Dreams & Visions: Surrealism and Fantasy Art Exhibit at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, OH.  The show is curated by Mary Urbas and runs from Sept. 22 - Nov. 4th. The painting is available but wouldn't ship until after the exhibit closes, Nov. 4th.  Really enjoyed this one, artists have been encouraged to create up to three works for the show and I might try a few more. Also, a quick shout out to Love & Hisses for kitty photo reference, thanks!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Calvin II

Calvin II  Oil on panel, 6" x 6," SOLD
A reminder for those of you local to Cleveland:  78th St Studios will host open studios this Friday, 3rd Friday from 5-9pm.  Be sure to visit Gallery + on the first floor!  Check out this link for more information.     

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Doubtful getting a better view

Doubtful  Oil on panel, 8" x 6,"  $220

Potential adopters at the shelter are allowed to open cages to pet the cats... Occasionally some of the cats make a run for it, most enjoy the attention, some just ignore.  This one posed so perfectly inside the cage.  May have to paint her again sometime!  She has a sleepy sibling that I didn't include in the painting (See photo to left.)

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Hare

The Hare  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
My local shelter has bunnies and lots of 'em...  At least seven when I was there last.  A volunteer mentioned they may have been hoarded in someone's backyard. They're terribly sweet and skittish critters... always with an eye on you even if not directly AT you.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Calvin and a video of my painting inventory before the great purge.

Calvin  Oil on panel, 8" x 6,"  $220.
I hit the "pause" button on painting two weeks ago.  Much cleaning and around-the-house stuff got done.  Finally today, back in the studio, yes!  "Calvin" (as seen in new painting above) is a cat who waits for his human at the Cleveland APL.  If you are interested in adopting him, here is his profile on the shelter website.
I hadn't realized how long I had let paintings stack up...  Unsolds, "bads," and "blah" paintings were taking up too much space... When I got 'em all rounded up, this is what they looked like.

I gifted some and threw most out.  It's a relief more than anything else.  I might have waited for buyers to come around or had a sale, but honestly:  I needed 'em gone.  This blog's "Available Paintings" selection has been updated to reflect the purge. I have that "clean slate" feeling now, which is a good thing.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Moon Over Marla

Moon over Marla  Oil on panle, 8" x 8,"  $285.
A bit of glare on the photo...  at bottom.  Maybe re-shoot when dry, it couldn't be avoided.