Posts made in August, 2015

Crazy Cat Lady—It’s business!

Crazy Cat Lady—It’s business!

I’m turning into a crazy cat lady! I’m turning into my aunts, who have cat trinkets, doo-dads, and tchotchkes! Anything related to cats, they have! But what I’m doing is getting cat t-shirts, like the above design from 6dollarshirts.com, because it’s so hilarious. And it’s only $6. But I also figure that wearing these type of funny cat t-shirts fits with my artistic persona, aka the “Painter of Cats.” So I have an excuse, see? I have to wear the cat t-shirts, see? I haven’t posted any cat paintings here lately, so here are a few (from my other blog).   Share this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on StumbleUpon (Opens in new...

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Elegant Lady (temp title) DAY TWO

Elegant Lady (temp title) DAY TWO

So I did this yesterday. Along with finishing up a little portrait, which can be found on my “main” personal blog. So I didn’t do anything today (well, technically, yesterday, Wednesday) because it was busy with lots of errands and I was worn out. So all I have is Wednesday’s effort. I’d better be able to do some more studio time today (Friday), dammit! The drawing is still whacked in parts of this, but so far I’m having fun with it. I especially love pushing the warms and cools. I’m using a lot of Charvin’s pastel custom mixes (either Fine or Extra Fine oil colors). Charron Blue, Julia Pink, Celadon, and a lavendar, other pale greens…they’re all fabulous. I mix them as a sort of pseudo “white” (meaning I lighten my mixtures with these pastel colors) and they just seem to work very well for me. Especially Charron Blue. That is an absolute must-have. I’m bummed that Jerry’s has raised the prices on their Charvin Fine colors. It used to be around $10 for a 150 mL tube, now it’s up to $14 and you really have to buy in bulk to get down to $10. Sure, I know they have sales, but this rise in prices looks like they aren’t going to get down to $10 all that often. Oh well, I do have a nice stockpile of Charvin colors already! Share this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on StumbleUpon (Opens in new...

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Elegant Lady (temp title) WORK IN PROGRESS

Elegant Lady (temp title) WORK IN PROGRESS

IT’S JUST BEGUN. Maybe an hour of work so far? Some of the drawing is whacked. I’m developing an affection for the 14×14″ size. The best place to find panels in that size is through American Easel company. I have to prime the boards myself. With this one, I used some “Clear Gesso” from Winsor & Newton. I just ordered some Clear Gesso from CheapJoes.com, because I think I like the texture a little better. (W&N is a bit more toothy and rough.) So this is what I have so far. I hope to work on it some more tonight. That’s my update for now. Share this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on StumbleUpon (Opens in new...

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My never-ending saga with Vince & Natalie

My never-ending saga with Vince & Natalie

Yes, I know this was supposed to be a “daily painting” blog, and it’s been anything but. But I don’t care, here I am, back again. With some long pontificating posts which no one will ever read! HA! So I must tell the story of the Natalie and Vince. It’s not a story that’s yet completed. I asked some some artist friends, a married couple, to model for me. I took a lot of pictures, and started some paintings based on a few of the poses. First, I did some “comps” (rough sketches) of what I wanted to paint. The comp of Natalie, I decided after looking at it that…naw, I didn’t like that. I decided to use a different photo of her as reference. With Vince, I decided I wanted a more vertical (rather than square) composition. So here is what I have of Natalie right now. And it’s not yet “right” or finished. But close, I hope. I warned them that the likeness might be not quite right (because these are not commissioned portraits or anything). And I lived up to that! This is not an exact portrait of Natalie by any means! Then, I started with Vince. This was a troubled, tortured, difficult portrait.  It had been slated to be shown in a local art show, and I was rushing and burning the midnight oil to get it done in time. But the night before the show I had an epiphany, and that was that the painting was dreadful. It needed to be turned to the wall in shame. But a funny thing happened. When I next went to my studio (several days later), the Vince painting, while still quite bad, wasn’t quite as dreadful as I had first thought. Probably, in my weary, frenzied state trying to make the deadline for the art show, I had overreacted. So it will still be turned to the wall for a while, but I don’t think I’ll be painting over it. There may be some hope for it yet. Though, I predict that in a few years I’ll look at it and still cringe. Ah, such is life. I had forgotten something, and trying to make the deadline for this art show reminded me of it again. I HATE DEADLINES. I do not work well when I am sweating bullets trying to squeeze in right under the wire. I lose my perspective! The Vince painting was a good exercise for two reasons: I tackled fabric (something I haven’t done in a long time) and it was a larger format than I’ve worked in for ages. (I usually work small, like 6×6″, with 12×12″ and 12×16″ being the “largest” I do on average.) I...

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