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Paint Lab 4

I took my inspiration from Paint Lab 4 and used some foam board (rather than a squeegee) to spread paint in a few layers. I saw a teal window (below) and so added a few more.  Once I did that, I saw almost the entire painting!  Can you see it?

Here were the next steps that led to the final painting.  For some reason, it took until the very end to create a face on the second person.

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Paint Lab 2

Paint Lab 2 began with pouring fluid acrylics but my initial result didn’t look anything like the book’s example. I’m not sure where I went wrong, but I went with it. After I filled in the spaces with watered down paint and let it dry, I saw creatures beginning to emerge. The one on the right was initially hovering upside down, but I realized after stepping away from it for awhile that it didn’t really read that way. I made a couple of changes and then it felt done!

 



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Exploring Paint Lab

I've had this book called Paint Lab by Deborah Forman for six months or so and finally decided to get it out and try some of the 52 different exercises to explore new (to me) methods and techniques. I have very limited experience with acrylics so I think this will be a good starting point for me. I already can see from the very first Lab that I will be changing things up and expanding upon an exercise to reflect more of what I want to paint.

 

In Lab One, I was instructed to begin with a circle and some intersecting lines, and then fill in the spaces with a different field of color. Once that was dry, I was to layer on mark making with different colors. I did the first part (sorry, forgot to take a photo of it) but then altered the "mark making" part as I'm not interested in creating abstract art. I used the opportunity to just play with layering the paint, and this is what came out of the process.

I really enjoy drawing without a plan and letting the images appear as I go, so painting in this way really appeals to me. I'm looking forward to the next Lab and will continue to share what I am creating!

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Framed Cat Painting

I love this wooden off-green frame I found for my new little painting! You can see from the photo above that I started with green and I didn't veer too much from my initial sketch. By the way, I just discovered how wonderful watercolor pencils are for drawing over the dried paint. So easy to just wipe away with a damp towel until you get it just right!


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Sleeping Cat Painting

Another little painting I finished for the Goleta Valley Artist Tour last month.  Acrylics on sassafras wood, 5x5".  It was inspired by the sleeping cat I painted for Pianos on State.

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Purple and Yellow Cat

Finished this cat in time for the artist studio tour last weekend!  It's 5" in diameter and was painted with acrylics on a sassafras wood slice.  It's interesting to me to see how it began as an unidentified creature and with a very different color scheme.  I never have a plan for my art.  I just start and see where it takes me.  Painting is still relatively new to me and I am trying to get a feel for painting in layers, while at the same time, trying not to stress about what feels like wasting paint!

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GVAA Artist Studio Tour

This weekend I participated for the first time in the annual Goleta Art Studio Tour where members of the Goleta Valley Art Association (GVAA) open their studio doors to the public to share and sell their art.

This year more than 20 artists participated at five locations. I was grouped with three wonderful artists, Marie Arnold and Judy and Warner Nienow, at Marie's home. Marie showed her fabulous abstracts in acrylics as well as her super adorable knitted cactus pin cushions!

Judy brought her beautifully expressive animal paintings and still lifes in oils and Warner, his wonderful atmospheric urbanscapes, nocturnes and still lifes in oils.

My artwork included some of my stained glass mosaics, my newest paintings, and a few embroideries. We had a steady stream of visitors with lively conversation about art, cacti, travel, and more art! I made many new friends and sold one of my mosaics (thanks Warner and Judy!) as well as some of my books and cards.

I haven't been very active with GVAA for the past few years, but I am excited about participating much more this year and in the coming years!

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Painting Animals With Brad Nack

For the past couple of months I have been playing with acrylic paint and not feeling like I was making much progress. I wasn't planning on taking a class, just experimenting on my own; but when I saw that one of my favorite local artists, Brad Nack, was going to be teaching his layering technique of painting animals, I was inspired to sign up.

 

I first discovered Brad's art years ago at his annual 100% Reindeer Art Show (Going 20 years now!) I was instantly drawn to his colorful, quirky reindeer with crazed expressions and began following along on his artistic journey. So I was excited when I discovered he would be teaching a two hour class at my local Art From Scrap (his artwork is currently on exhibit there so go see it while you can! 302 E. Cota, Santa Barbara, CA)

 

Brad was a lot of fun and I'm newly inspired to continue my exploration with paint!

 

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GVAA Artist Studio Tour Coming

Save the date, locals! I'll be participating in the Goleta Valley Art Association's Artist Studio Tour on May 19 where I will have my mosaics, paintings and embroideries I've done, plus notecards and my book. Enter a raffle at each location for fun prizes. Come by and see me!

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Cat Drawing

I love when my cats sit like this.  :)

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Sketchbook Drawings

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Sketchbook Drawings

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Sketchbook Drawings

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Sketchbook Drawings

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Sketchbook Drawings

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Sketchbook Drawings

Sketchbook drawings I did this week.  Have a great weekend!

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"No Thanks Mom" Event

Elizabeth Stewart discusses the top 10 objects that younger generations do not want as “gifts” from the homes of their parents and grandparents and what to do with them. If you haven't heard her talks before, you must go! She is infinitely charming and funny with a wealth of information to share. I'm going, hope to see you there, too!

 

Here are a few of my illustrations in the book. You can see more illustrations here.

 

And you can find her book on Amazon here.



Details of the Event:

 

Wed., Feb. 7, 2018

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
136 E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Free entry for members / $5 Guests
Reservation Required: (805) 966-1601
 
No Thanks Mom: The Top Ten Objects Your Kids Do NOT Want (and what to do with them) is an honest and humorous exploration of the generational differences in the households and possessions of Millennials/Gen-Xers and their Boomer parents. The central conflict is that most of the Boomers’ grown kids are refusing the family heirlooms that have been saved for them.

Dr. Stewart, a certified appraiser (and SBHM docent!) discusses the top 10 objects that younger generations do not want as “gifts” from the homes of their parents and grandparents. She finds a consistent pattern of familial tensions over objects that older relatives have saved for the kids, wishing and hoping to pass on the beloved family treasures. If you’ve tried to pass on fine china, tableware, linens, fine porcelain figurines, silver-plated objects, ornate rugs, or heavy, dark furniture to a Millennial, you know it’s not so easy.

The problem, Dr. Stewart says, is the intergenerational difference in the concept of value and ownership. The answer, she explains, is to understand the new and changing concept of home, and to follow her specific remedies for each category of objects.

Stewart reviews each of the 10 object groups and gives the current owners ideas on how to pass them on. She provides an easy way to survey your belongings and offers advice on how to verify value and, where there is a market, how to put your items in play.

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Raymi and Red, Painted Cat Ornament

I painted this ornament of our two cats Raymi and Red and stuck it in my son's stocking this year. We got Raymi from a shelter nine years ago for my son's birthday. She was the queen around here until Red came along. He was my mother's cat who came to live with us after she passed away four years ago. He has tried to make friends with Raymi ever since but mostly she will have none of it and will swat at him whenever he comes near.


There have been some moments of her allowing him to sleep a foot away and she also "sort of" plays with him but pretends like she's not. We're getting there slowly so there's hope!

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Hand Painted Cowboy Ornaments With a Twist

I bought a couple of wooden gingerbread man ornaments to paint but realized I was not inspired at all - I find the typical gingerbread man a bit soulless with their eyeball-less eyes. I tried drawing a few different interesting eyes but none of them were working for me.

So I looked at the outline shape and instantly saw a cowboy hat in the head and arms! The bowtie fit perfectly on the hat. Well, then I saw a handlebar mustache and these guys magically appeared. I gave one away as a gift but you can find the other one on Etsy.

Have a Yee Haw New Year!


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Hand Painted Birdhouse Ornaments

I painted a couple birdhouse ornaments as gifts this year. This one "flew" all the way to Minnesota to a longtime friend.

This second one was for my brother who is a mailman. I put his address on the mailbox and the initials of him and his wife in the heart.


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More Hand Painted Ornaments

These ornaments were all gifts and have been received so I can now post them! Hand painted on wood with acrylics. I have others available in my Etsy Store if you'd like to take a look. Have a beautiful Christmas!!

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Naughty Kitty Christmas Tree Ornaments

I love these naughty kitties!  When I was painting the trees, they seemed so boring and plain. I thought to myself, what would liven them up? Well, cats of course! Cats make everything better, don't they? These are wooden ornaments painted with acrylics, about 4x6" and available in my Etsy Store if interested.  Happy Holidays!!

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Hand Painted Bird Ornaments

It's that time of year again when I start making ornaments! Each year I make a series of ornaments using a medium I haven't used before.  In the past, I've made ornaments with  drawings, mosaics, felt, cross stitch, crochet, polymer clay, and embroidery. This year I am painting wooden ornaments with acrylics. Here is my first group of sweet little birds. I'm just finishing some Christmas trees that I will post next. You can find them all in my Etsy Store - they make great stocking stuffers!

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Pink Kitties

I love the way they look in these sweet green frames.  :)

More playing with brush pen markers.  These kitties are small, about 2x3" and sold right away!  If you would like something similar, please feel free to contact me here.


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New Drawing - Cat on a Flower

I tried something new this time, drawing with black ink and coloring with brush pen markers on some fun decorative paper.  I framed it in this found pewter frame which is 6 1/4 x 8".  You can find it in my Etsy Store if you are interested in purchasing it.  Hope you like it!

 

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Yellow Cat, Blue Cat

New little acrylic painting on sassafras wood slice.  It is 5" in diameter and 3/4" in thickness. I LOVE the edging of the bark on this, it is some gorgeous texture! If you're interested in purchasing it, you can find it in my Etsy Store.

 

 

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Painted Cat in the Snow

New painting by me called "Snow."  Painted in acrylics, it is 4x4" and 3/4" thick on wood.  If you're interested in purchasing it, you can find it in my Etsy Store!

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Public Art Project - Painted Piano

I was chosen to be one of 12 artists to participate in Pianos on State, an interactive musical experience that takes place during Arts and Humanities Month in October. Pianos are painted by Santa Barbara artists and are then displayed at various locations on State Street for impromptu playing as well as scheduled performances.

 

The eighth annual installment runs from Oct. 2-16, 2017. My piano is located in front of The Red Piano at 519 State Street. The design was inspired by my love of both cats and music, which includes musical terms and notations attributed to the various cats. The title of my piano is Giocoso, which means fun and joyful.


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New Book with my Illustrations!

I can now share what I've been working on the last few months - Creating illustrations for this new book by Elizabeth Stewart! Elizabeth is an appraiser of fine art and antiques, and her book, "No Thanks Mom, The Top Ten Objects Your Kids Do Not Want (and what to do with them)," offers advice on what to do with those objects that were lovingly saved but are not welcomed by the next generation. She is so charming and has such a great sense of humor and it shows in her writing. It was such a fun project and I'm excited and grateful to be a part of it. These are just a few of the illustrations, there are many more inside. She is selling her book on Amazon if you're interested - looking forward to getting my copy! :)
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New Note Cards

New note cards have been printed and are now in my store. They are blank inside for any occasion. Cat and dog friendships are the best! Find them here.

 


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Welcome to my new website!

I am excited to share with you the new work I have been creating for the past year. Many of you know me as a stained glass mosaic artist (www.cbmosaics.com) and have watched my curiosity wander from glass to drawing to painting. I love animals so you will be seeing a lot of those in my work. I am currently working on a very exciting project with my illustrations that I look forward to telling you about in the very near future. Thanks so much for visiting my site - I hope you enjoy my artwork!

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