This is my Christmas montage....from store windows in New York to our very own Main Street, the warmth of a kitchen in a baking frenzy and a single tree in our backyard at twilight. It all goes by so fast! Until next year.....
I had a few really good Aha! moments this year, and I hope to keep the momentum up in the year ahead. I'm just approaching my 100th small format painting! I selected a few of these in my first ever 2013 Calendar available in my Etsy shop.
It's funny, I never set out to paint cats in particular. But they languish and pose so beautifully, how could I not? Just a few of the cats I painted this year....with more to come judging from the growing collection of photos I've been sorting through.
...and this is why I haven't been posting paintings lately. The art to fabric project I've been working on has kept me busy especially as Christmas approached. Taking sketches of local places (beautiful Hudson on the Lake of Two Mountains), I created a "toile" design for fabric and have been happily sewing these into pillows. The second image is of some teacups and florals
inspired by a favorite tearoom/florist here in town (Mademoiselle Clifford).
The design was adjusted here to reflect the favorite colors of two little misses by the names of Madeleine and Lily who are in to fuschia and purple and Alice in Wonderland. I have so many ideas for the new year using these fabrics!
I do miss blogging at this time of year. It gets so busy... but for good reason. Inspite of three power outages in three days, I managed to finish this trio of paintings. My favorite is the one on the far right. Long hair cats are a bit of a challenge and I am constantly switching between "brights" and chisel edge brushes. Delivery is tomorrow and then it's Christmas!
No, not a mistake....the title is correct. This is the first of a trio of "ragdoll" cats that I have painted this week. I hadn't heard of this type of cat until recently. Distinguishing features are their beautiful fur and blue eyes.
I worked on some new sketches to add to my fabric project. I will likely add more new dog breeds like Yorkies and Dachsunds. The ones you see here are
from the top, German Pointer, lower left, a Nova Scotia Duck Toller Retriever,
and a Boxer.
I can never get over how quickly time flies once November is over!. It's already too late to add to my Etsy shop and shipping will be hard to predict.
Luckily my project is a local one and is doing well with more new plans for it in 2013.
This morning I prepped three new 6" x 6"'s too so I will start my day tomorrow by working on these oils...a commission to paint three beautiful
Ragdoll cats. This is a breed I had only recently became aware of. All Ragdoll
cats have blue eyes and beautiful long hair so they will be a pleasure to paint.
So I have dogs to sketch and cats to paint!.....and Christmas presents to shop for, baking to do, wrapping gifts, cards to wri.............
And as time is flying...I have added a link to my 2013 Calendar available in
my Etsy shop. It is at the top of the list of links to the left.