Monday, December 27, 2010

Some cats and Happy New Year wishes

I was looking for ways to make simple and quick paintings that I can do a fair amount in a minimum of time spent painting. Here they are. :)

They are made for Mačjelovka (cat catcher or cat hunter), an association that helps feral and stray cats. I used to be an active member of this association. I helped catch feral cats to spay and neuter and for some time I was a foster mom for the kittens. :) Through time it became harder and harder for me to put the kittens up for adoption. There were fewer and fewer homes willing to take such kittens into their home under our conditions and when they started to stay with me for months I became attached to them and ended up keeping them. That's why I have 7 cats and my mom has 5 of them. :) I had to stop at this number for my cats' sake so I stopped fostering.

But there is still a way that I can help. Mačjelovka has selling booths on different occasions throughout the year and I decided to donate paintings. They are made as a simple background with a black cat silhouette. The purple one was even made with a help from a stencil. I just painted in the eyes. :)

And this is my new Penny. I tried to finish her but her hair is giving me trouble. So she'll just have to wait for the New Year. :)

Happy New Year to all my blogland friends! May all your resolutions for the New Year come true and I wish you health and happiness most of all. :)


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Friday, December 24, 2010

The cat is finished and delivered

Just in time for Christmas. :) I was a little afraid I might have gone too dark with this cat but the recepient loves it. :)
And for all of you that are missing my Pennies here are two paintings under construction. :)
Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate it. :)

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Look!

I've been painting!! :) It's not finished yet but I hope it will be by the end of this week. I donated a similar painting of a blue cat for a charity auction a couple of weeks ago. All the proceeds went to my favorite no-kill animal shelter. I promised this cat to an acquaintance of mine that missed out on the auction piece.
And this is my studio. :) I need a desk but this will do for now. Do you see that light bulb on a wire? Yeah, I need someone (my hubby) to install a light fixture on the ceiling so I can paint in the afternoon as well. I thought I had enough storage for all my supplies but I guess I was wrong. :)
Happy December everyone! :))

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hello!

I have not fallen off the face of the earth. :) I'm still here I just haven't done anything to brag about. :) I still haven't recovered from moving. All my art supplies are still in boxes and I have no table to create on. So I just don't bother. I have no inspiration anyway.

But I have been reading a lot lately. Nothing deep and life changing though. :) Just some silly light reading like Vampire academy and stuff. I'm really going crazy over these books. I may have ordered like 30 books in the past month alone. :)

I have done another series of abstract paintings so here they are.



I'm sorry I haven't been around your blogs lately. I promise I'll do better. :)


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Monday, October 25, 2010

Because ...

... I still haven't done any painting on my own, I'm showing you art work I've bought recently. :) I already told you how I feel about this in the post Who is behind that painting?

So here we go. :)

Chasing Dream is from Patti from PBsArtStudio. I like to think that I'm chasing my dreams and this face is so amazing in real life. Thank you Patti for giving me a choice of this bigger piece. It's awesome!


Window of opportunity is from Juliette Crane. I dare say that owls are her signiture. So adorable! And I love how she makes the background work. Thanks Juliette fot this little cutie. :)


Love tree is from Nicola from Nicola Toms Designs. Ok, I don't think that's the title of this painting but that's how I'm calling it. :) I wanted to buy one painting before this one but faith had it that it was already reserved so this amazing piece came to me. I love it even more than the first one I wanted to buy. Thanks Nic! :)


That's all I could squeeze in my budget right now. :) How about you? Have you done any art shopping lately? :)


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Monday, October 18, 2010

Abstracts

I mentioned in my previous post that I was thinking of doing something different with my art. So this weekend I finally grabbed some paint sprays and sprayed my ass off. :)

This one I don't like but it's my mom's favorite so I gave it to her. She said it reminded her of autumn leaves. Well, that's just fine with me. :)) In real life it's more orangey then pinkish.

It was raining yesterday and I was spraying on the terrace. When I left the paintings to dry some wind picked up and flew this one straight in the puddle. :) But it survived.

My second favorite is this one. I showed it to my dad and his first reaction was, I don't know what it means.
Me: Well, it doesn't have to mean anything.
Dad: Of course it has to! People have to know what they are looking at otherwise there's no point.
Me: Ok, than. This is the ocean and above it a stormy sky. Happy now?
Dad: See, it has to mean something.
:)))

Well, this one is my favorite. I love this one. Of course my mom doesn't like it. :) Ah, the eye of the beholder. :)) It's my husband's favorite, too. But when I took the picture, the computer flipped it around and confused me. I LOVE it flipped around. But I love it right side up, too. What do you think?
Right side up? (the sky and the landscape)
Or flipped? (the ocean and the city skyline)


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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Just a little brain chatter for you

It is so hard to get into the groove when you come back from vacation. And it’s even harder when you move and all your art supply is in boxes on the floor. I have nowhere but the floors to create. And I'm not down with that cause I have cats and dogs that are too nosy. :)

My mojo has left me. I feel like I need to put my studio together first before I can paint anything. And I’ve been thinking of trying out some new stuff. Different style of painting. But we’ll see where that gets me. I usually forget before I start moving in that direction.

I'm copy pasting something I wrote in Wyanne's class. I was coloring a simple coloring sheet.

What I found out from this assignment is that I like to have a choice of colors. I have regular crayons but not too many color choices so I used the Portfolio series water soluble oil pastels instead. That might as well say something about my attitude toward things and money. :) I picked the easiest coloring sheet since it didn't look too detailed. And I colored very loosely without paying too much attention to details. I didn't even sharpen my crayons. Not because I didn't want to I just didn't feel like going through the trouble. Colors that I used are pretty safe for me. I use them a lot. I tried to listen to Wyanne's suggestion to pick the color that jumps out at you first. Even though I imagined a pink bunny I picked up deep red. But when I stared at the coloring sheet to see what I would color with it, I couldn't find anything. So I changed the red for pink. I was tempted to leave the background uncolored but changed my mind and colored it green for grass.

While I was coloring I was thinking about what this coloring sheet will tell about me to others. That it will look very imprecise and might give the impression that I wasn't doing my best. But the thing is that I usually don't give my best. And that is because I like to enjoy painting and if I give it my best I'll probably get too worked up about it not being perfect and not being able to do exactly how I imagined, that I would just give up in the middle of it. Which is pretty much the story of my life.

Isn't it weird how a simple coloring assignment makes you think about yourself?


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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I'm pimpin' today

I'm doing a couple of on-line workshops again. :) Now, you know I was on vacation so I'm pretty much broke so I was ecstatic when I found out that Tam from Willowing is having a free on-line workshop starting 18. October. How awesome is that?! :))) I've been wanting to take one of her classes for a long time but I never got around to it so this is a perfect opportunity. Click on the button below to take you there.

willowing.ning.com

And just before my vacation I managed to squeeze Wyanne's new class into my budget. :) It's called Paint Free but it's not for free it's just the name of the class. :) We already started this class but I see now that Wyanne has planned another group for the 25. October.



And this is my sketch for Kelly Berkey's weekly challenge. :) She is posting pictures of herself in different poses for us to sketch. Here are the rules but as she puts it there really are none. Just do what you like. :) I did this sketch with a pencil and watersoluble oil pastels. I left it pretty loose cause I tend to get too much into details then I get frustrated when it doesn't come out as I wanted it to. so this is me squinting my eyes and just doing shapes and shadows. Very loose. :)


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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Amazing Spirit


Hi everyone! I'm back. :) I had a great time in Berlin and Amsterdam. And I have this painting to show you.

I made it for my brother's girlfriend Gea. Even though I have not yet met her when I made this painting I knew from her e-mails that she is an artist, too, and when I was painting this painting the words "amazing spirit" kept coming to my mind so I added them to the painting.

As it happens, she is a very spiritual person and the words were dead on. :) Here is the painting hung on the wall with one of her paintings.

I have some catching up to do, so, see you next week. :)


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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Blondies


Sorry for the poor picture but it's still cloudy and the light is just not good for taking photos. These are the first Penny blondes that I have done. :) It's hard for me to paint blond hair and I don't know why that is. I remember this one that gave me sleepless nights. :)

Well, I think this is my last post before I go on my vacation. I'm working on a painting that I'll be giving as a present to my brother's partner but I don't know if I'll have the time to show it to you before we go. But I'll definitely post about it after I come back. :)

Have fun everyone! I wish you a sunny weekend. :)


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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Penny sisters - again

I'm little distracted lately. I have so much stuff going on that it's a bit overwhelming. There are some changes going on at work that I have to be on top of before I go on vacation. We have to get our new place ready to move in and time is running out on us. So much stuff to do in upcoming two weeks and I feel a little pressured. Not good.

But I did start this new commission. Penny sisters again. :) This time in more of a girlie colors. Pink and purple.

Thank you to everyone who stops by my blog and leave me nice comments. I appreciate it so very much. :)

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Just because

Can I share some non artsy projects with you? You won't run away, will you? :)

As I said a couple of times before we're in process of moving. We're in no hurry but it has to happen this year. Over the weekend we've been working on our top floor toilet. That's how it's called, right? When all there is is a toilet and no shower or bath?

Ok, I have to show you my new tiles. I love them! I wish I had more interest when the rest of the place was being done. I would change so much. But I can't since everything is pretty much new and it would be a waste of money. And it's not all that horrid just dull.

And I laid them down myself (with a little help from my hubby). Thank you very much! :)
These are my pooches. :) No story behind this photo.


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Monday, August 23, 2010

A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost


"A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost."

It's finished! :) I'm really happy how this painting turned out. You could see a little bit of progress here and here.

The painting is going to be a birthday gift for a 16 year old from her mom. Mom sent me beautiful photos of the two sisters and a quote that she wanted on the painting. I really had fun making it and I hope the birthday girl is going to like it. :).



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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Grab my Button

Hi everyone! I'm just popping in to let you know I have a blog button you can grab. :)

I know, I'm way behind everyone. :) The whole blog land has one so I decided It's time I make my own.

It would make me very happy and honored If you would consider putting my button on your blog. I will return the favor just tell me in the comments so I can find you. :)

To put the button on your blog sidebar, copy the text in the box below the button picture and paste it in a HTML gadget on your blog layout. :)

If you want to make your own just follow these instructions or these. I actually had to combine the two to make it work for me. But that's expected of me to complicate things. :))



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