I finished this piece today while keeping my booth at the Annual Canada Day Flea Market, in Shawville, QC. I thought by setting up my easel and working away while customers browsed my table would be a great way to generate interest in my work – boy was I ever right! I had so many compliments on the work in progress, and questions about potential commissions.
The little mad spark of an idea behind this was to let people see that art like mine is a process. It’s layers of colour, blending, more layers, more blending, and finally those precise little details: a dash of white to highlight the head, dots of brown to give depth the the grassy foreground, smudges of yellow to texture the bricks. It was a little mad spark that said, “give people something to connect back to,” so that when they buy a print, or a card, or even a little original, they can reference the moment when they saw creation of another piece of my art. And maybe they’ll wonder about the moments I spent on their piece.
I recently added bookmarks to my product line at I’ve been bringing to art markets – they’ve been a huge success! I’ve already sold out of two themes: La Llorona, and The Little Rain Man – both of which were successful prints. I’ve since made packages of note cards with my best selling prints, and hopefully they’ll do well in my upcoming markets, too!
I had these printed up this afternoon after finishing the “aunt” card this morning. There’s a limited quantity, so for anyone coming to get one at the market – best show up early. The doors open at 10am.
I finished “Virgo” last night (for the complete painting, please see Under the Constellations) and noticed something about my cat painting career. Every time I paint a cat, it usually looks cranky. Now, maybe you’d look cranky too if some lady had her hand around your neck.
I tried painting a group of barn cats once before in acrylic, but every one of them looked as though they ate a bad mouse and had indigestion. I covered up that old canvas with a garden scene. Much better. I painted the backside of my mother’s cat, staring up at a bird – he generally looks unimpressed, so one could say I nailed that one.
I love cats. Some would even venture to say that I’m a crazy cat lady, and I’m actually ok with that moniker. There really is only one possible solution to this problem: practice more cat painting.
I finished this off this evening, and I’m quite pleased with the results. This is the eighth pastel painting in the constellation series. I’d like to get two more before the vernissage, so I better cross my fingers, and get back to the drawing board!
When I first moved into my home, I knew the large living room would be my painting studio, despite the suggestions from most friends and family that I use the second bedroom to keep it contained. I could not give up the thought of painting in front of that beautiful floor to ceiling window on a sunny afternoon. I know that most artists will argue for morning light being the best, but I’m really quite taken by the warmth of the autumn afternoons here.
The countdown is on for my exhibition: 20 days left to go! I want to finish off five more 8×10″ paintings, do my main 3x4ft centrepiece, and a couple miniatures. This means pulling out all the stops. This means soaking up every second of afternoon sun, absorbing it for all its worth, and creating something magical.
It’s quite rare indeed that at the ebbing of October, one can spread a quilt on the ground in the afternoon and enjoy the day with some soft pastels and an easel. After about three hours, I finished my latest constellation series painting, titled Perseus and Andromeda, and was finding the cold beginning to stiffen my fingers. But it was hard to ignore just how beautiful it was to be able to enjoy creating art in the fresh air. Even though my subject matter wasn’t something in my environment, there is something in the crisp air that heightens one’s creativity.