On the right is a photo we took on our visit to The cat house on the kings last October. If you have not been there and you love cats, it’s an amazing place. The other day I ran past a bike leaning up against the wall and thought… “what a perfect place for a cat!” This afternoon I put those two things together…
So I signed up to be in a show dedicated to the Wizard of Oz. Seemed like a fun theme to work with as the film has so much wonderful imagery. I committed to doing two pieces. Once I got started, the obsession set in. I’d finish a piece and say “That’s the last one” … and then I’d think of something else I wanted to draw. Ended up doing eight pieces for the show and just had a blast creating this art. You can find them all in my Mardi-Art Gallery here on my website (some of the originals are still available). Prints are available on my ETSY site. And it appears that the O to Z Ozstravaganza Show is going to be an annual event, so it looks like it might be a yearly obsession for me
This is a project that is dear to my heart. I did the layout/design gratis and also donated my art for the calendar. Robyn Arouty Photography donated the photos used as well. So you can be sure that every dollar goes toward saving lives when you buy one. Buster’s Friends Rescue stepped in to help with a very sick kitten I found in a park behind my house. Continue reading
So many things have happened in the last few weeks that make me very happy. Finally got juried into what will be my very first BIG art show. Look for me in November (10th and 11th) at the Fort Worth Fine Art Festival. So excited to pack up and head out of town for a show. It’s something I have been wanting to do for some time. Also, just got notification that my art will be included at the Houston Art Crawl on November 17th and 18th. My work will be at the Hardy Nance Building in the Jomar Visions Studio. This, also, is exciting news because it’s hard to get a spot at the Crawl. Lots of folks funnel through those buildings over the weekend, so it’s great exposure. The fall season is shaping up to be my busiest ever and I am so ready. Check out my Showings Page for a full run down on what I have planned and come see me. I have lots of new colorful things to show you.
ps. I add new images periodically to the galleries on this website but if you really want to keep up with everything I am creating… I post new art EVERY day… check out my facebook fan page.
Recently, I have been creating some art that I am so excited about. It’s still my same whimiscal art but with a little more complexity while maintaining the same clean linework. There is no secret I love playing with color and these mardi-art illustrations are full of it. And, yes I do commissions in this style! Here is a peek at the process:
I start with a photo inspiration and I do a prelim pencil sketch. Then I transfer that to my premium paper on a light table. I apply the ink lines and then block in the color and add shading. I have also begun to create a few of these works on large canvases and gotten exciting results. There does not seem to be enough time in a day to do all the things I have planned these days! Definitely have found my mojo lately!
Check out my facebook page for daily creations as they come off my art table! Here are a few recent mardi-arts. Most all of them I can customize with your animal’s name. On the ones below, I put the pet’s name on the bucket in the sand and on the wine bottle. And prints are available in several sizes on my ETSY site. (I have over 250 images on my ETSY page) so hop on over there! Surely, there will be something there that you can’t live without!
Next up on my show schedule is the First Saturday Art Market in the Heights on 19th street. July 7th is the date and it’s in the evening (6 pm to 10 pm). I went to the June event as a spectator and thoroughly enjoyed myself. It’s good to do that sort of thing now and then. See how it is as a buyer and not a seller. Anyway, this is really a fun event in the summer. The evening is filled with live music, art, and wine. What more do you need? Bring a fold up chair, park yourself and groove to the music. Or just wander through all the tents listening to the tunes with your glass of wine and soak up some art. I will be there in July with lots of new art. Stop by and see me!
Speaking of new art, I am doing some brand new stuff that I am really excited about and you can see it for reals at the art market. A little sampling below… to see my new creations as they come off the drawing table, be sure and follow me on Facebook. I have a very active fan page and things are often sold as I post them there. So check it out HERE. Continue reading
So my obsession for the last few weeks has been mardi-gras inspired art, at least that’s what I’m callin’ it, because of the bright colors and mask-like feel of the art. Take a look at my Mardi-Art Facebook Album to see some fun stuff I’m working on. Mardi-on!
Spring Festivals are in the books and next up as far as showings is the Reliant Dog Show in July. I am happy to have the break between now and then so I can get focused on my commissions back-log. Lots of fun things to paint in the coming weeks. Very excited and feeling blessed to be so busy painting and drawing your critters. Continue reading
I am so excited about this event on Saturday, April 28th, that will benefit Spay-Neuter Assistance Program! Door prizes, drawings for warm fuzzies and paintings! Eats, drinks, etc. It will be great fun and all for a terrific cause. Please come out! Come casual and have fun! (Hollywood Frame Gallery is located at 2427 Bissonet)
Very excited about this new painting. It’s bright, busy, and full of fun stuff to look at! The original work is 36″ x 60″ and was a commission for someone. Fine prints are available on my ETSY site HERE if you’re looking for something whimsical for your wall. If you would like to see some close up shots of various parts of this work, check out my facebook photo album for it. Everyone seems to have their favorite critter in this piece. Mine’s the poodle and shepherd mix with the scarf that are next to the tree with the cat/squirrel action. What’s your fav?
4 x 4 Warm Fuzzies are a new line of art I am doing on acid free colored papers. I am in love with the feel that the color from the paper gives to the art. I do at least one new one every day and post it on my facebook fan page. Many have sold as soon as I post them, so I guess you like them too …Anyway, check out my fan page to see them as they are created. A few samples of them are below…
Also, check out my ETSY site for my Warm Fuzzie Prints. They are only $29 each and come in an 8 x 10 mat with the title and signature on the mat. I add new ones there every day. Lots to look at for the animal lover!