Resting Crabby Face

Although she’s got resting Crabby face. I think that she’s actually pretty happy. She purrs up a storm as soon as you pick her up. She likes very cold water and has been known to dip her little paw in the water dish and lick it up that way. She’s sweet. I hope I can do her justice.

Change of plans

This morning I got up with plans of heading to church with my sister and her family.

Unfortunately, we are getting a ton of snow. The roads were bad and as she lives 20 miles away I decided to turn around having witnessed three cars already in the ditch.

So instead here I sit with a warm cup of coffee, paints and brushes and my imagination.

It’s Zellie Bellies turn to be immortalized on canvas!

I really wish I could have made it to church, it’s been a while and I was looking forward to it, but painting is also a good way to spend a cold snowy Sunday morning.

Work in Progress – Otto

This my second attempt at Otto. I am liking so much more how this version is coming out. He’s just so handsome and I didn’t feel like the first version did him justice.

I am contemplating taking commissions for pet portraits and I would love to hear your thoughts. I have seen some really great artists out there doing pet portraiture, and it makes me nervous to put myself out there, but I just love painting pets! Would you buy one?

Weekend Art

Finished up my girl. This is post glaze, but I still need to touch up around the whisker there on the right and get some varnish on it.

I got some paint brush markers for Christmas and tried my hand at a quick drawing of my little Zelda girl. Turned out better that I thought for a quick sketch.

I also started a new painting of my Otto-man. This is really rough yet, I really struggle with brindle coats. I haven’t figured out a technique that I like yet. I overwork them.

Tullahbee Marie

It’s coming along! There’s still some work to do, but I love how it’s turning out. I have tried several times in the past 12 years to paint my Tullahbee, but this is the first time that I have been able to do her beautiful self any justice. She’s such a pretty girl and I wanted to be able to capture that.

Finished, My Cody Boy

This is Cody. When I got divorced, I left my dogs Cody and Tullahbee with my exe because my daughters remained there and are very attached to them. I often visit them and it broke my heart to leave them behind, but I know they are happy and living their best life.

Cody was adopted from the Humane Society when he was approximate 3. He’s a love bug and a great cuddler. He barks at everything, including his shadow, especially now that he’s getting deaf. He really enjoys booty scratches and dog biscuits , but is not a huge fan of toys. Of course, walks and car rides are on the top of his list though. All in all, he’s been a wonderful part of my life. I hope you enjoy learning more about him.

Glass, Stained Glass

I have a friend that is a beautiful stained glass artist. Although she lives in a different state, she posts her creations online. This inspired me to attempt to create some stained glass on my own. I read up on pinterest, and watched a billion youtube videos, then set out on making some stained glass.

I was able to find a pattern that I really liked of a dragonfly and some long grasses. So I cut out my glass. Yes, the two left pieces of purple are going the wrong direction. This detail escaped me as I was trying to get the pieces cut out and fit together, which is harder than I thought it would be.

For me it was really relaxing. I got it all together. I’d like to put a frame around the outside eventually. My welds are a bit bumpy in spots, but I think with practice I could smooth them out.

Last Christmas I made several small pieces as gifts, but unfortunately life has been very busy lately and I have not gotten to it in a while. I think I’ll have to schedule it in.

Crazy how different it looks with sunlight passing through it. This one is at my moms house. Funny enough, the only one that I have at my house that I have done is a cross I made for my grandmother. She passed away this summer so I got it back.

Somewhere between a Zendoodle and a Zentangle

I have not counted the number of sketchbooks that I have full of these things.  I do them when I sit on the couch after a long day.  It helps me to relax, but I have never really done it in a structured way.  It’s really whatever comes to me.  I might make a grid one day and swirls another day.  I might chose one or two patterns to fill my whole page.

Or maybe just a whole bunch of versions of the same thing.

My object is just to keep my mind and my hands busy doing something.  It is very relaxing for me.  Purists of zentangle say that you have to create with purpose so that your mind is occupied by something other that thinking.  Your supposed to be focused on what you are doing.  Part of me is, but part of me is talking to the people around me or catching up on the news.

For me it is having the desired affect, and maybe I am doing it write.  Either way, I enjoy it a lot and have come up with some pretty amazing designs.  I have the sketch books to prove it!

Art or Vandalism

Banksy has always intrigued me a an artist/social activist.  I have mixed emotions when it comes to what he does. On one hand he has a well established following and a well known style, but on the other hand he vandalizes property.  

I think that the anonymity of his work and the public placement of his art drives the interest, because his images are mostly simple.  His work is also exposed to the elements and in that way not permanent. Who wouldn’t want to say that they have seen a Banksy in its element, because in a few years, or moments, as one auction goer found out, it won’t be there.

By Dominic Robinson from Bristol, UK – Banksy Girl and Heart Balloon, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73570221

As a law abiding citizen, unless you count my lead foot, I do have a problem with vandalism.  Even if he’s famous and his work is coveted, I still think it’s wrong to tag someone’s property.  I would think that it would be a double edged sword, because now there is a blemish on your building that you cannot even paint over because it’s now a work of art from some anonymous artist.  I’m definitely not saying it’s right, but maybe he should join the hoodlums that spray paint railroad cars. Is it me, or have some of those guys gotten really talented.

By © Simon Mannweiler / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0,
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63884159

One thing is for sure, he does a terrific job of keeping himself and his work relevant.  Whether I agree with his methods or not, he has a knack for what he does. May we all aspire to have that much ambition and motivation to be heard/seen.