Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Oil sketches for Eureka utility art box project




I've been so busy raising my newly adopted four month old puppy that I had to pull an all nighter just to get four 5x7" sketches done by deadline -today. It's crazy how much public art I've been doing. I never expected so much to happen during the second half of 2018!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Sister

12x123" oil on panel
I finished this painting today. It's a commission I was hired to paint in memory of Sister.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Dos Gatos en la Noche

Painted for Eureka Street Art Festival 2018
I chose to work from a design concept by Japanese engraver Inagaki Tomoo.



Friday, August 3, 2018

"Two Cats" after Inagaki Tomoo b. 1902


Acrylic on board 60x36"
One day on my way to the studio...there's an alleyway next to my studio at 208 C street in old town,  as I walk by I see a very large frame leaning against the wall, behind a dumpster and it looks very interesting- I go check it out. The frame's quite weathered but in excellent condition, I mean it's solid redwood, no warping, it's even got a primed board in it. I dust it off and haul it up to the studio where I ask the resident renaissance man, Stock Schlueter what he thinks. His expert opinion confirms it's a score. The subject of my new painting on board would be cats. I began scanning internet images of cat art for inspiration. There I found one of my favorite cat artists, Inagaki Tomoo, and that's when things began to click. Tomoo's style is one I can swiftly merge with. Why am I using Tomoo's art to create from? Because I recognized an opportunity to create from a foundation that works, why reinvent the wheel? Because of the large size, it occurred to me that my painting could hang outside the studios as part of Eureka Street Art Festival and also serve as a lead up to the studios which would be a nice informal addition to the tour and good for studio artists! I called Kathleen, the owner of the studios building with my idea, she liked it, and promptly ran it through official channels. I got the okay! "Two Cats" is #1 on the mural tour map.  I will also be painting live across the street with several other artists during the festival -August 11-18, I'll be working with another Inagaki Tomoo cat art design! Hope to see you!  #ilikeeureka #eurekastreetartfestival

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

"Let's Have a Garden!"


My first public art project! A Utility Box on Harris and Union in Eureka Ca.

When I signed up to paint a box, I thought "This will be an easy!"
Well, it It wasn't easy and not exactly fun either. I thought it would be fun because painting is fun. Turned out to be more work and frustration than I had anticipated. And isn't that the way with the learning curve and anything that's worth doing well? I was not well prepared. So, if you're thinking of doing a box? Be prepared. Bring fluids to drink and sunscreen and or a hat, and jacket because weather can change in an instant and you don't want to be too hot or too cold. Fill a gallon container with water for washing brushes and clean up, and plenty of rags and brushes, and make sure your paint is not dried up! Bring little containers for mixing color, tuna cans work well. Don't forget to prime the box! When I was painting the box lots of people came by and offered their compliments, critique and advise and personal problems. What a hoot. My favorite interaction was with kids. They loved the art and seemed uplifted by the encounter. I would paint another box, even many boxes! I might even become a "Utility Box Pro" because eventually the process would become streamlined and then it would be fun! #ilikeeureka  Thank you Linda Wise for sponsoring me and thanks to the city of Eureka! Eureka Box Art Program

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ken Jarvela's cat Wing Wang

11x14" oil on canvas
This cat has the look. Intense male. Nothing wishy washy about this guy.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Cat Art Show LA, The Sequel Returns Again!

Diane Hoeptner, myself and Susan Michals.
The show was amazing! Surrounded by warmth and creativity too much to tell.
Forever grateful for the chance to participate in such a wonderful event!
Thank you Susan Michals!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Otis

Sold
12x14" oil on panel
I couldn't be more thrilled to be participating in Cat Art Show LA, The Sequel Returns Again! 
This will be my third time and it's like pinch me, I must be dreaming. That's how much I love this show. Not only is it an honor but the exhibit is truly world class and a total inspiration to see. Tomorrow I fly to LA to witness once again the miracle and mayhem that only a cat art show of this caliber can offer. Curator, Susan Michals is unstoppable!

Friday, June 8, 2018

On Alert

12x14" oil on canvas
Boy, it's been a busy couple weeks, with North Coast Open Studios, Arts Alive! And gearing up for Cat Art Show LA, The Sequel Returns Again...oh, and three new commissions, it's all I can do to get a shower! When it rains it pours. Checkmeowt! Cat Art Show 3: The Sequel Returns Again

Friday, May 18, 2018

C Street


48x24" acrylic on canvas
I had just met this amazing gray cat on the street. He was happy to meet me. A youngster with all the moves, he rolled around all over the place. I got some great shots to work from. Large format for this one!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fat Cat


It's been a long time since I posted. I have a new studio and I've been spending a lot of time there, creating artwork and gearing up for North Coast Open Studios in June. My painting was chosen for the cover and that's really swell and a total honor, it also puts me in the spotlight and I want everything to be just right. This is my first solo Open Studios event ever. Also, in the news Stock and I have been granted access to a beautiful piece of land on Willow Creek, with a small cabin, we've been working on. I'm very excited to spend a couple days there and get back to plein air painting. Lots of good things are happening right now, including one of my most favorite events Cat Art Show LA 3 The sequel returns again! Now that Humboldt county has directs flights to LA, I'm going to fly there in June with a couple excellent friends. I love seeing what other artists do with my favorite muse. June 2018 will be a true celebration of the arts for me. I'll be open for Arts Alive!
My studio is at 208 C Street in Eureka.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Scotty


16x20" oil on canvas
Scotty is an old guy, almost 20! He belongs to my friend and fellow artist Joan Dunning. I met Scotty the other day and I was immediately inspired to paint him. His markings are fabulous, all hung on a very fragile body, he was much skinnier than the painting portrays. Such love.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Cat Vision


Oil on 16x20" canvas
This painting is a representation of work and play all in one. The harder you work the more enjoyable playtime is and necessary for maintaining a balanced art-life, for me. But even play is subject to the discerning artist's eye. Work never really ends, and if we're lucky neither does play.

 I really love exploring this kind of expression. It stimulates creativity, and there are no risks, it's a fun way to learn.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Lone Wolf, after the great Frederic Remington



Oil on canvas
 Painted over ten years ago. I would like to try it again. I love everything about it.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Cats Only


12x16" collage /mixed media on canvas
Inspiration does funny things. When you create artwork for fun and adventure anything can happen. Working this way frees up impulses and creativity can soar. Normally oil painting is such hard work. Even though I enjoy it, it's still very demanding. And a break from all that narrow focus does wonders. If you've been working hard, give yourself a break and recharge by doing something just for the pleasure of creating and get those juices flowing.

"Put me in the Spotlight"


sold
8x8" oil on canvas
The first in my new series. Post midcentury modern...could be the last in my new series...

Monday, February 12, 2018

Flower Power


sold
Oil on 8x8" gallery wrap canvas -sold
Cat and saucers, cream and sugar, salt and pepper...It just works.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Auri


sold
12x14" oil on canvas
This commission was such a joy to study. I hope Auri likes it when she's older. I hope Tamina and Lida like it too!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Her Pablo


Pablo is an exceptionally good looking cat with a soulful personality and big bright eyes that melt you. He belongs to my friend and fellow painter, Georgia Long. I started the painting years ago, I even dragged it down to sell at CatCon LA., kinda glad it didn't sell because it wasn't quite finished. This is one case where good enough was not enough. And sometimes you have to wait. 
I moved into a new studio space on January 6th 2018 The natural light is totally amazing. The ceilings are high with a huge skylight. The light is diffuse and very bright. When I pulled Pablo out into the new light ideas began to come and I finished the long awaited Pablo. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Intermiossion

5x7" oil on masonite panel.
Painting over previously painted panels is something of a fun challenge for me. In this case I like the texture the older work adds to the new piece. Also pleased with the colors that have merged nicely together. Recycling is always a good thing.