Monday, April 4

Mixed Media Cat Trio: Process Video

This painting was so much fun to make!  It was just more of an exercise on Bristol Paper, but I love how it turned out!  I'd like to explore simple backgrounds a bit more, bringing my subject in as the focus and see where that takes me.

Here is the process video if you're interested!
Music by Minnutes (used with permission)

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Friday, April 1

Charity Cats and Artist Insecurities: Watercolor Process Video

I don't know about you, but sometimes my insecurities regarding the art I make can be very annoying.  It gets in the way of so much that I want to do, and by George, 2016 is my year for kicking that shit those negative thoughts to the curb.

I'm tired of feeling like what I make isn't worthy of appreciation, or admiration.  As artists, why do we let those negative voices in our head take over?  The ability to create something beautiful and bright from a blank piece of paper should be enough to feel confident!  It may not suit every one's tastes, and that's OK.  All art is beautiful to someone in the world, especially if it comes from the heart.

I strayed a bit with where I wanted to take this blog post, but I just had to get it out there.  We all have insecurities about the work we create.  Some of it can help us grow as artists, but we can't live in that headspace, or it will hinder the entire creative process.   I need to get better at getting past it and continue to make things that I love.  Bright colors, crazy cats and messy splatters all the way!

Over the last few months, I had been thinking about contacting a few of the local animal shelters here in Nova Scotia about donating art prints and original watercolors.  Most of them have monthly Facebook auctions to raise funds, but was always hesitant and doubtful that they would be well received.  See?  Stupid insecurities are like the devil on my back.

Last month, I contacted two of the shelters and was met with a lovely and excited response!!  One of my art prints auctioned at almost double the retail amount and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor.  (I in turn contacted the winning bid and will be sending them an original 5x7 as well!)

Here is my first original watercolor that will be auctioned off at the end of the month for H.A.R.T (Homeless Animal Rescue Team)  Please visit their Facebook page for more information on the wonderful work they do!

This piece was created with the yummy QoR & Gansai Tambi watercolors. 

QoR Kitty: A Watercolor Kitty Warm up Process Video

A few weeks ago, a lovely friend sent me a set of Golden's QoR Watercolors, and I knew I had to get messy and test them out! 

When I sat down at my desk, I knew I had to just go for it.  There was no room for doubt or hesitation to get in the way.  I hadn't picked up a paint brush for months and I knew I needed to loosen up and get messy to break out of my rut... and this is what happened.

She's not the prettiest of kitties, but she was SO FUN to make!!  These QoR watercolors are so dreamy and bright, I need to buy more!

Here is my quick process video... you can even tell with the poor resolution that these watercolors stand out and make you take notice!  That teal.... *sigh*... so lovely!