I’ve painted more mini cats! These 2-1/2″ square cat portraits are going to be used for workshops that I teach as samples for the students to refer to and one is going into an exhibit that I’ve been accepted for. First, I have a Mini Paint Your Pet workshop coming up next month that I’m preparing for at LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts in Tallahassee. Second, there is an exhibit at Tallahassee Community College for the art teachers and students from the Tallahassee Senior Center that I have been chosen for. I will be submitting my painting “Self Portrait” as well as the mini black and white tuxedo cat with the red background pictured above. More info on these events later!
Here’s the next painting I am submitting to All That Jazz in Apalachicola, FL for the owner to sell. I started it during Artwalk on April 1st when I was painting in front of the gift shop but didn’t finish it. Now it’s done so I decided to post it here for all you folks to enjoy. The reference photo was taken when I was babysitting my friend, Carol’s, cat Dynamite. She has been the subject of many of my paintings since the black and white tuxedo color scheme seems to be popular with the shoppers at All That Jazz.
This past weekend, April 15th and 16th, I went to the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival along Park Avenue beginning at N. Monroe Street on both days. The festival has been voted one of the top 100 fine arts festivals in the country and had so many artists there was enough to view on Saturday and Sunday. I had the pleasure of speaking to the featured artist, Debo Groover, about her creative 2-D mixed media pieces and how she made them. Which was, interestingly enough, groups of colored polymer clay flattened in a pasta maker and hardened to be used along with acrylic paint on her designs. I’ve included a photo below.
Although Ms. Groover is from Tallahassee, there were artists from all over the country participating in this popular local event. The weather was beautiful and Saturday was very crowded. I particularly enjoyed the paintings but there was pottery, jewelry, sculpture, woodworking and fiber arts. Attached below are some more shots from the festival. Can’t wait til next year…it was inspirational!
This is my latest commission Etsy portrait called “Libby Loves Life.” This cute little dog is taking a break to pose with the portrait taken by her happy owner and satisfied customer so she could post on Facebook. I really enjoy the reactions of the pet owners after they have seen their custom portraits. These paintings are done in various sizes according to price with acrylic paint. Check out the Etsy link on my blog!
Last week I was invited to paint in person at Downtown Experience in Tallahassee by LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts. This event was to promote the new downtown trolley as well as welcoming the legislators to town. It was a beautiful day and I was joined by a local musician and a restaurant had a table set up with some sample of their great fare. The event was based near City Hall on the corner of Jefferson and Adams Streets and will be held every Wednesday from 11:30 am to 2 pm while the Legislature is in session. Thanks to the folks who stopped by to visit and thanks to Ann for inviting me!
Please watch my Mini Paint Your Pet television debut by clicking above. The first clip is from WTXL ABC TV’s DIY arts & crafts segment called Ab-Fab Create. I demonstrated how to paint a mini orange tabby cat with the co-hosts of the show. Then in the next clip it’s the WTXL online website program called Second Cup which is an extended segment of Mini Paint Your Pet. I had a lot of fun doing this live recording to promote my Mini Paint Your Pet workshop at the Tallahassee Senior Center. Hope you enjoy it!
Here’s Margene, the owner of All That Jazz in Apalachicola, FL with her cat, Mama Kitty, looking at some artwork I dropped off for her to sell in her gift shop a couple of weeks ago. I have been with her the longest out of any place I’ve done business. She likes to sell my cats in all forms: minis, greeting cards, prints and paintings. My trip to this small tourist town, which is an hour away from where I live, had me dropping off paintings, having lunch with a friend and looking at the local art. Shown below are some photos including some art by Jenny Odom.