For several months now, my cat postcard project has grown into a full show of 14 paintings. The largest are 30×40. They are at least 8 that I have not posted on Social Media.
The show runs until July 28th. One of the paintings is on display at a separate location, the Roast Coffee and Tea Company, a few doors down from the theater.
The image on the exhibit postcard was scaled up from one that I did last summer. The original is 4×6, the one below is 18×24. Two of the paintings that were completed are portraits of my mom’s cats, also created from postcards.
Creating large work from tiny sketches presented many challenges. I had to play around with the aspect ration to ensure my proportions were correct. Plus, scaling up meant I had to do more detail. Many of the original postcards were created with random bits of collage and it was impossible to scale up a tiny piece of collage so I had to improvise, a lot. It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to my next project.
If you are in the area, stop by and see the show. Check in on Facebook at the Patchogue Theater and tag me!
This is from my daily doodle sketchbook, where I draw one 10 minute doodle a day from a random word prompt.
More importantly, where’s Gina?
For the past few months, I have been working on a series of paintings for a solo show here on Long Island. There are 14 paintings that will be curated by John Cino, Curator for the Patchogue Arts Council. The paintings he chooses will be hanging in the Patchogue Theater for Performing Arts on Main Street and the exhibit will run from June 15th to July 28, 2019. One painting will also be on display at the Roast Coffee and Tea House, a few doors down from the Theater.
I just finished the last painting today. The paintings range in size from 11×14 to a whopping 30×40, which for me, is insanely large.
They are a variety of collage and mixed media. All are very different from all the other paintings I have ever done. Working large was fun, challenging, and quite a workout. Mark you calendars!
I will post more detailed information in a few days.
I have been busy working on a few projects that have deadlines, so I haven’t been on social media very much.
I finally tweaked this sketchbook so I could do the video of the completed book. This sketchbook is handmade. I usually use the Strathmore 9×12 watercolor paper for these 6×9 books. They don’t take much time to make and I love doing them!
The interior was done with pan pastels but I had to do the exterior with acrylic because pastels can rub off. That’s why there are dividers between the pages.
I hope that everyone is enjoying the first few days of the new year. I closed the studio down for a few days so that we could just enjoy the holiday and hang out with family. (Don’t worry, mom was still getting cards!).
John and I went to Florida to see our daughter and other family members. It was nice and warm. We played card games like Cover Your Assets and Skull King. We were having a great time. We were thinking of extending our stay but we got a call on New Year’s morning from my father-in-law that the roof was leaking on our house.
Happy New Year, eh?
He said the roof leaked all the way into the living room and basement….again😱😱😱😱😱
Our wonderful neighbors threw a tarp on the roof. We weren’t in Florida but for a few days and drove back up to NY that weekend (ugh). Today the solar people came to remove a panel to assess the issue. Apparently a RACCOON was trying to eat his/her way into our house. It somehow squeezed under the panel. My husband repaired the roof. Solar panel was replaced. Now we are on critter watch.
In the meantime, as promised, I added embellishments to my Kringle Kitty sketchbook. I created a video to show a flip through of the book and if you look closely your see that each page has something more 3D-ish added to it. I haven’t done many videos so forgive the abrupt ending.
Here are two more sketches and some of my favorite kitties using the Sktchy App for reference photos. 2018 turned out to be the Year of the Cat for me with my mom going into assisted Living and using that as a side project, creating a postcard a day for her. Thanks to all of you for following me and all the likes and comments. I really appreciate them. I hope 2018 was a good year for everyone.
I also included (below) an Egyptian cat from my studio. She’s a little bit banged up from a fall to the floor but she still protects her realm in the studio. She’s on my “to do” list for repair.
My husband and I are taking a holiday break, so I will be posting cat sketches for a few days.
Here are 4 pages from my sketch book. This sketchbook is for raw ideas and raw sketches. These aren’t polished works, they are where that polished art gets hatched. I scribble and doodle until I find something that I want to develop further.
I am playing around with two photos of cats for ideas. By doing different versions of the same cats, I come up with other ideas on what to create based on the sketches.