Today’s project, inspired by a pendant I made about 2 years ago. Though the original has long been sold, that piece still gets attention now and then, and an inquiry for another gave me the push to make more of them. I love being able to pull a little inspiration from old artwork.
I had a lovely birthday weekend with family, friends, barbecue, and the beach. It’s always nice having a birthday that’s falls right in between pride week and Canada Day because I can surround myself with rainbows, love, gallery images full of hot gay bodies, and giant fireworks. Aw yeah. Happy Pride, and Happy Birthday, Canada. Woohoo!
Oh I almost forgot: today marks the second birthday of this blog. Crazy!
I love painting on wood. There’s something really nice about painting on that textured surface and seeing those bright colours stand out. I thought these cool wood plaques could turn into something interesting. I have a few more waiting to be used once the inspiration hits. Hopefully it does soon!
These cats always remind me of Mini. She was a good little cat.
I don’t tend to paint very big. Actually, when I first really started to get a little more serious with painting, I started off with tiny ACEOs, mostly because 1, to save on costs, and 2, if I was going to screw up something, it might as well be something small! Nowadays I still actually paint quite small. I still create ACEOs, I love painting tiny pendants, and it’s quite nice having a printer that can turn a small ACEO painting into a large print. (Ah, the joys of technology!)
“Cat Nap Over a Starry Night” is no tiny ACEO, but I painted this one on an 8×10 canvas. It’s a fun challenge to fit in a lot of details into such a little space. And this painting was no exception! This guy was definitely a challenge. I thought that my little Balloon Cat needed a glorious place to perch next, and it does not get anymore glorious than Van Gogh’s Starry Night. I had never attempted anything close to this style before, and I wanted to capture the beauty of his piece but also put a little bit of my own flare into it. Also, creating those kinds of strokes with acrylic paint, rather than oil paint, was a challenge in itself. But it all worked out in the end. I wanted a little tribute to the original, not an actual reproduction.
Plus, you know, it’s not exactly a reproduction when you’ve got a little black cat with a red balloon having a cat nap on the moon. ❤
This could possibly be my new favourite piece (:
One of the first pendants I ever made was a tiny silhouette of a tiny cat in front of the full moon. I more recently found more inspiration with my favourite black cat and the lovely moon again and created more pendants to share. These guys are all for sale right now, and I should have more on the way (:
Here’s a couple more photos for Project 365. I can’t believe I’ve made it this far. I like that this project has made me write more, but I gotta say I’ll be a bit relieved once it’s over! I don’t think I’ll do it again for 2013. I’ll definitely be taking lots of photographs still, but it’s hard doing this daily photo thing when you’re a hermit most of the time! I might think about it, but there are just some days when I just take a random shot just because I have to, and it’s hard to write about those times. I have been enjoying this little project though and still have another hundred or so to write about here!
Day 259 was my brother’s birthday, which of course included some birthday cake! Day 260 included a mini custom painting I did a little while back, inspired by my little Balloon Cat.
Day 260 also included my attempt at a roast beef. I haven’t made a roast in ages and thought of trying out this recipe, particularly for the roasting directions. I think it came out pretty well! I’ve learned over the years that I tend to under salt more than over salt; so now I make sure to add more salt than I think is necessary.. and so far, it hasn’t really failed me yet!
Below are also a whole slew of tomatoes from the garden. Once the temperatures started to drop, all the tomatoes out there were pulled in, and this was part of the haul. Fried green tomatoes, anyone?
I’ve talked to some of the nicest people since I started my shop on Etsy, and learned that in some instances, I’ll receive an order because the artwork is helping to heal those that have lost a beloved pet. I’ve had a variety of critters growing up and I still miss them all dearly; so I know how incredibly hard it is because they become a huge part of the family. So I felt really fortunate that someone would choose something that I’ve created in order to help them with something so important.
I decided to make this cat card and dedicate them to the ones that we’ve lost, and to perhaps help heal a broken heart. I wanted something simple yet effective; so my favourite little black cat took the stage. I think I may need to paint some beautiful dogs in the future as well; can’t forget the lovely puppies.
If anyone has ever lost a pet, I’m sending a lot of hugs your way. ❤
When I thought about where my dear Balloon Cat should go next, I thought of a big desert. The last time I painted this cat, it flew over a tree on a hill and it was a lot of cool colours; so this time I wanted to paint something with warmer colours. This is what I ended up with.
Now? I’m amused with this painting. I didn’t realize that I actually have been painting exactly where a cat would want to go if it had the chance. Of course cats would be interested in trees. That’s just second nature. So of course a cat would now want to choose the best kitty litter it could possibly find. It now makes perfect sense to me! No rinky dink litter boxes for this cat. Oh, no. It would want to find the grandest option on earth: the desert. Of course.
Where to next?
I’ve taken a probably much needed rest from tarot card painting over the last while. I definitely love creating the cards and adore the critters I’ve painted so far and plan to work on the deck again when it’s closer to the holidays.
For now I’ve been working on other paintings, pendants, and greeting cards like the ones above. Making greeting cards was one of many things I’ve wanted to make, but it wasn’t really something high on my list for this shop; However I’m glad I started because now I love creating them. The Balloon Cat has quickly stolen my heart; so I created a greeting card with this dear little cat – along with a new balloon cat friend. If love at first sight exists, then I think it might apply to this pair. I might have to create a full painting with these two in the future.
On the right is a card with my favourite little Nyan Cat. Unfortunately my printer won’t let me print with these particular dimensions without borders (*fist shake*) so the image is not quite where I’d want it to be, but nevertheless, this cat brings a smile to my face. The Nyan Cat card is inspired by the X all the Y meme. Two memes in one!