Just hot off the easel

A the Satek Winery show, I was asked if I ever did paintings with sunflowers. Since it was almost fall I thought that it would be a perfect time to do one and I was looking for an idea for my next painting. I chose to start the background with cool colors.

I knew I wanted to do different sunflowers because variety is the spice of life. Here I was choosing the placement of them on the canvas.

This is one of the sunflowers that I depicted in the painting.

Another one, I love this puffy sunflower!

I used molding paste with acrylic paint with a skewer as the tool to get the texture. Note that the goldfinch has wallpaper wings.

Adding in the leaves, deciding how I would tone down the background. In the upper right corner is the sun and I eventually add a yellow circle in the middle for another layer.

I eventually decided not to do the usual leaves and stems but to add geometric shapes, to be fun and funky. Then a gentle all white butterfly.

The completed painting. This was really fun to do. I finished the painting on Thursday and it was purchased on Saturday by a lovely woman for her daughter.

This is my tent at Art at the Riverside in Leo Indiana, September 23rd. The painting is on the back wall and is showing quite nicely. That is a wonderful art show that is growing every year. This year I was told that 10 more artists were added. The only downside was the unusual heat wave, it was kinda crazy. Be sure to put it on your calendar for next year if you are in the area.


Forever homes

Today the kittens are seven weeks old and last night two of our kittens went to their forever homes. I understand that they had great nights either cuddling with each of their new family members or running and climbing helter skelter through the house. Here is the first kitten with his new family. They have named him Chase and he was the one running through the house. They have gotten Chase a cat castle to climb on. I have seen the pictures and it is impressive to say the least. You can tell he will be receiving a lot of love and good care.

This is a picture of Chase when he was two weeks old. I was amazed at how fast they grew.

Here is our second kitty, he was the one with the dark legs. He was being taken home as a surprise and everyone fell in love with him…even the neighbors. As of this time I don’t think a name has been chosen yet. His new family has 4 children ranging in age of 4 to 13 and two adults.

Here is his two week old picture also. Both cats are polydactals like their mother, or have the extra toes.

The front two are the kittens and here they are probably four weeks old, I am so thankful that they have homes but I am gonna miss those little peanuts.

Pile of Cats

Today the kittens are five weeks old. I had to capture this rare moment of non movement. They are funny because they can fall asleep anywhere in the room, but eventually they will migrate back together into this pile.

Four of the six are using the litter box, which is fabulous! I can’t wait till the other two catch on to this great idea, it will make my workload lighter.

Sorry these pictures are blurry, it’s because they are moving all the time when they are not eating or sleeping. When I come into the room immediately I have two or three standing on my shoes. You really have to be careful when you are walking around.

Then they will start climbing my leg, and when I have capris on I will look down and see blood running down my leg. I went in to get a pedicure and had to explain about all the scratches around my ankles.

They are so funny and cute and such a joy!

On My Camera

This past weekend I participated in the Arts and Apple Art Fair in Rochester Michigan north of Detroit. It is put on by Paint Creek Center for the Arts. This is Paint Creek and it was behind my booth.

It was held in the Municipal Park and my tent is the one with the rounded top on the curve of the sidewalk. I was in the area of trees and had to wear a jacket often.

I brought this painting along with me to work on in my room. I plan to have this it done for the Art at the Riverside show in Leo, IN on Sept. 23rd. I did this 3 day show solo and I missed my helpers, but it is always good to know that one can get the job done alone.  I did have help from a neighboring artist to bring down my tent roof though.

Felicia from housekeeping left a note for me, that she liked my painting. I really appreciated that.

I am so happy to say that our kittens are growing nicely. They are the sweetest little creatures! We have forever homes for every one of them, makes my heart sing.

Beautiful sunset to end our day before we are supposed to get some rain. We do need some. Thinking of all the people who have been affected by the recent hurricanes, what an event!

We are three weeks old today

I am just amazed at how fast the kittens grow! I took the previous post pictures on sunday and now they can walk so much better. I sit on the floor and some come over and climb up my leg. They are just so CUTE!

Walking around and meowing with each step.

When they are in the box they bump into each other, wrestle and chew ears, paws. It has been really fun to watch them develop and each has their own personality for sure.