Posted in Digital Art, greeting cards

It’s in the cards!

A small sample of my greeting cards.  I hope to get back into this some time next year, time permitting.

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Posted in Digital Art

Probably my last post for a month or so …

It is now just 14 days before I leave Canada – and so this will probably be my last post here on my site for the next while.  I haven’t been able to keep things updated that much, having sold or donated my art materials, and of course dealing with all the things that come with making an epic move.

One piece of art that I would like to share though, is one I did some years ago now that is/was meant to be a part of a book.  I no longer have contact with the author, but I thought as a ‘see ya later’ piece, now would be a good time to post it.

 

REEDMay14 This is one of my fave pieces of art that I haven’t shared – until now. I painted it using Corel Painter 12, and as with all my efforts, utilised loads of brushes, layers and techniques.  This painting was started back in 2013, so it has been sitting in my art folder for rather a few years!

I don’t know if it will ever appear in the book – if it does then that is great, if not, no big deal.

 

So, I hope you like it as a parting gift until I can get set up again with my software, a new computer etc.

A big thanks to all that follow this blog/site – sorry for being so sporadic for the last while, but all in good time eh!

 

Cheers and please hang in here until I can get back up and running.

Posted in Digital Art

My 2017 Calendar!

Yes, I know it’s only May 2016, but as I am moving overseas next month I thought I would get my calendar up on my Zazzle store now as it may be a while before I can get back to creating art or products.

This calendar is a collection of my fave digital art portraits of some of the pets I have had the pleasure of painting over the last few years, and just for fun I added my “Funky Pit Bull’ painting which I love and wanted to include – even though it’s not exactly someone’s pet!  This calendar is a great way to have some of my art without having to purchase each piece individually.  I hope you like it.

Feel free to check it out and share.  Also, please note you can customize the calendar for your own needs by selection the appropriate drop down in the ‘OPTIONS’ menu on the page!

 

Posted in Books and Supplies, Digital Art

A Splash of Paint! 2 – my first E-book!

Just looking at my lack of posts this year, yet again, and thinking I really should do more!  I would, but for the last 6 months my time has been needed elsewhere and so I have had to put aside the ‘art’ and concentrate on other things.

However, over the past months I have put together a little art E-Book called “A Splash of Paint! 2”.  I had hoped it would be able to be seen on all platforms, but at this moment it is only available to those with iPads, iPhones or iReaders (although I am not sure they are that great).  It does not work on PC or Kindle unfortunately. (The format is a fixed ebook, unlike the free flow of Kindle.)

It is a collection of some newer art, some faves from my printed book I did back in 2013, and at the end a video showing a lot more work in a slide show bonus.

The cover is shown below – and here is the link to the book at my Blurb store.  I have listed it at US$1.99.  Please note that Blurb does NOT refund digital books, so PLEASE make sure you can actually view it before making a purchase.

Many thanks to those who have been with me during my artistic journey, those who let me use their photos, their music and allowed me to link back to them in the book.  We artists, no matter what genre or medium need to support each other. xxxx

A Splash of Paint! 2
A Splash of Paint! 2

 

 

Posted in Digital Art

What do Cats think about?

As if you haven’t noticed, I have not been very prolific here of late.  It’s not that I don’t want to post stuff, it’s just that I am so busy elsewhere at this particular point in time.  So much going on that art has had to take quite the back seat.

However, I have managed to do another digital pic using the beautiful reference photos from June’s reference free photos – she has such wonderful photos, and not just cats!  I am, of course, quite biased in that respect.

I only have two cats now (RIP Tyson)  – both quite different breeds and as such they act very differently, yet the one thing in common they have is the ability to just stare into space for no apparent reason.   I often wonder if they are thinking about something, anything, nothing or merely just staring for some reason we humans will never understand.  While one of my cats is a run of the mill “domestic long hair” and she is typically cat-like – aloof, does her own thing, decides when she allows petting and when it is just ok with her to blob, she also has the disadvantage that we rescued her almost 10 years ago now, and she is still intimidated by certain things –  most noticeably the sound of plastic bags rustling.   Having rescued her from under a commercial dumpster in the middle of a freezing Toronto winter, I can’t blame her – who knows how she got there, or how she was treated before that.  No matter her fears, we love her.  On the other hand we have our Manx.  Miss Senior Citizen (now 15), who we rescued from the SPCA.  Well, I am not sure we rescued her as much as she just came out of the group and went ‘Hey! Take me home now!’ – she hasn’t changed much since.   She runs around like a kitten, she growls, she will stare you down until you make room for her on your lap – she’s just that kind of girl – and we love her too.  So yeah… what do they both ‘think’ about?

 

That is why I loved this photo that I chose to use as a reference/painting.

While I have used more or less the same ‘brushes’ on my cat paintings, I have tried out some others, which you may or may not notice in my work.  Time and time again though, I revert to those that I currently feel comfortable using.   I also like to crop photos and focus more on the face than the entire body.   While I do try to remain faithful to the actual photo, I do like to just have a bit of fun too.  In that way I get to play with the various brushes and options available on my painting software.  By the way, I am still using Corel Painter 12 – I won’t be looking at upgrading at least until late 2016 or perhaps even 2017 – again, all due to current circumstances.

 

So here is the painting.

catprofile copyright pic

 

And here is how it looks as a pillow on my Society 6 store page. I  will be uploading it to other print on demand sites very soon.  If you click on the pic below it will take you to my store page.  You don’t have to buy – but feel free to look at this one and the others.

What do Cats think? This link goes to my Society 6 store.  More options coming soon to my other stores.