Monday, October 30, 2017

Pink Cat Art

 
Two pink kitties, 2x3" made with brush pen markers.  Here they are framed!
 

 


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Yellow Cat, Blue Cat

New little acrylic painting on wood.  It is 5" in diameter and 3/4" in thickness. I LOVE the edging of the bark on this! Contact me if you're interested in purchasing.
 
 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Public Art - Painted Piano, Lots of Cats!

I was chosen to be one of 12 artists to participate in Pianos on State, an interactive musical experience that takes place in Santa Barbara during Arts and Humanities Month in October. Pianos are painted by local artists and are then displayed at various locations on State Street for impromptu playing as well as scheduled performances.

The eighth annual installment runs from October 2nd - 16th, 2017. My piano is located in front of The Red Piano at 519 State Street. Let me know if you see it! The design was inspired by my love of both cats and music, which includes musical terms and notations attributed to the various cats. You can watch me talking about it in this YouTube video. The title of my piano is Giocoso, which means fun and joyful, the theme of the piano and my life!



The "f" symbol is forte and means loud. Therefore "ffff" is very, very, very loud! The symbol next to his claws means "double sharp." 
 
 
Stentato is a musical direction to play loud or boisterous. The symbols underneath are crescendos, to gradually get louder.

 
Dolce means sweet, 'cause just look at them!
 

The musical phrase is from the song "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat."


Scherzando means joking, lighthearted or playful.


I wrote "Coda" on its tail which literally means tail.


Calando is on the left of the resting cat and means a gradual decrease in tempo and volume. The symbols around it are a whole rest, a quarter rest and an eighth rest.


On the right of the resting cat is a series of p's, or pianissississimo...very, very, very soft. And the mark at the end is decrescendo, to get softer.


The "p" stands for piano and means soft. 


Misterioso is mysterous. The symbol next to the cat's tail is a Coda, which literally means tail! 


The pattern below the keys is made up of little sideways "s" symbols which are musical "turns" and glissando which surrounds the center segno.


I put fermatas on either end of the keys.


Giocoso is the title of my piano and it means fun and joyful. At the end of Giocoso is a symbol telling you to go back to the beginning and repeat over and over again, so basically have a fun and joyful life.  






















 


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cat Art with Brush Pen Markers

 
Trying something new, 5x7", markers and ink
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

New Book With My Illustrations!

 
I can now share what I've been working on the last few months - creating illustrations for this new book by Elizabeth Stewart!  Elizabeth is an appraiser of fine art and antiques, and her book, "No Thanks Mom, The Top Ten Objects Your Kids Do Not Want (and What to Do With Them)," offers advice on what to do with those objects that were lovingly saved but are not welcomed by the next generation. She is so charming and has such a great sense of humor and it shows in her writing. It was such a fun project and I'm excited and grateful to be a part of it.
 
These are just a few of the illustrations, there are many more inside. She is selling her book on Amazon if you're interested - looking forward to getting my copy! :)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

New Drawings - Musical Series

I've been creating some music-themed drawings for a potential upcoming project.  Here are a few.  After drawing these, I realized that I think I prefer to draw cats doing cat things, not so much personified.  What do you prefer?