Temporarily Closing Shop & Etsy Vacation

This is a bit of a personal post…. not much amazing to tell or show you guys right now but if you just want to see art, there’s a sketch below. I regretfully must close shop here for a while and I have set my etsy store to “vacation” mode for now.  Due to family difficulties, which I cannot discuss here, I have been forced to abandon art and my pursuit of my bachelor’s degree in order to work a retail job to make ends meet. I would love to continue doing art full time and my education is definitely still important to me, but I simply do not have the time any more since I am working full time in retail. Most days I am too tired when I get home to do anything. I haven’t painted in ages. I have bad back problems after the two car wrecks I was in and plantar faciatis in one foot so this retail job is pretty hard on me. That being said I do like where I am working quite a lot and have no real complaints about it. :) It’s just hard work. At least I am getting paid… which I am thankful for.

The other bad news is that this is likely not going to be a very temporary situation. I am facing having to support my legally blind elderly mother for probably another year and a half at least. This puts a stop to not only my art and education but also a lot of other things I was hoping to do. Like doing more festivals and events with my art… I had just branched out to doing the Texarkana Renaissance Festival and loved it. It was the first time I had ever done and event out of state. I don’t see how I will be able to do these festivals anymore for now though. It’s hard to get days off of work when I want them.

I love my mother though, so I will do what I have to do.  Anyway… sorry for any inconvenience. I’ll be back eventually. I will try and keep facebook updated once in a while and may still post sketches and such here, but I just don’t have time for much else anymore. :) Sorry guys…

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Social Medianess, Foodz, and Ratz

Well hello world! It’s been a while. I actually recently did make a nice long new post, but then for reasons unknown my host must have rolled back their server or some such and it was lost in the abyss. I only just noticed it… very annoying because it took me a while to write!! I will have to find time to write it all up again. I really must get in the habit of writing in Word first and then posting it here so I don’t lose everything I type again. Arg. So sorry, but this one I won’t put so much effort into for now and will be more laid back. Sorry if it’s not as well written, but at least I’m updating.

Anyway…  I apologize for not keeping this blog updated. Life has just been sort of hectic. I just recently lost my most beloved cat, my best friend of the past 15 years… my Honey boy. He was a very special cat… far more intelligent and inquisitive than any other cat I’ve ever had. He was clicker trained to know many commands and some things he simply learned on his own. You would be amazed if you knew just how smart he was… just a totally exceptional animal. He was very much attached to me… and I’ve been pretty down about his passing away. I usually would get a new cat when an old one passes (as I like to give a new cat a home) but we already have several and can’t really justify getting any new babies for a while.

Rest in Peace, my Honey…

January 2000 – June 15th, 2015

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But in happier news…  I actually have a lot of new artwork to share here soon. In the meantime please consider following me on one of the following social media where I often post things (links at bottom of post)! I keep Facebook updated the most currently and I am now on Instagram. I’m an Instagram n00b, so there isn’t a lot there yet and I’m not sure I really understand the thing very well yet but I’m getting there. I try to post pics of what I am drawing/painting sometimes. :) I also will probably post there about food I make (A little known Kat Fact: I am a fabulous cook ;) ;) haha… ). Say, maybe I should post some recipes here on my blog actually? Let me know if that’s something you’d like to see?

Ugh… I’m really hungry now.

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Here are some cute little rat sketches to wet your appetite for art… until I get around to posting up my new stuff. I have recently become a pet rat owner again after years of not having any I’ve been in a rat drawing mood!

 

And obviously… you must meet my ratties. ;) I know a lot of people don’t like rats, but I adore them. They make wonderful pets and are very smart and intelligent little creatures. I love my girls! Their names are Pixie and Buffy. And before you get grossed out that I made a post that includes both food and rats, I recommend you go watch Ratatouille and reconsider your stance on rats! ;p

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Update & Speed Painting Videos

Hello hello! It’s been a while. I had seriously meant to keep up with my blog here, but the last semester of college was absolute torture. I have officially graduated with my Associate of Arts from Tarrant County College. I was so excited when I received my diploma. It was tough, but I did it! :)

I have several paintings in the works, and still have a lot of older ones that I need to release. I had wanted to slowly release them over time, but I am thinking of doing one big release maybe… I don’t know yet. We will see!

I’ve also been having some fun making speed painting videos this week. Here are the ones I’ve done so far. It was easier to do than I thought it’d be once I got a hold of a good program. I’ve been wanting to record my photoshop painting for a long time now! I am hoping it might bring some more viewers in. I may even start doing some video tutorials later on – but for now just speed painting. =)

I will definitely try to keep this blog updated now, even if it’s just to post videos or sketches and things.  Speaking of which, I do have a number of sketches to share as well!

I have started doing a series of child portraits. They are just in sketch stage right now.

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Painting From Your Dreams & Dream Interpretation

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      Medusa’s Lament was inspired by a nightmare I had. She embodies many of my fears and insecurities. A lot of people are taken aback by this image when they see it and they want to know why I painted it. I’ve found it nearly always evokes questions and somewhat shocks the viewer. I’ve had actually quite a bit of negative feedback about this piece… so much so, that at first I was offended! For this reason I hadn’t published this piece as a print publicly yet (though I have shown it on Facebook ). When I decided to write this post I thought it would be the perfect time to release this as a print at the same time. There were also positive responses as well… but sometimes it’s hard to see past the negative ones. After much thought I decided that this piece is probably one of my most successful pieces to date. I really should tap into the darker side of my dreams for inspiration more often. Art that makes people think and question… art that shocks people, is sometimes the best art there is. This piece also won me first place in one of the student exhibitions at Tarrant County College.

Do you ever paint a picture inspired by your dreams? Or have you had dreams of ideas for paintings and then actually painted them? This happens with me a lot, and I think dreams are a very awesome tool for artists (fantasy or surreal artists especially).  My dreams are most often vivid and colorful, though sometimes they are dark, grey, and frightening. I tend to focus on the more positive dreams, but even the dark ones can inspire me and tell me a lot of useful information. My dreams are sometimes colorful journeys to unfamiliar places and sometimes I encounter unfamiliar beings. These are the ones I personally tend to focus on for painting inspirations. They usually turn into fairy paintings because that’s what I like to paint. Sometimes dreams prompt me into thinking of new ideas which aren’t even really related to the dream! This is another way dreams can inspire a creative mind – more new inspirations will branch off of every new inspiration.

        I was in fact inspired to write this post from a dream. I dreamed that I was walking down a long hall full of my own paintings on the walls in chornological order. I saw many familiar scenes I had drawn and painted hanging on these walls. As I walked down this hall, I began to see some paintings that I had never seen before. I knew they were mine, but they have not been painted yet. And yet in this dream they existed … and despite never laying eyes on them before  I knew them just as well as ones I had already painted! When waking I scrambled to hold on to the vision, but unfortunately despite all my efforts to recall the dream I forgot many of the images I saw. I remember only a few, which I intend to try to paint soon. Sometimes I dream dreams like these, and wake up in the middle of them. Often I will imagine the dream and keep trying to dream it while waking… day dream it. It’s not quite the same, but can be just as useful for inspiration. Allow your imagination to wander and you may find gold.

        It is my belief that creative individuals exist on two different worlds or planes: the world of waking and the world of dreaming. In our dream worlds we may see fantastic images or experience amazing personal transformations. You could go so far as to say we may even have prophetic dreams – in that we can dream of a creation and then physically manifest that creation into existence! In that sense artists have a sort of magic ability in our hands … With such an awesome treasure trove of information given to us each night, why not paint your dreams? There is an abundance of inspiration just waiting to be revealed to us in our sleep. Learn to tap into that source, and you will never run out of ideas for paintings.

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“Searching Into the Fourth Dimension” by Salvador Dali

        Many artists find much of their creative inspiration from dreams. One such artist that most everyone knows of for his dream-like surrealist paintings is Salvador Dali who tapped into his dreams for inspiration. He in fact strived to remember precise details from his dreams so he could re-create dreams in his paintings. For an artist dreams are an absolute gold mine of ideas and information right out of your subconscious & most vivid imagination! Tapping into those dreams can be difficult when you tend to forget dreams upon waking.

        Most of us dream, even if we think we do not. Often we forget our dreams upon waking, or shortly after. A good way to battle this is to start a dream journal or sketchbook. Keep it near your bedside and jot down as much information about your dream as you can before you get out of bed or do anything else. It may not be possible to really describe some dreams completely in words, so if you are an artist you can also make sketches! The point of this exercise is to will your mind to hold on to the dream through writing it out. But it does no good as an artist to simply jot it down and forget it. You must will yourself to hold on to the images if you want to do paintings inspired from those dreams. I generally do this by going back to the memories in my head now and then. I may look at what I have written down or sketched to jog my memory if needed.

        If writing in an actual journal kept beside your bed isn’t working for you… an alternative is to type them out on the computer as soon as you have a chance in the morning. This isn’t as preferable… but some mornings you may forget to use the journal (maybe you are a zombie in the morning without your coffee like I am). I often end up at the computer before I bothered to write things down, so I will sometimes make a Facebook post about the dream, or write it down in a notepad file temporarily. I might even do sketches with my tablet. If none of these are available to me… I will tell someone the dream. Tell a friend (who won’t look at you funny) and you’ll be surprised how much just talking about the dream really imbeds it into your memory so you won’t forget it! The point is to try to remember the dreams that really seem inspiring to you. How you choose to do that isn’t really important. If you prefer, you can use a recording device or make a video even… Do what works and is most convenient for you!

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“The Artist’s Dream” by John Anster Fitzgerald

        What if you are not an artist? How can dreams help you then? Dreams can also reveal a lot to you about problems or road blocks in your life as well, if you pay attention. They can give you inspiration and insight into your career path and give you hints which can help you on your road to success. Sometimes the answers I have been seeking have been revealed or begin to be revealed in my dreams. Not only do I write down dreams, but I also write down the ideas and questions that the dream inspires in me. I ask myself, “Why did I dream this and what is this dream telling me? Are there any messages or clues hidden in this dream that may help me or inspire me?” If you have time, try to analyze your dreams.

        Dream dictionaries can be a helpful tool to give you some ideas as to the meanings of your dreams, but remember that they are only a tool and they are a tool that’s being sold to you, a consumer! Don’t depend on a dream dictionary as if were your bible. Remember that these books may not even be written by experts in dream interpretation, and in the end these “authors” are only seeking to make money off of you. That’s alright and they can be fun. I own a few myself. My point however is everyone has individual dreams with individual meanings behind them which are unique to yourself.

        I find the best way to “interpret” my dreams is to go over the dream in my head and think also about recent issues in my life. I think about how they may relate in ways. Am I going through a lot of stress lately? If I dream that I am trapped inside a box, it could be telling me something as simple as, “Get out of the house for a while!”.  If I have a dream in which I feel extremely worried or stressed, regardless of the objects, animals, people I see in that dream it may merely be a manifestation of my real life stress, and I need to take a break from a certain stressful situation. Maybe I am taking too much onto my shoulders and need to take on less. An animal coming to me in a dream, may actually be one of my friends in disguise, telling me something important about our friendship that I didn’t realise. When it comes to dream interpretation you must think outside the box and try to discover what the dream means to you personally.

Please note: I am in no way a “dream” expert. I am merely an artist and these are my own thoughts about using dreams for inspiration and insight. :)
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New Release Medusa’s Lament Open Edition Print

“Medusa’s Lament”

18″x24″ Adobe Photoshop CS5

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Available as Open Edition Prints in the following sizes:

18″x24″ – $46.00

11″x14″ – $35.00

8″x10″ – $16.00

5″x7″ – $8.00

Up close details:

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You can share the image below via Facebook. Just click the image and you will be taken to my page where you can share! Remember sharing is caring! lol ;p By sharing this image from my page you will be helping to bring me potential customers and allowing more people to discover my work! Sharing from my Facebook page is the next best thing to buying my artwork. Help support me as an artist by sharing!

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A few updates & and new art release “Moon Whisper”

I have a few updates to share with you!

Attention: Due to difficulties with my shopping cart. I will no longer be accepting overseas orders via this website.

Overseas customers, please contact me personally with your item list and we will work out a deal. Since I understand shipping prices have gone up abominably and I don’t want to lose my overseas customers. Important! Please include your location so I can calculate the shipping!^_~

New artwork release! This is a new painting I whooped out rather quickly over the past week. She is painted out of my head with no photo references (aside from the background where I used some public domain galaxy photos from NASA). I am pretty proud of her actually. She’s not meant to be proper human proportions or anything, because she is a pixie! :) She was a lot of fun to paint. I named her after an old rpg character I had a long time ago named Moonwhisper – who was not a pixie, but it seemed like a nice title for this one because she reminds me a bit of her. Hope you like her! She is now available as prints.

 

“Moon Whisper”

18″x24″ Digitally Painted in Photoshop CS5

Open Edition Prints available in these sizes:

18″x24″ – $46.00

11″x14″ – $35.00

8″x10″ – $16.00

5″x7″ – $8.00

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Digital Stamps are still in the works! I am still planning to have digital stamps available in my shop very soon. I got way busy with my college courses (as this is my last year there the classes have gotten tough!)  I am not sure when I will find time to do this but its on the agenda for … some time this year ha. Meanwhile I would like to share this free coloring page and digital stamp with you. Feel free to download either one (or both) to your own computer. You can print them out as many times as you like to color with crayons, use in craft projects or you can even color it digitally. I’m including a low res printable coloring page if you want one that’s easy to download for slower connections, and a higher res png file that is good for use as “digital stamps” or to color digitally. Please do not use these images commercially or try to claim them as your own. I will allow the use of these images to make greeting cards in small numbers however WITH PERMISSION. Please contact me about it and please follow the rules in my Angel Policy. As long as everyone follows my rules, I will continue offering free images from time to time. I won’t hesitate to cease offering these if anyone violates these rules. I reserve the right to add to or change these rules at any time. :) Enjoy!

Low Res JPEG Coloring Page

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Hi Res PNG Digital Stamp

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And last but not least, this is a blog… *gasp*

I am going to start treating it more like one! I’m not sure why I don’t actually blog here. I was treating this blog as more of a news/updates feed for the website…  it didn’t really occur to me to treat it like an actual blog… to start “blogging”. That and I guess I had this weird idea that I should put on a “professional face” for my website. I think to some extent I still will… but I also want to just be able to write about some things I am interested in or just post some news from my life and stuff. :) I once had a blog over on live journal and really miss that..  so we’ll see how it goes with this. I am no longer in the habit of blogging really, so its hard to stick to. Also I think that posting over on Facebook has become such and addiction to me that I’ve stopped just writing or stuff anymore! That’s bad. I’m going to try to be glued to Facebook less – unless I am posting to my art page or profile over there.

And yes! I made a “profile” for my art on Facebook. Facebook screwed up the algorithm for their Facebook “Pages” and now I believe very few of my fans are even seeing my posts. I get very little views or response anymore on most posts I make. To battle this I have made a profile on Facebook. Those who really want to keep in touch with me and actually see posts about my work can “add ” or “follow” me there. I know there is a limit to something like 2000 friends … so my plan is to after that point to go through my friends list once in a while and delete those who seem to have inactive profiles or never reply to my posts. :) I really want my profile reserved for those who wish to actively reply to my posts, give me ideas, comments, suggestions, and actually speak to the artist! Also it is for those who may wish to purchase/collect my artwork or companies wanting to keep in touch about my work. So please only add me if you intend to interact with my posts or have good reason to be adding me. :) You can also “follow” my profile to get updates instead or “like” my fan page.

In other news… because I can’t just not announce it. I am about to graduate from community college! Last semester I battled my way through Spanish and Statistics (math) classes with much blood, sweat, and tears. I never took Spanish or Statistics in my life! That was a near death experience lol! On top of that I also had a Texas Government class and an English Composition class to worry about. Let’s just say I was a busy busy bee! Next semester is only going to be worse. Dear ‘Powers That Be’… save me lol.  I wouldn’t expect to see a lot of new artwork from me over the next semester, but we’ll see. I hope that I will at least get these paintings I’ve been working n over the holidays finished though.   The good news is I will finally get to wear a cap and gown. If all goes well I should be graduating with my Associate of Arts Degree this spring. I deserve some congratulations… yeah?! :P Obviously, -someone- needs to get me this card from this etsy shop… because Grumpy Cat.

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Coming soon! DIGITAL STAMPS! :)

It has come to my attention that people may be using my Coloring Pages as “Digital Stamps”. While these images were not really intended for that purpose and really aren’t a high enough quality for it, I’ve decided to allow it provided you follow my rules and my new angel policy. :) Also bear in mind that the files being sold in the Coloring Pages section of this shop were intended to be used as coloring pages and for smaller crafting projects and may not be a high enough quality for your digital stamp projects.

Please check out my RULES and Angel Policy here!

Given all the interest now in using Digital Stamps, I will soon be offering these for sale. I may phase out my coloring pages and replace them with Digital Stamps only which can be used for coloring projects as well. I haven’t decided on that yet…

I also am working on a new “Free Coloring Page” right now. I will post it soon. Please stay tuned for more updates! ;)

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Current Auctions and a Sale over on FB!

I have some auctions going over at FantasyArtAuctions! Please check them out! :) I also have an art sale going on Facebook so be sure to check that out also!

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My “Queen of May”, a 12″x18″ watercolor, has been re-listed. She will not be re-listed again at this low price so grab her now while you can! Bidding starts at $84.99 USD! Auction ending: May. 24, 2013 04:20:13

Click here to bid!

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I have some old ACEO Sized (2.5″x3.5″) sketches up for auction as well. Bidding starts at only $15.00 USD! There are 15 sketches included as a set in this auction! Auction ending: May. 24, 2013 05:53:58

Click here to bid!

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“Night at the Ball” 4″x6″ grapite pencil drawing. Bidding starts at only 19.95 USD! Auction ends: May. 27, 2013 04:29:37

Click here to bid!

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“Rowan and the Unicorn” 4″x6″ original artwork up for auction. Created with prismacolor pencils! Bidding starting at $45.00 USD Auction ends: May. 27, 2013 04:49:04

Click here to bid!

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Original ACEO (2.5″x3.5″) Art “Wisp” is up for auction. She is a watercolor and has been subtly hand embellished with a sheen of mico-glitter.  The auction bidding starts at only $16.95 USD! Auction ending: May. 27, 2013 03:17:04

Click here to bid!

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I also have a big ORIGINAL ART sale going over on Facebook. If you have the time check it out as well!

Click here to see all the artwork for sale!

Just a few of the original artworks available:

“Harvest Moon”

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“Ancient Ruins”

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“Sisters”

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“Annabel”

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Click here to see all the artwork for sale!

 

 

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New Original Art For Auction “Queen of May”


“Queen Of May”
Size: Approx. 12″x18″
Watercolor on 140 lb Coldpress Watercolor Paper

Up for auction right now! Check it out!
http://fantasyartauctions.com/queen-of-may-fairy-12×18-watercolor,name,100108,auction_id,auction_details

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Some photographs and progress images are below:

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Sketch was done in digitally in photoshop. I had to transfer the sketch to the watercolor paper… not my usual way of doing things, but it worked out. :)

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Playing around with different hair color ideas in photoshop. I often photograph my work as I go when painting in watercolor… and then take it to photoshop to try out different colors before laying down actual paint. I would like to thank my friends over on Facebook for all your input on this painting! Thank you!

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You can bid on the Original Artwork at the auction located at http://fantasyartauctions.com/queen-of-may-fairy-12×18-watercolor,name,100108,auction_id,auction_details

Please if you have time check out the new “Fantasy Art Auctions” website at http://fantasyartauctions.com! A new place for fantasy artists to offer their work on auction. Please consider joining and supporting the artists by bidding on the lovely works available there!

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New Print Release: “Lenore II” Open Edition!

Lenore II
Painting in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Corel Painter II
Original file is 18″x24″ in size.

Click here to purchase a Lenore II Open Edition Print!

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I was considering waiting until this winter to release these (given the wintery theme) but I decided to go ahead and release her because she’s been waiting a while. ;) She is inspired by a couple of Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poems that mention Lenore – in particular his well known poem “The Raven”.

This painting is also a new version of one I did back in 2007. It really shows how far my artwork has come over the last 5-6 years. They are very different mediums… the old one was done in prismacolor pencil, watercolor, and ink. The new one is photoshop, but you can really see how my attention to detail has improved. I’m almost embarrassed of my older stuff. ;) hehe

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This is a photo of the framed original, which now hangs in my Aunt Catherine’s house.

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You can still purchase prints of the old version for 50% off here! This image will be retired soon so grab them while you can… :)


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