Lately, I’ve been painting lots and lots of cats (for my new children’s book) and felt that I needed to loosen up a little which led me to dabble in the realm of fashion illustration for these four paintings. A few of those pesky cats did manage to find a spot in ‘Catty Cathy’ (upper right), but there’s no point in trying to fight ‘cat brain.’
They are all painted oil on canvas, 12″x16″ and are available now in my shop!
The Kidnapping of Edward Pink: The Capture. Oil on canvas, 14″x18″.
It occurred to me that I really haven’t covered the actual capturing of Edward Pink. This painting hopefully describes it well enough, but if it doesn’t, you will just have to wait until the fall when the official ‘Kidnapping of Edward Pink’ calendar is released. It will answer all remaining questions. I promise.
Muskoka Manor, 12″x14″, oil on canvas. For sale on etsy.
For those of you unfamiliar with Ontario, Muskoka is cottage country just north of Toronto. It’s a lovely place, but I won’t go there as it’s north of Barrie, Ontario and I won’t go north of Barrie, Ontario. The issue is that I tend to attract wildlife. Skunks, raccoons, snakes, and of course, bears. The last time I ventured north of Barrie was for a friend’s wedding. It was a lovely wedding, held at a resort near Muskoka. It had a nice beach and plenty of beautiful scenery, but when I walked out into the parking lot of the hotel, I encountered a mother bear and two cubs. This was on the heels of staying at another friend’s cottage in Muskoka and encountering water snakes and spiders the size of quarters. Spiders the size of quarters may sound like nothing to people who live in warmer climates, but the one advantage of enduring mind numbing cold six months of the year is that we tend to go without that kind of creature. Except, well, north of Barrie. So, this is what I imagine Muskoka to look like in the winter with a polka dot horse and pet pigs wearing warm sweaters.
Although it may be the season of candy canes and mistletoe, I couldn’t help but post these little witchy gems in my etsy shop. Based on my painting ‘All Of Them Witches’, this handy-dandy pad of tear-away note cards is a fun way to communicate with friends and family– possibly a spirit or too as well!
Garden of Allah Hotel, 10″x12″, oil on canvas. For sale on etsy.
The Garden of Allah Hotel has captured my imagination for many years. It was a hotel located in Hollywood, California, on the Sunset Strip and was well known for having many celebrity guests like Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Ernest Hemingway. Even F. Scott Fitzgerald lived there for a short time in the late 1930’s. It was the kind of place where a party began on the terrace, and by early morning, the party was in the pool- suits, gowns and gimlets be damned. It was built in 1913 and it was gone before the 60’s even arrived.
From November 13 until December 25 we will be donating $1 from every item sold in our etsy store towards ‘EROC’ (END RAPE ON CAMPUS) a US advocacy group that works to end sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities.
I’m happy to announce that we are developing a stationery range! The pocket notebook collection is available now, but over the next year, journals, notepads, calendars, wrapping paper and cards will be added to the mix. For several years, I’ve dabbled in stationery with licensing imagery to third party publishers, and although I really wanted to create and publish my own collection, it always seemed such a daunting task. But then the stars aligned (I befriended a graphic designer) and in between gin and tonic fueled talks, things began to fall into place. I should also mention that the range will be available for wholesale.
Here we are in our second week of October, which means that I’m into my second week of Schocktoberfest. This is a terrible tradition that John started years ago which consists of at least one scary movie every night until Halloween. This year there’s been a few iffy ones like the 1980’s classic ‘Chopping Mall’ which really had nothing to do with any ‘chopping’ (thank god) but rather three killer security robots in a shopping mall and lots of death by laser beams. In terms of actual ‘scary’, I would say the Conjuring 2 scared me the most with the creepy nun/man/demon thingy. I actually hid under my covers after watching that and sweated until I mercifully passed out. The Taking of Deborah Logan was also creepy and very well acted, and American Horror Story Hotel has made me never want to check into a hotel again unless it’s the Four Seasons– and even then I’m checking the mattress. I’m fairly certain that John will also insist that we watch ‘The Witch’ again because we’re pretty convinced that Finnegan (our beloved King Charles Spaniel) is actually Black Phillip, the mischievous devil goat. On occasion he gets the same glint of evil in his eyes.