August has some interesting dates!
WHY a day for mosquitoes?
There's a patron saint for dogs?
Aren't most days work like a dog day?
Why only DOGust Universal Birthday? What about cats?
All dates approximate...
Eshimo, for Laura, acrylics on wood, 8 by 8 inches, commissioned lovely black cat with burnt Sienna highlights. If you'd like a pet portrait, please check links below this post.
Oh, for the years I’d DROOOOOOOL to have a massive music collection of records!
I LOVE and MISS record album art. The 12 by 12 inch covers were pieces of art, from paintings to photographs.
There was a time I had to pick between the purple or green album covers for RunDMC and then never could decide so never bought it! The time I giggled to the cash register of Record Land with my new Poison album with the newly censored cover but I was getting the original cover without the black outs above and below the face’s eyes! I never got the Bon Jovi banned cover…but that’s ok, lol. I’d read the liner notes, super happy when the lyrics where printed like for Prince’s Purple Rain. Oh, I had to hide my second copy of Purple Rain, as my mom insisted on buying me something else to replace Prince because she didn’t want me listening to it. At least she replaced it…but I still played and played Prince since she had no idea what I was playing, anyway.
Now in days, I don’t buy records. I don’t even buy CDs. It’s really sad…because streaming music is what most of us do, now. My collections gather dust…and many of the artists I still love are forgotten on streaming services, too. The group called Archive of Contemporary Music keeps collecting music to archive it. Now, this group is looking for a new home for their vinyl, music sheets, autographed items, historical items, you name it.
I’ll stick to my smaller collection of about 200 records, maybe 300 CDs, as it’s easier to manage. Plus, it's great to ask Alexa to be my mix tape in my studio.
These 3 million records would prefer a home in New York City. The board of directors, that includes donors, is quite the list of rock and roll personalities. You have to check it out, here: https://artdaily.cc/news/119776/Wanted--A-home-for-3-million-records#.XhMfN0dKhaQ
Simon loved to jump into my armoire full of records. He didn’t have front claws, so his “sharpening his claws” movements didn’t scare me. How I miss my little studio cat!!!! Photo taken sometime 2017-2019.
I am excited to invite you to Christmas in July, brought to you by Abandoned Pet Rescue.
It begins with a Zoom Party, today, at 5pm. You can see all about it here:
Why do I like Abandoned Pet Rescue? Because they take care of dogs and cats that others cannot. They have a fun, caring community built around these dogs and cats. They usually have in-person events, but since it is 2020, Zoom and virtual events are the way to go....
All during July this year, I’ll be donating 10% of any painting sold to Abandoned Pet Rescue.
In honor of Simon, Ghost, and Tuxie…three cats that rescued Andy and me.
Please check out the links and others at the event. I’ll post more about them this month, too.
You can see lots of different paintings or order your own pet painting:
Abstract Palm Tree Paintings
Eekee Monsters for Adoption
See you there and online!
Your ticket is in the scan code, or here: https://us02web.zoom.usj/84904403272 or
Visit Abandoned Pet Rescue's Website (under events) to check out the local vendors that are participating in Shop Christmas in July: https://abandonedpetrescue.org/shop-christmas-in-july/
🎅From July 1 - July 31, a portion of sales from these generous vendors will be donated to APR so please get ready shop during July to support small businesses and help adoptable cats & dog at Fort Lauderdale’s No-Kill Animal Shelter. 🐶🐱
🎅Vendors will be showcasing their exciting products and gift ideas in Shop Christmas in July Kick-Off Zoom Party on July 1 @ 5PM - register to join the fun:
Before enjoying the paintings in this article, Kitchen Inspiration from Art History, I was aware how kitchens have evolved over time. Kitchens moved from outdoors to indoors, then from the edges of the house to the middle of the house. To really see how kitchens have changed, the link has some awesome paintings.
In our home, Andy is Chef. He's the one that makes scrumptious meals. I clean the kitchen. It works very well for us as I barely read recipes and he makes one-offs.
Check out some of the kitchens in art, here, and also let me know which is your favorite. Mine, I believe is a tie between Edouard Pingret, Cocina Poblana and Liza Lou, Kitchen, just for colors not so much functionality, lol! To choose one, click over to Kitchen Inspiration from Art History.
Oh! Question for you, all! Why is it when I watch a home show, it's the woman who squeals with delight over the kitchen makeover, or the kitchen makeover is mandatory, or the kitchen is the deal breaker? I can remember only a single man wanting the kitchen made over and that's because he was a stay-at-home with two small children. Why not the men? Aren't kitchens essential? Also, then why are top chefs mostly men if the home kitchen doesn't seem to matter to most men?
Bird with Pumpkin, Grapes, Basket, 23 by 30 inches, acrylics on paper, available for $450, not framed, SH $25 for rolled in tube. Items are from my studio stash of stuff for still lives, lol, not necessarily from our kitchen.
The first ever drawing book was published in 1608 by Italian painter and printmaker Odoardo Fialetti.
For the first time, anyone could learn how to draw at home.
I wonder who is accredited with the first ever online drawing class? Yes, I Googled, but couldn’t find who has that credit.
For some awesome drawings from 1600s and forward, plus more about the story of drawing books and where the exhibit is being held, please click here:
In the meantime, you might find me drawing!
Above: my studio armoire with most of my how to draw, etc. books. Yes, a 2020 goal is to organize it, lol!
Below: A detail section of a dog portrait, Maya. A basic skill for painting is drawing. I love painting pet portraits because it means I'm drawing, lol!
Do you enjoy “adult” beverages?
I already know you love art, because you’re reading this, lol.
Do you, like my Awesome Husband Bartender, like to play mixologist?
Then THIS is the link for you! https://www.dailyartmagazine.com/books-van-gogh/
It pairs the artwork with the drink! It gives you the recipe! My attention went to the red velvet martini. YUMMMMM. I’ll be checking our mixing supplies right after sharing this with you!
About this painting: 2 Pears with Silver Goblet
This is 8 by 10 inches, acrylics on canvas. It is on canvas, ready for you to frame. $150
All I have left about current events and what's been happening.
How about we all take a break and welcome some new cats on my studio block?
The lovely at the top left is Moconi. She went home in January.
Maya is the lovely happy pup on the right. She also went home in January.
The first two cats were born during the Quarantine. The last one just came out of hiding, but had to share because it's sooooo appropriate!
All three are available and $80, 6x6 inches, acrylics on paper. If you'd like it have it ready to hang, $95 on 6x6 inch wood panel or $125 on 8x8 inch wood panel. Shipping and handling is extra.
Polchoir is French for "stencil." I just learned this while researching public domain Art Deco and Art Nouveau stencil designs!
Why public domain?
The good about buying stencils (or stamps):
When you purchase a stencil, you are supporting the artists and manufacturers that designed that stencil. Everyone wins.
The bad about using bought stencils (or stamps):
You are placing limitations on how many times you may use that stencil in designs for sale. I read the fine print on most things... I don't recall if it was a rubber stamp or a stencil but the item said "up to 10." If you're into scrapbooking and giving away your handmade cards, etc., you have no limits on how you use your purchased stencil (or stamp).
As much as possible, I seek to make my own. It's therapeutic making the cuts as well as freeing, lol. Cutting vinyl is sometimes better than drawing or sketching.
The photo shows one of my latest stencils, hand cut 10ml vinyl using an exacto knife and scissors. I used a slightly crumpled paper sheet to test it, with some "leftover" paint and a make up sponge. When I find a design I like, I manipulate it on my iPad, print, and then cut.
For me, it's day 58 of jobbing and staying home.
Like most of you, I can get bored. Sometimes, I actually enjoy feeling bored as it's been so rare the last few years. The bored feeling is like when I was 9 years old: forced to stay home and no resources to leave, nothing on TV and no Internet. These days, TV and Internet can be boring.
Am I the only one that finds most of these Zoom concerts and events boring? Like I'm watching TV and watching other people live?
Anyway. Back to drawing, and how you can continue or start, lol.
Most of us have pencils and paper. Our local Instacart uses a lot of paper bags. How about cutting some of the paper bags down and checking out the following links?
If you want to doodle with some kind of design, these are for you. The links are to tangelpatterns.com which is a fabulous site that started doing some tutorials last month. Here are only two links, but gets you there:
If you are trying to journal, or someone you know is trying to journal, Julie Balzar has kept up an art journal for YEARS. She might go page to page, but she does some back tracking and redesigning and adding of paint or papers. You can find her at https://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/2020/04/art-journal-every-day-abstract-page.html where she also shows an abstract page. Explore her site for more ideas.
Me? I'm not really journaling these days. I do more like Julie Balzar: add, subtract, glue, write, repeat.
My watercolor kit, two favorite pens (Pilot Decimos from 411pens.com), two waterbrushes, all sitting on my sketchbook.
"Everyone has the same look. We're all 'get this over with' and tired and 'done' and burned out with all this virus stuff," was what Andy yelled at me when I asked him the 1000th time if I was normal with how I feel.
Good to know, Andy. I needed that.
So...maybe YOU are one of those "taking advantage" of being home?
Maybe YOU are someone who needs help to entertain some kiddos?
I've been collecting stuff for you, posted by others.
Cathy Johnson is a superstar sketching artist. She has a seriously FUN website. She's an inspiration to me. I often thumb through her book that I bought years ago about Pocket Sketching. She has videos, gives workshops, and blogs. Her style is light, textured, and bright. She posts a few things you can try, FREE, during this time.
The following are links to Cathy's blog posts. She really has some great links in each, so please click over there! These are listed "in order" of how she posted the lessons. She's a seriously hard working lady artist and I know you'll enjoy all of these, with or without your children.
Collage of some of the sun designs made using my iPad, March, 2020, digital art, ©Angeline Marie Martinez
Written by Angeline
With every intention to write about whatever might interest about art, making art, and paintings.