Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Let Me Paint Your Kitty

I had such a inspiring and delightful time painting cats everyday for the month of October that I want to paint more kitties! In fact, I want to paint your furry feline friend.

I am so excited to announce that I will be offering 5 Cat Commissions. You could have your favorite kitty painted in time for the holidays. This is art that is guaranteed to make your heart purr.

Also, I am running a special Early-Bird Discount of $50 off a Kitty Commission. Just my way of celebrating this magical new offering.

You can get all the details and purchase your commission HERE

See some of the photographs of your cats that I used as inspiration for my #MonthofCats Project alongside the painting I created.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Make Art Magic November Theme

November Theme: The Imaginary Friend who Comforts You When You are Feeling Down

This can take the form of a person, character, or animal but it can also be an abstract piece, a landscape, an imaginary place or words. Delve into your inner world and find that feeling of nurturing, healing and protection. How this translates into an artwork will depend on the special alchemy of your voice and style.

Ways to Share Your Make Art Magic Artwork between Nov 1-30, 2014:
1. Post your artwork to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #MakeArtMagic #ArtChallenge
2. Post your art to the private Make Art Magic Facebook Group (click the “join group” button to request an invite)

*Don’t forget to put your name/signature/website on your piece so that everyone will know you created it.

November Make Art Magic Giveaway: I am honored that the incredibly talented Artist Sisters, CJ Metzger and Miss Mindy have provided their whimsical and magical Children's Book Box Set for the November Giveaway. I treasure these books in my library and I don't even have kids.

Share the art you create for the November Make Art Magic for a chance to win this box set of delightfully-illustrated books.

Benefits of Signing up for the Ghostkitten Newsletter:

1. You will get the theme 1 week earlier than everyone else. (ex. you will get November's theme on Oct 21)

2. You will get goodies each month to help get the creative juices flowing from music downloads to inspiration boards to guided meditations to poetry.

3. It is easier to keep track of the new themes if it just comes to your inbox rather than having to remember to seek it out online.

You can sign-up here:http://ghostkitten.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bd9e5773ece976191cfef8d9e&id=76d61e367d

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Lovely Ink: Interview with Victoria Johnson, Artist and Surface Designer

I am so thrilled to share this month's Lovely Ink created by the talented English artist and surface designer, Victoria Johnson. She has vintage modern sensibility that is full of cute lovable characters and fresh color palettes. Her "Choose Happiness" illustration has warm breezy feel that reminds us to enjoy our lives.

If you want to receive a free 8x10" printable and desktop wallpaper of this "Choose Happiness " print sign-up for Lovely Ink here. Every month, Lovely Ink delivers free inspirational art to your inbox.

I have this super special interview to share with Victoria. Peak inside her creative process, learn about her favorite artists, and see her lovely studio space in Rome. Enjoy! 

Take us through your creative process of making your piece for Lovely Ink?
I was in the middle of doing my Surtex promotional material when I did my Lovely Ink piece , so lots of elements of the piece found their way into the promo and lots of the promo found it's way into the Lovely Ink piece. The flowers were all inspired by some 1940's dress prints. They also inspired the palette.

What drew you to the inspirational saying you used in your Lovely Ink piece?
I like the saying 'choose happiness' because it implies that you can control whether you enjoy your life or not. It's so easy to slip into the attitude that life is 'happening' to you and your reaction to the problems it presents are incidental. I like the idea that you can choose whether to be defeated or not.

Was there a moment in your life when you first fell in love with making things?
No - I think I was born that way. Honestly. I know it sound's pretentious but I can't remember a single period in my life where it wasn't important to me to be creating something, even during my apathetic teenage years - and my parents actively encouraged it. I've always had access to loads of art equipment for as long as I can remember.

Where in your life do you find the most inspiration for your art?
I like old stuff - from all periods - old bits of strange furniture, old fabrics, old dishes and vases. I like finding ways to make incongruous things sit well together. The challenge of doing that inspires me. I do it with colour too, trying to find harmony with unusual colour combinations. I adore playing with colour - in everyday life as much as in design. At the moment I'm super inspired by geometric forms. They're creeping into so much of what I'm doing.

What would be your absolute dream project - no limitations?
Dinnerware at Anthropologie. Or bedding. An entire interior decor line with them if we're being silly.

Who are some of your favorite artists, illustrators or surface designers?
I like so many (obviously) but some of my current favourites are Lola Donoghue, Elaine Pamphilon, Josef Frank and Marimekko. I also love anything by Vera and a lot of Mid-Century Russian illustration/graphic design. I love Inaluxe because of the way they combine geometric shapes with painterly textures and imagery and fresh, feminine colour palettes - all my favourite things in one beautiful package. It goes without saying that I like the Mid-Century illustrators Mary Blair and Esme Eve too.

What are your favorite design or art blogs that you would like to share with your fans?
Print and Pattern - to be honest it's the only one I read with any regularity. But I'm always entertained when I have a look at Dawn Machell's http://pop-i-cok.blogspot.it. She's really funny and massively talented.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Month of Cats Day 31: Ghostkitten

Meet Ghostkitten. She is the little light inside me that helps to guide me through my life. She is always beckoning me to enter my inner world, to dig deep, and meet her there. She whispered this project to me and called it into being. Many of you who have been following my Month of Cats might be curious about my process.

I didn't sketch these cats first or plan them out strategically. Each day, I just showed up at my paints ready to receive what ever message wanted to enter this world in the form of a magical cat. Sometimes, I would be guided to look at a photograph of one your kitties that you sent me and sometimes it would just be me and the blank page. I never know what these cats will represent until I am done painting them – until they have fully emerged from the mystery.

Each day, I was surprised and grateful to be visited by these healing energies in the form of cats. Ghostkitten is my intuition. She is my deeper self. She guides me through. She stood at the gateway between the vastness and my small life and called these cats to come in, to warm our hearts, to send us love, and to help us through our days.

Month of cats may be ending today but I think there are more kitties and magical creatures on theirway. In fact, keep your eyes open for a inspirational deck of cards featuring these soft friends sometime early next year.

Thank you so much for sharing this journey with me.

Visit my Society 6 Shop to get your art prints, tote bags, iphone cases, throw pillows, wall clocks, tee shirts, laptop skins, mugs and more. #MonthofCats

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Month of Cats Day 30: Lionmew

Meet Lionmew. He is an adventurer, an explorer, a traveller, and a lost-worlds seeker. He likes to feel the wind rippling his fur and the excitement of not quite knowing what he might find on his travels. He knows that sometimes you have to leave the safe havens of your comfy home and routine and seek out distant shores and unknown lands in order to shift your perspective. Sometimes the journey outward illuminates the journey inward.

Visit my Society 6 Shop to get your art prints, tote bags, iphone cases, throw pillows, wall clocks, tee shirts, laptop skins, mugs and more. #MonthofCats

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Month of Cats Day 29: Zed

Meet Zed. He might not look like your ordinary house cat but in fact, he is one. He doesn't come from outer space or from a far off land. He lives just around the corner from me. He really understands that what what you see in your mind's eye exists. He is the maker of his own kitty-verse. He is constantly re-creating himself to mirror the infinite possibilities of his imagination. Today he is purple and green but tomorrow he might be made of flowers and the next day he might have stars for eyes. We are all in a constant state of becoming. We don't need to always stick with the familiar A, B, and C. Sometimes, we can reach for Zed.

Visit my Society 6 Shop to get your art prints, tote bags, iphone cases, throw pillows, wall clocks, tee shirts, laptop skins, mugs and more. #MonthofCats

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Month of Cats Day 28: Little Fluff

Meet Little Fluff. She is patiently waiting for you to stop your super-important, get-it-done task and give her lots of pets. She assures you that her fur is a cloud of softness that will melt all your thoughts away. Little Fluff is all about the savoring the experience of being alive in your body. Time to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect to the lush tactile world. Stretch like a cat until you quiver. Feel the air on your skin and the earth under your paws. Cuddle in with Little Fluff and feel her purrs waking up your heart.

Visit my Society 6 Shop to get your art prints, tote bags, iphone cases, throw pillows, wall clocks, tee shirts, laptop skins, mugs and more. #MonthofCats


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