Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Auction for Our Troops


"Night Owl" ACEO
I have donated this original acrylic painting to the Treatboxes for Troops auction, which begins on March 31st. (You can preview the items now)

My friend Lisa has set up a Facebook page and auctions to raise money for shipping Treatboxes to our troops. Please check out the many wonderful and varied items in the auction and bid generously =) Thanks so much!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Baby Easter Bunny










Okay, I finally got around to painting the pink Easter egg for my hubby, LOL! I couldn't resist adding a sweet lil bunny =)

For Sale at Etsy

Friday, March 25, 2011

Paint Party Friday!





See Details at my ACEO Gallery






My free artist's soul loves to create spontaneously. Often when I have art that I "have to do", the soul feels a bit thwarted, lol! My new cure for this is to paint on the piece that has to be specific, and stop when I feel my focus drifting. Then, I immediately pick up an ACEO blank and a new color...and go to town =) Which means that I just take the brush and paint and let it fly. Sometimes, I bring up a photo on my computer monitor for a loose reference. But, its best when I work from my mind and heart. I'm finding this method to be a good way to get art done AND satisfy my creative drives. I really always want to be flying free with my creativity, but that hasn't put food on the table.....YET ;)

So, this owl is a spontaneous painting. Yesterday, I worked on my art for the ACEO playing card deck that I am contributing to (a project of eBay's ACEO group). Then I put it aside, and I knew I really wanted to paint an owl in blue and white. The eyes are always the most important part of a portrait, and these came out effortlessly...and fabulous. I love this little guy, and hope you do too! =)

**This is my post for the New! Paint Party Friday blog party. Please come join the fun and see all the great weekly posts of other artists....just click the button link below. Thanks so much, Kathryn

Monday, March 21, 2011

Celebrate Oz ~ Ruby Slippers Winner!

Congratulations to Quilts Sew Shabby =) She is the winner of the sweet little "Ruby Slippers" ACEO! Yay!!

Thanks again to Linda at Olde Baggs n Stuft Shirts and to all of you for helping to celebrate the magic of the Wizard of Oz =) Watch for my next fun giveaway! Kathryn

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Celebrate Oz Party and Giveaway


Welcome to the party!

Its time to share how the Wizard of Oz has delighted, amazed, changed and inspired us!! Whether you remember your first time seeing it or you remember certain beloved parts or images of the story...or just how it makes you feel, you are in the right place =)

Let me start by introducing one of the paintings Oz has inspired from me. This original acrylic ACEO is my door prize that you can enter to win. Just leave a comment at the end of this post, on March 19 or 20th, and you will be entered to win. I will announce the winner on March 21st....and here it is....

"Ruby Slippers"




















So, what is it about this movie? Its everything really...it has imagination, and heart and love of home and the ones who matter...a great adventure with good friends...a fabulous dream...a good feeling inside.

It begins like any ordinary day in the life of any ordinary girl with hopes, dreams, challenges, and her struggle for identity. Then, disaster strikes and takes us on a wild ride, mixing reality and fantasy.

Early on, Dorothy's sweetest companion Toto is taken from her, but didn't we all cheer when Toto made his escape ? =)




















A life-threatening tornado whips the farmhouse up and away! When the dust settles, Dorothy opens the door to a brand new world that none of us could have expected..Wow!






















Munchkins venture out from their hiding places....





















A beautiful, fairy-like lady appears from the sky! Glinda the Good Witch is my favorite part of this movie =) To me, she represents the guardian angel that is there for each of us...pure goodness...always standing by, always loving us and helping us.





















Of course, the struggle of good and evil is also present in this strange land. We are reminded of that when the Ruby Slippers are revealed!
















Dorothy wants nothing to do with the Wicked Witch, but she does want to find her way home. Glinda places the Ruby Slippers on Dorothy's feet, giving her protection from the Wicked Witch. She tells Dorothy to go to the Wizard of Oz in Emerald City for help, and the munchkins send her down the Yellow Brick Road. Along the way, she meets a Scarecrow, TinMan and Cowardly Lion....



















When the Scarecrow dances he flops and wobbles. The TinMan needs oiling...and the Cowardly Lion pretends to be fierce!




















The Wicked Witch tries everything she can to stop them...including a Sleepy Poppy Field. But Glinda makes it snow, and awakens Dorothy, Toto and the Lion. Finally, they all reach the Door to Emerald City =)



















But the Wizard wants the Wicked Witch's broomstick and the new friends have to deal with flying monkey guards. In all of this struggle, the Scarecrow lights afire and the Wicked Witch melts in the water that saves the Scarecrow!.....

















They bring the Witch's broomstick to the Wizard, but the Wizard is not all he appears to be. He is a man with a balloon, but the balloon takes off to Kansas without Dorothy.

















Luckily, Glinda knows best =) She tells Dorothy to close her eyes and wish with all of her might. Three clicks of her heels and "There's no place like home"....and Dorothy opens her eyes to the world she knows. Her family and friends are so happy to have her back, and she is SO HAPPY to see them!!!



















And weren't we all so happy for her!? Yay =)
Well, all of this has made me want to watch the movie again, LOL!
But before I do that, let me share with you the painting of Glinda that I'm currently working on. This is my favorite image from the movie, and I think its coming along nicely =)


Its been wonderful sharing the love of this wonderful story with all of you. Just remember......

There's no place like home =)
luvkat

Friday, March 18, 2011

Paint Party Friday!





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Spring has sprung in Florida, and I am tingling with creativity! I want to paint flowers and butterflies and bright colors, and take deep breaths of the fresh Spring air. The sky so blue, with a happy sun warming the ocean waters....growing green and yellow all around. And when night falls, the birdsong of the nightingale outside my window. He sits in the mangroves and calls for his love....for Spring has sprung =)

This is my post for the New! Paint Party Friday blog party. Please come join the fun and see all the great weekly posts of other artists....just click the button link below. Thanks so much, Kathryn

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pink Butterfly



Yesterday's little ACEO painting packs a big punch of color!
Check it out Here

Happy St Patrick's Day !

Today is a day for lucky green and shamrock magic. I'm featuring two of my Irish ACEOs for the occasion. Hope you have a little Irish luck come your way!

Baby Shamrock Fairy at Etsy


Shamrock Bunny at Etsy

Monday, March 14, 2011

Giveaway for Celebrate Oz!

Its just a few days til the Celebrate Oz blog party kicks off! Here's a preview of the door prize I'll be giving away... this cute little "Ruby Slippers" ACEO =)
Make sure to come back this Saturday, March 19 to enter the giveaway and join in the fun!!


If you'd like to be put on the list to participate in blogging about the Wizard of Oz, visit
Olde Baggs 'n Stuft Shirts for the instructions.

See you all Saturday !!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pretty Eggs

Today's painting brings back happy memories of coloring eggs as a child =)

Visit my Etsy Shop to see this and more

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Celebrate Oz Blog Party

















Come and Join LindaOma's Olde Baggs n Stuft Shirts in the fun of Celebrating all things Wizard of OZ on March 19, 2011.

I'll be participating in this event, and will be painting a special door prize for one lucky winner =) So, check out the info and get in on the fantastical fun of celebrating Oz!

Femme Face Pendant

A wispy, hand-painted female face adorns this original fused glass pendant

See Details

Friday, March 4, 2011

Angel Stars Pendant


~An angel spreads a shower of stars~


New! I have started making hand-painted fused glass pendants. This is one of my first attempts. See the Details at Etsy

My OWOH Prize Has Arrived!

I am the lucky winner of these gorgeous floral notecards from Pat at Images Through an Open Window
Be sure to stop by Pat's blog to enjoy her fabulous photography!
















I took these pictures out on our glass-enclosed porch. As you can see, Angel couldn't help peeking and sniffing at them, lol!
















Angel approved, and decided to sit and gaze upon these sweet images =)

















Thanks for this wonderful gift. Thanks to Lisa at A Whimsical Bohemian who organized the OWOH event... and thanks to all bloggers who participated!! Kathryn

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sleeping Bunny

Today's painting is a cute little slumbering bunny.


Check out my 7 Dollar Sale at Etsy

Mermaid Lass


~Irish lore is rich with the haunting myths of mermaids and sea dragons~


This Goth-flavored ACEO painting is entered in the March ACEO Theme Week contest on eBay.
Click Here to See Details


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