Folk Art Paintings: Cats, Birds and a Snow Leopard

Cats are the theme for three new miniature Folk Art paintings. First up is a turquoise striped cat having a visit with a flock of green birds. In Making New Friends, the birds are feeling quite comfortable around their new feline acquaintance.

Painted in a loose, informal, whimsical style, each painting is created in acrylic on heavy artist's paper. All 3 are Art Card or ACEO* sized.

Two Folk Art Cats ACEO ATC Paintings

This is Sooty Cat with Ball of Yarn, one of two new miniature paintings with a Folk Art flair. Sooty cat is dark grey with mischievous green eyes. He's up to no good and totally okay with that.

Two Ways to Create a Mixed Media Painting

This Manakin bird painting was created with the idea of the bird first, beginning with an outline of the bird shape. Layer upon layer of the mixed media piece was built from there. The colours and texture (including crinkled tissue paper) were added in stages while the details of the bird were continually enhanced.

Sewing More Fabric Bird Brooches

Three new bird brooches stitched with colourful variegated threads. Imagine these birds pinned to a bag, jacket or shirt. They make a statement at 2.5 to 2.75 inches long. Confession - sewing these tiny fabric treasures is way too much fun.

Enhancing an Art Journal Drawing with Photoshop

Playing around with an art journal drawing and photoshop, effects can be quickly added, enhancing the overall look. This portrait of Violet, a green eyed girl, has a grainy filter applied that adds a cool texture.

Gray Catbird Raw Edge Stitched Picture

A transparent gray catbird is portrayed in this stitched picture. Akin to sketching in an art journal, a fabric picture can come to life by laying down strips of torn fabric and then stitching and sketching with a sewing machine. In this piece the variegated threads add colour and the raw edges of the fabric, free to fray and unravel, add texture. And similar to a paper journal, journal quilting is an excellent process for playing, meditating and working out ideas.

Numbers Painting, Typography Series

The latest painting from the ongoing typography series includes numbers from 1 to 6. Created in acrylic on wood and inspired by both graffiti and early 20th century sign painting, this piece is one of several featuring numbers.

Red-Winged Blackbird Stitched Mixed Media Art

In a beautiful sequence of events, this artwork came to life. Torn book pages were adhered to painted fabric. The bird was sketched onto the surface (what is it...crow, thrush...?) quickly showing itself to be a red-winged blackbird. Ok. Stitching, defining, refining. Almost complete. Break. A trip to meet friends outdoors. An urban space. Concrete. And suddenly there it was - small, beautiful and almost tame. A passerine bird of the family Icteridae, a red-winged blackbird landed inches away from my feet, spent a moment or two looking around and then flew away. Beautiful. Peaceful. Mysterious. Created in layers of mixed media - painted fabric, book pages, stitch, embroidery and beading, this piece, titled Serendipity, is an example of art connecting with the everyday.

Blackbird Mixed Media Painting

On a weathered background full of grunge this urban blackbird poses for a portrait. The inspiration for this artwork comes from the variety of birds that survive and thrive in industrial spaces. The painting is created in multiple layers for plenty of texture. To build the layers a combination of mixed media materials were used including paper, glue, acrylic paint, ink and charcoal. The blackbird and his surroundings are evidence of beauty in the midst of industrial realities.

Corner to Corner Crochet Afghan C2C

This crochet afghan was created on the diagonal. While in-progress it grew larger and larger, becoming a seemingly immense triangle shaped half square, eventually levelling off to a tidy rectangle. The technique for this blanket is known as Corner to Corner or C2C. It's a simple easy pattern that is definitely worth a go, even for novice crocheters. There are several excellent video tutorials to be found online by searching "corner to corner crochet" and "C2C crochet."
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