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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Doll Town is Alive!

Madame Butterfly

Art dolls are a lot of  fun. I loved playing with dolls when I was a kid and now I love making them as an adult. Which means I can still play with them. Doll Town is now open and there are a lot of fun handmade dolls for sale there.  Take a look:

                                                       Cathy Darling at Doll Town

Currently I have Madame Butterfly listed for sale. I have a bunch of new dolls in various states of creation that soon will be there too.

Love to see you there!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Selling Dolls at Doll Town!



Hello Friends,
I just wanted to let you know about a new place to buy my art dolls - Doll Town! This is brand new. Grand Opening is Feb 27th @ 7pm est

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Harmony and Progress on 'The Cache Cow'


I worked on my demo painting the other day and finally got around to posting the progress. I have been busy this week getting ready for gallery stroll at the gallery I am in, Local Colors. So I apologize to my Cache Valley friends and anyone else who is following this demo for being so dang slow!

I put another layer of color on the cow and worked on Miss Moo's face and down udder. The spots are as dark as I am going to go with them. I like the way the colors blended together and give the impression of black, but it is really quite colorful.

I have been contemplating a lot about what direction I should go with my art lately. I decided that I need to strive for harmony in all aspects of my life so that I will be more open to inspiration in my art. I was once told to visualize myself as a mountain stream running along. When something comes along in life that threatens to block progress, I should do like the stream does whenever it comes to a rock and just flow around it. I think if I strive have harmony in my life I could do that! I'll let you know if it works. :-)

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Watercolor Demo with the Cache Valley UWS

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Cache Valley chapter of the Utah Watercolor Society. What a great experience! I was invited to do a demonstration. What I chose to do was watercolor on masonite, using Golden's absorbent ground. I first showed a slide show of my work and history as an artist. Then I showed some pieces that I had painted on masonite and other surfaces. I had brought with me a 16" x 20" piece of masonite that I had prepared with gesso and then a coat of absorbent ground. So as not to take too much time, I had already drawn my subject matter. Then I painted for the demo. With questions etc. I only got down one coat of color and didn't get to finish the painting. So some of the members suggested that I post my progress on my blog. The painting is of a cow. Oh I forgot to mention that I had applied a texture before I put the gesso and absorbent ground on the masonite. It broke up the watercolor in a very interesting way. Keep posted for the progress shots in the next few days.

Thanks so much to Andi and Deanna, I had a great time!