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Monday, November 26, 2012

Cathy Darling's Pure Art Studio: Snow Girls

Cathy Darling's Pure Art Studio: Snow Girls: I love creating art. I love dabbling in all kinds of mediums. My latest venture is creating art on the computer. This month I bought the new...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Snow Girls

I love creating art. I love dabbling in all kinds of mediums. My latest venture is creating art on the computer. This month I bought the new Photoshop Elements 11 and have been creating little paintings for my etsy shop. Actually I have been making clip art! I am sharing a little Cathy Darling art in e-files. It's all so brand new, that I only have couple of sets done. The first set was for Thanksgiving titled 'Gather to Gobble'. The second set is more winter appropriate and is called 'Snow Girls'. You can find them in my etsy shop:

This set is full of whimsical Snow Girls and includes all of these snowy gals.
I am having a Cyber Monday Sale - all items in my shop are 20% off!  Happy Holiday Shopping!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Emo's Grave - An Urban Legend

It wouldn't be Halloween time without mentioning Emo's Grave.

This painting is currently featured in my show 'Falling For Salt Lake' now on display at Local Colors of Utah Gallery - 1054 E. 2100 So. in Sugar House. Open Tues-Sat. 11:00am-7:00pm. And yes we are open despite all the construction around us! 

Emo's grave is located in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. It was in high school that I first heard about it and it said to be one of Salt Lake's scariest places to visit.
It is said that if you go to Emo's grave at midnight and circle three times around it chanting Emo, Emo, Emo... You will see his face in the window! How's that for a creepy time?

The grave belongs to Jacob "Emo" Moritz who founded the Salt Lake Brewing Company. Jacob died on a trip to Germany and his family erected the memorial to remember him. 
 This is an urban legend and no disrespect is meant towards the Moritz family. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dressing up - It's October After All

Now that my show for Local Colors is up at the gallery, I have been focusing on my online art. After taking pretty much a year off from online sales, the last couple of months I have been turning my thoughts back to them.

One thing I have done to get my Etsy and Ebay shops up and running  was match my online prices to my gallery prices. I feel at this point in my little art career, I should do that. However, after much research and thinking, thinking, thinking I have decided that my online sales are going to take a new direction and become more illustrative rather than trying to compete with my gallery work.

I am not ready to totally present my new items just yet, but I will give you a little hint. I am pulling out some little characters I did in the 70's and I am going to incorporate them into my new stuff!

I went digging through boxes and pulled out a little face that I have used from time to time over the years. This particular image comes from a tie that I gave to my Dad for Easter, ties being a favorite gift and all for dads. He couldn't actually wear this one though, as it's picture!

I recall how hard I worked to make this little face a bit different from other artist's work. We didn't have the internet back then so I researched library books. 

Hopefully I will have my new product ready to show you by the end of the week. Meanwhile I have a Easter tie for dressing up- I guess it will work for Halloween too.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Bowlin' Bowlin' Bowlin' Rawhide!

This is another painting for my show in mid-October. I got a little crazy with this one. This neon bowling pin is located in Salt Lake on State street around 23rd south (not the exact address, but you certainly aren't going to miss it!)

The cows are in their retro bowling shirts and are ready to bowl. Bowlin' anyone?

Monday, October 01, 2012

I Have a Show Mid October!

I am busily painting for my show at Local Colors. The theme is 'Falling' (tis the season, fa la la!) and I decided my interpretation of the theme is Falling for Salt Lake. I chose that because recently I painted the gigantimus Snelgrove Ice Cream Cones located in Sugar House. I have loved them since I was 5 years old! I imagined what it would be like to lick a cone that size. So it was only natural that I painted somebody to lick it! 

I had such fun painting this that I decided to do my whole show of  icons and landmarks unique to the Salt Lake Valley, and of course they will be tainted with a whimsical twist. I will give you a sneak preview here on my blog as I get my paintings done. I am on my fifth one right now. If you have any suggestions for SLC landmarks for me to paint, let me know!

The show opens Friday, October 19 at Local Colors gallery, 1054 E. 2100 S. SLC. 
There will also be a drawing to enter for a painting.. more on that later!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Edelweiss Moo

Do cows yodel? Maybe- if they live in the Italian Alps!

I just completed a commission for Amy, who lives in Vail, Colorado. Her hubby is from Italy and she requested a painting with cow, edelweiss and Alps! So here it is...Yodel-Lay-Hee-Moo!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Halloween will soon be upon us! I really love Halloween and making Halloween art. I am doing some fun simple little paintings for the season. 

I did a Boo-Moo in Watercolor! He is VERY scary. 

And then there is Widdle Witch. She is also done in watercolor. My daughter described her as cute... in a creepy sort of way. 
These little tidbits of Halloween can be found in my etsy shop.

Coming soon... Scary Art Dolls!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Marcus the Great

This week I worked on a portrait titled "Marcus Hostetter the Great". It is done in watercolor and watercolor pencil and is 11" x 14".

It's of my grandson, who happens to be a boy of incredible personality. I would say that, wouldn't I? No doubt being a very partial grandmother. But what can I say. It's true, just ask Marcus.

Friday, June 01, 2012

The lusty month of May has now passed, and we are safe once again. Thank goodness for Camelot or we wouldn't know about lusty months... I didn't mean to start out my blog entry this way. It just happened. Things like that happen after midnight when my brain is half asleep.

But on to new things... I have been painting, and I am doing a series of 3" x 3" paintings. At first I was going to buy those tiny cute canvases, but then remembered my pledge to myself that I made earlier this year... USE SUPPLIES THAT I HAVE STOCKPILED AWAY.

You may have noticed the caps on that last sentence. It was meant to reinforce to myself that I can't spend money on new supplies until I have used up what I have or I absolutely need something and cannot replace it with any other supply.

Ok, so back to my 3" x 3" paintings. No I didn't buy the cute canvas. Instead I thought and thought and came up with a way to make my own. Using things around my studio, of course. And I made cute little easels for them as well. So I am happy. Plus my painting is truly original in all respects.

This is one of the new little guys. This painting is titled Indigo Bunting. It is currently on etsy with 3 other small paintings that I listed tonight. cathydarling etsy shop

So there you go... a fine ending to the lusty month of May!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy, a Good Day to Be

"Happiness is never stopping to think you are". Hmmm, wrap your brain around that one. This painting is watercolor and watercolor pencil on 140lb. arches watercolor paper. It is 10 1/2" x 6 1/2".
It will be on etsy tomorrow. I will list it sometime at my leisure... it is Mother's Day, you know.

It's a good day to talk about happiness. As a mom I have five kids and 2 lovely daughter in laws, a near son-in-law, two awesome grandsons and 1 adorable grand-daughter (who is turning one today!). That's a lot to be happy about.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Life is Just Beachy

A couple of days ago, I came across a fabulous watercolor artist by the name of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He was an artist/architect from Scotland around the early part of the last century. His lovely work made me want to get my watercolors out and paint! I have been painting in acrylic for the past year, but there it is nothing like the delicacy of watercolor and it beckoned to me.

I am a bit rusty, but I did a little 7" x 5" painting titled "Life is Just Beachy". With summer coming on, and peaches not quite in season, I was imagining bare toes in warm sand and a feeling of how great life is. I really love painting in watercolor.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Art is in the Eye of the Beholder

Bird Dog 12" x12"
Art is in the eye of the beholder. In the case of visual art, it has to be. In your eye, I mean. So you can see it. Right? Now whether you like the art or not becomes the duty of the brain, interpreting what you are seeing and making a judgement call.

My show at Local Colors is this week, with the opening this coming Friday night. I am working hard to get my paintings ready. I am one of those artists that move a bit quicker when I have a deadline. The problem with that (can you say procrastination?) is you run out of time to do all that you really would like to do for the show. *sigh*.

Since I still have a few days yet, I am optimistic and plan on getting a lot done. I am excited about the drawing for the $600 painting to be given away that night. There's more details on my blog about it. If you haven't entered, you can right here:

 The drawing has ended. Congratulations to Susan Daniels.

16" x 20" painting valued at $600

Maybe this flying dog painting doesn't jingle your chimes, but think about could be just the ticket for a kids room or a gift for someone who loves dogs. I am sure someone would like to give this painting a good home. After all, whatever your reason for entering may be, we all know that art is in the eye of the beholder.

Sorry, that is kind of a corny ending to my blog entry today.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Gardening a Painting

It's late, but I thought I would hurry and write here a bit about my day. I have been painting alot and it feels great! So I guess you could say I had a good day.

This painting is called Gardening for Mental Health. At least that is what it is titled until I come up with something better. It has a quote carved into the frame; "You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt". This painting will be available at my upcoming show.

Don't forget to enter in my painting drawing. For more info go to this link;

Friday, March 02, 2012

Enter To Win This Painting

“Flying Below Radar” illustrates how people (dogs are people too)  often think they are content to stay just below their full potential because it’s comfortable. What they don’t know is how amazing they are just to be flying!
(how's that for symbolism?)

On Friday, March 16th Local Colors is holding a reception for myself and two other artist; Cheryl Glenn - ceramics and Melody Johnson - collage. The theme of our show is "With a Whimisical View".

Along with the reception I wanted to do a little fund raiser for the gallery. I am donating a painting "Flying Below Radar" for a drawing.  You probably noticed that I said fund raiser. Well, my first thought was to sell raffle tickets for $5.00 each, but then one of our artists pointed out that raffles are a form of gambling and therefore illegal in Utah. Unless you are a non-profit organization. Which we aren't.

So I had to come up with another plan.

 So here it is... Imagine owning your very own personal 4"x6" print of "Flying Below Radar" that comes with the added bonus of  having YOUR NAME entered in the drawing for the original painting! All this for only $5.00!

The drawing is for a 16"x20" acrylic painting on 3/4"gallery wrapped canvas with sides painted, wired and ready to hang. Valued at $600.

There are two ways you can you can participate.

Go into the gallery between March 2nd thru March 16th
 and purchase this little print
of "Flying Below Radar"
1054 E. 2100 So.
Salt Lake City, UT


You can purchase it right here through paypal!
Your print will be mailed to you upon receipt of payment. (I have a history of selling online since 2001 with a 100% positive feedback) No additional charges for shipping.

The drawing will be held on Friday, March 16th at 7:30 PM. If you are not present and you WIN, you will be notified on Saturday, March 17th. Shipping is free anywhere in the U.S.

Either way you choose to buy your print, your name will be entered into the drawing for
the original painting "Flying Below Radar".


Thanks to everyone that entered! Congratulations to Susan Daniels who won the painting.

 Please note that the colors of the original painting may vary from that shown on your monitor.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My Mini Studio

I have a mini studio, and a mini nursery, all in my mini bedroom. Or I should say it's not a very big bedroom but that didn't sound as good. I like mini.

I am becoming quite productive now that I can paint in my bedroom (see previous entry for why I paint in my bedroom instead of the studio).  I have a show opening on March 17th so I have to be productive if I want to have something to hang.

I have attached a couple of images so you can see what my mini studio looks like. Sorry they are not great pictures. On my desk I have two monitors because I am still planning on doing some illustrations in photoshop for an app I am making with my sons. It's a lot easier to work on two monitors when you are doing stuff like that. At least that's what my boys tell me. However, I have found that I quite like it for watching Netflix on one and working on a project on the other. Netflix also keeps me very entertained while I am painting too. But ocassionally I let Lily watch Barney on it while I paint. Sometimes it more important to keep the baby entertained so I CAN paint.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Missing in Action...

If you read my last entry, it was dated back in September. I have been missing in action from my blog and most things internet related! I mentioned previously that we were moving our gallery. It's a co-op gallery and we moved it into storage til our new space was available. Once in, we had to fix up the new gallery. We opened mid-November, ready or not. To make a long story short I have been spending my extra time working on things for the gallery thru January. Thanks to all our members we are now organized with all kinds of committees and we have a lovely gallery.

During February, I turned my attention to some painting and organizing my house. Since I started tending my baby grand-daughter Lily full time, I have not been able to get down to my studio much, even though it is in my basement. It's unfinished and kind of cool (not in an awesome way, just temperature-wise). Not a place for a freshly made baby.

Now I have reorganized my bedroom to accomodate a playpen and make my desk area more functional so that I can paint small paintings there. I have a highchair in there too. I am finally painting again, hooray! It's about time since Lily is now 9 months old. Where did the time go? Tomorrow I will take some pictures, for a small space it's pretty functional.

In March I am one of the featured artists at our gallery Local Colors, so for the next few weeks I will be posting some new pieces for my show. The image here is one from a series of dancing dogs that I am continuing. It's called 'A Dance With Dogs'. It's one of those small paintings I have been talking about. It's actually about 4" square, but it's in a wooden frame which I have painted, so the whole thing is 8" square.