I forgot Periwinkle!

I forgot to show y’all Periwinkle!
This is Pumpernickle Pickle Periwinkle Chukwu Okorafor-
Space cat. Lives with Dr. Nnedi Okorafor 
I was inspired to paint him with nsibidi symbols on ukara cloth. It says-Beautiful woman hunter sets the table with meat for Chukwu out of love. Or at least that's what I was trying to write.
I was thrilled to hear Dr. Okorafor give the keynote address last night at the Highland Park Literary Festival. I'm grateful she's in Dallas, but I bet Periwinkle misses her. 
I'm honored to be teaching workshops with her and many other creative people today. It was a thrill to hear her talk about everything from nsibidi symbols to her library browsing habits to her love of bugs.
What a fascinating woman!

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Feline February Finale

If you didn’t already know, I painted a cat every day in February-Feline February! I asked people to send me photos of their cats, and I numbered each entry. 
Every day, I entered that total into a random number generator. Whichever number came up that day, I painted that cat. 
This was also part of a project called Colourful February, where artist Este Macleod suggested a color for every day of the month. I used each day’s color in the painting of the cat for that particular day.
This has been a really interesting month. It wasn’t always easy to complete a piece of art every single day, but I did it! 
I’m happy to have increased the work in my portfolio and to be able to share art with a lot of people.
Some of the pet owners I know, but many of them I do not. My favorite thing about art is how it can bring all of us together, even if in a small way.

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Here’s one last look at the colors for Colourful February.

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Feline February-Week 5

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Day 25-Indigo
Day 26-Pear
Calvin Lewis Champion- here are Tallulah and Hermione. Great names!

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Day 27-Pomegranate 
Day 28-Pebble
Here are the last two kitties for Feline February. Kayla Olson..your number was the final randomly picked entry. What are their names?
I’m ready for spring, so here are your cats welcoming the first bloom of the season.
By the way, Kayla is a published author. Check her out sometime if you’re on the hunt for your next read.

Feline February-Week 4

For this group, I wanted to create greeting cards.
These kitties belong to:
Coral: Tayelor Pierce
Green Smoke: Maggie Meek
Turquoise: Marty Woodruff
Mulberry: Alanna Cartier

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Amaluna -Cirque du Soleil in Dallas

Amaluna was AMAZING! This Cirque du Soleil show is in Dallas a few more days. The trailer is in my other post.
It is an experience like no other. Seeing that striped grand chapiteau on the horizon makes my heart beat faster. 
Amaluna is a rough interpretation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest", with an all-female live band and 75% female cast, which is really rare in the circus industry. 
I wanted to show Violet strong, creative women doing amazing things. Ama means "mother" and "luna" means moon, so it seemed like a great mama-daughter event for the night of the Super Moon!

The costumes, the music, the athleticism, the complexity of the show...I'm gushing! Photography is not allowed, so I only have photos from the entrance, but oh-my-goodness I want to run away and join the circus now. I’m sharing a few press photos from Cirque, too.
If you have the chance, treat yourself to this one-of-a-kind performance. You'll remember it the rest of your life.

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Feline February-Week 3

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Day 13-Sage 
“Backpack Unicat”
I’ve gotten the chance to pet this kitty in person. Megan, I was happy to see today’s number was Kit!

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Day 14- Slate
Today’s Random Cat belongs to Laura Rutherford. I’m posting this later, but I painted this on Valentine’s Day! To subtly celebrate the day, I made some heart shaped leaves. 

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Day 15-Arctic (pale blue)
Random number generator says...#50. This is Gypsie and she belongs to Jacque.

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UPDATE: Sparkle has been adopted!!!

Day 16-Parakeet (bright intense green)
AND Day 17- Glaucous (dull blue green)
Zeus and Sparkle
I’m hoping to turn this piece of art into real life. Sparkle the three-legged-kitty is waiting for a forever home. She is currently being fostered and is looking for a permanent family. If anyone is interested, please comment below.
I will happily give her new family a print of this painting too!
Sparkle and many other pets can be found at the Hunt County No Kill Shelter. If you are considering a pet for your family, please think about giving a home to a pet who really needs one.

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Day 18: Mikado (intense yellow)
Day 19: Mocha (dark chocolately brown)
Today's cats are named Smokey and Bandit. For real.

Remember that cheese-a-licious movie Smokey and the Bandit with Burt Reynolds and Sally Field? The Firebird he drove was almost as big of a star as he was. I have a long-standing fondness for the "Screaming Chicken" phoenix on the hood.
(Someone asked why I skipped a day---I didn't. On 2-cats-in-a-painting days, I double them up.)

Hunt County Public Art Shindig

I'm getting ready for the Hunt County Public Art fundraiser with Byron Taylor and Kim Coker (and pups). 💕 We'll be unveiling the two public art projects for 2019. I will be painting a mural and Pamela Edwards will create a mosaic in downtown Greenville. Thanks to everyone who helps support the arts in our community!

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Whew! It’s wrapped up now…the Hearts for the Arts bash was a blast! It was an honor to finally be able to unveil the plans for the mural I'll be painting, as well as a fabulous mosaic Pamela Edwards will be creating. I'm thrilled there are so many people who believe in the impact of public art in our community. Thank so much to everyone who has supported the Hunt County Public Art projects. You're giving back to the community in so many ways. I'm grateful to have this opportunity to share my work in Greenville, Texas. My goal is to bring joy to everyone who sees it.


Feline February-Week 2

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Day 7-Taupe
Moth Cat
”I won’t burn your house down even at all.”

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Day 8-Falu Red 
Cheetah as Ant Cat
Falu Red is the shade they paint the majority of barns in Sweden and Finland. America has lots of red barns, too. But Falu Red is a specific pigment derived from the processing of Scandinavian hematite.

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Day 9-Teal
Walter as Monarch Cat 
“I wonder if they’ll have nice snacks at the costume party,” ponders Walter.

I used teal as the background color the past 3 days to tie all the kitties together.

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Day 10-Tangerine
”Dreaming of Spring”
It’s dreary outside, but she’s looking through seed packets and daydreaming about her garden.

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Day 11-Cobalt

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Day 11- Dijon
“Moka Morning”

Highland Park Literary Festival

Join me at the Highland Park Literary Festival February 21-22. I'll be teaching workshops on creating graphic novels. All my sections are full, but the opening event is free and open to the public Thursday evening. Dr. Neddi Okorafor is the keynote speaker. 
Click here for more info.

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Feline February-Week 1

All right, folks-Feline February has begun!
I am accepting photos of people’s cats on my Facebook page. Every day, I number the photos I’ve received then choose one using a random number generator. Then I paint that cat.

Day 1-Chartreuse
Ellie and Peanut

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Peanut was born with polydactylism, which is an anomaly which causes cats (and other animals or people) to be born with more than the usual number of fingers or toes. Extra toe beans to love! I made the pattern a stylized cat paw with 6 radiating toe pads and a dot below for the dew claw. 

This year, the creator of Month of Color, Este MacLeod, grouped our colors in threes. The first three colors are chartreuse, Heather, and Kingfisher. Or in simpler terms, bright yellow green, dusty purple, and vivid blue green. We can paint one color within a painting a day or mix them all together. I’m going to mix the first three together in the first three paintings. This is actually a digital painting done in Procreate on my iPad.

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Day 2- Heather 

Today’s special cat is Amy. Her owner is a Sewing Wizard, so I like to imagine Amy embroidering bluebirds.

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Day 3-Kingfisher
My friend AnnaBeth has a barn cat who is very talkative.

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Day 4-Marshmallow (dusty pink)
Meet Blueberry, of House Kinyak.

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Day 5-Sap Green
Loving means squeezing.
This cat lives with Gwen, former veterinarian and all-around-fascinating person. Life doesn’t get much better for a cat than livin’ the high life at Gwen’s place.

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Day 6-Hot Pink
My friend‘s cat died last night, so I chose to do a portrait of him instead of drawing a name today. 
Mimi (it’s a boy) lived to be 18 and died peacefully in his sleep. 

Month of Colour challenge

I'm going to participate in the Instagram challenge "Colourful February", created by artist Este Macleod. With a "u" because she's British and fancy like that. 
Does anyone want to join me? Please do!
Here's watcha do:
For every day in February, there is a color. Make ANYTHING from that color. A sketch, a painting, knit something, make something out of play-doh, make food that color, take a photo, whatever...just create something in that color. 
Then...share it on Instagram and FB with the hashtags:
#colourfulfebruary #monthofcolour

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I won the 2019 Hunt County Public Art award!

I'm excited to announce that I'm the 2019 recipient of the Hunt County Public Art award. The group's mission is to beautify and energize Hunt County with public art. The HCPA will provide funding for me to create a mural in Greenville, Texas, later this spring. I will be documenting my progress on social media, so stay tuned for more details!

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Leftover paint into blob monsters

I like to take whatever paint I have left on my palette after I'm done with a project and smush it all over one of my sketchbook pages. Later, I come back and let my imagination do what it wants with the blobs of color. Today, little furry anxiety creatures are swimming across the page.

Playing flute for deer

I like to sing or play music for the deer in the meadow sometimes. These two have been resting together since dawn. Not the best video, but I didn’t want to get closer and scare them. Also…not enough hands.

It's Caturday!

It's Caturday!
This one's for you, Dusti and Jeff. Your lil' Chesterfield needed to be painted.
As a personal art challenge, I completed this tiny painting with only two colors (red & yellow) plus black and white. It's 2 1/2 " x 2 1/2".

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