Now on Display at Art District Gallery:

Winter’s finally given up, so come on out and enjoy the sunshine as you saunter on over to the Art District Gallery in downtown St. Jacobs to see my latest work in our new exhibition!  It’s on display until May 23.

Art District Gallery
1369 King St. N.
HOURS:
Tues-Thur….11AM-4PM
Fri-Sat ………10AM-5PM
Sundays ………..12-4PM

Raging Sky Po-e-treeprnt

Raging Sky Po-e-Tree

24 x 48     •     Acrylic on Canvas     •     $1475.00

 

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Winter Farmscape Frolic

30 x 20      •     Acrylic on Canvas     •     $800.00

 

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Fertile Farm Fantasia

36 x 24     •     Acrylic on Canvas     •     $900.00

Art District Gallery Welcomes Diana Erb!

The Art District Gallery is pleased to welcome Diana Erb as our newest member with a flair for abstract expression!  Don’t miss the chance to come out to our next opening reception to welcome Diana and experience the creative vibe of all of ADG’s artists!

Art makes a wonderful Easter gift too – we have a whole wall of smaller pieces that will fit into your Easter basket… and Woo Hoo!…. no calories!ADG_APRIL-14_2017_POSTER_WEB

Color Classes at Homer Watson!

This Spring, I am expanding my reach, and will be teaching my Colour Theory classes at Homer Watson House and Gallery for the first time!

If you’re interested in learning more abut colour theory, you’ll want to clear your Wednesday evenings for the Spring!




I love what I do so much,
It’s hard to not want to share what I’ve learned over the years with others.
I teach in a relaxed atmosphere, with lots of fun and nurturing guidance


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Colour Theory for Beginners  1737

Register Online // Supply List
Adult program with Amy Ferrari
Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm..$136/$151
April 5 – May 10, 6 weeks

This is a very intense 6-week series about learning the basics of colour mixing and colour usage. This class is not best for absolute beginners, but is great for those with at least a small amount of painting experience, and a lot of determination. Students should be 15 years old or older.

The many exercises are fun, enlightening, and quite challenging ways of learning through doing. At the heart of this class is coming to a deeper understanding of color relationships, both in colour theory and in colour usage. Not only will you enhance your ability to understand colour systems, navigate colour space, see colours, match colours, and mix colours; you will also enhance your ability to embolden your use of colour and stretch your abilities to be more accurate, more expressive, and more imaginative with your colour choices.

The entire first session will be dedicated to discussion of colour theory, and there will be no painting during the very first session, as it will be all discussion and demonstrations.  You will receive useful handouts, and you may want to take notes.  Part of the discussion will be the appropriate paints and other supplies to buy and there will be a short list of required acrylic paint colours.

Homer Watson House & Gallery
1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener, ON N2P 1H7
Phone: 519-748-4377 Fax: 519-748-6808

 


Further Exploration in Colours  1746

Register Online // Supply List
Adult program with Amy Ferrari
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm..$136/$151
May 24 – June 28, 6 weeks

This class is a natural follow-up for the previous Colour Theory for Beginners (1737).
Students will have the opportunity to put the knowledge and experience gained from the Beginner’s class to use. Colour relationships, colour systems, and ways to get the most out of colour usage are fully explored, with more challenging exercises that transform colour theory knowledge into colour usage expertise.

Homer Watson House & Gallery
1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener, ON N2P 1H7
Phone: 519-748-4377 Fax: 519-748-6808

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Ferrari 500 Update

WOW!!!  The Ferrari 500’s Debut Exhibition was a fantastic success!

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We had roughly 200 art lovers come through to check out art by 12 artists, and they came with buying art in mind! In a single 5 hour period, $6,000+ of art was sold!

I think we’ve proven the concept: A price point of $500.00 as a maximum for an art show really does have power to bring in buyers. Affordable Excellence.

Our community non-profit beneficiary, Button Factory Arts (our Waterloo community arts hub), will receive 10%, which will be $600+, plus the proceeds from some donated artwork. Yay!

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So, I’m sending a big THANK-YOU! to all who came out, who purchased art, and who helped make this event a reality!

I didn’t do this show all on my own, as the participating artists pitched in greatly with graphic design services, promotional expertise, and much more.

So, after a rest, it’ll be time to start gearing up for the 2nd rendition, Mach 2.  😊

 


 

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The Ferrari 500 Sneak Peek

The Slide Show Below gives you a peek at what I’ll be offering at Friday’s Ferrari 500.

Eleven other local artists will be showing their amazing work as well.  We’ll all be donating 10% of the proceeds from every sale to Button Factory Arts.

Every single piece is priced at $500.00 or UNDER!

Hope to see you there!
Friday Evening, February 24, 4:00pm to 9:00pm at Button Factory Arts

Art-I-Fact Shirts

I work in acrylics. Acrylics dry quickly, and this fast drying is what makes all of my transforming layers possible, because I don’t have to wait more than a few minutes for the paint to dry. Once the paint dries, I can forge ahead with another layer, without the worry of having unwanted glopping textures appear on my painting.

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Me in one of my typical paint shirts.

Blending with acrylics is challenging, precisely because the drying time for acrylics is very short. In order to blend colours smoothly, I have to work very quickly, as the key to blending is controlling the amount of paint and/or water on the paintbrush. Wiping the brush is the best way to manage the amount of paint on my brush. Did I mention I have to work very quickly? My wipe rag must be on hand at all times. There is no time to search for a misplaced wipe rag.  Having a traditional wipe rag hasn’t been a reliable solution to my wiping needs, which is where my paint shirt comes in. I always know exactly where my wiping rag is, because I’m wearing it!

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Me wiping paint on my shirt.

My paint shirt has paint wiped and smeared all over it, and it doesn’t take long for a shirt to become encrusted with my acrylic paints.  If my paint shirt is relatively new from the thrift store, the shirt is also at its peak absorbency and usefulness as a wiping rag.  If my paint shirt has been in use for weeks or months, a globular texture begins to develop on the shirt. Putting the shirt through the heat of a dryer cycle repeatedly allows a bead-like texture to develop as the acrylic layers on the shirt melt and meld together. A globular paint shirt is not as effective a wiping tool as a newer shirt, so eventually, the paint shirt is retired and put away, and it’s time to visit the thrift store to find a replacement.

Because my wiping action is so ingrained and so automatic, I find that this wiping habit is very dangerous to my wardrobe. So, in order to not ruin my ‘nicer’ clothing, I tend to wear my paint shirts most of the time, and I go everywhere in my paint shirts. I get a lot of comments about my paint shirts, and surprisingly to me, most people think that the paint patterning on the shirt is intentional. I’ve often been told that I should sell my paint shirts because they look so colourful and cool.

It’s hard for me to imagine anyone wanting to wear my paint shirts, but it has also been hard for me to want to throw away these wonderfully random assemblages of texture and colour. This is what led me to preserving my paint shirts on wooden artist panels.

Much like stretching a canvas, I stretch my paint shirts over the wooden panels. Then, I position the shirt for the best composition possible, before adhering the shirt with acrylic gel and stapling the material to the backside of the panel. I give the stretched fabric a final clear coat, in order to protect the globules, and to bring out the colours to their maximum brilliance. Each shirt panel is a dynamic artifact from my process of painting, is fully unique, and is not replicable.

For the first time, these shirt panels are for sale, and will be shown at an upcoming art event, The Ferrari 500! It’s a must-go show for art collectors is coming to the Region!  The Ferrari 500 is a unique art sale featuring art from 12 of our local artists. Why is it unique?  Every piece of art in the show is priced at $500.00 or UNDER, and 10% of the proceeds of all sales go to benefit Button Factory Arts.

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It’s a one-day only event, and will race by like…a Ferrari…so mark your calendars:  Friday, February 24 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at Button Factory Arts at 25 Regina St. S., in Waterloo.

 

Collecting Art?

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Forget all that ‘supporting the arts’ bunk.
Why should you want to collect art?
Why should you want to spend your scarce resources on mere decoration?

Consider This Scenario:

You’re single, and your job takes up 80% of your free time and you just don’t even notice your walls. Imagine that you found an eye-catching painting that spoke to you.

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Pro-Photonic Sunshine System

So you took down that old poster, and hung the painting there instead. So now, every morning as you’re dashing out the door, you catch a glimpse of the colors and forms in the painting. When you’re on your way to work, you see something that reminds you of the painting. When you come home, you may see something in the painting that helps you see the solution to a problem that you’ve been trying to solve. Weeks later, when you least expect it, you see something totally different in the painting that you really never noticed before. So you start wondering about the artist’s intent for the painting. And then you remember that the artist lives in town, and is always posting about this show or that show, and you could easily show up at a show just to ask the artist some questions. After all, talking about art is one of the things that artists like to do most. Whether the artist shrugs or launches a dissertation on the meaning of the piece, your thoughts will be enriched, because your imagination will be challenged! And then you’ll see more of the artist’s work, and you’ll realize you may have a connection to these pieces too! You turn around and are struck by the absolute truth and beauty of another painting.

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Inevitable Intrusion into the Delusion of Exclusion

You think about buying it, but your funds are too low, so you don’t. But the idea of the painting is knocking around in your brain, becoming almost as important as the painting already on your wall, because it is inspiring emotions and thoughts. It’s even altering the way you see the painting on your wall. In fact, every life event somehow gets recorded in the painting on the wall, because it will be with you, as a silent steady companion, as your life changes and unfolds.

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Thermal Sensaton Detoxification

Later, the very same artist posts a picture of a painting that’s very reminiscent of the painting you didn’t buy, but it’s even more evocative, so you arrange to purchase the piece with a payment plan. It takes a few months, but finally, you bring the new painting home, and hang it in a place of honor, over the sofa. The two paintings instantly connect, and your environment begins to transform into a very personal, reflective space, inspiring you in different ways. Home. Home is where the art is.

 

Another Scenario:

You’re starting a family. There’s a toddler in the house, and a baby on the way. As a baby shower gift, that artsy friend gave you a very colorful whimsical painting for the nursery.

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SpWeeeee!!!

The painting is quietly with you as you comfort and nurture your child. You always hope your child will grow to have as much lively fun as the images in the painting. The painting fascinates the children. As they grow up, they ask about the painting, and you’re able to share all kinds of ideas about what the painting means.

Full Throttle

Full Throttle

The artist’s new painting manages to find it way into your social media feed, and you realize it is the perfect companion piece for that first whimsical painting. So you buy it, and hang it with the other painting. Suddenly, the stories you were telling about the first painting evolve to include the new painting. So much imagination and so many giggles! The art becomes a part of the fabric of the family, and always serves as a conversation starter, and a reminder of happy times. Family. Art serves as a type of glue that helps to strengthen family relationships.

 

And Another Scenario:

A family is going through troubled times, which is causing a family member unfathomable grief. Sometimes there are no words that are adequate for expressing that which cannot be said. This is a key specialty of art. A painting has the ability to soothe by acknowledging pain, embracing the darkness, and by offering hope, all at the same time.

The Indescribable Churning of Green

The Indescribable Churning of Green

A painting was found with graceful somber notes, and some small, but significant brighter notes, and it seemed, though somber, to have an overall positive vibe. This painting was hung at the kitchen table. The painting helped to pave the way for family members to be able to talk about profound sadness, maintaining the faith that hearts will eventually heal, and that life continues. It became a powerful symbol of the family’s strength through adversity.

Eternity Out The Window

Eternity Out The Window

Months later, a very similar, but brighter painting came along, and was hung in the dining room, and as the grief slowly subsided, the collection of paintings became livelier, almost documenting and honouring a journey through grief. Mourning. Art can serve to aid in the ability to recover emotionally.

 

And Lastly:

You’ve come through a struggle. The illness has lifted, the ex left town, the long awaited job is finally a reality. It’s time to embrace a new life with perhaps a bit of frivolity. As you forge a healthy new life of positivity, you find art that embraces positivity!

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Inter-Dimensional Transcendental Hop

It just feels good to look at it. This is exactly what you need to inspire creativity and happy thoughts. You hang the painting in the living room, but then the bedroom seems stark.

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Pursuit of the Pink Preservationists

So you find another painting for the bedroom, and eventually, every room has a bright reminder for positivity! Positivity. Happiness. Harmony. Art can serve to enhance a brighter attitude.


Home. Family. Mourning. Harmony.

There are countless other ways that art plays a supporting role as it sees you through your life’s journey.

Westward Yearning Tree

Westward Yearning Tree

Art provides a gateway towards understanding, empathy, and pure joy.
Collecting art is an investment in you, your family, and the betterment of living!

Not to mention supporting your local artists…. 🙂 🙂 🙂



Are You Ready?

If you’re ready to consider starting, or enhancing your art collection, there’s a great opportunity coming to Waterloo Region:

The Ferrari 500 features affordable excellence in art.
Every piece is priced at $500.00 or UNDER.
Hope to see you there!

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Ferrari 500???

As my paintings continue to get painted, and new concepts are becoming expressed, I’m always thinking about ways to sell paintings, in order to make way for even more paintings with more experimentation and more expression…


500?

So, I had the idea of a show where all of the art was very affordable, which to me, means that each painting would be priced at $500.00 – or under!  And then the ideas exploded from there…

From the beginning, I knew that I’d like to have an invitational type of show, where artists that I personally know, and whose work I deeply respect, could come together to put on an event, because together, we are an amazing group of artists.  🙂  And together, we’ll be able to accomplish much more than we could individually.  I am truly honoured to have so many of my friends and local artists agree to be a part of this show!


Ferrari?

The idea for the name, well, at first, it was just a giggle…

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No, not this Ferrari 500!

But, to my surprise, it seemed to have staying power!  Well… why not?  Why not capitalize on having a very recognizable last name, that also is synonymous with the highest quality and undeniable aesthetics?  It also makes sense, because all of the artists involved are top-notch (Ferrari quality!) local artists – and – a big part of the point of the show is to move art!


But Wait!  There’s More!

 

I very much wanted to have a percentage of the proceeds go towards our local community.  So, an important component of the Ferrari 500 is to help out a local nonprofit or charitable foundation by means of donating 10% of all sales to the community organization.


The Event

My vision for the Ferrari 500 is that it becomes a series of pop-up style shows, recurring 2 to 4 times a year, with changing venues, and changing community beneficiaries. Happily, my idea is beginning to transform into a reality.  The Ferrari 500 Debut Exhibition is at hand!

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Button Factory Arts

The venue and the community nonprofit are one in the same, our own local arts hub, Button Factory Arts.  We in the Waterloo Region are so fortunate to have a facility where arts programming can happen, art classes can be taken, and art of all types, and artists from all levels of experience, are nurtured and appreciated. Sadly, due to unexpected structural renovations last fall, Button Factory Arts had to be closed, and therefore, lost a month’s worth of revenue from events and classes.  So the proceeds raised by the Ferrari 500 will help towards restoring funds for operations and events.  Yay!

Venue:       Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. South, Waterloo
Date:           Friday, February 24, 2017,  from 4:00pm to 9:00pm


The Artists….

In the first rendition of the Ferrari 500, these 12 artists will take the starting gate:

Cathy Amos
cathyamos.blogspot.ca

Gary Barnett
garybarnett.ca

Dominique Cinq-Mars Delay
dominiquecinq-marsdelay.com

Amy Ferrari
amyferrariart.me

Jennifer Gough
mindseyestudioart.com

nik harron
nikharron.com

James Nye
jamesnye.com

Roslyn Ramsay
roslynramsay.com

Jax Rula
circleworks.net

John Rula
rulart.ca

Julian van Mossel-Forrester
julianvmf.com

Raflar (Ralf Wall)
raflar.com


Get Revved-Up to Become an Art Collector!

The holidays have come and gone. It’s the dead of winter. In Canada. So why not focus on refreshing your home, cottage, or office space with a new splash of colour and lively expression?   The prices will be, by design, low enough, and the atmosphere will be charged with artistic creativity.  Come out and meet and support your local artists, see and support your local arts hub, enjoy some tasty nibbles and drinks, and find some unexpected treasures to cherish for years to come…


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Subconscious Projections of Harmony

The images below represent paintings that are currently on display at the Art District Gallery in St. Jacobs (1369 King. St., N.)  www.ArtDistrictGallery.org  At the recent opening reception at ADG, I had the wonderful opportunity to share my interpretations of the meanings inherent in the paintings, which I had never put into words previously.  Now that I have, I figured that it’s time to share!


Abstract paintings are my favourite!  Often, in my abstract work, the forms evolve into what I call “shape characters”.  In my mind, these forms represent subconscious thoughts.  My mission in art is to create paintings that add positivity to any environment, thus, these shape characters all have the common goal of co-existing in harmony.

 

Renaissansical Generation Jam

Renaissansical Generation Jam

In Renaissansical Generation Jam, the forms are congregating in order to share ideas to solve a problem.  All are attentive, giving full mindfulness as each idea is presented and explored.  Some of the ideas are red, indicating that the ideas have matured.  One idea is green, and still is being developed and nurtured.  Only one idea is considered by the group at a time.

 

 

The Learning Curves

The Learning Curves

In The Learning Curves, there are two classes of forms, the larger verticals, and the smaller squiggly reds.  All forms are working in harmony to reach a common destination, and the relationship between the verticals and the reds is symbiotic and flourishing.

 

 

Happy Huddle

Happy Huddle

In Happy Huddle, all of the forms are yellow. Only five of the forms have some red individuality rings, because the forms know and love each other so well, that they can perceive and appreciate each other’s uniqueness.  And all the happy goodness bubbles up and collects above them and spreads the love to all.

 

 

Happosition Harmony

Happosition Harmony

In Happosition Harmony, the forms represent two opposing factions that are coming together to resolve their differences.  There is some tension in the situation, but overriding that tension is calmness, and the ability to understand the opposition’s point of view.

 

 

Relearning Gravitational Resistance

Relearning Gravitational Resistance

In Relearning Gravitational Resistance, the forms have created a sort of floating nursery, because sometimes we all need to remember how to let go, relax, and just float.  The beginners are in the safe floating tubs at the bottom of the picture plane, and the more advanced are floating higher, with some nurturing assistance. Ahhhh…


For more information on these paintings, please see my Available Pure Abstracts page!
These five pieces will be on display at Art District Gallery until March 22nd, 2017.

My Happy Place

Thanks to Sean M. Puckett’s Happy Place Project, (It’s a wonderful photographic portrait project – follow the link if you’d like to participate!), I’ve had a chance to reflect on what my happy place is.   Thanks Sean, for an interesting project and an amazing black and white photograph! Sean had some great questions, which inspired a lot of thought in my answers, which I shared with Sean, and now, I’d like to share it with you:


 

When you imagine yourself in a place where you are are free to “be yourself” … where are you? 

I am in my cluttered (I am messy), stinky (that’s where the cat box lives…but you get used to it over time), sometimes unbearably filthy basement (I’d much rather paint than vacuum), at my easel drawing board, where anything can happen.   All of my paint stuff is all around me, within easy reach of me sitting in my comfy art chair, in which I can sit cross legged while I paint.  I can also rock in my comfy art chair, and spin in circles.  Spinning in circles is great.  The tv is on with endless repeats on the H2 (History Channel 2), and if I’m lucky, the guy with the hair is talking about how “it’s aliens!”  I’ve got an ample supply of Diet Coke, (which I know I shouldn’t drink) with plenty of ice.  And there’s tasty snacks too.  The water cup for cleaning my brushes is clean and not yet too gunked-up.  There is no phone and no interruptions.  That’s important.  There is no impending need to check the time for doing something else.  Time is not a factor.
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My Comfy Chair with a Fluffy Headrest  (Photo by A. Ferrari)

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When you’re in that space, and when you are being yourself, what are you doing? 

I am creating happy wriggly colourful imaginative environments on canvas. Some of these environments are based on reality (from a photo).  Some of these environments are totally made up – which is my favourite.  In every case, on every canvas, I am trying to create a unified happy space, where positivity and harmony reign, and sometimes weirdness and goofiness take over, which is also kinda fun.  I am a master creator, and the canvas must yield to do what I command.  Anything can happen, and the only obstacle is my own lack of imagination, intuitive lack, perceptive lack, and impatience.  Which is where rocking and spinning in the comfy chair comes in.  I am a color mix master, gleefully creating mixtures that I control, and giddily finding mixtures that I didn’t control!  Playing with color is so delightful! I’m smirking at that guy with the hair, as he’s stating far fetched but wonderful theories about life from other planets – which spurs imagination and wonder.  Sometimes I talk back to the tv, sometimes I talk back to myself.  And then my attention goes back to the canvas, and the tv drones on in the background again, being the perfect painting companion.  Sometimes I make a huge mess with paint going everywhere.  It’s OK – and kind of fun, because it’s just the basement, and it really doesn’t matter if I get paint all over the floor or chair or wherever.  It’s kind of liberating to not have to worry about making a mess. Ideas are coming easily, and the brushes are being cooperative.
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The Beginning State of an abstract painting.  (Photo by A. Ferrari)

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My Box of Paint Mixtures  (Photo by A. Ferrari)

What are you wearing? 

I’m wearing my baggy painting pants, with paint drops and smears everywhere.  I can sit comfortably crosslegged in my baggy pants.  I wearing my paint shirt, which also has paint wiped and smeared all over it.  My paint shirt is my wipe rag, and it doesn’t take long for a shirt to become encrusted with my acrylic paints.  In my happy place, my paint shirt is relatively new from the thrift store, and the odd thrill of ruining another shirt is at its peak, and the shirt is also at its peak absorbency and usefulness as a wiping rag.  I am wearing socks to protect my feet from the dirty floor.  And my hair is out of my face with whatever barrette or headband or hat I have handy, because painting with hair flopping around my eyes is distracting.  Sometimes I think that my hat is a magical painting hat, and it is making my brain work better for painting.  Perhaps the result of listening endlessly to such outlandish ancient alien theories all day.  There is no aluminum foil in my hats.  🙂  My painting glasses also somehow manage to get paint on them, but I get too involved in my painting before I remember to clean them.  My wedding ring is safely away on my dresser.  Being left handed and painting much small detail means the wedding ring gets in my way and so rather than taking the chance of losing my ring in my messy art lair, I keep it safely away and secure.  Any other items like bracelets, watches, necklaces, or earrings are a no go for painting.  They are too distracting like the floppy hair.  Even nail polish is a no go, because I would be sitting there picking and peeling at my nails, which would be distracting.  Due to the kitty cat, there are cat hairs everywhere, and my wiping shirt seems to attract cat hairs.  And then the hairs get on my paint brush and sometimes end up in my painting.  That can really be annoying. In my happy place, the cat hairs are mysteriously absent.   My painting chair sometimes has the feature of a kitty cat head rest/neck warmer, which is surprisingly not that distracting. The purring is calming and wonderful and helpful.  The paint also ends up on my face, usually my nose, because I itch my nose sometimes.  Sometimes, I’ll go out after a painting session, and strangers will let me know I have something of my face.  I must really remember to check the mirror before going out into the real world.  I really don’t mind the paint on my forearms or hands or fingers.  Sometimes I’ll do a quick color check on the back of my hand or finger, just in case the effect of simultaneous contrast is messing with me and I want to see how the color looks on a different background, such as my skin.
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The Kitty-Cat  (Photo by A. Ferrari)

 

Who is with you?

I am completely alone, with the exception of the kitty cat and the tv guy.  So I can talk to myself, talk to the tv guy, talk to the cat, and there is no self-consciousness about any of it.  I can sing that stupid tune that is stuck in my head…”Who let the dogs out? Who? Who? Who! Who!…” until the stupid tune plays out or the guy on tv says something interesting.  It’s not as peaceful if the husband is in the house, as there’s always a possibility of impending distraction, or perhaps him wondering what I’m saying when I’m not really saying anything as I’m just talking to myself or the kitty cat or the tv.  Having said that, my husband is always with me in my heart and in my head, as I think about what he might say about this thing or that as it gets painted.  He’s usually very perceptive and appreciative of my paint-scapes. He gets me!  I try to keep everyone else out of my head, and that’s where the lovely guys on the tv come in.  The tv guy gives me ample distraction from useless thoughts of other people, but the tv guy is not too distracting as to take my attention away from my painting.  The kitty cat is usually nearby, whether acting as a headrest/neck warmer or a sleeping (and amusingly snoring) entity in a nearby comfy chair, we are usually together when I’m alone in the basement painting.

Are you willing to be photographed in that situation?

Only if you’re brave enough to face all the chaos, dirtiness, and mess down in the basement.
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Photo by Sean M. Puckett

 


 

Woo Hoo!