Everything heats up in March!

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The temperatures are not the only thing heating up in Arizona this time of year. Tens of thousands of people trying to forget about old man winter head here seeking out the sun.

The golf courses are buzzing, fans cheering at baseball games, and the cacti are just pining for the opportunity to burst open. In Chicago this was my favorite time of year and it remains the same here as well.

As the days get longer here, we are given the gift of more time to look into the skies and witness the sunlight as it plays on the clouds and mountains; until it’s tired of playing and then it lights the sky on fire as it goes to bed after the long day.

The colors in those evening skies will soon be popping up all over the desert and I cannot wait. Until then, wishing you all a speedy floral filled March!


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SOLD!
Sunday Hijinx was recently sold to John and Beverly, who were my very first art collector…at age 4  😍  when I was creating work at Jack and Jill preschool. Mom and Dad needed to replace prints that they had in their kitchen after buying some neutral furniture. Their terra cotta accent wall and verdant green quartz counters screamed for this to be in their kitchen. Thrilled to be able to visit it often in their beautiful home. Thank you for the continual encouragement and support!


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SOLD!
Strelitzia III was recently sold at the Desert Foothills Library show for the Sonoran Arts League’s Art in Public Places. Thank you to David and Deborah for being the newest purchaser of my artwork. It’s always the most exciting day when a piece of what I love to do gets purchased. The show runs until March 21st at The Desert Foothills Library,  38443 N Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek, Arizona


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Meet Loladenium…she is 20″ x 20″ oil on canvas. I continue to find my way through the desert palette and finding my expressive voice with the new flora and fauna. My inspiration for her are these amazing plants here called Adeniums, or Desert Roses. They feature a large bulbous caudex, half exposed above the soil, that retains enough water to supply the plant during drought seasons. In total view it looks much like a bonsai plant as the branches are minimal in leaves, pushing all its energy to the tips where the leaves and flowers populate. This one in particular is a double bloomer. They are often grown in pots and produce the most stunning tropical blooms.

 

Christmas, Commissions, and Designers…oh my!


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I LOVE COMMISSION WORK!

What an exciting Christmas I had this year. In October, I was approached by Tom to create this beautiful painting for his amazing wife, Cathy, for Christmas! At least once a year I am asked to make a commissioned piece of art as a gift. Tom sent me the dimensions of the space he wanted the piece to be hung on and he sent me photos of the room and decor so that we could make a painting that Cathy would absolutely love! It’s such an honor to be a small part of a loving couple’s celebration, whether it be Christmas, a birthday, or an anniversary. The process took approximately two months and arrived safe and sound. My favorite part…the photo that they sent me, revealing it’s final destination hung amongst their Christmas decorations! Thank you Tom and Cathy!

Buying original artwork is a really caring gift and it shows someone how truly important they are to you.


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I LOVE WORKING WITH INTERIOR DESIGNERS!

Another thing I truly enjoy is working with Interior Designers. A friend and collector of my artwork, Pam, reached out during the holidays because she spotted this photo while working with a local designer back in Illinois. She sent me the photo because she thought it looked so much like my artwork. That’s because IT WAS! I love meeting designers at their projects towards the end to help add the final touches to a beautifully decorated and constructed space. Plus it’s a great way for the clients to see the completed space while making an informative decision about the artwork.

A great bonus was having my artwork recognized outside of my studio space and across the country. I love that!


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Strelitzia – I have finished all sixteen in this series. Whew…what fun that was! You can see them all HERE.  Each is 12″ x 12″ framed in espresso wood.

Looking forward to starting on those Mexican Fence Post cactus paintings. Stay tuned!

Wishing you all a new year of love, laughter, success, and sunshine!

Cheers!  – Catie

Stretching these wings…

What a journey it has been…

I am thrilled to be posting this news! It has been quite a journey to get me back to the studio. As we are all aware, some of the greatest artists in history as well as today, have to put down their brushes and tools to make other important contributions. I am no different. I was fortunate enough to work in a job that I adored with people that I miss every day to help support my family during our transition to the desert. However, even while working a great job, the studio never stopped calling me. I would steal any time I could in my creative space, even if just to meditate and dream. During that time I wanted to reach out to you but mostly felt ashamed that I had nothing creative to share.

During the past few years I have expressed myself creatively in photography. Social Media can be an amazing lifeline in order to keep tethered to a world of expressionism. I utilized my free time visiting with family, hiking in the desert, discovering wildlife, and inhaling the beauty of the Sonoran Desert that I live in. I’m grateful to own a camera that also happens to make cell phone calls. 🙂

Gratefully, I have been given the opportunity to return to my studio. I have a wonderful casita on the other side of our courtyard that has been converted to my studio and gallery. I have been going back through my photographs over the past few years and compiling a body of work that I am excited to complete and share.

Your support during this left brain period has been greatly appreciated! Looking forward to sharing the interesting wildlife that is often seen in my yard as well as the stunning beauty of the Sonoran Desert with you. I have discovered that Scottsdale and Phoenix are amazing places for art and hope to share that with you as well.

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Strelitzia is the name for this exciting new series of work. I came across a large swath of bird of paradise blooms set against a cornflower blue sky a few months ago. My previous palette has been focused on a red/green compliment; however here in the desert the skies feature so many different shades of blue that it’s quite difficult to ignore. The blue against the fire orange petals popping through the bud like popcorn captured my heart and attention. This series will feature 16+ pieces in all, each 12″ x 12″. This first one will be included in the Sonoran Arts League’s Small Works show starting December 1st. As I paint them, I find that each one has it’s own personality that comes through. They currently look like a wall of family portraits and it makes me smile. Upon completion of the series, they will each be framed in dark wood and affordable enough to collect multiples of them to fit your space perfectly!

Good days and weeks are to be celebrated fiercely!

Come see the actual painting on Friday at Starline Gallery, Harvard, IL…one night only!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

As an artist, I find that there is so much of my work that doesn’t occur in studio…but rather in the world doing many things…living a creative life.  For me, it seems seasonal.  Perhaps because my work is botanically influenced, like the flowers and the trees, I feel like I am winding down…looking back at my own years progression establishing stronger roots in the art community and learning of the valuable resources to take advantage of to grow as an artist.  I have weathered some storms…and on some days or weeks I relish in the bright light of sunshine as some things come into play.

A couple of weeks ago I launched an Etsy site (you can link to it HERE) where I have decided to begin selling my photographs that I have taken over the years.  The current offering of photography is based on a hike I took a couple of weeks ago along the historic Fox River in St. Charles, Illinois. Also included on the Etsy site is a yearly calendar that I have put together…utilizing images that I have collected over the years.  The calendars have been very popular and I am hoping to add stationary and notecards as well as much more photography.

This past Friday I was happily featured in the Several Starry Nights blog by Shannon Callarman.  I had the pleasure of meeting Shannon while working the same shift for the St. Charles Art’s Council’s NeXt Gallery located at Charlestowne Mall until October 27th.  Shannon has a drive and passion for the promotion of all things art rarely seen.  She is a very talented writer and I hope you will take the time to visit her blog as well…she has so much to share!

This coming Friday  (the 26th) I will be participating in the final 4th Fridays event at Starline Gallery located in Harvard, Illinois. I have had great fortune at this event and I hope you will free to come and enjoy the festivities.  For a $5 entry there are appetizers and wine and live music!

Yep…all in all…this is a good week with hopes of many more of these to come!  I wish you all a good week too!

Hello world!

Well it was just a matter of time before I began blogging….but I would rather call it canvassing.  I am hoping with this blog to clip-clop my way through post college graduation and venture into the entrepreneurial unknown.  I guess it will contain a little of everything but most likely it will be to pass on information I come across in the Metro-Chicago area regarding art.  I seem to always find something trivial that perhaps someone else could use.

I am a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and have discovered that while the experience was fabulous, the degree from here doesn’t really provide you with a guaranteed job.  I even had an internship at the David Adler Music and Arts Center creating visual art programs and improving others, but I still feel like I am back at square one looking for a job.  I have discovered that I would like a job back in academia helping others find their way to their dream career..that would be my dream career.

Until I get there, I hope all visitors will help me canvas the road to my dream career and canvas the various topics that I chat up.  Thanks for visiting!

– Catie