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

Serendipity

I was going to originally write how about how poor Picasso cannot keep his paintings from being ripped accidentally…first there was Steve Wynn who accidentally stuck his elbow through a $139 million painting in 2006 and more recently a woman who lost her balance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and fell into “The Actor”.  I guess stuff happens, but instead I wanted to focus on how stuff “happens”….

If you are my friend Suzi Amedeo, then please quit reading now as this blog contains a *spoiler alert*. 

Last weekend I lost a 13-year-old chocolate lab friend/protector/cheerleader named Riley.  He was my friend Suzi’s dog but has lived across the street from me for about 8 years.  Each day I would come home from my “journey” wherever and be greeted with a low yet audible woof from across the street.  Suzi’s house is situated so that I could never see Riley’s face in the window, but that acknowledging signal was there each time I left, I returned, or if I was just painting outside. 

Whenever Bill or Suzi would take Riley for a walk and I was visible anywhere he would pull them over to my house or wherever I was located.  He even pulled down a bookcase in the garage that his leash was attached to when I walked up their driveway for a visit.  He was a one-of-a-kind and thank you for indulging me to go on and on about him.  But his story is not the reason for this entry. 

I wanted to get a gift for Suzi that would help her keep Riley near by. So I found on Etsy (never shopped on the site before) a woman who makes medallion necklaces in silver focused on the subject of pets.  She goes under the shop name of gooseberrystudio.  Here’s where it gets good.  Her name…also Suzi.  While her dog was not a chocolate lab (that would have been too weird), it was a golden retriever AND 13 years old when it had to be put to sleep.  Etsy-Suzi has artistic daughters, one in school and one working professionally in the arts…and I just found out Etsy-Suzi has a mother living in the same town as my mother…way out west. 

I am finding this happening more often with my increased focus in creativity.  I am imagining that we’re all connected somehow, like blades of grass connected to their rhizomes.  I don’t know if it is because I’m opening myself up to these nuances of relationships…or perhaps it has something to do with globalization and online networking.  I would like to believe the former with a nod to the latter.

Regardless, I hope everyone will just make themselves more open to these chance meetings and enjoy the “journey” they take.