Friday, November 21, 2014

Lovely Distraction

 This is my work space.  It started out really nice and organized but I can't ever seem to keep it that way.  Scott always comes in and shakes his head and wonders how I can find anything, never mind create works of art! I'm pretty busy and I don't really care I guess.  All I need is my easel,  my paints and I could work anywhere if I am inspired.  These two guys are somewhat of a lovely distraction as well.
I am working on a few commissions right now, one will be heading off to the Land Down Under and the other to the Big Apple! As usual,  my son Sam will be coming home for the Thanksgiving break and then for a week at Christmas.  This is my busiest time of year and yet I have the least amount of time.  This happens every year but somehow it all works out. 
I'm pretty excited about 2015.  I have been asked to illustrate a children's book on climate change . It's quite an honor for me.   It's part of a bigger global project involving some amazing artist's and writers.  More info to follow.  In case I don't have a chance to write another blog post, I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with your loved ones. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Rumble In The Jungle-New painting

My husband and I are quite obsessed with our two cats.    I am posting way to many pictures of them  on instagram .   I catch myself watching them play for way too long especially when they are in my studio.  Like miniature leopards with their spots and stripes  Way too cute! Continuing with my animal theme I thought it was time to paint another leopard.  I would have a real one if I could! This painting is 16x12 painted on stretched canvas with painted sides. With the holidays approaching this painting would make a lovely gift for a children's room or any cat fan!  For sale on my website and etsy shop.  Click links below to purchase.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Perfect Space-New painting now available

Completed on 11/8. I was taking Sam home from a visit down a winding road and a huge deer ran in front of my car. I was able to stop in time. It shook me up but didn't seem to faze Sam. It was very beautiful -I always like those moments are a good sign. I was inspired! This painting was created with great love.  click the link to purchase- http://catherinenolin.org/artwork/3639676_The_Perfect_Space.html or
https://www.etsy.com/listing/210280516/still-life-painting-of-a-deer-the?ref=shop_home_feat_1

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mr. Owl gets a makeover!


I decided to spice up Mr. Owl's surroundings.  I think he feels more at home now.
note-there is a slight glare on the photo due to the reflection of the varnish in the black areas but not so in the painting itself.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nelle mani di Dio-New painting

This painting has been a real journey for me.  It's pretty amazing how the ideas come together subconsciously but then make perfect sense to me in the end.  I've been hitting many rough patches with my son and painting is my coping mechanism, a way to be in control, to establish some order in an otherwise out of control situation.  For a long time I have been so fascinated with renaissance art both Italian and northern.   The beautiful red coral that is often depicted in paintings  with the Madonna and child   was believed to protect against childhood disease and to avert evil.   It 's still seen as good luck in Mediterranean countries. You may recognize some other items as well.   I just love the symbolism. There are two nests in the tree which are hard to see in the photo.   I named this painting Nelle mani di Dio-"In God's Hands"  for obvious reasons.  Thank you stopping by. 
It's painted on stretched canvas and is 20x16.  To purchase click link below
 This painting has sold.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Day Off.

Today was Sam's last IEP meeting-ever.  I didn't think it would affect me as much as it did.  I thought I would be able to get right back to work in the studio but I found myself staring at my canvas thinking about all the things that were said.  Not to mention  meeting the adult services coordinator who was trying to get a handle on what his transition would be like.  It's scary and a bit hopeful just like everything in Sam's life.  On my way home from the meeting a saw an older gentleman leaning against a tree about a block from my house.  I could tell something wasn't right and I slowed down and turned around and when I put my window down he asked me if I could help him before I even asked.  He told me he has an issue with balance and that he felt unsafe to walk across the street to his car.  He was holding a big novel in his hands as well.  Another person stopped to help also.  He was very grateful and sweet and said he had a problem with his cerebellum which controls your balance. Coincidently  we just recently discovered that Sam has a small cerebellum which is causing some of his balance and gait issues.  I find it amazing how much "synchronicity " (as my son Zach would say) there is in my life.  I have so many stories like this one that have occurred over the years but even more amazing- I wish I had time to share.  Tomorrow I will be back in my studio  because I am working on a really different piece that I am very excited about. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Lady Chatham In The Serious Moonlight-New Painting

 
This is my latest piece completed on 10/13. Lady Chatham -What is she thinking?   There are so many stories that can be told here therefore  I will leave it up to the viewer.  Feel free to leave a comment with your take!  This painting is 16x20 painted on stretched canvas with painted sides.