Thursday, December 26, 2013

Cleaning Out The Studio Sale!

\ I am having my "Cleaning Out The Studio Sale."  30 to 40 % selected original paintings Some paintings are already beautifully framed.  2013 has been a a fantastic year and I can't wait to get back into the studio next week!  Happy New Year.  Catherine
Click the link below to see what's on sale.  

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Being With Sam.

 It's that time of year when my son Sam comes home for the day every day for seven days.  I wish he could stay over night too but he only sleeps an average of 4 to 6 hours  and sometimes only 3.  January 6th he will be turning 20 years old.  I wish I could throw him a huge party but that would be selfish of me since he loves peace and quiet and the less commotion the better.  He is having a pretty good week so far and I am grateful for that. It's really hard work though, emotionally and physically.  He has developed some new health issues that so worry me and make me feel angry.  Isn't having autism enough? Not being able to express himself or be understood?  But then I correct myself and try not to go down that path.  Being with Sam grounds me and inspired me to work hard and do the best I can.  We will address these concerns and figure out what to do about them. I will not let negative, un-hopeful  thoughts take over my mind.  Having a son like Sam has taught me to be a good researcher, patience, to be open minded and figure out a way and never give up.  Being with Sam is all inspiring and I am forever grateful to him.  Thank you for all the lovely comments and encouragement over the past year.  I know this is suppose to be my art blog but Sam is why I started to paint.
                                         I wish you all a happy holiday and wonderful new year .
                                                                The best is yet to come!


Monday, December 16, 2013

Last painting of 2013~

"buona notte il mio amico" means good night my friend. This is my latest painting and final painting of 2013. . It's 16x20 painted on canvas. Sides have been painted so no frame is needed. Thanks for looking.  Cioa!
for sale here.
and here 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

On my easel....

This will most likely be my final painting of 2013.  I am hoping to have it completed by Tuesday.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I Love You New- custom painting

This is a commission I finished today.  I did a very similar one last year as well.  The family this painting is for,  has two adorable Havanese dogs which I incorporated coming and going.  I will be winding down now for a few weeks.  My son Sam will be home for the Holiday break  and I need a good week to get my life organized and  do some shopping.  I still have print orders and my etsy shop is always open.   I may try and squeeze in one more piece though!!!1
Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Reflective December-New Painting

Reflective December is my latest painting.   There is a size correction!  It is 16x12 I apologize for posting 20x12 .  It's painted on a birchwood panel, the sides are painted to match and it's wired and ready to hang.
Thanks for looking.  It is available for purchase in my etsy shop and my website.  Both links below. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What I'm working on ...

Hello Friends
Lately I have not been faithful to updating my blog.  The days seem to zoom by and it's hard to keep up with the season.  Anyway, this is my latest painting that I am hoping to be done with tomorrow.  It's 20x12 which is a new size I really like working in.  The photo is a bit blurry but the piece is coming along very nicely.  I usually do one "holidayish" painting each year.  Kind of Nutcacker,Sargent, winter theme! 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

House Call New painting.

House Call is my newest painting.  I wasn't sure I was going to have time to finish before the holiday break but here it is.  This painting is 16x20 painted on a cradled birch wood panel.  Sides have been painted and it's wired and ready to hang.  For sale on my website and Etsy shop links are below.  
I wish you all a great Thanksgiving.  I am going to try and stop living inside my head for a few days and enjoy my family.   Thank you for all your interest and support.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dinner Guest-New Painting

Thanksgiving is a week away.  Are you having any unusual guests? Perhaps an Ocelot? This is my new painting "Dinner Guest."  I love it when I finish  working early so  I can capture a good day time photograph.  This piece is painted with acrylics on a cradled birch wood panel. The sides have been painted and it's wired and ready to hang-  for Thanksgiving!
Thanks for stopping by.  Catherine

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On my easel~

This is a new painting I've been working on.  I need another day on this one after getting such a late start today.  I find  Wednesdays most productive. ]
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Martha My Dear... New painting

I enjoyed creating this piece from start to finish.  In the middle of it, my son Max came home for a visit from Maine and gave his usual thoughtful critique.  This photo is a bit dark and slightly out of focus because by the time I finished it, was too dark outside to photograph so I had to settle for an indoor shot.   I love that Beatles's song.  Every woman should have a sweet deer and lover's eye locket and walk across a rug of flowers.
Sides are painted and it's wired and ready to hang. 16x12  Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Art and quote for today

"A daily dose of daydreaming heals the heart, soothes the soul, and strengthens the imagination."
— Richelle E. Goodrich
This is a painting from 2009.  It has sold but I do have  others available.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Art and quote for today....

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." –Robert Frost
I painted this in 2009.  I has sold but thought it paired nicely with the quote for today.  Thanks for stopping by.  I am working on some very exciting new things and will be  sharing very soon! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Art and Quote for today......

"If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things."
Vincent Van Gogh

This painting has sold but it is available as a fine art print in my etys shop:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hello It's ME-Small works

I love old French telephones. This painting is 8x8 painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. Part of my small works series . The sides have been painted and it's wired and ready to hang. Thanks for looking.
I am busy working on a new crop of commissions.  I am now booking any custom work for February 2014. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sleep Study In Venice-New Painting

Sleeping is a big issue in our home.  After almost 20 years I am still trying to figure out why Sam sleeps only 4 to 6 hours a night.  A real sleep study is pretty much impossible  given the requirements to successfully conduct one.  I have a bunch of theories of course but maybe, just maybe, Sam's school is finally onto something.   My family thinks that's why I continue to paint scenes with animals and people sleeping and couches. 
Anyway, this is my new painting, "Sleep Study In Venice."  For me this is one of those special pieces that I feel really excited about.  It's 11x`14 painted on a cradled birch wood panel.  The sides are painted and it's wired and ready to hang.  This one would look great framed as well. 
Thanks for looking and happy sleeping! For sale in my etsy shop:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Queen Of Everything-New Price-Framed

This is probably one of my favorite pieces.  I'd like to think of myself as the Queen of everything, at least at my house.  I'm definitely the queen of fixing things, queen of food shopping, queen of laundry, queen of the royal budget, queen of picking up after another ole queen Abbey our yellow lab.  How about you? 
I have decided to make a price adjustment on this piece as I know a few out there were interested! 
Here is the link to purchase:  Also this painting is beautifully framed with a gold 2 inch traditional wood frame.  Thanks for stopping by. 
Also can be purchased on my website at

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bear On A Rug- New painting

Bear On A Rug is my newest painting on available on Etsy and my website.  IT's 8x10 painted with acrylics on stretched canvas.  The sides are painted and it's wired and ready to hang.
Thanks for stopping by. 
click the links below.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Checking Out The View _New Botanical Painting

Our cat Leo has a favorite resting place where he nestles deep inside the garden among the hosta roots and vines. If I need to find him,  all I have to do is peek inside the leaves. This is another piece from my botanical series. It's 11x14 painted on stretched canvas. Sides are painted and it's wire and ready to hang. Thanks for looking.
Now for sale in my Etsy shop click the link.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Garden Sonata-My new painting

I was actually listening to the most beautiful violin/piano music when I began this piece.  It really set the stage.  This painting is 11x14 painted on cradled birch wood panel.  The sides are painted and it's wired and ready to hang.  It's for sale in both my Etsy shop:  Just click the link !

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Niccolos and Company~New Painting

Here is my latest painting. It's 11x14 painted on cradled Birchwood .  I recently met a rat terrier who was very sweet and just had to fit him into this painting.  This painting is available in my etsy shop as well as my website.  Thanks for looking.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

New Commissioned Painting

I just completed this custom piece for a gentleman from New York.  He wanted a painting  celebrating his three afghan Hounds, Sydney, Simon and Oliver who is no longer with him.  He use to live in the village right near Washington Square.  He has beautiful Biedermeir furniture which I included here but changed the fabric design. 
Thanks for stopping by.  

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Full Speed Ahead-New original painting

"Full speed ahead " is inspired by many things but in particular a wedding that will be taking place in Cape Elizabeth Maine at the gorgeous home of my sister next Saturday.   Her husband is somewhat of a boxwood addict but I've heard,  has now moved on to hydrangeas (another favorite)  You can see the ocean from their copula which has an inlayed compass on the floor.  I have been wanting to include a sphinx  and decided this would be the place.  Leo had to be there and my other big cat seems to have shown up as well.  This painting is 11x14 painted on stretched canvas with acrylics.  The sides are painted and it's wired and ready to hang.
For sale here:
-More info on that type of Sphinx -

In Greek tradition, it has the haunches of a lion, the wings of a great bird, and the face of a woman. She is mythicised as treacherous and merciless. Those who cannot answer her riddle suffer a fate typical in such mythological stories, as they are killed and eaten by this ravenous monster.[1

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Big cat

I love hearing from customers especially when they send me photos showing how and where they placed one of my paintings or a print.  I received this one today from a fellow Etsian.  She creates adorable crochet items for babies.  This is the link to her site.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

My paintings are featured!

Artistic Moods is an art blog which showcases some really wonderful emerging and well established artists.  I am honored to be featured. Please click the link and check it out.          

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Am I A Good Witch -New Small Painting-Nicolette's Zebra Chair

I have had this idea for a while now. The ultimate Zebra Chair. I also have the right season!
This painting is 8x10 painted on stretched canvas. Sides have been painted and it's wired and ready for a good home. Great for a girls room.
For sale in my etsy Shop  click the link-

Sunday, September 8, 2013

I'm Still Here !


"You've gone a million miles
How far'd you get
To that place where you can't remember
And you can't forget......."  Bruce Springteen~Secret Garden 

This was a painting I did three years ago.  Love the colors and table cloth print.

I am wrapping up a couple of commissions today.  I was displaced from my beloved studio due to a plumbing disaster a few weeks ago and boy it really got me off track.  I wasn't able to paint in my temporary place but now that I'm back w
here I belong, I'm hitting the ground running!  It feels great. 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Art and Quote For Today~

~“All people dream, but not equally.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the
morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous
people, For they dream their dreams with open eyes, And make them come
true.”  D. H. Lawrence


Thursday, August 29, 2013

I've added more new "Small Works". Own an Original Painting.

 Polka dot Poppy is an original painting I've recently created.  it's 8x8 painted on stretched canvas.  It's wired and ready to hang.

I have always had a great fear of snakes.  Anytime I've ever worked or planted a garden it's been front and center on my mind and yet I 've never met one.  When it comes to snakes and art though, I am a big fan.  this painting is 8x8 painted on stretched canvas.  It's wired and ready to hang. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Commission Work

I am now scheduling any new commissions for December/January unless it's a smaller piece such as an 11x14.  At the moment I am working on a real fun project and  would love to post my progress but I need to wait until completion.     I will be posting new work at the same time but not as often as I normally do.  I hope you all enjoy the last few weeks of summer.  I will leave you with this quote
This painting was a piece I created in 2009 and has sold. .
There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.  ~Celia Thaxter

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Little Frenchman~New Painting

Happy Thursday!  The weather is so beautiful and  I know I should feel guilty locked up in my studio but it was worth it. I had blast painting this little guy. I love French furnishing and of course chandeliers!  This painting is 12x12 painted on a birch wood cradled panel.  The sides are painted to match and it's wired and ready for a good home.
Thanks for looking. Now I think I'll get outside and enjoy the nice weather!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Big Cat On A Pink Couch-Hot off the easel!

Hot off the easel!
I am crazy happy about this new painting. By now I'm pretty sure you must know that I have a thing for cats! It's 11x14 painted on gallery wrapped stretched canvas sides have been painted to match -wired and ready to hang.
To Purchase this painting click the link below or go to;

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Coy Miss Gardner~new painting

My newest painting. It's 11x14 painted on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. The sides are painted to match and it's wired and ready to hang.

Thanks for looking

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Curiosity Surrounding Miss Claudette-My new Painting

This is my new piece.  I had to change her facial expression after getting too much feedback from two of my sons and Scott.  Originally she was too "bad ass."  Anyway, my beloved  camera broke and I am using a lower quality one for now but I think you get the picture.  This painting is 11x14 painted with acrylics on stretched gallery wrapped canvas.  The sides have been painted and it's wired and ready to hang.  Thanks for looking!
It can be purchased here:

Friday, July 26, 2013


Yesterday I completed this commission for a family in the D.C. are.  It was an interesting piece for me to paint.  I've never done a mountain scene or hockey players or many southwestern patterns.  I enjoyed the subtle symbolism and color combinations.  Client is very happy. 
I have 5 commissions lined up !   I do plan on doing some of my own paintings in between.
Thanks for looking

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sea Of Love-Auction has begun!

As I mentioned on Facebook, I have begun working on a series of commission which will keep me pretty busy for quite a while.  I do hope to sprinkle in some of my own small paintings here and there as well. I very much enjoy the whole commission process.  I love hearing about each client's story, their background and what's important to them and how I will interpret that in a painting. 
I am conducting an experiment.  Many artists offer their work through auctions.  I am curious to see what would happen with this painting if I auctioned it.   I started the bid at only 100.00.  The painting was listed for 295.00 originally. Painted on birchwood cradled panel, sides are painted and it's wired and ready to hang.  9x12
After seven days the highest bidder gets the painting.   
                   Click the link if you are interested in bidding on it. This could be fun!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Art and Song Quote of the day~

"Harmony and me
We're pretty good company
Looking for an island
In our boat upon the sea"
Elton John~Harmony

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~Nelson Henderson

My son Sam has been on vacation so I haven't been in my studio except for a bit in the evening.  I've been trying to finish up a painting that is almost done but it's not happening! This is a painting I did last year, part of my Tree Of Life series.  Thanks for stopping by.