Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Summer in the Northland

Visiting Bearizona with Simon and Rachel.
Oh my goodness! I can't believe that once again,  I haven't "blogged" in such a long time! It has been a busy summer indeed with teaching classes in Flagstaff at the Z House Gallery, guest speaker (and painter) at the Red Rock Lavender Farm in Concho, and wonderful family visits with the kids and grandkids.

Making chocolate truffles with Alex and AJ - delicious!

Red Rock Lavender - some personal time after my demo.

Oh yes, and I now have a beautiful poster, with a detail of the Flagstaff train station from one of my paintings, available in Flagstaff at the Visitor Center, the Artists' Coalition Gallery on E. Aspen and the Z House Gallery on Route 66. www.ZHouseGallery.com

Brandy's 20th Anniversary Celebration was so much fun! I was thrilled to be included in a 2 month group show with 7 other artists who  have shown their work at Brandy's Restaurant Gallery, in Flagstaff, over the years. That event culminated in a Big Outdoor Bash on July 27th with so many family events in the parking lot. I was part of the Artists Outdoor Market selling my "wares" at the back of my Honda!

That brings me to August, as I paint and prepare for Flagstaff Open Studios on August 24th and 25th, 10 am to 5 pm at my home studio. There are 65 artists participating this year at 35 different studios. You can download your map and brochure at 
www.flagstaff-arts.org. I am Studio #20 on the map. This year my sister, Janis, will be here, all the way from Toronto, Canada, to help us out with the event! My husband, John, will be hanging the paintings, putting out the signs and balloons,  and fixing the tasty treats in the kitchen. Yes, we'll have the recipes again for you this year!

I'll sign off now, so I can get back to my brushes; but promise to add a note soon about my solo show at Brandy's Restaurant www.BrandysRestaurant.com coming up on September 4th!

ps: If you are a new follower and would like to receive my newsletter with advance notice of shows and venues, send your email contact to me at Catherine@CatherineSickafoose.com. Thank you for your support and inspiration!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Spring - From the Desert to the Mountains!

So much has happened this Spring, that I just haven't taken the time to "blog" to you. Now I will add a little synopsis with some photos...

"Springtime at Cabeza Prieta" in a gallery wrapped canvas giclée was chosen by my friend, Dorothy,  for her newly decorated guest room. When she saw my post about "green is in!", she wholeheartedly agreed and painted the walls a beautiful shade of green that compliments this painting so well
Thank you, Dorothy!

The Artists' Spring Marketplace took me back to Flagstaff where I had a chance to share my new work with my Northland friends. I especially enjoyed sharing another mini painting in my "Slice of Arizona" series. This time it is the San Francisco Peaks. Framed at 5"x11", isn't it cute?  I plan to do some larger paintings in this series, but these minis are only available as originals.

Then we were off to Albuquerque for a special week with my son and family - more on that later. But I was also able to visit with a former co-worker from Scottsdale Healthcare and see how she had framed and hung her Limited Edition Giclée of  "Heidi's Peaches". Ann's kitchen walls are painted a soft yellow and this watercolor looked beautiful also!
Thank you, Ann for choosing one of my paintings!

Then, our special family time in ABQ was planned so we could attend Heidi's graduation from the College of Pharmacy, UNM! Our son, Shane and their 2 boys, Ian and Cade show how proud we all are of Heidi!
I'll close now with a reminder about my Etsy Shop. It is growing and getting lots of attention from other Etsy fans. I hope you will follow me on this new endeavor at www.Etsy.com/Shop/CatherineSickafoose Thanks for all your support!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter!

 Wishing you a Happy Easter and a beautiful Spring! Yes, I know some of you are still in the midst of winter, but spring will soon be on your doorstep too! And what is more perfect than a bouquet of daffodils? Well, maybe a watercolor of some of those yellow beauties! In reading about the language of flowers, daffodils represent chivalry and uncertainty as well as being the Flower of Easter.

Now if you would like to have a giclée of this daffodil image for your very own, you can shop online through Etsy! That's right! I want to introduce you to my newest venue where you will find a variety of my images for purchase.  Just go to www.etsy.com/shop/CatherineSickafoose and you will find notecards, giclées, ceramic tiles and small originals. It's still a work in progress, so check back often for updates.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine tulips!

Did you know that flowers send a special message from the giver to the recipient? It's called floriography, a Victorian-era means of communicating feelings that could not be expressed openly. Tulips are a declaration of love.  This original watercolor, "Tulips: A Spring Event", image  7"x11",  is ready for you for Valentine's Day! Wouldn't this painting be special for your sweetheart or maybe just for you? Contact me and it can be yours for $149.00, matted only, includes shipping. (shhh - A Snapshots in Watercolor Blog special - no prints available and not shown yet on my website.)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Green is In for 2013!!!

In my January newsletter, I talked about the color green. Those folks who choose the "color of the year", have done it again and this time it is GREEN! And not just any green, but EMERALD GREEN! I am so happy to see one of my favorite colors and I'll tell you why. I have a large wall in my living room that I chose to paint green and selected the shade by taking some of my paintings to the store to compare their paint chips. It might be more of a kelly green, but that's ok - it's beautiful and definitely showcases my paintings - like this Arizona Columbine watercolor. The original has gone to a new home, but you can still order a Limited Edition Giclée, 14"x14" image or have another size printed just for you! Or check out my website for other paintings that will add a touch of green to your life!