I named her Rosaline!

Rosaline is a new painting, and I love this girl.  Dreamy portrait, pink mermaid hair, layers of rainbow sherbet butterfly wings.  This painting came so easy too!




This cute girly is acrylic on paper, 9×12, which is nice but small.


So now I’m itching to paint her on 16 x 20 canvas I have that is waiting for something beautiful. I wonder if she will translate well to canvas from paper in almost double sized? Only one way to find out!

I’ll let you know when shes available for purchase. For now there are a bunch of beautiful paintings and prints listed in my Etsy, hop on over and pick yourself up something nice.

Paintings and Prints in my Etsy

I listed 20 new paintings / prints in my Etsy shop :

Holy Art, Batman! Those 20 lovelies are in addition to the custom portrait paintings you can commission.

<3 Kat

Sleeps with Butterflies : original acrylic painting on canvas by Kat McBride

Sleeps with Butterflies by KatcanPaint

“Sleeps with Butterflies”
acrylic on canvas 8 x 10 inches 2012

She’s finished, and available in my Etsy shop!

Sleeps with Butterflies is an original acrylic painting on 8″ x 10″ canvas with 1/2″ sides.

She has a secret hidden behind that Mona Lisa smile. Her face has a beautiful mysterious quality, a playful thoughtfulness. Is she wistful?

This painting is romantic with soft glazing, butterfly wings, and roses balanced with saturated colors and captivating stares. I am really inspired by fashion editorials, beautifully photographed portraits, and subtleties in expression. The colors are soft and vibrant but may look different in person than on your monitor.

Sleeps with Butterflies is a part of a collection of paintings inspired by hazy summer memories and a surreal Florida childhood.

Painting grouping by KatcanPaint

Several paintings are a part of this summer collection:

Butterfly Summer

Girl with the Watercolor Rose tattoo

and an entire series of Overlapping Butterfly Wing paintings.

I’ll update with more this week, as soon as I can get everything scanned and photographed.  My prints should be here tomorrow, and I am more excited than a kid at Christmas.  This will be the first time my Etsy shop is full!   It’s incredible to see it all coming together: I’ll have original paintings, prints, and custom art listed…and I’m working on more art everyday.

Whoo hoo!

<3 Kat

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butterfly summer painting by KatCanPaint

Butterfly Summer * original painting

Butterfly Summer is an original acrylic painting on  a bite sized 6″ x 6″ square canvas.  Inspired summertime picnics, bbqs, bubbles, playgrounds, garden parties, and beach: the pastel powdered sand, soft blue ocean, bronze sun.  She’s a little vacation in brushstrokes and acrylic. The edges are thick enough that the painting can stand by itself or hang on a wall.

butterfly summer painting by KatCanPaint

Growing up in Florida the summers were long, interrupting spring well before Easter and extending almost until Halloween. My teen memories of summer are in scents and sensations…in odd hazy dreamlike gists of memory.  My memory is sharp except for those summers: the heat, or the length fuzz everything together.  Pastel pinks of cookie cutter houses and strawberry lipsmackers lipgloss.  We grew up in the town that Edward Scissorhands was filmed in- surreal pastel houses lining the street. Loves babysoft perfume, the powdery smell of my teenage summers. Butterfly neon sun dresses and polkadot bikinis. Disney was our summertime mecca and July 4th was as big as Christmas. Sparklers and walking barefoot everywhere. The taste of sweet tea and the smell of chlorine. Lightning cracking the sky open and rain like clockwork; everyday at 3pm.

You can buy prints of this painting on my RedBubble. Click HERE.

Butterfly Summer square prints via Redbubble


<3 Kat


acrylic painting with roses butterfly wings

She Keeps Secrets : new work 8×10 acrylic painting on canvas

acrylic painting with roses butterfly wings

She Keeps Secrets

8 x 10

Acrylic on canvas


I keep working on new pieces and butterflies keep making their way into the art.  I really like the direction I am going, so many layers, so much color. I really enjoy pushing the boundaries between realism and fantasy in my portraits.  Her face has a rainbow of hues, acrylic paint slathered and blended then glazed over with more natural skin tones.

I am really inspired by fashion editorials and subtleties in expression.  Her face has a beautiful mysterious quality, a playful thoughtfulness. Is she wistful?  She has a secret, she is calm among a sea of swirling color and brush strokes.  I’m getting closer to capturing her on canvas; the elusive, magnetic, captivating girl I’m always trying to paint.


<3 Kat

Tutorial Tuesday! Quick and easy diy painted butterfly wing background

It’s Tutorial Tuesday!  Time for an easy, free painting lesson that you can do in less than an hour.

This is my go-to painted background technique for all kinds of surfaces. All you need is a couple fun colors of acrylic paint + black, two brushes, and paper or canvas (or whatever you want to paint on.) It’s easy to embellish if you want a more elaborate background, or you can keep it simple and use it in your sketchbook as a background for a journal.

Gather Supplies and choose your colors of paint! I have yellow, purple, pink, red, and light blue.  The black is for detailing the wings.

The colors of your wings are going to be the background, so make it colorful! I like to paint a gradient; warm colors to cool colors.   I do this with a largish brush and clean in between colors.

Thin the black acrylic to make it easier to use and paint in loose butterfly wing shapes with a liner brush.

Fill the entire page, keep your brush strokes light and loose.


Add the wing details in with the same liner brush.  I don’t like to make mine super realistic, but if you do, google butterfly wings and go from there. Dover also has some great free reference available.

Fill the entire page and blast it with a hair dryer if you’re like me and don’t like waiting for things to dry.

These make fun backgrounds for art journals, atc / aceo / art cards, collages… picture frames, birdhouses, and lots of other crafty projects.  Since this is my favorite technique right now, I would put it on anything & everything.  I really want to make some neon bright butterfly nails, I think it would make an awesome manicure.

 Experiment with colors, different shades of pink!, Create a really detailed first layer and/or collage first and then paint your wings over the top, paint the lines on the wings a color other than black, Have fun painting!

<3 Kat

Crown of Wings

Crown of Wings * mixed media acrylic painting

Crown of Wings

Crown of Wings

11 x 14

mixed media on canvas

I’m finally finished with this painting: a mix of metallic paints, marker, decorative / scrapbook paper, tissue, beeswax paint, acrylic, watercolor,  colored pencil AND … I’m sure I forgot something in there. She has taken months of painting, layering, planning, deliberating, having no clue what to do next.  Yeah, that’s how I work.  But she’s done! Yay!

<3 Kat

butterfly wings painting

Butterfly Wings

These two pieces were really fun to paint. I don’t know how I couldn’t enjoy painting layers of bold, rainbow colored butterfly wings.

butterfly wings painting

I have wings on the brain: almost every piece I have created lately incorporate butterfly wings somehow in the painting. Probably because wings are one of my favorite things to paint. (Also, flowersportraits, carousel horses, glittery rainbows! Okay not glittery rainbows, but… unicorns!)

butterfly wings painting

I can smoosh and blend all my favorite teals and greens and pinks together, no worries if I am technically correct anatomically speaking, but the idea is there. Which makes my brain shut up while I’m working because, seriously, SO MUCH FUN! Wings! If I am getting too caught up in a painting (STUCK! Arg!@^%!*&!) I can paint wings and turn off my perfectionist painter brain and just enjoy the process.  Because that’s what it is all about, yes? (Hokey pokey!)

I think this is the theme of the week. Or the blog. Hooray for finishing things and destuckification!  Did I make that word up? Probably!

<3 Kat

wings detail

butterfly wings and a new painting preview

butterfly wing painting

Stylized butterfly wings are all I’ve wanted to paint lately.  Its easy to get lost in the patterns, color, and repetition.

wings detail

Here is a quick peak of a mixed media painting I’ve been working on.  She has a lot of layers of paint/paper/gel medium/more paint/marker/pens/and paint.  Did I mention paint? You can see the layers of paper and paint on canvas, swirls and loops and flowers, and scrapbook papers layered in there too.

sneak peak Almost done! I just have a few more layers of glazing and detailing before she is ready to be sealed.

<3 Kat