Dreams of Butterflies watercolor doodle by katcanpaint.com

Watercolor Stains and butterfly doodles.

Experimenting with a doodle technique in my art journal that I might demo here on the blog:

watercolor and pencil doodle by katcanpaint.com

Practicing a doodle and watercolors experiment. Fuscha pencil + pink and orange paint. And butterflies, of course.

 

I sponge painted watery orange and magenta paint onto my paper, then found butterfly wing shapes in the paint and defined them with purple pencil.  Hair and face came next and I have this pretty little sketch.

 

Dreams of Butterflies watercolor doodle by katcanpaint.com

 

The same process was used here: watery paint was sponge painted onto paper, then I defined shapes with pencil.  I really wanted the hair to cover the entire painted shape, and now it looks like an entire flock of butterflies is inhabiting her curls.

 

I love doodling because it is a very loose and intuitive process, no pressure to make a perfect face or likeness… no pressure to create.  I don’t even think while I am making work like this, it just flows onto the page.  It was a great breather exercise inbetween tutorials.

Speaking of – How to Draw the Easiest Nose and Lips Ever tomorrow!

Same Kat time, same Kat channel.

Too much?

Ah well, I’m a goof ball!

 

<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

 

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Follow me on Instagram! I’m @KatCanPaint

Follow me on Instagram! I’m @KatCanPaint

I’m so happy they made Instragram for Android, I snap photos all the time: works in progress and moments with my son.

If you want to see in progress paintings, studio shots, and sketches I don’t post on the blog you can follow me, its @KatCanPaint

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 Here are a few snippets of my day, via instagram.

Its so addictive!

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<3 Kat

Do you have a gorgeous photograph with an ugly background? No worries, you can still own a custom portrait painting..

Do you have a gorgeous photograph with an ugly background? It happens, I can help.

Sometimes photos don’t capture a memory quite the way I want; the pose is perfect! …but the lighting is off.

My son looked so cute in this photo, but it was early Spring and our yard was dead. (Seriously dead, the only time I have a green thumb is if I smear paint on it.) 2/3 of this sweet moment was ugly brown patches of grass and I was pretty bummed.

Summer came, the grass was green, and I kept trying to figure out how to get a 2 year old to stop destroying the dandelions.  

Waiting to take another picture seemed silly, anyway.  How was I supposed to set up a cute picture of a toddler and get perfect results?  How was I supposed to stop him from destroying the nice green grass and dandelions with his toy truck?  Mission: Impossible.

Thankfully I am an artist, and I love painting portraits!

Acrylic Portrait Painting of my son

Have you had the same problem? Have a great picture you would like painted but the background is you at the grocery store? No worries- I can work with you to create a great work of art you’ll love.

Plus! I can paint from any photo; couple’s photos, best friend portraits, prom, family photos, senior pictures, graduation, vacation pictures, even candid shots.

custom painted portraits by Kat Can Paint

I’ve been painting portraits professionally (say that 3 times fast!) since 2007. 5 years and almost 100 portraits later and I have the process perfected.

After checking out through Etsy you e-mail or message me a great, high resolution photo of the people for your painting, or a couple if you’d like me to combine portraits from separate photographs. I can add a beautiful painterly, classic, background to your painting or a solid color of your choice. I use professional quality acrylic on 140lb, cold pressed, Fabriano brand archival watercolor paper.

If you don’t speak artist this means it is a high quality, thick paper with a great texture.  It looks gorgeous and is easy to display: pop your portrait into any frame with an 8 x 10 opening and you are set!

It takes only takes about a week to sketch,  paint, seal, and mail your original painting.

I stay connected with you through out the process.  I email you photos of the sketch, the work in progress, and the finished piece so you can be sure your custom painting is perfect.

Not to brag, but I have awesome customers who leave glowing feedback!

Kat is amazingly talented. She did an unbelievable portrait for me, was so quick to communicate, and sent it out in a fast timeline with no extra fees. I will DEFINITELY be ordering portraits from her in the future!!! Best deal on etsy!

– M. Shuty

Owning a custom portrait couldn’t be easier or more affordable, if you’d like one you can order online through my etsy.com store: KatCanPaint.etsy.com

<3 Kat

How I learned to paint again or how my little sister has more portraits of herself than anyone in the world

How I learned to paint again or how my little sister has more portraits of herself than anyone in the world

My youngest sister, Krista, has a part-time gig as my muse. Or maybe just a full-time position as a very annoying little sister who is tenacious and persistent. Either way it works enough to get me to draw things for her, and it eventually led to me painting again.

See, I went to a big-name, expensive, art college. I spent a lot of money on my education but I was very disenchanted with the entire experience. Its stupid really, because I carry that around with me as if it defines who I am, “Hello my name is Kat. I went to Art School and I hated it.”
But really, I was so confused as to who I was as an artist after school that I didn’t seriously paint anything for years. A lot of artists have had this same problem, and I just found this quote from Jim Hodges on another blog, Ullabenulla, where he describes exactly what I felt.

When I got out of graduate school, I stopped Painting because it was overwhelming and because I couldn´t find myself in the material. But I also stopped because I was forcing myself to be a painter because I thought that was what my education had taught me. I realized I had accepted a lot of belief systems that were not necessarily mine. From then on, it was just a slow process of deconstructing this education and breaking things down to simple words. And ‘beauty’ was one of them…. I felt that I was part of a long tradition investigating what beauty is all about—the mystery of it, the elusiveness of it. So, I set out to understand what that word meant for me.

 

Krista queen of hearts by KatCanPaint

 
The first piece I painted when I was jumping back into it was a very odd color explosion of a portrait of Krista. (We call her Roo.) Excuse the blur, its the only photo I still have of this piece. I ended up painting blue over the background and then I put it away for a while to think about painting. Because I tend to do that, sit and think about things when I should just be doing them.
Krista commandeered this piece while I was contemplating what it all meant… and then promptly demanded more paintings.

 

That isn’t the beginning of the story. I have three younger sisters. I’ve always wanted to be an artist, more specifically a Children’s Book Illustrator. When my sisters were very young I would make up stories and illustrate the interesting bits to entertain my sisters while I babysat. Roo, the youngest and my junior by ten years, was always the one demanding more, she was in fifth grade in 2005, and in love with the Harry Potter series. She was diagnosed with dyslexia early in grade school and reading, well honestly school in general, was very frustrating for her. I read the first Harry Potter book to her, and she fell in love with the characters, and absorbed the rest of the books in the series almost overnight. I told her stories about her as a Gryffindor student and illustrated the funny parts. The story was renamed Kerri Potter (It was called Kerri Potter after another sister of mine, uhm… Kerri. Genius, right?) She and her older sisters were always getting into trouble. . They never saved the day, and were always in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was completely goofy. My sisters loved the stories. Roo’s frustration with reading and learning faded a bit with each story.

These silly stories and comics were mostly inside jokes. I don’t think they could possibly make sense to anyone else, but isn’t that how inside jokes work? Like every kid who is having trouble in school, Roo would fight to get out of bed in the morning and actually get to school.

So I drew little comics on her brown lunch bag, to give her a little something extra to read at school. They were completely ridiculous but every kid at her lunch table grew to anticipate lunch time so they could read the newest Brown Bag comic. (No pressure on the artist there.) These two starred all three of my little sisters, Caitlin, Kerri, and Krista, in the Kerri Potter universe, pretending to be Jedi Knights with bananas as lightsabers.
See, silly inside jokes. But it worked. As long as I kept up the BBcomics, Krista kept bringing them into school… and of course if the bags were going to school, so was she.

Not all the stories and images were particularly flattering…I wrote a story/poem I wrote for her called, “My Little Sister Is A Goblin.” It went something like this:

My little sister is a goblin.
It’s true.
Just look into those beady little eyes of hers-she’s not normal.
She has sharp elbows, sharp knees, and rows of extra sharp pointy little teeth.
Take your eyes off of her for a moment
And she is gone.
(off spoiling the milk or knotting peoples hair or doing other Goblin-y things)
No doubt about it.
My little sister is a goblin.

She will eat your liver.
She will eat your liver for breakfast.
Its her favorite thing to do.

… and it goes on. The bit about livers sounds odd but that is what she would threaten to do when she was angry with you- eat your liver.

I’m not sure she knew where your liver was, or what it did, so I illustrated your liver as being a type of breakfast cereal.

After Harry Potter, Roo’s obsession turned to Pirates. Everything I drew had to be of her as a pirate.

 

This evolved into her as a pirate with a pet octopus or squid. I started making finished pieces for her, she started being old enough and responsible enough to take care of them.

And now she is a teenager. She draws her own pictures and writes her own stories. She is interested in all things creative, especially creative writing. She wants to be an author.

Spoiled by an older sister who is an artist, Roo routinely e-mails crazy pictures of herself for me to paint. I think she has more portraits of herself than any person ever.

These are just a few examples. She has walls papered with examples of art pieces I’ll never be able to finish because she claims pieces from my sketchbook and from my unfinished piles for herself. She doesn’t take no for an answer. Which is fine, because I’ll be famous for portraits of my little sister… and I’ll make her draw pictures for me.

 

<3 Kat

You can find me on Twitter ::  Etsy :: and Pinterest.

art journal page 7 masquerade collage by KatCanPaint

Art Journal Page 7 : Masquerade

Art Journal Page 7 : Masquerade

art journal page 7 masquerade collage by KatCanPaint

 

I was thinking about points of view, and how most people only see parts of who you are and what you are all about. Sometimes it has to do with how you present yourself, and sometimes it is how someone wants to view you. Its a lot harder to change the perception of the latter.

I think maybe if I were to chose a theme for 2009 I would choose, “Letting Go.” There are a lot of other things that go through my mind lately but I think they run along the same theme, acceptance, giving, letting go.

More on this later. Definitely.

 

This is part of a series of Art Journal pages, see them all:

Art Journal Page 1 and 2

Art Journal Page 3

Art Journal Page 4

Art Journal Page 5

Art Journal Page 6

Art Journal Page 7

Art Journal Page 8

Art Journal Page 9

Art Journal Page 10

Art Journal Page 11 & 12

Art Journal Page 13 & 14

Art Journal Page 15

Art Journal Page 16 & 17

Art Journal Page 18

 

<3 Kat

You can find me on Twitter ::  Etsy :: and Pinterest.

Art journal face study by KatCanPaint

Art Journal Page 6 : Face Study

Art Journal Page 6

 

Art journal face study by KatCanPaint

 
Face Study in Acrylics and colored pencil.

I was thinking a lot about where I have come as an artist. I paid quite a bit of money (am still paying quite a bit of money) to go to art school. It has taken me literally years to get to the point where I am now with watercolors and acrylics, I’m not even going to think about oils.This art journal page is notes to myself on process, and how to be more efficient at painting portraits and other art pieces.

This is part of a series of Art Journal pages, see them all:

Art Journal Page 1 and 2

Art Journal Page 3

Art Journal Page 4

Art Journal Page 5

Art Journal Page 6

Art Journal Page 7

Art Journal Page 8

Art Journal Page 9

Art Journal Page 10

Art Journal Page 11 & 12

Art Journal Page 13 & 14

Art Journal Page 15

Art Journal Page 16 & 17

Art Journal Page 18

 

<3 Kat

You can find me on Twitter ::  Etsy :: and Pinterest.

 

Art doll by KatCanPaint

My first Art Doll! (with wired arms, wheee!)

My first Art Doll!
I just wired the arms of this sweet little art doll I made, so now they are pose able. I’m in love! I made her out of gourds, paper mache, and paper clay. She is hand painted with acrylics.

Art doll by KatCanPaint

No patterns, all hand made.

I also hand made her outfit out of muslin and glue.  I don’t have a sewing machine but I didn’t want that to stop me, so I used what I had: every seam is glued together with tacky glue and golden heavy gel.

Ruffles!

I constructed it like I would if I were to sew it, and glued the seams, thankfully I was using clear tacky glue, otherwise I don’t know how long that would have taken! All the muslin is hand-dyed/painted/distressed and I never throw away ribbon/yarn/fabric scraps so I had a lot of miscellaneous fabrics and ribbons and buttons that I added, on her back there is a little flower I made out of fabric scraps and beads.

Art doll side view by KatCanPaint

I really like the ‘shabby chic’ look she has.

Her hair is lamb’s wool that curls up wonderfully…. but then I thought she needed something, so I added a hat, made out of the same fabric and ribbons scraps as her dress.

That part was really exciting, because I’ve never made anything like a hat ever… its not as easy as I originally thought.  I used cardboard as a hat template and tightly wrapped the muslin around it as a base.  Then I embellished her had with ribbon and beads.

Original handmade art doll by KatCanPaint

Original gourd and clay Art Doll by KatCanPaint

I can’t wait to make more pieces like this! I want to make a Santa with the frayed-edge-pieced-together look that I did here. She’s a lot different from the other gourd art I’ve made.

(The blue in the bottom photo is tape, because I couldn’t decide on the exact placement of her arms when I had the camera.)

<3 Kat

You can find me on Twitter ::  Etsy :: and Pinterest.