Friday, February 20, 2009

Bailey ad infinitum

As some of you may know, I was asked several months ago by UK artist Gill Barron, Painter of Everything, to be a contributing artist in her how-to book on acrylic painting, to be published by Quarto Publishing. VERY EXCITING! I've been hard at work putting finishing touches on two large paintings with progress photos and text for the project, and I'm finally done. One painting is an interior/still life, and one is a portrait of our Bailey.

I can't show you the finished paintings, but if you look real hard you might catch a blurry partial glimpse of one in this photo I took of Bailey in my studio.*

While I was doing the cropping and sizing to get this blog-ready, I had the thought, what if I did a painting of this photo and took another picture of Bailey sitting in front of that painting? And then what if I did another painting of that photo and took a picture of Bailey in front of that painting? And THEN ... I had to stop thinking about it because I was starting to blow my own mind a little bit.

* The day after I took this photo I found this art card by Nicole Wong and I just HAD to have it. It's just, oh, SO Bailey.


Anonymous said...

Hey... you're goood!
Congrats on the book.... once again!

Anonymous said...

Your cat is enough to make me want to buy that book when it comes out!

Can't even begin to imagine how much work you folks have done to get you house to this point! Suprised you have any time to paint...

A lot of artists say you shouldn't even have black on your palette. What is your take on that?


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Bailey is beautiful - looks very much like my first cat, Kippy. I love the sweet expression, but Karen, you really do put more than the actual 'cat' into the painting. I think I love your animal paintings above all others. Your work is inspired, and you SHOULD be in that book! Congratulations!

Kacy said...

Absolutely beautiful painting of Bailey! The colors in it just amaze me.
Can't wait to see it in detail in the book.