Oh the Places you'll go! (or Cats, Cats and more Cats!) Meet and Greet at the Cat Care Society Shelter!
You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! The Kitties are(Your mountain is) waiting, So... get on your way!” -Dr. Seuss Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Poppycat, my husband and I went to the shelter for the Meet and Greet event. We were thrilled to meet our sponsors who are both delightful cat lovers! The event includes the artists, sponsors, their guests, and of course volunteers and other dignitaries of the Cat Care Society. All hobnobbing and nibbling on snacks and sipping champagne! And of course, I loved it even more because I got my kitty fix. You see, (truth be told) we don't have a cat currently. *gasp... We have a dog! I've been the honored servant of many cats in my life, but our dog and a cat would not be conducive to peace in our house. And I very much like peace and minimal injuries. That said, Poppy made a splash and I got to sneak in to many of the rooms to pet, adore and play with the kitties and emerged of course with some great photos. A huge thanks goes out to the volunteers, Jane Dorsey, The Cat Care Society, and of course the sponsors who made the event so much fun!
It occurred to me at the first meeting where we received our cats that adding a poppy sculptural element to Poppycat might be a fun addition. After some research and experimentation and some help from Mentor, volunteer and fellow artist Jane Dorsey, here are some photos of the "challenging" process of adding a poppy, some leaves and stems to Poppy! (the word challenging here means there was some cursing and general anguish and worry in this part of the process) Thanks too to Scratchworks who makes a terrifically versatile clay product. But after some sanding, more gesso and some adapting to the learning curve, I think she looks pretty good!
After this part, once all the clay was applied, I sanded, gessoed and painted the clay additions. After that about three coats of titanium white acrylic paint was applied to the entire cat to cover the grey gesso (note to self...next time not so much grey tint.) And then the real fun began of batiking and painting and collaging the batik flowers onto Poppycat.
What does an artist do when her studio has been replaced by a Xmas tree? Well, of course she moves outside. Here I am the week after Christmas sanding Poppycat and posing for some selfies out in my backyard. You see, Poppycat and all of her other counterparts from the Cat Care Society are molded of fiberglass and before anything can happen, they must be sanded. Since fiberglass isn't exactly non-toxic and I have small children and a dog, I chose to do my sanding outside with a shopvac handy. Here's the photos!
A little over a year ago I entered a competition where the Eastern Wyoming College was looking for interior art for a new building in Torrington, Wyoming. Two of my pieces were chosen and two more were commissioned with installation scheduled for fall of 2017! It's been a pleasure working with the committee and I'm very excited to travel to Torrington for the installation this fall. Below are two of the pieces that have been purchased and I hope to post more soon of the other two paintings.
The people at the Cat Care Society put together a great slideshow with a preview of the cats that will be available for auction this year. 23 in all! Here is the link if you are so inclined. I'm packing up my studio this week -- until after Christmas anyway, so Poppycat is standing by gaurding the studio.
Guess what's in my studio? A large fiberglass cat! It all started a couple of years ago while dropping off a painting for a gallery show. Into the parking lot pulled a caravan of cars with large painted cats peering out the windows, both back and passenger front seats. Truthfully it was a memorable site, and had me wondering....What on earth is that about? So, after some investigating I discovered that the cats were on tour, all painted by local artists, and then destined to be auctioned off for a benefit for our local animal shelter the Cat Care Society! To say I'm excited would be an understatement. As artists go, it's been my experience that we all love a challenge, to try something new experiment, and create in a new way! I'm no different I suppose, loving everything from acrylic painting, drawing, stained glass to quilting and needlework, as well as my chosen disciplines of watercolor batik and watercolor. This year I submitted my ideas for a painted cat to the cat care society and my design was chosen along with many other artists, by juror and artist Cheryl St. John to be included in next year's gala event! I hope to blog about the process a bit and let you see glimpses of it all... stay tuned! Here she is in her bubble wrapped splendor riding home in strapped into the back seat.
Park Hill Art Club is having their annual fall show soon. I've been busy getting some things finished up for it and have lots of new work to bring out! One of my favorite things about the show is the minis! The Park Hill Art Club Members fill tables with miniature paintings starting as low as $10 there is something for everyone! And who can't find a tiny little space for a miniature painting? I started painting these a few weeks ago and simply couldn't stop! I've had so much fun creating them. Squares are quickly becoming my favorite format for painting! They challenge me to consider composition differently and lend a somewhat more intimate view to the painting as if you are looking in a window to see the painting!
Upper left corner: "Sleepless" 4x4 mounted on canvas $25 . Lower left corner: "Introspective" Snapshots of the creative process. 4x4 mounted on canvas. $25, Right Corner: "Discovery" 6x6 mounted on canvas. All are part of my new series "Snapshots of the Creative Process".
Park Hill's Art Show will be weekend of November 4-6th. Opening Reception is Friday November 4 - Meet the artists, music and refreshments! Saturday November 5, 10-5pm, and Sunday November 6, 10-4pm at Park Hill United Methodist Church 5209 E. Montview Blvd. Denver, CO 80207
My mask is item #178 or you can look it up by my name. Laura McElfresh. Other artists and local celebrities like Joe Sakic, and Dale Chiluly to name a couple have masks up for bidding too, so for fun check them out!