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Beauty and the Beast and Many Cats’ Eyes

I have finished my portrait of “Beauty and the Beast”, which features a pit-bull type of dog prince/beast. *shocking* Yes, I painted a dog! At least, I tried to paint a dog. The last time I attempted to portray a canine creature, a three-headed Cerberus to be exact, someone pointed out that my dogs’ heads looked very cat-like. Hehe! ;)

This painting (on a flat canvas panel) measures 11″x14″. It was created in acrylics and has been varnished and signed on the back.

Over the weekend, I found a beautiful ornate frame in which to display it.  Of course, someone else might prefer a different style of frame… so I have listed it for sale with the option to choose: Framed or Unframed.
Beauty and the Beast framed painting

(Click here to view the listing)
Shipping/tracking/insurance are included in the listed price. Payment/lay-away plans are also available for all my paintings upon request. :)


Also listed: 8″x10″ reproduction prints5″x7″ reproduction prints ….. Magnets, cards, and bookmarks are coming soon!

This past week, I decided to spend a bit of time doing some “eye studies”.

One of my resolutions this year was to utilize photo references more often, for practicing realistic effects. I typically sketch and paint without any reference at all, unless I’m working on a client’s commissioned portrait using their cat photos. Naturally, like most New Year’s resolutions, this one fell by the wayside early on in 2017…. but it isn’t too late to try again!

Using 4″ wooden plaques, acrylic paint, and photos of real cats’ eyes – I sat down and painted these Five Eyes:

Cat Eye original acrylic paintings

They debuted at the Carroll County Farmer’s Market on Saturday, and were pronounced “creepy” by one and all. ;)

I will be offering them up for sale, after I take a few individual photos of them. Expect to see them on Etsy tomorrow night. The four 4″ plaques (#1, #2, #3 & #5) will be $40 each, and the 5″ plaque (#4) will be $50. They have been varnished, and will be signed & numbered on the back as well. Each will include a display easel, and they can also hang on a wall – because a staring eyeball is just what your wall needs, right?!? :D

Incidentally, I have shared two time-lapse videos of my eye paintings here for my Patreon subscribers. I also have two additional videos that I will be editing and sharing on Patreon over the next couple of days. If you have ever wondered what madness lurks inside my brain, consider subscribing to my Patreon channel! Haha!

Speaking of the Farmer’s Market, I will have a booth this coming Saturday (7/15) and again on the 29th. The Carroll County Farmer’s Market is held inside 4 buildings located on 700 Agriculture Drive, Westminster Maryland. My “summer spot” is in Burns’ Hall (the first building, which includes a kitchen serving cooked breakfasts & lunches). The doors open to the public from 8am – 1pm. I will be there all four Saturdays in August as well, with my entire selection of paintings, prints, bookmarks, magnets, and greeting cards.

The first two Saturdays in August coincide with the 4-H/FFA Fair, so our market vendors will be located in the lower field (Landon C. Burns Park) by the lake, on August 5th & 12th… since the FFA Fair occupies the buildings. I always enjoy arriving early to set up outdoors, and watching the sun rise over the lake. It is such a gorgeous spot!

Carroll County Landon C Burns lake

Rabbit Hole Artist Collective logo

Lastly but not leastly (I’m ignoring my web browser’s insistence that “leastly” isn’t a word!), the Rabbit Hole Artist Collective will be holding its Facebook art auction on July 24th ~ beginning at 2pm EST. Our themes this month are “Ghosts” and “Moonsong”, and I am excited to begin working on a new painting inspired by “Ghosts”… ;)

We also have several new Rabbit members that deserve a special shout-out:

Jeremias ColmenaresLizzy FalconNelleke Schoemaker
Karen SpencerNatasha Wescoat
(Click on their names to check out their artwork!)

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Tara Fly

About Tara Fly

A Crazy Cat Lady ... who divides her time between painting portraits of cats dressed in period costumes, watching BBC mini-series, growing weeds and wildflowers, and baking pumpkin pies seasoned with cat hair. Would you like some fur-flavoured coffee?

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