Ok, I know it’s hot out there, but Halloween will be here before you know it! Last pre-order was going to be my last for the year but I know some of you wanted me to do another in September, so here we go! The FINAL Halloween ornament pre-order of 2023 is on! Pre-sale will end on the 18th of September and ornaments will ship October 6th, or earlier depending on how many sell. If you missed out on the other pre-orders, now is the time to get your ornaments! 🧡🎃
Click here to head over to my Halloween Ornaments page to see all the different kitties dressed up for the holiday!
My original handmade clay ornaments, painted with acrylic paints, and glitter! These ornaments are based off of characters in my Halloween paintings. I wanted to bring them more to ‘life’ by creating ornaments to match with the paintings. I’ve been making these ornaments since 2006 and adding new ones every few years! Look below for a blast from the past or my original ornaments!
Today celebrates a lot of things, apparently! It’s World Photography Day, National Photography Day, World Honey Bee Day, National Potato Day, and many others. I couldn’t possibly paint something for everything, but I did merge some of the things.
Once upon a time, I took countless photos of my children while they were growing up. I loved having them stand awkwardly, in little themes I’d made in my mind. They always were eager to participate!
I’m currently on my first glass of coffee, iced coffee, but the above picture is an accurate representation of how I currently am. If you’ve followed my art over the years, you’ll know there’s a very strong recurring theme of cats and coffee. Two things I cannot, and will not live without! I also love the spooky side of things. Though over the years my “spooky” has been more cute than boo, but I feel like with drawing on the iPad, maybe I can get a little closer to the spooky side. I tried to draw the white cat above as a ghostly kind of cat, surrounded by cobwebs, in the background hanging from the shelves and walls.
Not a Morning Ghost was an idea for Twitch emotes, or rather updating my Twitch page emotes. Then I scrapped the idea but still liked the cat. Then I had the brilliant idea to try adding text again. What kind of text? Should I write it? Should I use a font? What font? I didn’t think any of the ideas worked so I scrapped the text. I need to buy some post-it notes so I can make a note to stick on a monitor, “NO TEXT.”
Another favorite theme of mine to paint is cats and autumn/Halloween. Trying a more muted approach with two kitties and pumpkins, I’m not sure I could actually paint these in acrylics, but I like the softness in the illustrations. Sometimes, I’ll illustrate things first, or doodle them, then later paint them. I’m not sure how many of my recent illustrations will make it to acrylic on wood, but there’s a chance some will be painted.
As always, if you’re interested in prints of any of these illustrations, you can find them in my Teepublic Shop! Any and all feedback is welcome as well. What do you think about text on art shirts?
Ornament Pre-Order! Pre-order ends August 21st, and orders ship by September 4th. (dates are subject to if they sell out before the end date.) This will most likely be my last Halloween ornament pre-order for the year so I can focus on new Halloween paintings! I’ve added in three different road trip ornaments as well-a bit earlier than normal for those. Numbers are very limited so I can control how many I will make. I’ll be enlisting my mom and my youngest to help me squish the clay this time, so my wrist isn’t sad.
If there is an ornament you absolutely want but it isn’t available, send me a message before you order and I’ll make it available.
Two kitties telling ghost stories by the campfire! It’s more fun with creepy guitar noises and dressing up as a ghost!
Do you have any ghost stories, any experiences? Do you believe in ghosts? I’ve had quiet a few experiences over the years, things that I can’t explain. One of the earliest memories was in a big old house we lived in in Inglewood, California. My brother and I shared a room (even though we had guest rooms…) and one day our two Doberman Pinschers, Max and Chief, started fighting. My mom and stepdad sent us up to our room to stay out of the way. We both sat on my brother’s bed which was next to the wall with a window. With our legs dangling between the bed and the wall, we sat there watching out the window to the yard below, as my mom, stepdad, and a couple of my mom’s workers tried to separate the dogs with water from a hose.
Suddenly I felt hands on my legs and they were pulling, like trying to pull me under the bed. I started panicking and crying, my brother sat next to me looking at me like I’m losing my mind. I scream out that someone is pulling my legs, and scream for my mom. All the adults come running into the house, upstairs to our room, because I’m screaming bloody murder, holding on to the bed. My stepdad grabs me and pulls me off the bed, asking what is going on. I tell him and there’s confusion like, what? What do you mean? They look under the bed, nothing. Look in the closet, and then start looking around the house for someone. They didn’t find anyone. My legs had marks all over that they couldn’t explain. To this day, I refuse to have my bed alongside a wall.
A new little series of illustrations for Halloween! Zombie Cats! Something I started doodling a zombie cat as I was waiting for an order of acrylic paint to arrive, and also while putting off de-glittering my workspace. I figured I needed to play on the iPad a bit. I cracked open my preferred app, Adobe Fresco, and started doodling. That’s how this little series came about! (I should point out that as I was working on the first two, I was staring at an empty glass of iced coffee, so maybe *I’m* the zombie cat?!)
The last one I finished is the lumberjack, which was a request from a great friend of mine. I have made him with and without the axe, but currently the axe version is up on my Teepublic shop! I hope you enjoy these creepy little kitties. Click on the image to go to my TeePublic Shop where you can purchase prints or t-shirts!
Oh, and a bonus ghosty cat with some iced coffee because it’s honestly all I drink these days and it’s iced coffee season! Jk, it’s iced coffee season all year!
To celebrate my birthday, let’s have a Big Birthday Bash Sale! 50% off ALL original paintings! Yes, 50%!!! Coupon code: BIRTHDAY at checkout! Thank you to all of my fans, old and new. I appreciate you all so much, and I hope you enjoy my birthday gift to you! <3
I took a quick 5 hour road trip to Maryland a couple weeks ago. It was only meant to be a three day visit, but ended up being two weeks. I noticed my Volvo s40 was pretty loud while driving, and remembered when my 244 Volvo was the same…wheel bearing probably. So when I got to Maryland I took it to a mechanic that had two 240s in the parking lot. I figured hey, they obviously work on Volvo’s! Anyway, long story short, they replaced the wheel bearing but it was causing issue with the abs/anti-skid, aka they weren’t working. They said I should be fine to drive home and when I’m back on the 10th of July, they could replace it. Nope. On Wednesday I drove maybe 10 minutes out of town, had a car in front of me stop short, which made me have to brake hard, and we slid. Wheeeeeee! I said nope, not driving 300 miles without abs! So I turned around and went straight to the mechanic, explained what happened, and by this Monday we were back on the road heading home. I’m now home, and back to making art! <3