Friday, May 9, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderfully, sweet, adorable ladies out there! I'm sure you are adored by your families and will be spending some time this weekend celebrating.

I would like to thank all my blog readers who have left such heart warming "well wishes" for my father in law and grandmother. Your kindness is so appreciated!

Below is a question from Patrick in France that I would like to answer before I forget:

Is this still painted on 6"x6" canvas? I love the darker edge (which gives an "ancient" look, a bit like "it was buried under a lot of stuff somewhere in Grand-Ma's attic") and the lettering. Do you transfer the lettering first or do you paint it directly?

Yes Patrick this is painted on a 6 inch square canvas and you can view it on my eBay auctions. I shaded the edges to make it appear aged. I will someday go into a little bit more about how to shade on my blog, so keep watching. I type my verse on my computer and print it to the size I want. I then tape it to my painting and trace it on with white graphite paper. Then I use a 10/0 flat to paint the lettering. The strokes are similar to calligraphy with a wide nib pen. Sometimes I just write the lettering with my watercolor pencil on the canvas and then paint it. Thanks for stopping by Patrick and it's always great to have a new reader.

Irene asked this: I love your work! What kind of pie is it? Irene, it was an apple pie in my mind when I was doing the painting.

Today I got a surprize from Courtney at Nesting Instincts. She's mentioned me and my paintings on her blog with links to my Etsy Store. Please stop by her blog and let her know I sent you. You'll get some great tips for feathering you nest and much more!

I will try to get caught up visiting with everyone soon!


  1. Thank you, thank you , thank you for the tip on lettering. I can't wait to give that a try! Lettering has always been troublesome for me. Now, I would like to know how you get that 'small crackle' effect as seen in this post's Adoration painting. Thanks so much for your helpful tips.

  2. Happy Mothers Day Catherine! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  3. Thank you very much for the info Catherine. Very useful.

    Oh, and by the way: Happy Mother's day! (in France it will be on the last weekend of May)

  4. Wish you great weekend full of joy. Happy Mothers Day!


  5. Hi Cathie!
    I am so sorry to hear about your Grandmother and FIL...I hope everyone mends quickly...

    Happy Mother's Day to you!

  6. Another wonderful painting! Enjoy your day!

  7. I am just now reading about your stressful week, Catherine!

    I'm so sorry to hear about your father in law and grandmother.


  8. Catherine,
    Happy Mother's Day! Come on over I'm having a giveaway.

  9. Happy Belated Mother's Day Catherine!
    and I do hope the healing powers of spring are working their magic on you and yours. - Wendy


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