Monday, April 21, 2008

Two New Folk Art Paintings and a Special Award

I added two new paintings to my eBay listings. The first one is inspired by Kim from Daisy Cottage . I've always loved her yellow and red color scheme and decided to paint this little cottage. Guess what I named it? That's right Daisy Cottage! If you look closely, you'll see the little daisies below the house.

Daisy Cottage is home to the Johnson family. Jolene, mother/wife/caretaker, is a soft spoken gentle woman. Her friends are as numerous as the stars in the sky because of her gracious spirit. Her family loves the twinkle in her eyes and her generous hugs. She tends to her flowers with the same loving grace and reads outside in the shade of the big tree.

This little painting is titled Willowick.

Maddie owns the local coffee shop in the Village of Willowick. A very patriot person, Maddie always displays the American flag on her house. She is also president of the chamber of commerce, teaches Sunday school, and volunteers at the local children's home. Unbeknownst to Maddie, her dear friends (partners in crime, next door neighbors, local busy bodies, etc.), Hazel and Camille, are planning a surprize birthday party for her at the coffee shop on her 50th birthday. They've been plotting and planning for weeks and this could be the biggest "shebang" in the whole county!

Penny from Lavender Hill awarded me with the Arte Y Pico Award . Thanks Penny! The rules for this award are:
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language.

2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his/her blog to be visited by everyone.

3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her/him the award itself.

4. The award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y Pico’ blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5.To show these rules.

I would like to pass this award on to:

Kari and Kijsa two of the most delightfully charming and talented Diet Pepsi loving sisters! What can I say that hasn't already been said about these great gals!

Kim from
Daisy Cottage is a decorating genius! I just love all her ideas! She was the inspiration for one of the above paintings.

For some "Glammed Up Country" there is no one quite like Junk 2 Jewels ! I just love her decorated and jeweled bottles!

I just found Karen Eileen today. Check her out for "a little bit of this and that". Great looking blog! She's also close to my neck of the woods.

And one of my all time favorites: Tracey from A Cottage Industry does everything from beautiful cookies, cupcakes, and tons of decorating ideas. This gal has it all!


  1. Amazing artwork...yet again more wonderful paintings from your easel!!!
    Thank you, thank you for such kind words, and a fabulous award!! We are so honored and thankful to be included among great have mentioned some outstanding women and sites...thank you so much, we feel truly blessed!

    kari & kijsa

  2. I love your sweet Daisy Cottage and Willowick! The stories are as charming as the paintings. Congrats on the award! You are one of my favorities artists too! I know a couple of the blogs, you have passed it on to and am looking forward to meeting the others..

  3. Dear Catherine,

    I only discovered your work 2 or 3 days ago because I'm very new to decorative painting, and if I must have a new favourite artist, I think it's definitely you!

    I have just bought one of your books on eBay because I would love to try painting one of your creations one day, when I am able to.

    Please continue feeding my dreamworld with your fantastic paintings.

    La Rochelle, France

  4. We almost forgot...thanks for the shout out about the "diet pepsi"...LOL!!!!

    smiles, kari & kijsa

  5. Thanks Patrick! You're very kind and I'm honored that you enjoy my artwork. Good luck with the book and if you have any questions, let me know.

  6. Thank you so much for mentioning me on your blog!! I am in such good company. Talk to you soon,

    Karen Eileen

  7. Your two new paintings are lovely, and such great stories to go with them!
    Congrats on your award!
    I'm off to check some of the links you posted.

    I am so honored that I inspired YOU - YOU are such a talented artist - and this enchanting painting is no exception. Thank you Catherine for being so sweet.. you made my day!!

  9. Catherine,
    Beautiful work as usual! Please don't think me rude, but can I get back to you later about the card? I've just had news that my beloved grandmother is in serious condition and is being rushed to a hospital up north so I must go to her. I'll be in touch when I return.

  10. Beautiful work, Catherine!



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