Friday, November 28, 2014

Kiosk at Sunrise

Did another painting today, which makes me extremely happy. I have been really busy the last week or so doing paintings for Christmas presents and the very last one I did, for a very dear friend, turned out GROSS.

I was so disappointed that I stayed away from the brush for a while.

Finally I told her, "I did a painting for you and it really sucks," and I felt so much better afterwards that I started painting again.

The moral of the story? If something sucks, admit it! Shout it from the fecking rooftops! You'll feel EVER so much happier!

This painting, by the way, was inspired by a photo I took a couple years ago at Kiosk, at sunrise, in the northern part of Algonquin Park. We used to go there every spring and every fall for fishing trips. It's a gorgeous place, desolate and wildly beautiful, and I miss it like crazy. (It's available for purchase at my Etsy shop.)

By the way, I can't show you the sucky one because apparently my friend still wants to receive its suckiness for Christmas. So it has to be a SURPRISE SUCK, if you get my drift.

Geez that sounded bad ...


  1. Oh Cathy you paint as well as you write. Well done I really like it. Hug B

  2. That's a funny, good story. Reminds me of my BFF. She had glove molds in her bathroom; white and black porcelain hands to hold guest towels. I had opportunity to have a mold made of my hand once and thought I'd make one for Carol for the towels. It was just a scrawny old lady hand. I showed it to Carol for a joke and she took it. Fortunately I've never seen it in a bathroom. That's what dear friends are about.

  3. How many times have you seen my craft fails on my blog??? lol And we're our own worse critics. I used to fish my roommates 'sucky drawings' out of the trash can and put them in my scrapbook, despite her protesting how awful it looked.

    That's a very pretty painting!

  4. SURPRISE SUCK has me laughing rather a lot. And I suspect you are being very, very hard on yourself.
    Love the one you have showed us today. I was brought up to believe that everyone has a special talent. You have at least two. Whose did you steal? Was it mine perhaps...?

  5. It's a beauty. That part of Algonquin's beautiful, and under-appreciated.

  6. You have quite the knack for depicting water.

  7. Love, love, love this painting!

  8. Glad you've re-discovered your painting instinct. And it probably doesn't suck; it's just "nouveau art." Yeah; that's it!

    Blessings and Bear hugs, Cathy!

  9. I love this post. If you're creative, you will have some doozies, and I love the idea of shouting it out and becoming free of it. Thanks! (And the surprise suck is hilarious.)

  10. This has a great sense of how light catches water! Lovely use of colors, Cathy. No wonder you're excited by creating such art.

  11. Painters evolve - how can you ever reach your potential if you do not see your own work critically. What sucks to you may be fine for others; but it is your critical eye that allows you to improve.
    Post more of your work with the background story... they are interesting
    the Ol'Buzzard

  12. really lovely Cathy I think how you are painting in several styles, really stretching and challenging yourself- it's where the magic happens! SO veyr proud, I love you, Kel

  13. This is fantastic! Love the textures and the light. I think it is awesome that you told your friend that the painting you made her was terrible and that she still wants it. I bet it isn't terrible! Plus, saying your feelings released your inner painter again. :)

  14. Cathy, if anyone did a painting especially for me, I'd receive it with open arms and a spontaneous outpouring of ... whatever...I'd be so darned pleased. Now, where I'd hang it, i'm not sure.j

    Came by to say hi and

    I wish you every good wish for Christmas and the New Year!

    Denise :)

  15. Just checked out your etsy shop. When I have some money I must visit again. Do you post to Australia?


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