#Caturday: tuxedo cat in Italy

I personally find Italy one of the most inspiring places in the world. A stunningly beautiful landscape, lively people, the best kitchen in the world … I am not exaggerating, am I?
Anyway, I was working on a village scene when of course the cat Knor arrived … πŸ™‚ (For those of you who are not familiar with Knor: “k” is pronounced as in “kitchen” and the word knor stands for the inner light spirit of cat beings). She arrived in style: a tuxedo cat. And the lady in red is exploring the streetΒ  … as I seem to have developed a specific liking to red dresses. The painting is available on several products and with Zazzle’s new transfer tool (on the product pages) you can also transfer the design to any product that it fits on, as made by Zazzle.
The first product is a wine label with your custom texts:

The light shining through this lamp will create a beautiful warm atmosphere:

And shopping will be more fun with a colorful and artistic tote bag:

You may also like to take a look at the collection to see more pre-created template products.

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Romantic Fantasy Fine Art

Today I’d like to show you three new paintings, all with elegant women center stage. Although they are separate paintings, they do have a connection in that they show the power of women from different angles.
I’m starting with an Italian inspired lady by the beach. Of course her cat Knor (“K” pronounced as in “kitchen”, the word Knor referring to the inner light being and essence of the cat spirit as originating from the star system Sirius), is with her as they are both watching the sunset on the beach. On the left is a Roman pillar, a symbol of the power of the Roman empire, overgrown with elegant flowers. The referral to the Roman times also highlights a certain enlightenment as this period of time is characterized by high technical achievements as well as a huge spiritual and artistic inspiration. The royal blue dress refers to a celestial influence.

Watching the Sunset Together - fine art painting

The next painting is set in a tropical scene with a lady in red. Red is of course a color of passion. The dreamy waves of the ocean remind of movement and a world that is constantly changing. Together with the cat Knor and a colorful bird friend, she is looking out over the sea to watch the sunset. Or are they waiting for someone or something … ?

Tropical Sunset Fine Art Painting

And last, but not least, a painting of Norse goddess Freyja, or also named Freya. Although she is originally described as being worshipped in the Scandinavian countries, I saw her clearly in Ireland, which the emerald green dress also symbolizes. She is a blessing for all who see or sense her, being the goddess of joy, beauty, love and healing. The falcon is flying in from the Middle East as an important power animal and she is also joined by her friend and companion the cat Knor, who is silently on the outlook for her. Her love and light are strong against a wild ocean and darkening sky. I depicted her with wings, as she is also related to the angelic realms.

Freyja Fine Art Painting

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Singing in the rain …

Today I am featuring some products from the new fine art collection with a painting of a girl in a red dress with umbrella in the rain. Beautiful for the fall season and also for the Holidays. The first product is a phone case:

And then a personalized mug:

And to keep track of time: a wall clock:

Keep in touch for the next series!

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Romantic Art in the Fall

Today I am featuring a new romantic painting for on the wall. As always, I have been experimenting with styles and techniques, which is a lot of fun. And the result can definitely be called romantic πŸ™‚
It shows a fall forest or park scene with a couple in love. You can see they got distracted while letting the dog out for a walk:

Romantic fine art painting of a couple in love with a dog

Available on Imagekind as well as on FAA.

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#Caturday: how cats view the world

This #Caturday I want to tell you something more about a painting I just made.
A room with a view - surreal cat art
When I start on a new painting, I do some research into what I want to make. Oftentimes this takes me completely off track and I end up creating something entirely different from what I set out to do. And then I am so busy with composition, colors and other details, that I usually do not think any more about significance or deeper meaning … until it’s done. And then the painting starts to speak in a new way to tell me what I apparently subconsciously wanted to say.
I find it fascinating how this works and to get back to this particular painting, it has a surreal aspect to it. Or maybe I should say philosophical. It is not entirely clear from the painting whether the kitty Knor (“k” pronounced as in “kitchen”, referring to the inner spirit of cat beings) is looking at the world from the inside, or from the outside. The line between inner and outer world have blurred. Or should I say, like the ancient Chinese, as above, so below?
This is a young knor being, exploring. However, she has tools to her disposition to find answers. (I couldn’t have made this up!)
You can see some books of wisdom by her side and she is lit by the warm light of a candle. Candle light stands for help from the spirit world and illumination. On the other side of the window sill you see an apple. When I made the painting, I was thinking of the colors and composition mainly, but now, looking at it again, I can’t miss the symbolic meaning of an apple as referring to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden: the wisdom of making the discernment between good and evil. A skill Knor will especially need in a world where lines between inside and outside seem to be blurred …
Of course after all this, I recommend to just enjoy and relax while taking in the pleasure of furry purry fun in explorations!

P.S. This painting is now also available on Fine Art America, which means you can also get it as a metallic print!

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Postcard inspiration

Postcards are so much fun! Not just to let someone know you are thinking about them, or to announce a new address or to congratulate them with their birthday (see how many things postcards are great for?) … but also to frame in your home. A small piece of art to add joy and color to your space (after removing the texts):

This one is a nice for a child’s room:

And this one would work well for an office space of someone who loves to sail:

And as the costs don’t break the bank, it’s easy to replace them when you are ready for a new style or design.
Try hanging a few of them together to add atmosphere!

A totally different use is to create a mood board. You can use mood boards to make a visual representation of what you would like in your life. You can cut out elements of postcards to make a collage or you can hang a couple of postcards together in a frame … just ideas to get your creative flow going! πŸ™‚

You may also like to take a look at a previous post with get well postcards or a post featuring new address postcards.

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Blue Jeans as base for modern design

A classic blue jeans is an eternal inspiration for designers. I’ve used it to create a cheerful pattern in the colors of the American flag. Pretty on clothing as well as gifts or for home decor. I’m starting with a tote bag, great for shopping groceries as well as for a day in town:

As you can see, this pattern is also inspired by patchwork and quilting traditions.
This tie can be worn casually classic with jeans:

And you may also enjoy it in a living room as pillow:

You can also take a look at the entire collection as I’ve created several more products with this pattern. If you don’t see it on a product that you would like, you can transfer the design to your product of choice (if available on Zazzle).

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Teal gift ideas and home decoration

Do you just love the color teal? Then you are not the only one! Today I am featuring gifts and home decor items in the color teal.
Teal refers in color symbol meanings to a recharging of spirits. Visually focusing on this color can bring feelings such as calmness or rejuvenation (and who wouldn’t want that?)
The first product is a gorgeous binder to store sewing patterns or for other fashion and hobby related purposes:

For the home and especially cute for single women:

And are you ready for a new season of yoga classes? You’ll love this personalized yoga mat in teal and turquoise:

And back to work: a laptop sleeve with a striped teal design:

A teal green bullet journal or notebook:

And a lovely chocolate box with your own custom photos:

Of course I created tons of other products in teal, as it’s one of my favorite colors, but for today, I’ll leave you with this gorgeous lamp:

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Gifts and Home Styling for Coffee Lovers

Coffee is always uplifting and inspiring in my view and today I am featuring a painting I created with a coffee theme. I’ve added it to a few products so far. And as always, you can customize, drag or delete the texts. The first is a kitchen tile:

And then a stone coaster:

And a pillow:

All products work well to create a warm homey feeling in your living space and are also great to fit into an industrial design interior.

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Beacons of hope: new lighthouse paintings

Lately it seems I can’t get enough of painting lighthouses and thus you can find two new paintings in the gallery.
The first one shows a tranquil coastal scene at sunset:
The Lighthouse 4
And the second lighthouse is situated in a rocky coastal area and faces a storm approaching with dark skies:
The Lighthouse 5
Of course you can find seagulls in both paintings, and in the second one the cat Knor also managed to find a majestic place for herself πŸ™‚

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