Queen Kitty

2.5″ x 3.5″ oil on canvas paper
This is just one of the many, many aceo’s I painted from last week. I paint about two a day to sell on ebay, and I do fairly well. The problem is that it takes so much time away from the art that I want to paint.
How does one reconcile the need to paint what one is passionate about, and the need to make a living? Anyone have any suggestions?
 I don’t want to go back to being a restauranteur, I don’t want a receptionist job…I want to paint…but right now, these cards are my only income, and I certainly don’t want to spend the rest of my life painting pint size kitties and horses. Grrrr!!!

Sunlit

                                                        “Sunlit”  ACEO — SOLD

It’s spring, finally…I think… The large patches of snow beg to differ, but the temperature on the thermometer is finally agreeing. (Is that a word? It sounds funny…lol!) I’m really tired today. I ran 9km, painted for four hours, only to have to basically start over…way too much time to spend on a 6 x 6 painting, cooked a few meals, picked up after the kids…put them to bed…How does one have the time to stay in shape, raise a family, try to be an artist, and be a wife…YAWN! Okay, well I’m going to go to bed now, but I’ll leave you with this little horse I painted the other day. I’ve been painting A LOT! I just haven’t been posting much. There’s the cows…and the swan…and a lot of cats, haha. I will post some more soon.
Bye for now.

…and even more ACEO’s

Hello everyone…sorry about the lack of sketches, if anyone noticed…but I’m trying to make a few bucks to pay for the deluxe printer I just bought, lol!  And I need special paper, too, and Crystal Clear Bags…
Uhhh…the business of art. I’d rather just paint, and let someone else do all the other work, but I’ve made a new years resolution to get serious this year, and treat it as a job instead of a hobby…see where that gets me.
These cuties go active on Ebay at about 6 pm PST, 
Cheers, all!

Cat, Kitten, Kitty, ACEO, oil painting, miniature painting

Jade ACEO SOLD

I haven’t really sketched in a few days as I’ve been working on the color study for my large commission, so I thought I’d post one of my latest ACEO’s.
I ‘ve also been working on a cute sketch for my daughter. I couldn’t sleep last night, so I started doodling, something I never allow myself the novelty of doing and it turned into a pretty little big-eyed girl…but I’m not ready to show it. It might actually turn into a full size painting…we’ll see. If it does, it’s something totally and completely different for me, but I’m having fun experimenting.

More Itty Bitty Kitties

Snuggle Bugs Aceo SOLD

I’m so happy, my long awaited package of art supplies  arrived today! Yay! Thank you so much, super-hubby. I was going crazy. For those of you that don’t already know, I am stranded in my old hometown, at my mom and dad’s, in my old room, nonetheless…because the town where I now reside with my wonderful DH and my sweetheart monsters, has totally flooded. Like disastrous, devastatingly flooded! Many people’s homes are beyond repair, and it’s a bloody nightmare. Thank God our home was safe. But anyways, I have this huge commission, and no paint and no brushes…and my last batch of SOLD ebay ACEO’s were also stranded…in Bella Coola, with the buyer impatiently waiting for their purchase.  For the longest time we had no mail going out or coming in because the road and the airport were closed. At least now the air traffic is moving, so we can get mail and send it…so dear buyer, if you’re reading (I hope you don’t mind me showing off your card) and, your package will now arrive soon.

My Darling Billy

Billy in my sketchbook
I’ve been really enjoying looking at less serious stuff lately, namely people’s sketchbooks. I love the spontaneity, the freedom, and the sense of the artist in these pictures. I’ve been finding them on Flickr, and on art blogs, (check out Andrea Joseph’s stuff…it’s amazing!, and also Paul Madonna) and I realized, I don’t sketch enough. I take my art way too seriously.
I guess that there’s so little time in a day, being a mom and a wife, that any chance I get to paint, I paint seriously. It feels like a waste of time to sketch, when I have so little of it to begin with.  My focus has been on success so much, and recognition, and now that I’m finally getting a few shows out of town, and workshops, my art feels suddenly so joyless. I’ve been painting for shows, and for work, but I need to find the joy in it again, and maybe I can by sketching more. 
This is my sweet husband, Billy. We had a beautiful sunny day, about two days ago. He was home from work, and we sat on the deck, soaking up the sun. The light was great, so I grabbed my sketchbook and whipped this one off.
I also joined the “Sketchbook Project”.  It’s a pretty cool idea. You send them $25. They send you a moleskine sketchbook, you pick a theme, fill it up and send it back to them. Once there it becomes part of the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Art Library. You can also have them put the whole thing on line for an extra fee, where they’re there for the whole world to see. 
Anyways, that’s my post for the day.
Don’t forget to check out my ebay listings. I have a bunch of Cat ACEO’s for sale, starting at only $9.99.

The Chairman

                                   “The Chairman” 2.5″x3.5″ ACEO
      


Chairman Meow is a lovely cat that belongs to my friend and employer, Holly, of Coast Mountain Lodge in Bella Coola. He is sweet and affectionate…more like a big friendly dog than a cat, and he’s also a manx…ya, just a little stump of a tail…anyways, he’s a sweetie, and I had to paint him.
I’ve actually been on a bit of an ACEO painting binge this week, so check out my listings by clicking on the scrolling gallery to your right.
Unfortunately the horses and driver in my previous posting met an unfortunate demise…beware of painting when you’re not in the mood, is my advice to all of you artists out there that might have a bit of a temper, lol! Yes, I have to start over, or patch the hole in my canvas….

christmas aceo’s for sale


Here’s a few aceos I did for ebay today. I had kind of an aimless day, I suppose. One could call it “art avoidance”… I have a large painting I am about to attempt for my show at the gallery in April, and I’m putting it off. I guess I’m intimidated by its size, or that it’s more complicated…I don’t know. I’m just putting it off. Which isn’t good. Because I need to have about four more paintings in about six more days. I guess I just work better under pressure:)
Anyways, these little guys were fun, and maybe I’ll make a few bucks. So bid now!:)

Bookworm kitty cat aceo original art by Tahirih Goffic

“Bookworm” 2.5″ x 3.5″ ACEO oil on canvas paper

This is one of the ACEO’s I sold last week on ebay.
Check out my new listings on Tuesday night. I should have a bunch more.
I enjoy doing these little paintings. I can get the great feeling of accomplishment that comes with finishing a painting, but in an hour instead of a week. It’s a nice break sometimes, and they sell like hotcakes, too. It’s a nice way to make a few extra bucks every week.