Sorry for the Long Absence

Charlie” a commission for a great friend
8″ x 10″ oil on canvas panel

I know I haven’t posted in awhile, and perhaps I should change the title, as has been suggested, but I do really hope to be back to “Almost Daily” soon.  Life has been busy…I’ve been creating…a lot! Just trying to find my direction, which has changed since I started this blog. So thanks for your patience!

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!!!

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.

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….

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.

Mo Cuishle

“Mo Cuishle” 2.5″ x 3.5″ oil on canvas paper

I’ve been meaning to post a few times this last week, but our internet service is really bad right now, and blogger hasn’t been letting me upload pictures. Since this is mainly a blog about pictures, and I didn’t have anything interesting to say, I just didn’t say anything at all.
This painting is one out of this week’s set of ACEO’s. It is from a gorgeous photograph that my friend, James, took, and he graciously gave me permission to use it. His was black and white, and I used my imagination to colorize it. I couldn’t think of a name for it that I hadn’t already used before, and “Mo Cuishle” came to mind, because it means “my darling”. In the book I’m writing, I had to do a lot of research on Gaelic endearments because it’s based in Ireland, so the term was fresh in my mind. Anyways, I hope you all like it.
Bye for now.

Is That You, Momma?


I’ve been slacking at posting, again, but not painting. I’m busy! I’m working on an 18″x 24″ painting right now for the Inside Barkerville project, and have finished at least 8 ACEO’s since I last posted. This little fella is one of them. I love how the light from the window behind him outlines his little head. He looks like an angel:)

I also took part in our village’s annual Arts and Crafts fair, this last weekend, and I did awesome. I sold cards, prints, ACEO originals, ACEO prints, and even three original paintings! Yay! Not bad for our little town. I recommend it to all of you artists out there. It helps spread your work and your name around, and lets people know what you do. I gave out lots of business cards and chatted with many people who claim to have not known I was an artist, even though I’ve been here for twelve years, and have my stuff in the gallery. Who knew?

New ACEO Black Cat Original Oil Painting for Halloween

“I SEE YOU” 2.5″ x 3.5″ oil on watercolor paper

Here’s another little ACEO. I’ve been having fun with these kitties this week. My first one, Baby Blue Eyes comes up for auction on Ebay tomorrow at about 7pm, pacific standard time, so check it out. I think next week I’ll do horses, or maybe musicians…hmmm. I also finished three other ACEO’s and a top secret Barkerville watercolor this week, so I’ve been busy. I’m a very tired mommy tonight, so I don’t have much to say. Oh, I know, you other artists out there, I have a question for you…What is your favorite type of watercolor paint? I need to upgrade, and I’m wondering if anyone has any opinions.
Okay, that’s it. Goodnight, all.

Queen Shiva ACEO

Okay, well, I know I have painted this image of my beloved Shiva before, but never this small:) I sold the original one, and I really love this picture of her posing in a ray of sunshine on our old farm. The light is so beautiful, I just had to do it again as an ACEO.

In other news, hmmm…let’s see. I know I had something I wanted to talk about. Oh yeah…commissions. I’ve discovered something new about actually working full time as an artist. I hadn’t up until this Barkerville project came up. I’d always dreamed of being able to support myself with my art, but let’s just say I didn’t do a whole lot to make that dream happen. I painted when I had the energy, or when inspiration hit, or when I thought I had time. When it’s a job, though, holy…do priorities ever change. Suddenly it’s really not that important to have coffee with girlfriends, or make sure your child gets to the play centre three times a week that’s half an hour drive away, and lasts for three hours, or watching Medium every Monday night. I’d love to still be doing those things, mind you, but they sure don’t allow me to get any painting done. This is hard!@ It’s work. It’s good work, because I’m doing what I love, but sometimes I have to do an image I’m not crazy about, or subject matter I’m not familiar with, and…it’s work! I’m the one who decided I wanted to paint Barkerville anyways, so it’s not like I have to just paint what I’m told, either. But still, I started to feel smothered, and hopeless.

I know I was going to go somewhere with this…damn mommy brain…I wish I could sleep at night:) That’s it…back to the ACEO’s. I’ve realized, that no matter how tiny, or insignificant it is, we, as artists, need to remember to take time to paint just for ourselves, or we’ll start hating it. I was getting so burnt out. The last thing I wanted to do was pick up a paintbrush. And then I took an hour and put it aside for just me, and painted a little trading card. It turned out great, and I felt great, and I didn’t have to take it all seriously, and worry if it was going to be good enough. So now, when I’m feeling smothered by the project, I grab a little 2.5″ by 3.5″ card and whip off a little kitty, or horse, or something totally frivolous, and suddenly everything’s all good again.