Ali Canary aka AliCat
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My Portrait of Taz: The Underpainting is Finished

In my last post, I showed you a picture of the beginning of the underpainting and explained what that was (in short, it's a painting done in neutral tones done to establish shapes and shades, and it will eventually be overlain with the true colors). In th
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Posted in Art on April 7, 2023

My Portrait of Taz: Here's the Weird Part

Last time, I had completed the background of my portrait of Taz, and I had added some color here and there to start establishing various areas of lights and darks and to indicate where Taz's markings were so I would have some indicators to follow. This i
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Posted in Art on March 5, 2023

My Portrait of Taz: The Background is Finished!

The portrait looks a lot different from the last time I showed it to you! At this point, the background has been fully developed, or at least as fully as it's going to be - I'm not planning to paint it in any greater detail, as I don't want it to detract f
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Posted in Art on February 17, 2023

My Portrait of Taz: Developing the Background

You might remember that last time, I wrote about finally getting past the massive artist's block that was holding me back by using the "just do it!" method. It worked! I was able to return to the painting and start developing the background by laying in th
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Posted in Art on January 31, 2023

My Portrait of Taz: Moving Past the Block

Ihad fretted so much and put the painting off for such a long time: I really "got my butt stuck in the mud", as they say here in the South. What would help? YouTube, friends. Watching other artists work, specifically painters--and especially Greg Simkins
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Posted in Art on January 14, 2023

My Portrait of Taz - A Very Bad Artist's Block

This doesn't happen often, but I got ROYALLY stuck on this painting, right where you saw it last. The sketch was no problem, and laying in some basics in the background went okay. But then I got completely stuck. The problem? I work from the background f
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Posted in Art on January 2, 2023

Starting My Portrait of Taz - Laying in Color

Last time, I showed you the photo of Taz that my friend Mark sent me to use as reference. He had caught Taz in the process of licking his face and loved his expression; he said it was "pure Taz". So we agreed I would just copy that photo. Whenever I start
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Posted in Art on November 12, 2022

A Portrait of Taz - The Reference Photo

This is a photograph of Taz, my friend Mark's kitty. Taz passed away, and Mark asked if I would paint a portrait of him. I usually do portraits in graphite (pencil) because I can do them quickly, but sometimes I will use other media, like pastel, colored p
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Posted in Art on September 4, 2022

Side Hustles: Art, Online - Print-on-Demand

Hey folks, hope everyone had a good weekend. My next stop on the side hustle train for artists is print-on-demand (POD). Some of you who are writers may already be familiar with POD for books. It enables you to sell your self-published books witho
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Posted in Art on August 7, 2022

My Side Hustles: Art, Online - Etsy, the Big Online Platform for Artists

Hi all, I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. I'm busy at work on--you guessed it--side hustles!!! Okay, so there are lots of sites that let you sell your art online. One of the best known is Etsy, at Etsy is a lot like eBay, in tha
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Posted in Art on June 12, 2022

Comments (83)

Hi AliCanary , Are you on Facebook?

May 16, 2017, 11:34 AM

Yes, it is a good feeling to be getting closer to the goal.

January 17, 2016, 2:53 PM

Hi AliCat. I remember you from Bubblews. Glad to see you here. I just found the site recently.

November 29, 2015, 12:51 PM

Hi AliCat! I don't know if you're looking for any new venues or not, but I do know Daily Voice News is looking for writers to write about their favorite TV shows on a regular basis. I thought of you because your recaps are always so interesting and thorough. I just wanted to mention it to you. : )

November 14, 2015, 8:51 PM

You have been busy!! Congratulations on the milestone!

September 1, 2015, 8:13 AM

Hi Lady : ) I saw a new book at the library today titled, "The Secret History of Wonder Woman" and thought of you. I didn't know if you were aware of it or not, so here's looking at you, kid.

July 14, 2015, 9:44 PM

Free time is scarce at the moment and even though I try to pop in everyday not much time to post...hopefully things will get back to normal over the next few months...

July 13, 2015, 6:20 PM

Following you and eagerly awaiting The Saga of the Truck Battery, Part 4.

July 8, 2015, 12:49 PM

i went on an extended hiatus. i miss this place and of course my dear friends here in persona paper!

July 6, 2015, 7:13 PM

Following you! Have a great holiday weekend!

July 3, 2015, 5:25 PM