Monday, October 13, 2014


Woke up feeling a bit overwhelmed by the busy week ahead. Then I journaled for about 25 minutes. Stress stress stress...until minute 18...and then something magical happened. Solutions started floating to the surface and my heart rate started dropping and my need to hide under the covers started dissipating. Yay!
It's Monday. I'm going to light my Pumpkin Pie candle and kick this day in the ass.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Good morning Monday

Hmmm. I took yesterday off. But instead of feeling rested and renewed, I am feeling defeated already by how few hours there are in this day to get everything done. Which is so silly. I cannot increase the hours in this day. But I can try to be fully present, hopeful, and thankful for the time I have. There. I feel better already. Now, time to get more coffee and put on my editing hat. Today is going to be great. 


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Studying Under the Masters





I haven't posted anything in forever, but it I will gladly break my silence for the sweet and talented Jeanne Oliver. She always has amazing classes going on (that you can find here), but this one is really quite stunning. It's called "Studying Under the Masters" and is taught by Cori Dantini and Jane Davenport, Teresa McFayden, Gillian Lee Smith and Robin Fingher. Seriously amazing lineup!  I once bought a kleenex box solely on the fact that Cori Dantini designed the artwork for it. And I still have it. Empty. On my nightstand. :)



I have a special place in my heart for anything "Van Gogh"...me my husband's first official date was to the movie "Vincent and Theo", and we saw a great showing of his work in LA 8 years later. 


Here are the instructions for signing up...Enjoy!!!! :) And let me know if you sign up. I will be doing the class as well. 

This course begins TODAY and the price is $62.
To register please click HERE.
For people that are not already in the site here are directions:
To take a class on Jeanne Oliver’s creative network please follow these instructions:
1. Become a member of jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free)
2. Once your membership is approved you can watch free art videos, the popular free interview series Creativity Takes Courage and even pay for more in depth courses.
3. Want to take an online course?  We currently offering 30 courses and free videos and you can find them all along the left hand side of the main page under “Courses”.  If you do not see the course you are looking for please click the “View all” at the bottom of the list.
4. Click on the course you are interested in, click the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be instantly in the course.
5. If you have ANY questions please email jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

What do you do when you see a picture of yourself and you look a little pudgy?

  1. Be chill, because it's just a photo.
  2. Try to remember that it's the experience that counts and be proud that you are living your life.
  3. Drink wine, eat nachos, and feel doomed that you are going to be pudgy until the end of time.
Guess which one I did. :)

Friday, May 30, 2014

2 yummy paintings

I'm submitting a painting to Illustration Friday's weekly topic....this week it's "temptation". I think the cake paintings fit that perfectly. :)


Thursday, May 1, 2014

It's been a week of art

As many of you know, I have a background in painting...and I'm not sure what got into me, but every free moment I've had lately, I've been painting. Oh my goodness, it's been so fun! I posted a few on Facebook, just for fun, and got orders from friends for prints right away. What?! So amazing and wonderful and while we are on this note, I just want to thank my wonderful friends for being so supportive. So much of the time as an artist (whether in painting or photography or whatever), you are isolated. I work for myself...there's no boss telling me that I've done a good job (or a bad one for that matter). Friends are who fuel my fire and I'm so grateful for the feedback and generous words everyone has had. Thank you. 

As I paint more paintings, I will try my best to post them here, as well as on Facebook. :)  This is what I've posted in the last 2 weeks. 







I'm a little shocked at how neon the green background is on this birdie painting...I think I will re-work it so it's not so glow-in-the-dark. 






Also, just to be clear, I am not changing fields. :) I will always be a photographer. I love photography. I love hanging out with people...in all their vulnerability of letting themselves be seen through a lens...it's a beautiful thing.  

Okay, time to cut my toenails before hot yoga so that I don't rip my mat to shreds. :) 

Monday, April 21, 2014

What a week!


Oh sweet Lily had a rough week last week.  She had to go in for a small surgery that left her diapers and cones and other embarrassing things.  But like the 14 year old trooper that she is, she's perked right back up and is her usual quirky self. Oh how I love this dog!

In other news, I am booking senior sessions for the class of 2015. If your baby is a junior/about to be a senior, it's time to get them on my calendar. I can't wait to get the season going...I LOVE doing senior pictures!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Hello Monday!


So often, I wake up at the beginning of the school week tired and heavy. Not today. I feel great. I'm not going to question it...I'm going to embrace this fantastic feeling. It's gonna be a super awesome week. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

This day is the llamas pajamas :)


Guess what I got to do today!?! I got to hang out with super cool llamas and goats! More images to come. :) Thank you so much Touch the Earth Ranch for letting me come visit!

I am so sad that I do not get to have any farm animals where we live. I so appreciate all the friends that I have made that lets me get my fill of their animals (in a vegetarian sorta way). 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Bunny

I love bunnies. Did you know this about me? We have some wild bunnies in our neighborhood and I'm always so excited to see one, with their nibbling and scrunching up of noses and dancing whiskers. Precious.
I can't get close enough to photograph the wild ones, so when a friend of ours got a bunny, I asked them to adopt me  I begged them to let me do some photos. :)
Enjoy!
And it's a little late for this, but I'm wishing everyone a very happy new year!









Monday, December 2, 2013

Is it seriously December?

So, in the time I've been away, we've had 3 birthdays, one driver's license, one driver's permit, lots of time training behind the wheel, one minor accident, a dog who has become deaf, a million and one sessions, a major obsession with the Broncos now that Peyton Manning is on the team, college information nights (are we seriously there?! and how old am i?!!!!!! wait, don't answer that!), and a love affair with Spin Classes at Lifetime Fitness. 

Our life has been busy, full, and wonderful.
I'm so thankful.
My absence from my blog has only occurred so that life can continue with about 50% sanity. I miss my readers though. I miss communicating. 

I feel a new year's resolution coming on. :)

Here are a few images from a recent session. 




If you check in, please say hi...I need to be part of the world again. :) 
I love you all!...Cath

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tuesday!

It's my favorite day of the week...TUESDAY! (just in case you couldn't remember what day it is). I love me some Tuesday. I've been up since 5am, worked out, had a billion cups of coffee (sorry honey, I'll make more I promise), and I'm editing up a storm. I can feel it, it's gonna be a great day.

Here's an image from the session I'm finishing up today...such a sweet fam!!!
 


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

catch up time

So, I haven't been blogging. I forget about it actually because I rarely read blogs anymore. With the extinction of Google Reader this summer, I just don't read them. I am more on Facebook and Pinterest. 
Can anyone else relate? Or is it just me?
I feel like blogs are now just a site you go to from a link on Facebook. 
There's definitely an evolution happening in the blogging world.
Anywho...I've been around...boxing at the gym, taking a million pictures, watching Glee with our daughter, and trying to keep our flowers alive during the heat drought and hail. Normal stuff. Good stuff. 
What have YOU been doing?







Sunday, June 23, 2013

Day 7 of the Art of Seeing

All of these were taken within about 30 minutes on my walk this morning (on my iPhone). :)


1. sandy path
2. dead bird (image taken with mild peril because crows were cawing at me the closer I got to the poor bird)
3. trees on my walk
4. wild flowers
5. lime refresher
6. fort
7. wild cactus family
8. a whole in a tree...just like in a cartoon!
9. wild primrose

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Day 6 of the art of seeing class


1. Lily :)
2. So happy that I found "An Illustrated Journey" by Danny Gregory as a library book for my iPad. Yay!!!!!!
3. Shoes. Always lining our diningroom 
4. a sign I made myself while I was procrastinating
5. My pendant light on my side of the bed. It makes me happy every time I see it.
6. The best yogurt. EVER.
7. More shoes (this time in the entry way)
8. finally threw away the dead peonies. But beforehand, a quick pic
9. my work binder. I hate the shiny cover, but I love having everything organized. (note to self: buy new binder...I have to look at it every day)