We are very excited to share this week's blog with you featuring digital painter Annie Dunn of Chaos in Color. Annie lives in Phoenix, Arizona so we have participated in numerous shows with her and are a big fan of her work. Plus, she's a fan of Outlaw Kitty and you will find her wearing Outlaw Kitty at all the shows. She even included Outlaw Kitty in one of her paintings. How cool is that? And, now, heeeeeeeer's Annie!!!
Check out Annie in her Outlaw Kitty necklace!
I create paintings of colorful creatures, from cute to macabre but mostly just odd. Roughly half of my paintings feature cats and most of the others include animals or cute little animal inspired creatures of some kind. Skeletons and sugar skull animals also appear frequently in my work.
six feet under
I'm a digital painter, which means that I paint freehand using a tablet and stylus connected to a workstation. My larger pieces take on average about three weeks to complete because my painting style is very precise and I put a lot of thought in to the color and lighting. I'm a specialist at heart, I prefer to work towards mastery of one medium, so even though I draw with charcoal, ink, or whatever else I can find, all of my finished works are digital paintings.
I've been painting since 2003 and drawing or doodling for as long as I can remember. I started painting because my husband, John, bought me a Wacom tablet as a gift. I had done plenty of computer art before then, but using a pressure sensitive stylus to paint really changed my perception about what I could do.
Oh yes. For my entire adult life we've had multiple cats. My clothes aren't complete without a multicolored layer of cat hair. I have a particular weakness for gray and white cow cats because my very first cat was gray and white. We've also always had at least one dog, but even when there were multiple dogs the poor dears have always been outnumbered by the cats.
learn to love the dark
I get asked that question a lot and have never been able to really narrow it down. I can tell you what's hanging on my walls though. I kept my very first canvas which features a black cat sitting in a forest of autumn trees. The painting is based on my rescue cat Raven. Most of the pieces I keep have personal meaning because they are autobiographical in some way.
The sale of my artwork also supports our pet adoption website, CowCats.com. We offer free adoption listings to help people re-home their pets without having to depend on a shelter. For local cat rescue groups I'm also happy to donate a poster to be used as part of a raffle or auction. Due to shipping costs we have to limit the total number of donations so if you are a cat rescue volunteer, send me a link to your fundraising page and I will check it out.
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