Me and my cats

I had not painted in a while, and I had not done mixed media collage in a LONG time, and I felt the urge to paint, so I decided to create a new series of paintings and thought it would be fun to go back to my old style for a while. And I loved the results.

Cats have always been part of my art, I love to watch them move graciously, their eyes full of wisdom and their tiny little noses and all that makes cat mysterious and beautiful. My latest series was inspired by some of my cats, their markings and their personalities, and I will be opening commissions for your own cat on my style if you like what you see. Just drop me a line for your very own cat!

So, without further ado, let me show you the first three cat paintings:

LOKI. 6″ x 8″ Inches Mixed Media on Wood Panel

CLOUD. 6″ x 8″ Inches Mixed Media on Wood Panel

ECHO. 6″ x 8″ Inches Mixed Media on Wood Panel

Do you like them? I hope so! Let me tell you a little more about them… I’ve always been kind to animals, but I was always afraid of them in one way or another. A long, long time ago now, I used to be terrified of dogs. There was no way I would get close to one, much less pet it. Then, one day my beloved Lennon came along and it changed my world. I loved dogs. They are great friends!

Then, it was cats. Although they’ve always been on my art, I never had a cat before in my life and I thought they were beautiful, but distant aloof creatures that would not make good pets, but I was so wrong.

My daughter got an emotional support cat last year and we fall in love with it, it was a cuddly monster that was always looking up to her. Until one day, he suddenly died. We were devastated and she asked for another cat, so we got Echo, the tuxedo cat.

He’s cool and acts like a cat. But in that, I discovered they have very deep personalities and bond with their owners. He too, loves my daughter and spends time with her, and I really like him.

Then, one night on thanksgiving, we heard noises in our door and a black, hungry cat was standing in our door. He decided that he was going to live with us and nothing would stop him. So, we adopted him and called him Loki, God of Mischief. And he’s the greatest cat ever.

He lets my son pick him up like a rag doll and pet him all he wants. He loves to watch me work on my art, and follows me everywhere around the house, and I really, really like him. He’s so majestic with his black fur and his silent steps, it’s like having a living sculpture walking around me.  He made me fall in love with cats.

And that’s why we also adopted more stray cats. There’s Missy, the neighbor’s cat that decided our porch is the greatest place to hang out and now she has a water and a food bowl and a corner to sleep in.

There’s Tailess, a white cat with a stubby tail and tabby markings that started to hang around and is slowly warming up to us. There’s also food and water for Tailess to hang around.

And then, there’s Cloud. An tiny pure white kitten that is living in our tool and water boiler shed. We hear it meowing and see it bolt in and out of there in search for food and we also started feeding it, and as soon as we can catch him will probably be our next adopted cat.

I guess you can say that I am cat lady now. It makes me happy to see them hang around my house and wait for me to feed them, and I love to see my inside cats move like ballerinas and sleep in my reading chair. They are all part of my furry family, and they make me very, very happy.

NEW FINDS FROM THE SECRET FOREST

Original handmade art dolls collection by Idania salcido. Each doll is hand made, using locally sourced organic clay and hand dyed materials to create unique, one of a kind toys and art dolls by Danita Art.My secret forest is not only inhabited by beautiful mushroom faeries and other dolls, but also by furry friendly little creatures that are always looking for a forever home where they can be loved and hugged and fed yummy things.

And today, I’m very happy to present you a new series of these little furry creatures, ready to be adopted on my online store and gallery, danitaart.com

Original handmade art dolls collection by Idania salcido. Each doll is hand made, using locally sourced organic clay and hand dyed materials to create unique, one of a kind toys and art dolls by Danita Art.My woodland critters have a very special and fiery beginning. They start as locally sourced pottery clay from the mountains nearby my studio.

I love to use it because of it has a rough and textured quality, and I am totally in love with the process of making their faces. Smelling the fresh clay, touching the cool material in my hands and hearing the tools make tiny noises as I mold them makes me very, very happy.

Each face is individually sculpted, painted, glazed and fired by me, and each of them carries a little piece of my soul with them.

Original handmade art dolls collection by Idania salcido. Each doll is hand made, using locally sourced organic clay and hand dyed materials to create unique, one of a kind toys and art dolls by Danita Art.After each one gets their face, it’s time for me to dye fabrics with natural pigments of my own making.

Using rust, avocado seeds, eucalyptus leaves, coffee and many other organic pigments, I create one of a kind fabrics that mimic the natural world and make for amazing textures that give each doll a unique personality.

Original handmade art dolls collection by Idania salcido. Each doll is hand made, using locally sourced organic clay and hand dyed materials to create unique, one of a kind toys and art dolls by Danita Art.Sometimes I will go as far a creating the fabric if I don’t have it, just like I did with beautiful hedgehog. I did not have a fabric for his quills, so I improvised by fraying some of the fabric from his body until I created the perfect texture.

Original handmade art dolls collection by Idania salcido. Each doll is hand made, using locally sourced organic clay and hand dyed materials to create unique, one of a kind toys and art dolls by Danita Art.

Assembling is next. I cut the fabric using patterns of my own, giving them a rough, vintage like feel to them. I love to make them look like if they were made a long time ago by a child, or maybe a loving parent who did the best with the materials available for them.

Original handmade art dolls collection by Idania salcido. Each doll is hand made, using locally sourced organic clay and hand dyed materials to create unique, one of a kind toys and art dolls by Danita Art.

That rough, timeless quality makes them very beautiful in my eyes, I like to play with them as I make them, so I love adding details like posable arms and silky ribbons to embellish them even more.

Once they are assembled, I sew the ceramic face to their heads to complete the beautiful handmade doll, and they are off to their photo session.

Original handmade art dolls collection by Idania salcido. Each doll is hand made, using locally sourced organic clay and hand dyed materials to create unique, one of a kind toys and art dolls by Danita Art.Posing and styling them to bring their best features is always a lot of fun. I talk to them, give them directions to stand and look one way or the other as I capture the unique beauty in each of them.

Original handmade art dolls collection by Idania salcido. Each doll is hand made, using locally sourced organic clay and hand dyed materials to create unique, one of a kind toys and art dolls by Danita Art.

He looks so handsome and adorable! After I finished him, I gave him a big, big hug and sent him on to his furever home. The rest of the family is waiting to meet you at my online shop and gallery, danitaart.com

Original handmade art dolls collection by Idania salcido. Each doll is hand made, using locally sourced organic clay and hand dyed materials to create unique, one of a kind toys and art dolls by Danita Art.