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Director’s Cut Exhibit – Save the date +++ UPDATE +++!

Hello followers! So you’ve all probably been wondering, where on earth has Cynthia gone? Has she given up on art and decided to join the circus? Has she been so engrossed with her art to the point of total isolation from the rest of the world? It’s mostly the latter, well almost…

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You see, I have some super terrific amazing news! I have been diligently working the last few months on a very exciting new project. Yours truly will be showcasing artwork in a group exhibit entitled, Director’s Cut at the Dream Factory Pop Art Gallery!!! This exhibit will display my paintings of various film scenes that question the roles of women in society. Each painting portrays women from cinema and evokes some sort of emotion that  invites the viewer to ask themselves questions about how they perceive and perhaps identify with these women. I had fun searching for these movie “snapshots” that through the process of examining and painting brought up questions of identity, escapism, envy and mistaken belief.

The show runs for one month starting from July 15th . I would love it if you could attend and share your thoughts about my artwork with me. This has been such an eye-opening and emotional journey for me and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

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Find it here the gallery here:

The Dream Factory
Muehlgasse 1 – 3
60486 Frankfurt
Germany

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Mellow Yellow exhibit and Valentines Cards

2016 is here! After much holiday celebrating with  family in the U.S. I was excited to come home to some great news to kick off the new year with. My friends at Frankfurt’s Mellow Yellow Café were kind enough as to offer me a chance to show some art in their lovely café.  You can now go see some of my paintings currently there on display until the end of February. If you haven’t been there yet and you live in Frankfurt you should definitely plan a visit soon. Mellow Yellow serves the most delicious cakes, cookies and other goodies (the Börek are my favorite) which you can enjoy in an inviting atmosphere.  Whatever you order, it’s sure to be super tasty and the best part is that you will always be served with a smile. Escape the cold weather, stop in for a coffee served up by the owner, Belgin and enjoy the view offered by my “film scene” paintings and the Bethmannpark across the street. You can visit their Facebook page here and their Instagram here.

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Lets not forget Valentines Day

I’ve also been busy creating some printable Valentine cards to help celebrate the upcoming holiday. Creating them took me back to my grammar school days when we would make little mailboxes for receiving valentines and set them on our desks. Back then, I would love filling and passing out out my valentines to all my classmates and then seeing which ones I received from them. If you want some cute Valentines you can print and cut out with your kiddies you’ll find these in my Etsy shop, CynthiaKatzDesign. They make a great craft to do together with your children or maybe you just like the idea of a more handmade sort of card to give to your sweetie.

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Wishing you a happy Valentines day with your friends, family and loved ones <3.

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Paintsnack

I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer! I have but it’s just been so hot in Frankfurt. Painting while sweaty is just no fun!

I have to confess I was in a bit of a slump for a bit, not knowing what to work on next and just feeling kind of artistically lost. To help get rid of this yucky feeling I had an idea, why not try and do one small painting in a day every so often – just to get a flow going? What would I paint though? I toyed with the idea for a while and realized that my thoughts always somehow came back to the subject of food haha! I decided to do little food still lives. So I purchased some small canvas boards and used what I had in my fridge that first day. I scrounged together a nectarine, some walnuts and a date for my first paintsnack.

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It was indeed a challenge for me! I am not one to paint fast, and I initially intended to try to get it done within an hour. This time pressure made me so aware of the time and I felt rushed. Oh man, one hour went by, then another and then another but in the end I was so happy because I had done it within the day. Go me!!! Usually I need much much longer to complete a painting and don’t let size fool you because it’s all about the details. Those are the time suckers – small does not mean less work! Before the next painting I made a little trip to the fruit and veggie market down the street and suddenly felt inspired by all the produce there. I bought the most pretty red apples and some fuzzy orange apricots. Was the produce always this beautiful? I was already excited before I had even started to paint! This was a good sign.

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During my second try I still had a hard time but I was much happier about the outcome. By the third time I had a revelation, I was painting away and really enjoying myself but still getting mad at myself for not being faster and after a while I thought – “Cindy, you are having fun! Who cares how long you spend on this? Just keep having fun”. I realized – yes! This is what it’s all about, this is why I do this, because it is fun! That apple was just so perfect with all it’s shades of red and I wanted to dive into the scene and paint it as I saw it, buzzing with life and color. So I did – guilt free and it is my favorite so far.

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I still try to limit my time but I don’t get angry about how long I need. My new criteria is to just get it done in one day. To get done faster I just have to learn to let some things go. Not everything has to be perfect but sometimes I just can’t stop until it feels right. I guess that  is what this exercise is about for me – compromise. The compromise between finding out what I am willing to let go of and what matters enough to keep working on until it is perfect in my eyes. I am so happy to have found total happiness in painting again. By going back to basics, I find myself thrilled with the prospect of cherries and blue, just pure blue because you know what? Blue is frickin’ exciting that’s why!

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p.s. You can follow my progress on Facebook and Instagram under #paintsnack  Why Paintsnack? Because my bite size paintings feature small, yummy snacks!

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Buy Art & Help Nepal

I’ve been trapped in a dreamy Hollywood land, painting away so wrapped up in it that I haven’t gotten around to sharing anything about it here on my blog. Those of you who follow me on social media have been able to catch snippets here and there. So, as a treat I have three paintings to share with you all at once and also some news about my Daily Paintworks auctions and how through them you can help Nepal.

Movie scenes have inspired me as long as I can remember. I try to stay away but they always seem to pull me back in. I just love how one image can tell so much on it’s own without the whole story around it. See if you can guess where I pulled my inspiration from.

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This first one is inspired by a scene from one of my favorite movies. This auction starts today. I love how her expression is so calm, so cool and she just knows she’s got it goin’ on! I think the effect is super attractive. Click here to see this auction.

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In this second one I really tried to capture the vulnerability in her expression. It was so fun to work on – something about that deep black that just felt so rich and intense. This is a larger piece that I plan to auction starting on Monday. Click here to see this auction.

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With this last one I decided to try out a limited four color palette which was a total challenge. That sexy confidence that drew me to paint this was especially tough to capture without using any deep warm hues. The auction for this one will start on Tuesday. Click here to see this auction.

A glamorous gift

As I’m sure you all know, the death and destruction caused by the earthquake in Nepal has been devastating. Reading the news about it makes me wish I could help somehow. Then I had a thought – maybe I can help a little through the sales of my art. This realization brought me to the decision to donate 10% of the sales of these three paintings to Global Giving’s Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. It’s a win win situation, you can treat yourself to some beautiful art for your home and through that help those in Nepal. Every bit helps!

Click here to find my auction page and to bid. Let me know what you think of my recent paintings in the comments below.

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Painting new beginnings

Introducing, my first painting of the year …  yeah, yeah – I know it’s been over two months since the new year started but I just didn’t get around to introducing it and anyway it has good intentions for the whole year. I wanted my first painting of the year to be one that celebrates looking into the future with excitement!

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This painting is based on a photo I took of my sister one New Year’s eve that I’ve always liked because you can see total excitement and joy radiating from her face. It’s just so sparkly and full of happiness I love it! What I like so much about the photo is that she is laughing with her eyes – her eyes are actually twinkling with delight and I hope that I was able to capture this essence in my painting.

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I decided to try out silver paint here for the first time ever in the background – I thought that  just maybe it would bring out that inner shine I saw in her. You can see the effect in different lights above. This beautiful moment captures exactly how I wanted to start this year and the feeling I wanted to carry throughout.

Not sure what to call it yet. Maybe Cheers or just Waiting (Expectations). What’s your opinion? I hope your year has been as full of cheer as my painting! Please leave a comment about what you think of my painting. Did you like the silver? Let me know.