Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Boy and Cat IV

Boy and Cat IV  Oil on panel, 8" x 8," $285.
I see a few pesky things I'd like to fix in this painting, but I'm stepping away. This is the last of the Boy and Cat paintings, though I think I'm gonna stick with figurative/portrait type paintings for another little while. My stepson's lovely fiance posed for reference photos this morning. I'm excited to see what I can do with those.  It'll be a few days before I post again. As always, thank you for your interest! 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Boy and Cat III

Boy and Cat III  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
Second time around for this shelter kitty.  (First painting pictured to the left.) Such a sweet face on both. The boy is cuter in life. :)  If you haven't done so, please subscribe to this blog, you'll never miss a new painting!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Boy and Cat II

Boy and Cat II  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
Thinner, sketchier paint application here.  I love paintings that "show the bones." This painting is directly influenced by the art of one of my favorite painters, Aaron Westerberg.   

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Boy and Cat I

Boy and Cat I  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
So, we're having some work done on our house.  The contractor has a lovely son who visited. He graciously posed for me (& my camera!) A new series was inspired!  "Boy and Cat," here's the first. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Holiday Cats! Valentine's Day Cat

Valentine's Day Cat  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
Valentine's Day Cat, before and after tweaking
The last of the Holiday Cats...  I hope you enjoyed them.  I really liked this project on so many levels. I took my time planning them. ...and I didn't post them one by one as soon as they were finished, which allowed time to tweak them before posting. 
Also, for some reason, writing several blog posts in a row is much easier than doing one at the end of a long day painting? Not to mention the brainstorm of ideas I now have for future paintings, holiday and otherwise. Thank you for reading!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Holiday Cats! New Year's Cat

New Year's Cat  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
If you are looking for a kitten, Spring is the time to do it!  Many kittens at the shelter this time of the year.  "New Year's Cat" model was initially photographed at the Cleveland Animal Protective League.  If you are local to Cleveland, OH, it's a great place to find a furry companion.  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Holiday Cats! Christmas Kitten

Christmas Cat  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
Kitty elf booties!!  It's true what Tony Robbins said "Where focus goes, energy flows." I'm tempted to do more silly paintings of cats... and I feel energized by the design aspect of this series!  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Holiday Cats! Thanksgiving Cat

Thanksgiving Cat  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
This Holiday Cat was the most difficult to design.  I wanted to avoid pilgrim and indian motifs. The cornucopia basket with more generalized "Fall" props seemed fitting.  ...and a black cat because I hadn't included one in the series yet. Though I'm not sure this painting really says "Thanksgiving." Tomorrow: a white kitten Christmas elf. :)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Holiday Cats! Halloween Bat Cat

Halloween Bat Cat  Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
This painting cracks me up. Maybe my favorite in the Holiday Cat series. When I designed it, I didn't plan pointy ears, the widow's peak or goatee.  Those happened as I painted.  Too fun. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Holiday Cats! July 4th, Independence Day Patriotic Cat

July 4th Cat, Oil on panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
I am a quote junkie. I post them on Pinterest and the bulletin board by my desk.  My 2017 calendar had cat inspired quotes.  Nothing beats a short true statement, extra points awarded for humor and/or inspiration.  When I discovered that one of my awesome collectors utilizes quotes in her work, I had to share.
Anne Choi hand makes sterling silver beads. They are stand alone gorgeous and also provide wonderful centerpieces for more intricate bracelets and necklaces. I especially love the
old world Arts & Crafts vibe of her designs.   (I have two of her exquisite beads: "Let us then be up and doing, with a heart for any fate." William Wadsworth Longfellow and “What greater gift than the love of a cat.” Charles Dickens)  If you are a jewelry maker, her beads are a a must see!