Thursday, October 1, 2015

Coco in Profile, every house needs a cat

Coco in Profile  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  $245.
Coco is 15+ years old. You can feel his bones through his fur, as his muscles have become more lax.  He was never very vocal until our other cat passed away a few years ago. Now, he squawks, he chirps and his meows range from croons to peeps.  He's still a timid cat, though ever curious. If I haven't already done so, I recommend having a cat in the house at all times, they're good company.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Coco and Tulips, also How to Paint Clear Glass

Coco and Tulips  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
I forgot how demanding clear glass is to paint!  It is not unlike cat whiskers, patience required!  Notes to self (and you if it can help:) Getting caught up in detail is a likely hazard, so paint big shapes first, small shapes as needed. Glass amplifies darks and lights, try to see those first and do not stress about color too much. Whatever is behind clear glass shows through it (shocking, I know.)  What actually shows through is both lighter and darker than behind, conserve "background" paint on your palette, so you have enough when it's time to paint the glass. Clear glass contains a plethora of alternately soft and sharp edges, identify accordingly. Pure titanium white is your friend when painting clear glass, but save it for last.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Dozing Waverly, Do you paint by value, color or shape?

Dozing Waverly  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
I think it was Robert Genn who wrote in one his letters that he thought artists usually stress one of three approaches to painting:  1)  value  2)  color   3) shape.  He didn't discriminate against or 
encourage any of the three... but eloquently expounded upon the importance of all.  When I read that, I knew immediately my dominant approach to painting was value.  If I could just get the 
blasted light values correct, everything else would fall into place, or so I thought...  Time passed, I started adding patterns (and cats) to the mix and dare I say (alert the press, heh) I think that shape may be more of my focus now...  Fellow artists, I'm curious if you remember that letter (or identify with this concept?)  If so, have you noticed your focus/approach change?  Any comments, welcomed!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Black Kitten and Wildflowers

Black Kitten and Wildflowers  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
Well, you hear about artists only feeling as good as their latest painting...  Today I feel pretty dang good.  :) The photo reference(s) for this painting totally fell together.  Black kitten was photographed at a local shelter.  The wildflowers were plucked from the backyard.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Scamp the cat, head bonker, mountaineer

Scamp  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  $245.
Scamp is an aggressive head bonker.  He mountaineers prone humans with amazing agility and is relentless in his quest for affection.  (Photo reference for this painting was acquired at the Cleveland APL, animal shelter.)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Estate Cat II with ominous hiss

Estate Cat II  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
Estate Cat II goes by the nickname "Essie."  Mercilessly territorial: By night her hiss rings an ominous death knell to countless rodent trespassers.  By day, she sprawls contentedly on a poolside lounger. (Photo reference for this painting was acquired at the Cleveland APL, animal shelter.)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Ebony Thunder domestic housefly terror

Ebony Thunder  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  $245.
Ebony Thunder is an unassuming cat with a penchant for cardboard boxes and discarded bottle caps.  Should she encounter a wayward housefly though...her instinct to torture and kill is epic. (Photo reference for this painting was acquired at the Cleveland APL, animal shelter.)

Monday, September 7, 2015

Jack the farm cat who never learned to mouse.

Jack  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
He was the farm cat who never learned how to mouse.  Varmits be damned, Jack skated through life on good looks and eyes that sparkled like sapphires.  (Photo reference for this painting was acquired at the Cleveland APL, animal shelter.)