Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Update on the Outdoor Cat


A quick update on our "outdoor cat" Moochie...  She's been enjoying heated accommodations in the garage. (See picture.) Also a new name: "Sweetie Bear." She shows up for food with an uncanny punctuality...  and leaves the garage at approximately 10:30am every morning to trot down the driveway for parts unknown. (this despite crazy cold temps!) We wonder where she goes and have discussed attaching a go-pro to her for surveillance purposes. :) 
I'm taking a week or two to catch up on some larger (for me) paintings. Will post those later... Until then, happy trails to you!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Chillin' painting of an orange and white cat

Chillin'  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  $330.
A sleepy kitty today...  This one took nearly two days to paint.  I realized on the second day, my siennas/reds were too dark and proceeded to go back in with much brighter yellows to liven it up.



Sunday, February 4, 2018

Greta painting of a white cat in window

Greta  Oil on wood, 8" x 6," $255.
I'm sure this cat would enjoy a penthouse with a view... For now she resides at the Cleveland Animal Protective League where she has a very good chance at adoption if she hasn't already been adopted.





Sunday, January 28, 2018

A Passerby painting of a cat and a butterfly

A Passerby  Oil on wood, 8" x 6," SOLD
It's easier (for me) to achieve "color harmony" with colors like pinks and purples, not so much with earth tones. I used raw umber here (instead of my go-to burnt) and tried to kinda ease up on the darkest darks from the beginning and I'm happy with it.  I'm not sure either of those tactics helped with the color harmony but I will keep experimenting. :)
This painting is another in my ongoing series "Eye on Butterfly," click here to see more.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Henrietta painting of a hen

Henrietta   Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  $330.
The background pattern here had a pleasant old fashioned appeal that I hope I got across.  I customized the colors to compliment "Henrietta."  And re-arranged the shapes.  Me thinks painting every detail (like dotted perimeters around the darker shapes) would have been overkill... Painting chickie's saturated hues was much more interesting.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Brown Bunny

Brown Bunny Oil on wood, 6" x 6," $225.
The Cleveland APL currently has bunnies and lots of 'em. The little brown ones frolic in an open enclosure-- which is easy to reach into for good photos.  The others reside in cages, though I managed to get a few decent photos through the bars.





Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Daisies and Cat

Daisies and Cat  Oil on wood, 8" x 8," SOLD
Several cardinals have visited the new bird feeder. They are a delight to watch...  Bluejays too, they also play "inside" the pine tree... One bluejay bounces on a limb, not unlike he's on a trampoline.  It's trippy!  Surely that's a bird having fun, right?  

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Under the Irises

Under the Irises  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
The lovely irises never bloomed beyond what you see here.  I had hoped to photo them again for future paintings...  Maybe the walk from Trader Joe's to my car was too much exposure to the cold air...  I'm satisfied with this painting, though may try it again (bigger) sometime. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Sienna Sees and plumbing advice frozen pipes

Sienna Sees  Oil on wood, 8" x 8," $330.
A bit of drama here recently:  Our pipes froze!  This was evidenced by both the washing machine and the kitchen sink not working...  To make matters worse, our old house has various add ons and the pipes in question were nearly inaccessible.  We took several measures to remedy the problem with no success. This included calling plumbers, all of whom were booked fixing other peoples frozen pipes.  My ever-resourceful husband then discovered this "hot shot pipe thawer" on the internet...  and we were able to rent one.  He attached it to the ends of the frozen pipe, switched it on and presto-voila the ice melted and the water flowed! It literally took less than five minutes....  (Kudos, Babe!)  Who knew such a product existed?! If you live in a cold climate and don't have access to your pipes--try it!