Thursday, April 19, 2018

Red Bird, Finch painting

Red Bird  Oil on panel, 10" x 8," $410.
A little Spring Finch today...  (Photo reference for bird courtesy of Judy Grant/pmp-art.com)
Thanks to all who advised on the kitchen re-do. It's appreciated.  Have a great weekend!



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Apple Eyes and Kitchen Renovation

Apple Eyes Oil on panel, 8" x 8," SOLD
We are in the process of (nearly) gutting the kitchen and putting in new stuffs. 

Picture to the left shows removal of eye sore cabinets... most of that whole wall is gone now. Countertops, backsplash and floors to follow... Many decisions to be made!!!

It's all terribly exciting, though of course there are limits... The phrase "champagne taste on a beer budget" comes to mind... LOL.  Should you have experience with overhauling a kitchen (on a tight budget!?) I'd love to hear about it in the comments.  

Special thanks to Gloria Walters for providing photo reference for "Apple Eyes!" 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Coco and Sunflowers

Coco and Sunflowers, Oil on panel, 12" x 12"  NFS

I've been a little distracted with house (and other misc.) projects lately...  but did manage to finish "Coco and Sunflowers" this week.  It's another re-iteration, the first one (painted in 2015) is here.  Holding this one for a show later in the year!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Rhonda and a couple blathering take-homes

Rhonda,  Oil on panel, 8" x 8," SOLD
"Rhonda" kitty was painted with only a minimum of "noodling." (Noodling in this instance means blending.) I wish every painting would happen like that.  A few take homes I want to take home, err: Mix enough paint to go around, try to make each stroke count. That's it, seems like no brainers...  But they are not. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Roaring Kitten and my nephews

Roaring Kitten, Oil on panel, 8" x 8," $330.


Since we moved, we live closer to my sister's family and I get to see my nephews more often.  (a joy) Last weekend they came to stay overnight! 


We had a bit of fun painting a floral still life...(see their paintings above.)   ...and more fun with a game assigning each other drawings.  My assignments included "sword wielding robot" and "floating island of cats."  Painting from imagination is not my forte but dangit it if those two can't draw ANYthing you throw at 'em. 


We also took a quick spin around Farmpark which (be still my heart) had baby animals of all kinds, sheep, goats, calves and piglets!!  If you are a local, it's a worthwhile look-see!
Today's painting is better in life...  It is based on a photo from the Love and Hisses archives. (Thanks, Robyn!)





Sunday, March 18, 2018

Simon, cute kitten painting

Simon  Oil on panel, 10" x 8," SOLD
Some kitten goodness this week:  Thanks go to Robyn at Love and Hisses (dot com) who provided reference photos.   

Friday, March 16, 2018

St Patrick's Day DISCOUNTS

St Catrick, Oil on panel, 8" x 8," (framed) DISCOUNTED! $285. SOLD
Happy St Patrick's Day! Hard to imagine, this time last year I was painting the Holiday Cat series?! Seems like a loooong time ago. So much has changed since then with our move...(happily for the better.) 

"St Catrick" was the first one to post and it remains one of my favorites.  How 'bout HALF OFF on all remaining Holiday Cat paintings? (Update: Sorry and thank you, the Holidays Cats are sold out.) That's a bit 'o fun on ST Patrick's day, check 'em out,  here.  "St Catrick" includes a solid wood frame. Cheers!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My collectors rock.

A fun share today, file this one under "My Collectors ROCK!"



























Ms Kim Denise does it all...  She knits, see her lovely shawls!?  She makes over furniture (the dresser is decoupaged with an over sized botanical poster...)  and if that ain't enough, she paints too!  She posted this picture on FB, once I got done swooning over the dresser, I noticed my painting "Messenger II" on the wall.  (Bonus!) Thanks for letting me share this, Kim! :)

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Silvia, painting of Diluted Calico on gray pattern

Silvia  Oil on wood, 8" x 8," SOLD
Photos of inspiration for this painting below.  This cat waits for adoption at the Cleveland APL



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Untitled, experiments in painting

Untitled, Oil on wood, 12" x 12" NFS

When I photographed my (step) daughter in law last May, I had her pose holding a string, thinkin' to paint a cat in later...  I used a stuffed animal as stand-in for cat, which helped for size and light reference. I never did use any of the string photos, though I did paint her a few times. (See those here.)
A recent photo expedition to the shelter provided the perfect kitteh.  (See to the right) I removed kitty's tail in the painting-- though now I see the tail might have been better curled a little looser to the side.  Maybe tweak this one some more and try another in full color!