Blue Green Cat Silhouette in Watercolor (World Watercolor Month 12/31)

Working wet-in-wet and watercolor seem to go hand in hand.   I find it most fun when I lay vibrant, juicy M. Graham colors in to an already damp surface, so the paints can mingle and dance, as they’re meant to do.    It’s always fun, and you can hardly ever predict how it’ll turn out.   Bonus!    This is 5 1/2 x 7 1/2″ on Arches 140 lb. cold-press watercolor paper   (Note:   As a Blick Art Materials affiliate, purchases from these links help to support my site, and a fledgling art business.):

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So last night, I had some fun with a silhouette of a cat, which I lightly drew with a 5H pencil, damp paper, my watercolor palette…and some splatter.   Splatter seems to make everything better!

Thought for the Day:  Purr more.   Meow less.    What makes you feel like purring?    Do more of it; make time for yourself.   Make the world a better place, one soul at a time.  Remember the ripples.   Peace.

Kaiko, Kitty (and Bookworm!) #51: 100 Face Challenge

I found Elisabet’s beautiful cat, Kaiko, one day when I was searching for cats in my WordPress Reader. Her photo really caught my eye, because Kaiko loves to read (and incidentally, so do I)!

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I didn’t have time to include the book Kaiko was reading in my sketch, but if you visit Elisabet’s site at ercloudwalker.wordpress.com, you’ll find this dear kitty purrring along with a favorite book! I used to call my kitty with this phrase: “Is it time to read?” Wherever she was in the house, Penny would come running to snuggle and read with mama. There’s nothing like furry love, people, whether you prefer yours barking, meowing, or singing.    It’s all wonderful!

I hope everyone is having a peaceful and rejuvenating weekend. Purrs and wags to all!

Mara, What Lovely EYES You Have (#43): 100 Face Challenge

I recently discovered a fabulous place here at WP called Gold Hearts Blog. There are so many amazing artists and photographers here, and some people are lucky to be called both. Brianna is such a person, and when I saw this photo of her cat, Mara, I just couldn’t resist!

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I hope you enjoy. Oh, so struck by her eyes! That 2B graphite pencil is starting to become a favorite! This one was done in my Strathmore mixed media journal.

Are we ready for the Friday/Valentine’s/President’s Day weekend dance?! Are the paints, papers, pigment poised and ready? hehe. *cue the music*

Percilla, Who Can Resist You? (#42): 100 Face Challenge

I found an absolutely irresistible photo of a young kitty named Percilla while browsing the blog of artist Jade Sutton the other day. If you have a minute, check out her blog! Her artwork will inspire you to dig through your supplies and fling pigment to paper, canvas, whatever is closest.   It’s lovely!

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I love all animals, but I have to admit being partial to cats. My two passed away within about a year of each other recently, and though we’re not ready to take the plunge yet, I just can’t resist cute little kitty faces. This one was done with a 2B graphite pencil in my most humble Canson sketchbook.

Happy Tuesday!   Enjoy the sun, the snow, the rain…..whatever’s happening where you are.   They all have a purpose, and something to offer us.   Peace.

Shyna, Lovely Kitty (#39): 100 Face Challenge

I was browsing posts tagged “cats” and ran across Diary of Dennis.com, a very cool photography blog, and this photo of Dennis’s cat, Shyna. I was so attracted to the angle of her head in the shot and her beautiful eyes, so of course I had to try to capture her in graphite.

020516Dennis has so many irresistible photos of Shyna on his site that I may be drawn back to her again and again.   It was interesting working with the areas of her fur that are black, as I find black fur most challenging.   I’m working up to it though, so Jill and Denis (and others who have been waiting patiently), I hope to feature your animals soon.   Thank you for sharing terrific photos of your most adorable cat, Dennis!

Peace and pointy pencils to all!   Happy Friday!   😀

Cat Saves Man (prelim) -#27 & #28: 100 Face Challenge

I’ve not got far into this book, but I know it’s a keeper.   Here’s the Amazon link – it’s called “A Street Cat Named Bob And How He Saved My Life” by James Bowen.

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While watching TV last night, I was sketching faces in front of me the whole time.   (It’s a great way to practice, if you’re into faces.)  Time for bed, and I happened to see this book cover…and I just had to do a quick preliminary sketch, to see if I could capture their essence.   For a quick sketch, I was happy with it.   I’m happier with the man’s face than the cat’s, but I’d like to revisit this image and try and do it some justice.    Don’t they look like a wonderful pair?   Apparently, the man was a heroin addict, and this cat wouldn’t leave him alone.   He wound up turning the man’s life around.   I just love stories like that!

Enjoy your Saturday.   I may be dancing with a ski mask and gloves on today, but I’ll be dancing!   Stay warm and keep those pencils and brushes moving!  🙂

Sweet Friends: 100 Face Challenge (#12&13)

Lately, I’ve been hunting for interesting nonfiction books about birds and domesticated animals. I recently picked up the book “Citizen Canine” at the library, and I couldn’t resist trying a sketch of the cover. I just love photos of cats and dogs together. Yes, we CAN all get along! 😀

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I’m really enjoying this challenge, and I hope that when I reach 100 faces, I’ll feel encouraged enough to ramp up my goal and keep on going!    Happy Sunday!   Peace and arty inspiration to you *flinging joy*!

100 Face Challenge: Studio Cat (#6 & #7)!

I was browsing the blog of artist Katie Turner recently and found this post, featuring a wonderful photo of her studio cat, Tiger.    This cat is so gorgeous, with lovely markings, and I was especially drawn to her eyes (I am eye obsessed).   So of course, I had to draw her.    Or try!   🙂

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My first attempt was in graphite pencil (2B) in my 65-lb., mostly smooth Canson sketchbook.   I was happy with the eye, but had misaligned some other markings a bit.   And I didn’t think the lightweight paper would fare well with too much erasing.

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So I tried again in ink, this time in my Strathmore mixed media journal with a Copic 0.1 mm nib.   I’ve not finished this drawing, but will probably start over again on Bristol smooth paper.   The photo has so much eye detail (making me crave about 100 more just like it, of any animal you please!) and I find myself being drawn to it again and again.   I’ve found that the importance of a good photo reference can not be overestimated.   I’ve also found that in spite of a good reference, it’s easy to make mistakes.   hehe.

I’ve got some barnyard animals planned for the future:  cows, horses, rabbits, roosters, and even the odd squirrel and raccoon.    Also, more dogs!    I hope you make this a day to remember.  Meowing in public could go a long way toward brightening a January day.   (I’m just checking to see if anyone’s still reading.   But meowing in public really is fun!)    Peace.