Saturday, August 19, 2017

UFO Sighting

Oil on 8x10" canvas panel
All I know is I like to paint cats and sometimes a UFO appears. When I paint on impulse ideas develop as I paint. Tomorrow I'm taking a workshop with Jim McVicker and that will change things up for awhile. Plein air painting is really challenging. And Jim is one of the best, How lucky am I?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Greta, a Beach City Kitty

Oil on 11x14" canvas.
When Beach City Kitties adoption center posted Greta on FaceBook I knew I had to paint her. The biggest challenge was the flower on her head. Patience is a big part of studio painting. And there is a time to stop, when another brush stroke will take it all backwards. I've heard that true art is knowing when to stop. We as painters chase art. We want every painting to be that one that takes us to the next plateau. Of course you can only do your best. I think one problem painters have is judging their work too harshly. The best paintings I've done seem to fall off the brush, as me friend and fellow painter Amy Stewart put it. In a sense they have a life of their own and the wise artist knows when such a painting is about to be born. It's different. The energy's different and it feels like magic. My previous painting Zebe is one of those. They come few and far between. And if you paint long enough you learn to take the excellent with the mediocre. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Zebe

Oil on 8x10" canvas. Sold
Zebe is my friend Jill's kitty. She lived to be 18. Painting cats who've passed on is always delicate work. I wanted to keep this nice and loose-easier said than done.
Thanks for visiting.

Somedays...


Oil on 6" stretched canvas. Click to Bid
"Somedays" is about making art for fun. Just expressing a feeling without having to pay too much attention to detail is a nice break from the rigors that painting can be. Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Love was made for me and You

Oil on 6x8" canvas
I got a new daylight lightbulb in my studio and it's really helped. You can see how dark and saturated these colors are but still lit up as if in daylight. I worked from a photo I found in a cat care book. No photographer mentioned. Besides, it looks nothing like the original. When I paint cats I often take as much artistic license as possible. This muse effects my creative impulses like no other, and that is why I never tire of painting cats.

The Raven

Oil on 8" canvas.
Painted from a photo I took last fall, at the Grand Canyon. My husband and I were there painting en plein air! We spent an entire year on the road painting our way across America. The Grand Canyon is a favorite place to paint. When you first see it, it seems impossible. Grand indeed. There's nothing like it. The ravens there are quite active. They will take a campsite apart if they smell or see food. We saw some sites that were ravaged by them. For all their infamous behavior they sure are beautiful to see.

Polar Bear

Oil on 8" canvas
Painting bears is always exciting. I've seen many black bears in the wild, here in northern California, and I've glimpsed a Grizzly in Montana. I've even see a polar bear, but that was at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. For this painting I used a high key palette which is kind of unusual for me because I like using black a lot. The high key palette is a feel good palette and works well for that soft dreamy quality.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Cat Scratch

8x8" oil on canvas
I did this for Daily Paintworks Challenge. I like doing the challenge because it often takes me out of my comfort zone. Cat's don't take me out of my comfort zone but the pose was challenging.  Thanks for looking. Click to bid

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Clay Mug

sold
Oil on 8" canvas
I could've kept painting on this, but I got tired. And I think it's got that clay feel so better to leave well enough alone. Painting is like that a lot. Making an okay painting is underestimated.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Chance


Oil on 5x7" gallery wrap canvas. $60. free shipping! Buy with PayPal
One of the reasons this painting stands out, for me, is the hot pink under painting coming through. I don't think it would be near as lively sans hot pink. I never regret using hot pink as a ground, it always works well and it makes me feel happy. Thanks for visiting!

GlamourePuss


Oil on 5x7" canvas. $60. free Shipping! Buy with PayPal
Painting kitty faces is more challenging than one might think. You have to make sense of the furry features and somehow express in painting a wild cunning nature. The cat always elusive, my faithful muse.

Monday, July 24, 2017

KittenHOOD

Oil on 8x canvas.
This little painting went through a lot of changes. I finally like where it's at, as a whole. It took two weeks to complete this piece. It normally takes me one or two days...

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lost Kittens

Oil on 8x8" canvas
This painting took on a life of it's own. As paintings will do if you let them. A ghostly seen immerged that seems more appropriate for the fall, but I liked the quality of it so went with it. My goal in this painting was simple. I needed a challenge-it was time to bring my cat painting to the next level. Juggling all these kitties was a difficult and I learned a lot. Working with a limited palette helped was essential.  As artists no one makes us do anything, so we have to be our own boss and figure out how to initiate growth for ourselves. Big responsibility...Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Holding the Floor

Oil on 10x10"panel.
Painted on black surface is always fun, don't know why I don't do it more often. Stencils provide texture and pattern for curtain behind kitty. It all pretty simple.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Green Cat


Oil on 5x7" panel. $60. free shipping! Buy with PayPal
Painting cats helps me with painting. Painting can be very difficult, and it can be fun. Painting for fun and might seem lackadaisical, but whenever I'm painting I'm learning, and as long as the paint is flowing there's adventure and I'm right on track. Thank you for visiting!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Rizada feral Mustang

Oil on canvas
What a delightful thing it is to be around horses! Painted in Borrego Springs California 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

Rizada Mustang Feral

sold
Oil on 12" panel
My husband Stock and I are still on Kay's 9M Ranch, in Borrego Springs desert. And loving it. The M stands for Mustangs. The ranch is all about horses, though, I believe it's been awhile since the place has been in full swing as a horse ranch. There are two beautiful mustangs left of the 9 and both were foaled right here on the ranch from wild Mustang mothers. Rizada has never been broke and she is considered feral. But, she's sweet and comes running if you have a carrot. And beautiful, omg! Stunning. In all four horses and a donkey live on the ranch. I hope to paint them all while I'm here. Got 3 so far. I've painted Nevada twice.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lance

sold
Oil on panel
Lance is the oldest horse on 9 Mustang Ranch, he's 30 and in people yrs that's equivalent to 90 he is also an Arab not a Mustang...I'm sure there's a story there. It's been such a gift to be here among the horses.

Kay's Mustang

sold
Oil in 12" canvas
Our host, Kay has five horses and a donkey that have all been here from birth some 30 years ago, for one old timer that would be 90 in horse years. It's been a treat to be around them and totally inspiring.
Painting horses is something I've wanted to do for a long time but pulling an image off the internet didn't quite make sense to me. The whole experience is what inspires.