Thursday, December 11, 2008

Beauty Girl

Here's another black and white kitty that I did as a commission for Christmas this year. I am getting to be quite the specialist at painting black and white kitties. I have one more black and white kitty commission to do this Christmas...

This is Izzy. Unknown to Izzy's mom, I also had a little kitty named Izzy, who died from lead poisoning when my house was being remodeled. It was a little heart wrenching when I saw her name. Luckily, the woman who commissioned me labeled the photo that I used as a base for the painting "Beauty Girl" so that is what I thought of when I painted this lovely girl.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Introducing Abby

I've been working on a few pet portraits, aside from xmas cards and other little projects. Here is one I can post (others will be posted after Christmas).
I am in Montana visiting my folks and hope to also get some painting in. Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ziggy the star

This little man hangs out at Happy Hound Hotel all day and night. He is one lucky dog.

I am trying to decide whether he should be a little less gray. I am hoping his best friend lets me know.

The final home for this painting will be in the lobby of Happy Hound.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Issaquah Pet Expo

Accompanied by my little Penny, I am going to be a vendor at a pet expo at Le Chic Pet in Issaquah this Saturday from 11-5. In addition to my booth which has custom pet portraits, other vendors are offering food, leashes, training, treats, etc.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Featured artist at Met Vet

The last show I have scheduled right now is now hung. I am the featured artist at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Tacoma. My friend Barb found their listing for animal artists through the Artist Trust. My paintings will hang through end of October.

I could have used about four more paintings to hang in their lovely reception area and three exam rooms. As it was, I borrowed from my friends and held off giving two commissions to their rightful owners.

Many great artists have shown there, including one of my favorites, Leigh Jackson of Noisy Dog Studio. The coordinator warned that there's not many sales, but that there's good exposure. At this point, exposure is as good as sales.

Barb 's still looking out for me. She sent me info this week about showing at the University Unitarian Church. She had a lovely show there.

I want to check with some other places about November/December shows.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Show at 4 Legs Good

I have ten paintings at 4 Legs Good in Wallingford until the end of this month. I am happy with the hanging (my first), the labels, and the response.

Wednesday night was the Wallingford Art Walk and besides some of my friends, there was a bit of foot traffic too. No sales, but I didn't expect that. A few people took the postcards and one person bought a card.

Bonita, the store owner, is wonderful, very gracious and friendly.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ghost Cat

Not an angel, June 2008

This cat is a precursor to a commission where I have been asked to paint a nearly white cat on a white background. I thought I needed to practice a bit before doing the commission.

If I get this back, I'll make a few changes. If not, well it's done!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Michi II

I've never said I was a realistic painter, so it's not surprising that two different portraits of the same cat came out so differently. I really wasn't happy with the first portrait, Life too short. Perhaps knowing that there wasn't a happy ending for Michi clouded my inspiration. There's a darkness to it I didn't like.

So I called on my muse again and asked for joy and the serenity that Michi didn't have at this life and this is what happened.

Life too short

Also known as Michi Departed
May, 2008

I don't know how Michi came into King County Animal Control, but I do know her life ended there, despite tries to get her adopted.

She was sent to PetSmart to be shown. She started getting really upset about being in a cage...grumbling, hissing, irritable... so that didn't work out.

So, she went to a private home to be fostered for a bit. She didn't get along with the foster's cats. Then she bit the foster mom. So, she came back to the Kent shelter. She was even more unhappy there, back in a cage.

Last straw came when she bit an officer, so she was put down. Some cats do not do well in shelters.

I've painted two portraits of her. This is a little dark so I did a little lighter one. 100% of the proceeds from this painting will go to the Feral Cat Project if it's sold at the Laura Frost Gallery show.

Monday, July 07, 2008

"What are you looking at? "

June, 2008

This painting also will be one of the paintings at the Feral Cat Project benefit on July 12.

It started off as a painting of my friend, Kris's, cat, Binky. However, Binky has a black swash across her nose and I didn't want to ruin this very nice nose.

This painting is a bit larger than what Kris wants anyway. Her other paintings (Simon and Maxey) are about 6x6. She'd like it to match. This is, I think, 8x10. So, it's for sale.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Blue, Too

"Blue, Too" or "
Blue, Two"
July, 2008

I've been painting lots even though I have nothing posted to show for it. I have 5 pieces that are going to be at the Feral Cat Project benefit this coming Saturday.

I've been working on another two besides the ones slated for this show, so I thought I was in good shape. No rush. But, I ended up needing another day to scan and put the final touches on the items needing to be dropped off today. So, Rick scanned the five items for me so I could concentrate on painting.

This particular painting showed in 2006 at the same benefit. It didn't sell then, so I played a bit more with the colors. It will be the cheapest item that I painted at the show and hopefully it will move out of my closet and into someone else's house. All proceeds from this sale go to the Feral Cat Project.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Disconnected scanner

You haven't seen any new art because I've disconnected my scanner from my computer while Penny is recovering from her first TPLO surgery. I've moved the easel and the pc down to where she's recovering and left the scanner in Capn Jack's room.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Thank you cards

"Thank you," January 2008

I spent New Year's day coloring this line drawing that I am going to send to those people who contributed $$, baked goods, or time (or all three) to making Penny's bake sale a success.

Cards are at Kinko's now. I really want to get them out!

My little friend Amelia opens mail for her household. At 4, this is a big responsibility. "Look," she cried. "It's Seanna and Penny."