Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lily in the field

Tired of looking at all the cat paintings? I noticed that the cats were getting a lot of attention, thanks to the Art for the Animals show to benefit the Feral Cat Project that I am participating in.
I realized there were a few pups I hadn't posted. This is a portrait I did during the spring of 2008. Next to painting animals, I love painting plants, especially lilies. My calla lillies are just now blooming, so I'll be painting them this week.
Too bad I don't have a white cat to paint next to the Calla lilies.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

At Twilight

This is a riff based on one of my cats, Albro. She was found when my husband and I were on a bike ride between his house in G-town and my house in Rainier Beach. Beacon Hill is between the two houses. One road twists up and down the hill. On that very busy street, my husband stopped on the way down. "Did you see that kitten back there?" "What kitten?" To me everything is a blur when I am moving, even with my glasses on. He led me to where one little kitten huddled, looking too scared to cross the street. We plopped it in the bike basket I had on the front of my bike and proceeded to his house. The little kitten sounded like a pidgeon and called Memph whenever I rode over a bump. Had I been more original, she may have been named Memphis. Instead, she is named after the street I thought we were on, Albro. It turns out that the street Swift twist and turns and becomes three other streets before becoming Othello. You turn on Albro to get to Swift. Still, I like the name better than Swift, which sounds like a cleaning product.
The original idea had the background a little darker. I may still change it. It is still for sale...
Some people don't like the eyes looking up

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Starry Starry Night

June 2009
This is even smaller than the 4x4's and comes with its own tiny easel. It is 1x2 or something like that.
This will also be at the Colors of Compassion art show benefiting the Feral Cat Project.

Sunday, June 07, 2009


June, 2009

I did five new pieces for the Feral Cat Spay and Neuter project art show. This is Emma, Tina's cat. And she often looks this grumpy. I've also painted Emma's brother. Even though they are both tuxedo cats, don't let that fool you. They are not blood relations, just two cats who share the same abode, much to both of them's dismay.
All the new portraits are little (4x4), which go faster than the bigger pieces I've been creating lately. I love painting in large scale, but there's so much more area to fuss with. The little ones are faster -- I finished all 5 in two weeks.