Holidays are over. The family has all gone home. Tomorrow is the last Caturday of the year. Mr Prince is not happy about his party hat.
There are just those days when you have something hanging over you.
Caturday: I see you!
Santa Cat came to visit today as I was trying to get back into the swing of things after Thanksgiving. watercolor and gouache.
And time spent wondering why gouache turns so muddy when blending ‘primaries’. Could be a sure sign that my ‘starter’ kit was just that: a starter. I should probably toss the remainder and upgrade to a full set of the luscious paints by M Graham Wonder if Santa Cat might drop something beneath the tree? Hmmmmm
As I’m working on this cat series, I’ve been viewing cat photos from the local animal shelters, which is a dangerous pastime. There are so many beautiful cats out there, needing good homes. But I am resisting visiting them and adopting them Painting only!
It’s Caturday just a little early, and I’m continuing my circus cat series. Here’s #5. The background was selected for this week’s #colour_collective challenge, in brilliant gold; gouache and watercolor.
The gold watercolor from a jar of old, now discontinued, watercolor pigment that was made by Daniel Smith. Sadly, they appear to no longer sell the pigments or the metallic dry powder. I will have to use the remaining 18 grams wisely – of find a new source.
It’s a cat’s life. Sleep, eat, sleep, chase the dogs. If only there weren’t these little hats. And posing for paintings…
Taking a break from my ongoing circus theme, just to ponder the last few days and what happened in this election. Days like this definitely make you think.
The cat is watercolor. I was asked on the previous cat painting how I got the fur strokes. Those are done with a rigger (or liner) brush. There’s a bit of ink around the eyes and the nice flat background is done with gouache.
Nope, Spike is not happy at all about being forced into a clown hat and then forced to pose. What a cat has to do for his dinner…
This foray into circus cat painting began with watercolor, with acrylic paint used for the opaque background and highlights.
Working on more circus animals, this time: cats! Background color determined by the week’s color for the challenge. They named it # .
Most of the work is done in a mixture of water media: watercolor, watercolor pencils and acrylic. I like the idea of acrylic, but the final patina is never what I hoped.
Since I am still struggling with Papier-mâché, but in love with circus performing dogs, I decided to just paint some of my dogs-in-mind. The problems with paper mache is both the tools – Papier-mâché is inherently lumpy and the artist – I was working too small, so the lumps look like craters and mountains (see photo
below). Hence I decided to commit some of the animals that I am thinking of to the painted page. #5 is my first shot. The painting is a mixture of watercolor paint and pencils, then covered with ink and acrylic paints.
Barely Balanced – acrobats at the NC Renaissance Festival
Fall is here. The weather is gorgeous and it is a great time to get outside with the dogs. Below is a quick pen and watercolor sketch of a jack russell terrier.
Aug 23 Ride the Wind Day! Get carried away in any way that you can.
A summer’s preoccupation in watercolor. I am slowly coming to appreciate the massive variety in bees. How did I not see it before??
Working in the garden lets me consider what all is going on underground. This is a quick reflection on the unseen. Acrylic on watercolor paper.
Gouache and ink. This is a study looking at a couple of the different types and shapes of bees and bumblebees.
I have been using watercolor paper as the background for this series of acrylic paintings. The paper has a nicely smooth texture for the paint that makes slide onto the paper. I can then build up lots of color as a glaze layers.
Summer in the South is an almost tropical experience. Everything grows and grows and grows. I used to be completely lost in the colors of the flowers, but now I find myself becoming intrigued by the patterns of the foliage. This painting experiments with both.
Continuing experiments with acrylic paints. I have been using matte medium, since I don’t like the sheen and plastic-feel of acrylics. I could use Acrylic gouache, but I am not wild about the lack of intensity of the colors in most acrylic gouache – and there is the cost. Why is acrylic gouache so darned expensive???
Cats tend to assume that they are invisible, but if you look hard, you can still find them. This painting is in acrylics. I am intending to do some larger works on canvas and gouache just won’t work for that, so I am staring to learn to use acrylics. Transparency is the biggest issue. Gouache gives lush rich color. Acrylics seem to take many many coats (and I am reportedly using the ‘good stuff’ – Golden artist quality). There’s a learning curve, definitely.
Summer in the South means that everything is green and thriving. I grew up on the desert, dodging tumbleweeds and squinting into the glare. The richness and color of a Southern summer just amazes me.
Bluebird fantasy landscape. This is what happens when you watch your bird feeders for too long.. The birds are no longer worried about me. They just watch right back.