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
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…
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.
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??
Butterflies and beetles – a watercolor for summer
Watercolor and gouache
A kingfisher for spring. Watercolor and gouache.
Life just gets busy. I have been working on a new series of paintings this past month. All of them are watercolor birds with gouache patterned backgrounds.
Gouache is not the easiest medium to take up. Trying to blend gouache tends to give chalky, stiff messes. But I am finding that I am enjoying creating bold patterened backgrounds, which are in contrast to the more realistic bid paintings. This bird is a bit of a fantasy. I started out with a flicker and then just went astray with hte colored feathers.
Growing my butterflies collection for #colour_collective
The blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to North America – there are lots in my yard in the winter
Butterflies in watercolor and gouache for #colour_collective
Gladys is a good
Wild life with woodpecker
Infinite snow boredom relieved by a visit from St Catemew.