Not Happy About This

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.

Last Caturday 2106 -watercolor and gouache 8" x 8" by Serena Fenton
Last Caturday 2106 -watercolor and gouache 8″ x 8″

What’s That?

Last week, my darling daughter reflected on the passive nature of my cat paintings. Well, cats do sleep something like 22 hours a day. But that might not be a good enough defense.
Poking through Pinterest, I was inspired by the Blockheads series by ceramicist Jennifer Bernhard Hatfield. This is what happens when a Blockhead stalks a cat.

After Thanksgiving Comes Santa Cat

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

Santa Cat #1 - watercolor and gouache by Serena Fenton
Santa Cat #1 – watercolor and gouache

Crookshanks – a Portrait

While I am off at the movies, Crookshanks is keeping an eye out for Fantastic Beasts. Crookshanks’ portrait was this week’s #colour_collective  challenge, with sea blue wallpaper.

Crookshanks, watercolor, gouache and watercolor pencil 8"x 8"  by Serena Fenton
Crookshanks, watercolor, gouache and watercolor pencil 8″x 8″

Golden Circus Cat

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.

Circus Cat # 5 - Gouache and watercolor; 8" x 8" by Serena Fenton
Circus Cat # 5 – Gouache and watercolor; 8″ x 8″

Circus Cat #4

It’s a cat’s life.  Sleep, eat, sleep, chase the dogs. If only there weren’t these little hats. And posing for paintings…

Circus Cat #4 - watercolor and ink 8"x8" by Serena Fenton
Circus Cat #4 – watercolor and ink 8″x8″

Circus Cat # 3

With a background color chosen for the  #colour_collective challenge, using #moroccanblue, this is my third in the circus cat series.

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.

Circus Cat #3 - watercolor, ink and gouache 8"x8" by Serena Fenton
Circus Cat #3 – watercolor, ink and gouache 8″x8″

Spike the Circus Cat

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.

Spike the Circus Cat, water media 8.5" x 5.5" by Serena Fenton
Spike the Circus Cat, water media 8.5″ x 5.5″

Circus Cat

Working on more circus animals, this time: cats!  Background color determined by the week’s color for the  colour_collective challenge.  They named it  #maygreen .

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.

Circus cat - water media 5.5" x 8.5" by Serena Fenton
Circus cat – water media 5.5″ x 8.5″

Jumping Jack Russell

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.

Jumping jack russell - ink and watercolor by Serena Fenton 5.5" x8.5"
Jumping jack russell – ink and watercolor 5.5″ x8.5″

Flowers and Bees

A summer’s preoccupation in watercolor.  I am slowly coming to appreciate the massive variety in bees.  How did I not see it before??

Buzz- watercolor 8" x 8" by Serena Fenton
Buzz- watercolor 8″ x 8″

Tropical Fantasy

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.

Tropical Fantasy - watercolor and gouache painting by Serena Fenton
Tropical Fantasy – watercolor and gouache painting

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.

Blue Jay

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

Blue Jay - watercolor
Blue Jay – watercolor