Cats Are My Default Art Setting

Since I was a kid, my mom and I painted Christmas ornaments together. I still have a lot of those. As an adult, I continued painting ornaments and since being a cat person, I have always painted an ornament for each kitty. Here’s the collection so far.

painted cat Christmas tree ornaments

Of course I signed up for the Tiny Sketchbook Project, because who doesn’t love the idea that you can have a briefcase full of art form all over the world. It was about 1.5×2.5 inches and yes, I decided Cat Moods was my theme.

Sketchbook Project 2018

Finally! Here’s the photos of my latest Sketchbook Project. I apparently almost got too ambitious. I decided to do hidden things, which made the book really interactive, with flaps to lift and messages within messages. It was a lot of fun!

Celtic Art and Art Club

My kid is in Irish Dance and sometimes we go to these big contest performances. And sometimes I submit art for them. Here is The Tree of Life, Celtic Fox and The Cat Sidhe. All watercolor and ink. It’s been a great way to practice watercolor and inks. And I keep trying different varieties of both.

And then I started an Art Club at my kid’s school and took 9 3rd graders and we created a painting together.

October

As I have the last few years, I did a new piece for the Wildcat Sanctuary auction. I keep playing with watercolors to see what they can do. I did some abstracts earlier in the year, so brought a bit of that to this leopard. Just finishing up this years Inktober run,so I’ll post about that next week.

New Things!

Serval.WC16Owl.WC16Lemur.WC16 Octopus.WC16Tiger.WC16 For the last year things have been a whirl. Moving is hard! Getting married seemed easy by comparison. Of course, I wanted to get married but does anyone ever really want to move. It’s a thing you do out of need!

But the upshot has been getting an awesome garage studio. That had also been a lot of work but I’ll show you that later. Before I got the studio almost) ready, I was down to a handful of artist tools. Mostly just paints, pens and watercolor. So I’ve spent my art time doing ATCs, doodles and drawings and trying out a new watercolor style idea. It’s a mix of I dunno, geometry and pointillism? The Serval, Owl, Lemur and Octopus were experiments. The Tiger ends up being the result of the learning from the others. It is going to the Wildcat Black Tie Fundraising auction.

I definitely have learned some watercolor techniques that will enter into my painting from now on. And well any practice with watercolor is helpful. Cheers!