Last year I did this watercolor sketch for my friend Ilana. Right before the pandemic, her kitty, Mekare died. She was devastated, a feeling I know well, when it comes to pets, particularly cats. A year later, I’m struck with my grief for her.
I lost my oldest friend this week. As teens, we bonded over Depeche Mode. She was a beautiful woman. A creative person. A talented singer. Humorous, sweet and generous. I’m lucky my wife and kid got to meet her in a trip to NY a couple years ago. I’m cycling between sorrow and fury. Fury because her family continues to treat her poorly. She was a survivor of incest, her family denied it, until he confessed and then she split with most of them because she wouldn’t ‘just get over it’. She was a 9-11 survivor, missed being in the towers by an hour. She suffered survivors guilt and PTSD from that. Not long after, she discover she had MS that was difficult to treat. I know she enjoyed her life when she could. She had a sweet Kitty, that she adored and was with her many years, that died right before the pandemic. And the pandemic and the isolation were the final straw. She completed suicide earlier this week. She deserved better. So here it is, my tribute to Ilana Graf.
A bunch of artists made themselves famous with abstract Action Art a few decades back. they liked to experiment with the properties of the paint. I enjoy that this has had a bit of a renaissance with poured painting. I occasionally experiment too. Sometimes it’s left over paint, sometimes it’s by request. This is Ocean Wave in acrylic.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Ok. We all know 2016 was pretty crazy. On a world level and on a personal level, lots of things happened that no one wanted or expected. We can hope 2017 will be better. So here’s a link to actual good stuff that happened in 2016. And here’s a little drawing I made to kill 2016 in my mind.