Friday, 31 January 2014

Joy Joy

6 x 8
oil on board
NFS
Joy Joy is a very special girl, 10 years ago my friend Barb who runs the cat rescue noticed her at a shelter, she was just a tiny kitten then who had many health problems including trouble breathing, of course Barb fell in love with her and she has lived at  Barbs pet store ever since.  Joy Joy is also the face of the  cat rescue  so she is a celebrity in her own right. 

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Polly

6 x 8
oil on board
$65.00

This is my sisters cat Polly, she is 15 yrs old.  She was a real challenge to paint…black again always tricky for me.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

le petit chat

6 x 8
oil on board
SOLD
I am always a little tentative when starting a new painting.  Then the painting goes through the really ugly stage when I just want to wipe it, and then with a few more strokes there is a glimmer of hope and I carry on to completion and voila we have a kitten.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Pretty in pink



6 x 8
oil on board
SOLD

My daughter is in Geneva right now and she took the picture of this cat and sent it to me.  I love the expression.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

The lily

6 x6
oil on board
$40.00
I painted these flowers and afterwards when I looked, it seemed as if they were floating in air.  That is one of the things I most enjoy about painting…anything goes.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Pleasant moment

6 x 6
oil on board
SOLD

Another tulip painting, I am very pleased with the background colours.  Painting these little paintings is becoming like an addiction…a really good one.  I can't wait for spring when tulips will be everywhere.


Thursday, 23 January 2014

Sweet Tara



6 x 6
oil on board
NFS



Tara is a friends dog, she had planted herself beside the food table at their New years party…she was very successful.  

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Tulips in vase

8 x 8
oil on board
$50.00
These tulips I painted last summer.  I always buy bunches of 3 which is 15 tulips, these were the remaining 4 that just kept performing.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Do I know you?

6 x 6
oil on board
$50.00
Completely enjoyed painting this cat, and am especially pleased with the crooked red nose and the green ears.


Friday, 17 January 2014

Tulips everywhere

6 x 6
oil on board
$50.00
SOLD
I always feel pure joy when I am painting tulips, in the early spring I cannot make it through the  checkout line without grabbing an armful…especially if they are pink.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Monday, 13 January 2014

Mesmerized

6 x 8
oil on board
$65.00
SOLD
This is another cat rescue sweetheart.  I changed things up a little and used 3 different sized brushes, usually I use just one.  I like the outcome. 

  Since mid December I have painted almost every day  and I find that the more I paint the more I want to paint.  I always decide the evening before what I am going to paint the following day,  then in the morning I set up my iPad on the kitchen island make myself a cup of tea and while I knit I examine the photo I have chosen and decide how to begin the painting.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

The power of purple


6 x 6
oil on board
SOLD

Well, this is the last of my coloured cat series for now.  I have definitely been working out of my comfort zone and it has been helpful to push myself in a different direction with my colour choices.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Tickled pink

6 x 6
oil on board
$50.00
Well this is it…a pink cat.  I chose every colour of pink and red paint that I have, I used some more than others but they are all in there somewhere. So much fun…pink, pink, pink. 

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Green with envy

6 x 6
oil on board
$50.00

Another version of the previous kitty portrait I did.  I am playing with colour so I decided to paint the same cat again using a completely different colour palette…stay tuned for what colour the next cat  will be.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

I'm so blue

6 x 6
oil on board
SOLD

This is  the cat that was hanging over Deb's shoulder in a previous painting.   I enlarged the picture and used different colours to experiment.

I have always admired  those artists that use just a few colours on their palette and then mix the magic.  I have finally come to accept the fact that is just not me.  I work quickly so mixing colours just takes a little too much time for me.
I will often start out with just a few colours on my palette  and it doesn't take long before I am digging through my paint box and adding more.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Dog day afternoon

6 x 6
oil on board
$50.00

This old gal was lying on the sidewalk outside of the art gallery in my town, it was a warm summer night and she just needed a rest.  We stepped outside to get some fresh air and there she was in her glory enjoying all the attention from passers by.






Sunday, 5 January 2014

The perch

6 x 6
oil on board
SOLD


My friend Deb held this beauty so I could get some pictures, after the photo shoot he was perfectly content to just stay there.  I found this painting tricky, normally I would just enlarge the face to cover a good portion of the canvas and paint that.   On this one I decided to put the person in too so for me the challenge is painting that small…I think there are about 1000 strokes in this painting.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Handsome

6 x 6
oil on board
$50.00
                                    SOLD                                      
I got the photo of this cat from a friend of mine, I liked the expression on his face…very handsome too.