Sunday, March 17, 2019

3/17 Princess Peach, for St Patrick's Day

I chose this green-eyed kitty for St Patrick's Day~  she's also a redhead!  Puuuuurfect!
And here's what her owner Kelly says~

Princess Peach was adopted from the AHS at 6 years old. When Kelly first got her, she had a super short lion cut, but now her beautiful orange hair is grown out. Even though she is an adult, she is very petite and looks a lot younger! My boyfriends’ mom Mina Leierwood calls her Princess Pipsqueek :)
She often has a grumpy-looking facial expression, which makes for some amusing photos. She loves chasing her toys around, sneaking into the basement, and EATING!! 



8x10 acrylic on wood
$240

Saturday, March 16, 2019

3/16 Kitaro for Michaela

This is a special cat~ and this is a piece Michaela wrote about Kitaro~

The house has been so lonely without Kitaro. Sure, there is lots of activity, what with Anna, Uryuu and Opal, but there is a giant void. 

He would always come running when I kicked the leg support out on the couch. He couldn't wait to nap on my lap while I was napping. He would sometimes decide he was done with my lap and force me out of my spot so that he could sleep there. Of course I usually let him. 

He was wicked smart. He loved to play fetch and when the mouse landed somewhere unexpected, he would search and search until he found it. It could be as long as five minutes. 

He was always calm when Uryuu scruffed him. He would relax and twist out of it. He almost always won the tussles that they had. 

He he was the best big brother a kitten could have. He was so excited when Opal moved in. He played with her very gently from the start. He also made sure the Uryuu didn't hurt her. Opal misses him something fearce. 

He very rarely meowed. We expected a Siamese to be talking all the time. When he did speak up, you knew he had something important to say. 

It also felt very much that he was here for a purpose. In hind sight, I think that purpose was my transition. Almost immediately after I admitted that I was transgender, he started kneading my belly. He NEVER did that before. He continued doing it through his illness. I seemed to have been happy that I was now his mommy. Once he was confident that I was solidly on my path, it was time for him to move on. He was only with us for 8 years. 



8x10 acrylic on wood
$240
spoken for~

Friday, March 15, 2019

3/15 Tigger and Trixie

It is Robin's birthday today!  And these are her kitties, and here's what she says about them~

Tigger (orange) and Trixie (grey) are a very affectionate brother and sister from the same litter. They are usually found curled up together in various positions throughout the house. It is often hard to tell where one cat begins and the other ends!


6x6 acrylic on wood
$85

Thursday, March 14, 2019

3/14 Buddy

I had to paint this one too~  can you see why?
Here's what Kathy says about her Buddy~

I’m so excited that Buddy made the list!  Buddy is a dog person’s cat. He is extremely affectionate and out going and always meets visitors at the door. 🧡
6x6 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

3/13 Smokey

...and I had another adjustment to make!  Do please let me know if you were planning on nabbing your painting, because if you haven't told me you are going to buy it, and I haven't painted it yet, you may get bumped for another cat!  And I also made a date mistake- today I had Tigger and Trixie scheduled, but their owner had requested the 15th, so I'm doing them on Friday, so today we are honored to have yet another Siamese looker, this one being Smokey!

And on another note, if you are in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, or anywhere else in this crazy winter storm, do take care, be kind, go slow. You are more important than a roof or a late appointment or just about anything.  It is slick as you know what around here, and I left my yak trax at home! Be careful and once you get home, stay as put as you can!

Whew!
Oh and if you want to come paint with me on Saturday, it's 10-1:30, Paint Your Pet!  $75 all materials covered! Click here to sign up!

8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

3/12 Naldo for Joe~

This is Naldo, whom I've painted before but I just can't get enough of him!  I mean, LOOK at this face!  Here's the link from last year's painting of him~  I really love this angle.  It shows off that elegant siamese nose~  what a profile!

6x6 acrylic on wood
spoken for, I think....

Monday, March 11, 2019

3/11 Angel~

Isn't she lovely?  I really loved the light on this one, and though I was a bit worried about the downward looking eyes, thinking they wouldn't read well, I'm actually pleased with how this turned out. And here is what Angel's owner says about her~

She had several owners before we got her when she was 6.  She came with the owner's name of "Pancake" and our downstairs neighber calls her "Sugar" because she is so sweet.  But the most synchronistic story is when my grandaughter came over to see her, and I said, "What should we call her?" and she said "Angel."  Later that day I took off her collar and tag which we hadn't even looked at and the tag said "Angel."  

I do love how Angels show up everywhere!


6x6 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

3/10 Felix for Solveig

This is today's kitty~  another fluff ball, with a lovely elegance in those eyes~

Felix is basically a warm pillow cat, except at breakfast and dinner time. He was adopted as a kitten in 2009, has been with me through tons of ups and downs. After food his preference is to be stretched out on my legs, as long as he can go. He’s a bigish guy, at about 15 pounds and quite possibly has some Maine Coon in his system (though his mom was a tiny black shorthair, so who knows?). When he’s not getting things exactly his way he wanders the house letting us know with his “crabby tabby” meow, just a hint of gravel in his voice. Really, though, he’s just a hungry love machine.


6x6 acrylic on wood
$85

Saturday, March 9, 2019

3/9 Pilar

Now, here is a cat that has gorgeous eyes, and whose eyes led to my choice of background color.  I have to say I am pretty pleased with it! Some of these faces just beg for a story. Something kinda dark and dangerous, with a hint of humor for this guy- like an Indiana Jones tale...


6x6 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Friday, March 8, 2019

3/8/ Ella

Ella is one of those cats who loves her owner but wants everyone else to just back off.  I had a tricky time getting her eyes in the right place, though I am pretty happy with all those different shades of white in her fur~

8x8 acrylic on wood
 spoken for!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

3/7 Leo

Another slight schedule change~  I didn't yet have the photo for the kitty scheduled for today, so instead I am pulling a kitty that was submitted but that hadn't made the list!  So you never know what will happen in this world of Kat!  I have updated the list on the first post too, here, in case you are confused about where we are... if you cat is affected by changes, I've attempted to contact you so you'll know~
At any rate, you can probably see why I chose this one, though now I'm seeing a trend in fluffy, beige cats...  hmmm....
And Leo's owner has this to say~

"We got him from the AHS 4 years ago when he was about a year old. He is an American longhair with most of the characteristics of a main coon. He is tall and lean. He loves company, is very playful, but not a lapcat. He is my favorite cat of all because he, unlike my other cat, uses the scratching posts that I have strategically placed in my house instead of the furniture."

6x6 acrylic on wood
$85

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

3/6 Oswald, and REVISED Official List!

Yes, I had Gideon the African Grey set for today, but I revised that to accommodate this fella, Oswald~  and this is the first one I've struggled with this month.  Hmmm.  What does that mean?  It's only the 6th! This is one of those lighter colored cats that sometimes causes problems with my value judgement. As in I have some trouble really seeing where areas are darker than others- I originally had the background as green, because of his green eyes, but I think it works better now-  I've included the original at the bottom of the Revised List for you!


6x6 acrylic on wood
Spoken For!

1- Waldo for Kate R
2- Blue for Sonya J
3- Basil for Alexis 
4- Chimney Sweep for Cat 
5- MiaoMiao for Bette J
6- Oswald for Barb 
7- Smokey for Jimmy  
8- Ella for Lindy  
9- Pilar for Constance 
10- Felix for Solveig 
11- Angel for Judith Rae
12- Naldo for Joe L
13- Tigger and Trixie for Robin N
14- Buddy for Kathy P
15- Zuko the Yak for Lois, and maybe Gideon the African Grey
16- Kitaro for Michaela 
17- Princess Peach for Kelly
18- Silly for Wanda 
19- Francois the Tuxedo for Barbara S 
20- Isabelle for Barbara S  
21- Circe the Calico for Barbara S  
22- Flint on the tires for Anne W
23- Zoe the rag doll for Marcy
24- Bear and George for Harper 
25- Winnie for Harper 
26- Dreamy the Rat for Greta  
27- Sonny Boy and Stella Bella for Roxanne W
28- Dorian Grey for Robin W
29-Georgina for Theresa Moe 
30- Freddie and Archie for Jenny B
first try at Oswald- too dark-

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

3/5 Miaomiao

I had fun with the darks in this one-  and I hope I spelled the name right!  As well as those golden eyes, and that calico-y coat~  yup.  Cats are fun!  here's what Bette wrote~

MiaoMiao appeared in our Cody Wyoming pasture a couple years ago — a tiny frightened stray
kitten
We already had three cats but she was a keeper and has become my forever feline friend~



6x6 acrylic on wood
$85

Monday, March 4, 2019

3/4 Chimney Sweep for Cat~

Another example of a cat photo that caught my eye immediately~

And here's what Cat, Chimney Sweep's one, told me~

"I found her at the Hollywood Farmers market, my first weekend in my new Hollywood home, 8 years ago. Was not planning on adopting so soon, but when I picked her up, she wrapped her arms around me and... that motor - Purrrrrrrrrr! Her first two week trial with me she was a total asshole - peeing in plants, destroying things, biting and scratching people, and trying to escape up the chimney. Hence, her name. 

At the end of the two week trial, I called the rescue, telling her what a jerk this cat was, and perhaps it wasn't a good match. She assured me that Rainbow (her given name) was probably just testing me/settling in, and would I be willing to give her another two weeks? By the end of the second two weeks, you couldn't pry that snuggle bug out of my arms! And she never went up the chimney again."


6x6 acrylic on wood

Sunday, March 3, 2019

3/3 Basil for Alexis and Josh!

Again, here's a photo of a beautiful cat that is darn near irresistible, along with the fact that Basil lives in Nashville with my cousin Alexis who is also an artist in silver jewelry  (I think I attached her instagram link there...) and her hubby who is a musician in the band Halestorm~  and she hasn't sent me a note about this gorgeous cat, though I know she is planning her spring garden, which seems much closer to someone in Tennessee than someone in Minnesota, I imagine...


8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for~

Saturday, March 2, 2019

3/2/19 Blue!

I chose this photo to paint because there is so much personality coming through in that face and that pose. My friend Sonya sent it, and when she found out I chose it to paint, she sent me this note~

"Blue disappeared over a year ago. He enjoyed going outside and exploring, but one day he left and never returned. 
This painting will be a great way to remember the sweet boy~"

I think Blue must have been named after his eyes-  what do you think?

6x6 acrylic on wood
$85
sold


Friday, March 1, 2019

3/1/2019 Here's WALDO!

This is the first cat of my 30 Cats in 30 Days Daily Painting Challenge!  Thanks for joining me!  I'm super excited about this because it really makes me accountable for getting in some painting every day (which I usually do anyway, but this makes it more official) and also by having you out there following along and making sure I do get this done every day.

I chose this photo because Waldo's eyes are just so huge!  And plus I love painting black animals.  Have I mentioned that before?

Maybe...

6x6 acrylic on wood
$85

Thursday, February 28, 2019

2/28 OFFICIAL LIST of "30 Cats in 30 Days" 2019!

Hi there people!  It is here!
The Official List for "30 Cats in 30 Days" March 2019

I've been working on this list for days, and the first thing I'll say is that it is a FLEXIBLE list.  

Because I am human and I have a life and I'm being more gentle to myself, I reserve the right to squeeze two cats into one day or swap creatures around or substitute someone for someone else. Of course, I will not do that if you have already asked to buy your painting or if you've told me a special date for your painting. I really really really will do my absolute best to not miss any days, because that is the point of this entire process, and I very much appreciate your acting as a cheerleading squad/dominatrix by making me responsible for my word. So please follow along here on my blog and yell at me!

And if you expected to see your name and pet on this list but it isn't there, please email me immediately and we'll get that straightened out.  Also, if you are planning on purchasing your painting, do let me know so I can mark it SOLD so someone else doesn't buy it out from under you.  

This has happened before.

I'm just saying...

Oh and I've left a couple days open near the end so I can do some juggling if needed.

And now, 

THE LIST.....

1- Waldo for Kate R
2- Blue for Sonya
3- Basil for Alexis 
4- Chimney Sweep for 
5- MiaoMiao for Bette J
6- Oswald for Barb
7- Leo for Jenneke
8- Ella for Lindy   
9- Pilar for Constance
10- Felix for Solveig M
11- Bear AND George for Harper 
12- Winnie for Harper
13- Tigger and Trixie for Robin N
14- Buddy for Kathy P
15- Zuko the Yak and Gideon the African Grey for Lois
16- Kitaro for Michaela 
17- Princess Peach for Kelly
18- Silly for Wanda
19- Francois the Tuxedo for Barbara S 
20- Isabelle for Barbara S  
21- Circe the Calico for Barbara S  
22- Flint on the tires for Anne W
23- Zoe the rag doll for Marcy
24- Angel for Judith Rae
25- Naldo for Joe L
26- Dreamy the Rat for Greta  
27- Sonny Boy and Stella Bella for Roxanne W
28- Dorian Grey for Robin W
29-Georgina for Theresa Moe
30- Freddie and Archie for Jenny B

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

2/26 Poppy Puppy!

This is from a Valentine's Day "Secret Cupid" thing we did at school, and I knew my secret person loves her dog and I didn't have a lot of time to go shopping so I snuck onto her facebook page and found this photo of her newest family member of a puppy and painted it and she loved it!
Yay!


4x4 acrylic on wood
taken!

Monday, February 25, 2019

2/25 Upcoming painting classes!

Okay, I just posted a bunch of new painting sessions on my Mailchimp, which you probably already get, so I'll just pop a copy of it at the end here-  and I'd also love to remind you that I am working on that list for my "30 Cats in 30 Days" project which is starting THIS FRIDAY!  Holy cow!  It's already MARCH almost...
Here's a kitty to be getting on with~


8x8 acrylic on wood
$150