Sunday, March 18, 2018

March 18, Simon, Crystal, and Trixie!

Ha!  I painted THREE cats today! Though now as I am posting this, I am realizing I have completely forgotten to paint their WHISKERS!  Hmmm....
These three cats are my friend Lynda's neighbors' kitties, and rather than paint each individually, I loved this photo of all of them cuddled up together and asked if I could paint it instead.  Usually for these 30 in 30 projects, I wouldn't attempt something quite this complex, but I am really pleased with it!  Yay!

12x12 acrylic on cradled wood panel


Saturday, March 17, 2018

March 17, Tori for Kelly!

And this is Tori, for St Patrick's Day, because of her green watermelon house and her green eyes...
Here's what Kelly says about her!

Tori Tallulah: Tori is my foster fail. She’s a rescue who had to leave her first home because she bullied the three big dogs there. Tori is very round and loves to plant her 13 pounds right on my stomach to knead my left breast, or drape herself over my neck in bed so I can hardly breathe. She’s a fierce, affectionate girl, who’s not afraid of anything.

6x6 acrylic on wood

Friday, March 16, 2018

March 16, Greta!

And, yes, I am aware that this is NOT a cat, but really, it is cats and friends, right?  So here is Greta!  Besides, she has enough whiskers to almost look cat-like....


8x8 acrylic on cradled panel

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March 15, Peanut!

And this is the tiny sweet rescue, named appropriately and demurely, Peanut!

So here are some pics of our beloved foster-rescue Peanut the Stray who moved in and took over our home in every sense of the word for three weeks. If you choose to paint Peanut as a March Model, I'd like to give it to darling Karma Daughter Nikki who found Peanut and brought him home...and into our hearts! Oh dear little Peanut!

 I just loved this photo of him, peeping over the edge of the blanket- with those huge glowing eyes!

6x6 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March 14, Estrella for Joe

Ah what a lovely face this one has! Big luminous eyes, and the gray/black/white stripey fluff...

Estrella is a lovely name for such a lovely creature~

6x6 acrylic on wood

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

March 13, Bonnie Blue for Sandy!

And this incredible face belongs to Bonnie Blue!  I love Siamese cats~  did I mention that before? And I just posted my info about my next Painting Sessions starting in April!  You can learn more and sign up HERE!

And here is Bonnie's story~

Our Siamese cat Samantha lived to a ripe old age of 21 ½  years old.  She was my cat when I was single and when we married she actually became Patrick’s cat.  So when she died at home on Christmas eve, our hearts were broken but especially my husband's.  Since he was unemployed at the time he made it clear that I was not to be looking for another kitten until he had a job.  But I can be hard of hearing on a few selective subjects…like kittens.  So on his birthday in February I purchased another apple-headed Siamese girl to bring home and hoping that her sweet little face would woo him over.  Well she poured out the charm and won him over.  Her name is Bonnie Blue.  She was born on Christmas eve so we like to think that Samantha kissed her on the forehead in heaven and gave Bonnie Blue her assignment to mend a broken heart or two.

Awwww, I love a happy story!

6x6 acrylic on wood

Monday, March 12, 2018

March 12, Noah, for Kathy's Sweetie~

This is Noah, who came into Kathy's life with a lovely story~ she relates it here~
"Here are several pix of our 17-year-old dapper dude.  Noah has a great Origin story:  he belonged to Mark’s kid’s grandpa, who couldn’t take care of him anymore and had an appointment to have him put down.  The kids heard about this, panicked, called Mark, and Mark agreed to go get him.  I’m mildly allergic to cats, which was always my excuse when Mark talked about getting a pet.  Well, Noah walked into my kitchen one day (yeah, Mark didn’t include me in the kids’ discussion, and I didn’t know anything about a cat until that cat walked into my life) and he stole our hearts."

8x8 acrylic on wood.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

March 11, Phonteschan the Guinea Pig

Magenta sent me these wonderful guinea pigs, and this is the first one I'm painting- Max chose the photo I painted this from because it was so CUUUUUUUTE!!!!!

The Short haired Pig-Piggie is the Wonderful Phonteschan Dé-Jüniper St.Star Bloom. On a trip  to St. Cloud I absolutely fell in love with him at shelter.  He had been in that same shelter for the past six months have been separated from his bonded pair. He has Since took quite a liking to Weena. We love getting to know him. His homecoming date is December 20 2017. He is very Curious and Smart.

6x6 acrylic on wood

Saturday, March 10, 2018

March 10, Minnie and Mabel

These two were pretty fun to paint, though obviously it took me a lot longer than usual!  I also forgot my phone at home and didn't bring it to the studio, and so I was a bit crippled in my tech availability! SO here I am at home again, posting these two sweet kitties~
I love the light on them, though now looking at it, I'm seeing some spots I will probably go back into.  This is why I usually only do portraits of pet's faces for these projects because the light and color on an entire body can take quite a bit more futzing than just a face~  for me, anyway!
We'll see~

8x10 acrylic on canvas

Friday, March 9, 2018

March 9,Mogli! For Andre~

Hmmm....  this is one of those tricky ones, because Mogli is so flipping adorable, and the photo shows that so well, and I'm not sure I've quite gotten those sweet huge eyes with enough light in them... and I may go back into this again.  Tell me if you see something that is off, because somethings bothering me and I can't figure out what it is!

Maybe his eyes aren't big enough?

8x8 acrylic on wood

Thursday, March 8, 2018

March 8, Bear!

This is a silly painting, of a serious looking cat...  this is Bear, painted for Avi, who patiently lives in the lower half of my sister's house in St Paul.  I don't believe I've ever painted a cat wearing a bow-tie before...
I kinda like it.  It looks like it suits his personality...

6x6 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March 7, Jojo!

A sweet kitty with a complicated expression~ sent in by my friend Paul, who explains her below~

"The cat’s name is JoJo, female. She was given to me about six years ago. She’s very skittish, a true “fraidy cat”, but over the years she has become somewhat more calm. She gets anxious over little things, like unusual noises, quick movement, or most any activity in a room. So she’s taught me to move more slowly throughout my own home. Her sanctuary is the wild, wild world of the great outdoors in warmer months, and maybe the pillow above the radiator in winter."

10x10 acrylic on wood

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March 6, Audobon, the Lovebird~

This little sweetie was Martha's bird, and she says she was his 3rd owner~ in her own words~

"This is Audubon, a pale- colored lovebird. I was Audie’s 3rd owner, and while he was never hand-trained he had the run of the house and loved joining me at breakfast. We lost him to a respiratory infection last year. Still miss his constant cheerful chatter. "

Isn't he just adorable?

6x6 acrylic on wood

ain't he just the cutest?

That's a lot of toast for such a small bird...

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Official List Again!

Hi kids!
I've had a couple changes to the list, so here it is again!  and there are still a couple more changes that may happen, so do stay tuned!

1- Gingersnap for Alison and Weston!
2- Pokey for Avi (Beaner)
3-  Moma Cat for Terri B
4- Naldo for Joe L
5 –Rocket for Kris
6- Audobon the lovebird for Martha!
7 -Jojo for Paul H- 
8- Bear for Avi's mom
9- Mogli for Andre 
10- Minnie and Mabel for Karen S
11- Hyboni Joyi Delilah Bloom for Magenta
12- Noah for Kathy R (Mark’s B-day!) 
13- Bonnie Blue for Sandy
14- Estrella for Joe L
15- Peanut for Nikki
16- Greta for the Bruns~
17- Tori for Kelly E 
18- Simon, Crystal and Trixie for Lynda
19- Nekko!
20- Røwena Ophira Frankincense Bloom for Magenta
21- Bugsy for Kelly E
22 – Marky MgGuire for Carolyn and Brad 8x8
23- Sissy for Robert Sloan 6x6
24- Sammy  Sosa for  Carolyn and Brad 8x8
25- Wonderful Phonteschan Dé-Jüniper St.Star Bloom for Magenta
26- Kitty for Joanne W
27- Max and Maddy
28- Simmie for Deborah
29- Beatrix Potter for Mina

30- PeeWee

March 5th, Rocket!

SO I have already changed the list a bit, you may have noticed~  I was going to paint Duane's kitty Maddie today, since it's his birthday, but I've already painted Maddie, and I've never painted Rocket, and I just had to do him instead because, hey!  Look at those eyes!
I gotta ask Kris if one eye really is green and one yellow, or if it was just the lighting in this photo~  but I think you'll agree this is one crazy kitty!

8x8 acrylic on wood
Spoken for!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

March 4, Naldo!

And here is the sweetly shy Naldo (short for Renaldo)~ from Joe up North! I've always loved Siamese looking kitties~ maybe it was from those naughty cats in "The Lady and The Tramp"-  so funny!

6x6 acrylic on wood

March 3, Momma Cat

This one belongs to Terri!  Sometimes it is really fun to re-crop an image.  Terri sent me a larger photo, and for this project I often crop in close to the face of the cat because I can paint a head quicker than a whole body arrangement, so I chose to rearrange the composition.  I like it this way, off center~  and those eyes!

And thanks everyone who came to our Art4Shelter Painting Party last night!  That was GREAT!  And if anyone is interested in meeting me today at Groveland Gallery to see the last day of Mike Lynch's show, I'll be there at 1pm!


6x6 acrylic on wood
click HERE to love those eyes!

Friday, March 2, 2018

March 2, Avi's Kitty

And here is the second kitty of the month!  Wahoo!  So far so good... though I have yet to send an e-mail to all the participants to let them know they've been included!  Ach!  Just so many hours in a day, especially when I've matured to the point of realizing that if I don't get 8 hours of sleep, I can't do everything I want to do... quite a switch from my younger years, I must add.
This is a request kitty from my sis, for her lovely and generous tenants, so I don't know that much about him or her, but I did enjoy painting the reflected light on that fluffy, squinchy-eyed face...

6x6 acrylic on wood

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March 1, Gingersnap and THE OFFICIAL LIST!

YAY!  This is Gingersnap, our friend who lives in Todmorden, UK with our friends Alison and Weston!  They don't know I've painted him, I don't think, but he's one of those wonderfully dog-like cats who is calm and persistent and comfortable with himself.  Can't you tell?

The OFFICIAL LIST is below!
Yay!  Still a couple spaces left, and I reserve the right to shuffle things as necessary!

6x6 acrylic on wood

THE OFFICIAL 30 Cats and Friends in 30 Days, March 2018 Project!
Please follow along as I paint a cat or other small critter every day for the month of March!  If you were expecting to see your name or your pet's name on here, do send me a note!
Thank you for your haranguing and comments!

1- Gingersnap for Alison and Weston!
2- Cat 1 for Avi (Beaner)
3-  Moma Cat for Terri B
4- Naldo for Joe L
5 –Miss Maddie for Duane
6- Audobon the lovebird for Martha
7 -Jojo for Paul H
8- Cat 2 for Avi (Beaner)
9- Mowgli for Andre 
10- Minnie and Mabel for Karen S
11- Hyboni Joyi Delilah Bloom for Magenta
12- Noah for Kathy R
13- Crystal for Lynda
14- Naldo for Joe L
15- Peanut for Deborah
17- Tori for Kelly E 
18- Simon for Lynda
19- Trixie for Lynda
20- Røwena Ophira Frankincense Bloom for Magenta
21- Bugsy for Kelly E
22 – Marky MgGuire for Carolyn's mom
23- Sissy for Robert S
24- Sammy  Sosa for Brad
25- Wonderful Phonteschan Dé-Jüniper St.Star Bloom for Magenta
26- Kitty for Joanne W
27- Max and Maddy
28- Simmie for Deb
29- Beatrix Potter for Mina

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Feb 28, 30 Cats& Friends in 30 Days starts TOMORROW!!!

WHO will be #1?!  I'm not telling yet! I will say I am close to finished with the list and I'll post it tomorrow morning, along with the first painting!  Hee!
Here's another from last year that is still available!
And I could use more goats!


discounted from last year!
click here to enjoy this one everyday!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


YES, send me more photos, please!  I'm getting that list going and I'll post it on Thursday morning, along with the first painting of the month, and I'm wanting a few more critters please!

This is a sweet little painting of my sister's silly kitty, whom happens to share my son's name!

6x6 acrylic on wood
$75 (plus tax and shipping)

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Feb 25, The Lap of Love

I've been working on this for a little bit, as part of my "Connections" series, though I'm not sure that's what I'm calling it yet, but I am appreciating that inter-special connection between human and dog and I have a few paintings already, showing the dog in the lap or held somehow. I really love them!  This one I am still having some issues with the skin tones and flesh- let me know what you think~

20x20 acrylic on canvas