Wednesday, April 8, 2020

4/8 A Commission~

This is Comet, and his owners won this painting through the Whisker Whirl Fundraiser at the Golden Valley Humane Society, and I went over to meet them and took several photos of Comet, who was NOT happy with me being there, but I liked this one!  So now I have to figure out the best way to deliver this painting to them, since they live in an older people's apartment complex, and I don't want to introduce any viruses to them...
SO maybe I wait for a month or two...
Though I AM always ready and willing to paint a commission for YOU!  And I can wrap them in plastic and mail them to you, and you can leave the painting sit in your garage or porch for a week, which should take care of any suspect particles...
Hope you are maintaining a sense of humor!
8x8 acrylic on wood
Spoken For!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

4/7 Twinkle Grin

And this is Duane, my blue eyed sweetie~ who swoops in to the rescue for us and most of our friends. I had an old boyfriend once say he wished he had a Duane too~ lucky me!

I think I have the proportions pretty good, and it mostly looks like him, though there are bits and pieces that I'm not happy with-
But I won't tell you what!
6x6 acrylic on wood
$25 auction!

Monday, April 6, 2020

4/5 Close-up Max

I'm repainting this one, from the April 3 post, closer up to his face so I can work on the detail more. I'm appreciating this time to do this work, and am experiencing massive amounts of frustration from just the number of hours I'm having to spend on the screens these days-  I tried to take the weekend off, sort of, but that really doesn't work when the only way to see people is ON the screen.  SO. I'm taking screenshots, and I may start painting from those...

I also wasn't intending on selling these, but I've had some questions about them, so I'll be offering them as an auction, starting at $25 and including tax and shipping-
So there!

6x6 acrylic on wood
$25 auction

Saturday, April 4, 2020

4/4 Blue Eyed Boy plus VIDEO!

Today I had another Paint Love online class, and we've decided to use Zoom instead of Jitsi for now.  It's just so different online. I actually don't like seeing myself the entire time... ack.
And so this week is One-Stroke-Per-Color week, and I painted this painting of Max using that method.
And I'm probably going to go back in and adjust some things, like the darkness of his eyes... something is off there...
9x12 acrylic on wood

4/3 Max Makes Art

Here's the person painting from yesterday-  I'm tripping over my sense of time here!  Getting to bed at a reasonable hour, and then getting up when the dogs need to go out at 6:30am, keeps me on my toes!
Max and I were doing an Easter project where we were marbling paper eggs using shaving cream and paint... that's what he's doing in this one...
And I'm still having issues with the delicate facial features, so I may stick with just heads for a few days, to see if I can get that better resolved....

He's wearing his favorite tiedyed t shirt we made last summer.
6x9 acrylic on panel

Thursday, April 2, 2020

April 2, Another Max in a Tree

I did paint this one today!  And it's also Max in the same tree~ I like the pensive look, and am working on the gestures of body postures~ and skin tones...
6x6 acrylic on wood

4/2 People for April!

Okay, this is actually what I painted yesterday, but wowzers~ it's been a much steeper learning curve around here than I realized it would be, to get my Breck kids art classes up and running online... still tripping and stumbling over myself to figure it out, but here is a video and my first person of the month, which is Max, who turned 11 on Tuesday and who is in a tree near Lake Nokomis when I took this photo, a big collection of trees with some fun hollows in them big enough for people to fit into.
6x6 acrylic on wood

And here is the video link!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

3/31 Bridget's Siamese Kitty

I took this photo last winter at our holiday sale at my friend Bridget's house and I love her kitty! This was a demo painting for my 8th graders as we worked through our acrylic painting unit, and I finally finished it yesterday.  I was a bit too crazy yesterday to post though, as it was a workshop day for my school and also my only son's 11th birthday, and we wanted it to be as special as possible.
SO I'll be doing another painting today, April 1st, and posting it a little later-  I want to paint a person a day for the month of April, and that's something I'm working on getting better at too, so I'll maybe make a video of it as well... so you can watch me struggle!
12x12 acrylic on canvas

Monday, March 30, 2020

3/30 Jester in the Tub!

Here's the 30th Day of painting cats!  I'm a little proud of myself, if I do be the one patting myself on the back... been a bit disruptive, our life of late, and I am officially Not On Spring Break Anymore, and will be spending nearly all of today and tomorrow in online workshops with my colleagues as Breck, so  we can meet our students digitally online by Wednesday... and then we'll proceed onward with this wacky new world as we know it-  One day at a time!
Which is why I had to paint THIS one!  This is Jester again, whom I've already painted once this Month here, but I think you'll agree that this one had to be painted as well! It's nearly perfect as a photo, and so I wasn't sure I could actually paint a painterly version that would be as appealing, but I am SOOOOOO happy with it!  It just makes me smile!
I hope it does for you too!

Oh and I included a photo of how I took the photo this morning, on our amazingly crowded kitchen island....
8x10 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

3/29 Maddy and Max, for Beaner

So this pair of kitty siblings live with my sister Beaner, and they are quite the pair.  She picked them up from a farmer selling them on the side of the road, or something like that, and she was only going to take Max, I think, but my mom told her she should take both of them so they wouldn't be lonely and so she did.  And I remember they had fleas and stuff, and she had to quarantine them for a bit, but they are just the sweetest pair of lap warmers you'd ever wish to find!
And if I'm counting individual cats, then I've already painted my 30 for March!  But I do have at least one more for tomorrow... and then I think I'm going to start on people.
6x12 acrylic on wood
spoken for~

Saturday, March 28, 2020

3/28 Franklin's Fluffy Kitty Catire!

I started my On-Line Paint Love class today!  It was so great to be able to chat about art with my crew again, and to be in a group!  I hope you are all finding ways to be with people in these crazy times~

This is a fluffy kitty who belongs to my sister Kelly's boyfriend Franklin- they all live in Costa Rica, which is also at Shelter-In-Place mode, as we are here in Minneapolis~ actually, I think it's all of Minnesota....
It can be tricky painting a light colored animal onto a black panel, and this one took several layers to get it to look how I wanted it, and I'm happy now!
6x6 acrylic on wood
spoken fir~

Friday, March 27, 2020

3/27 Patrick's Emmie~

This is my brother's beloved cat, Emmie~ he misses her~
8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for~

Thursday, March 26, 2020

3/26 Jenna's White Hamster, Graham

Okay so I thought I'd try to keep on the list for this one, and I have to admit I don't like it very much.
It's a white HAMSTER, sent in by Jenna, and I think it will be a give-a-way... maybe Jenna wants it?  The photo was a bit strange, and I think that lends to the weirdness...

Her name was Graham (Short for Graham Cracker) the two hamsters I had before her were Schmallow and Hershey so I of course had to complete the smore trilogy. I went to a pet store to get some supplies for Hershey a few days after I had to euthanize Schmallow  and as I was in the aisle I saw her, a fully grown adult hamster in a five gallon tank. I asked the employees about her and was told she had been there longer than any of the other hamsters and I was told I couldn’t hold her because she had behavioral issues and was terrified of people. When I heard that I knew I couldn’t leave her there so she came home with me that night. It took months for her to warm up to people but she became the most loving hamster I ever had. As she aged she developed severe arthritis that we managed with pain medications and after some x rays we discovered that she also had scoliosis but she never let any of it slow her down. One day she fractured a tooth and it got to the point where we had to sedate her once a week to trim her teeth to a level that allowed her to eat solid food. After a few weeks of that her pain had exceeded the point that we could control, to the point that the only thing we could do was try to remove the tooth. We were three hours into surgery when I watched her take her last breath. I love all of my animals dearly but Graham left her pawprints on my heart in a way I will never forget and I miss her every day. 
6x6 acrylic on wood

YES, this is a GIVE-A-WAY! So comment on Facebook or Instagram and I'll do a drawing!

and here's the original photo so you can see what I mean...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

3/25 Misha & Mozzie

I was given a pile of photos of these two kitties to look through, and they were utterly adorable in all of them!  I decided to paint this one because of the yin-yang-iness of the two of them, upside down and rightside up, and darks and lights, and just the general fluffiness of it all!
And here is their story, from Abigail!
I am a big believer that the right cat(s) will find you.  Our last cat (Lucy) came to us after she had been abandoned and we started to feed her in our backyard.  She was completely feral to start but eventually we got her to come into our house and she became an affectionate lap cat.  When she passed away, we knew that no cat could replace her - yet the house seemed too lonely without her.  When we made the decision to adopt again, we kept missing the cats that we applied for.  A friend knew that we had been looking, and one night texted us a photo of some kittens at a friend’s farm.  When we went to look at them, they could only catch Misha (the black one) as Mozzie (the white one) ran away and hid under a tractor.  A week later, we came back for them and although they weren’t sure about us, we instantly fell for them.  They entertain us daily with their crazy antics and their sweet dispositions.  Misha tends to be carefree and belly up, and you can never tell what’s going on in his head. While Mozzie tends to be the caregiver and troublemaker.  They have decided that we are worthy of their affection and we can’t imagine life without them. 

8x10 acrylic on wood

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

3/24 Veronica and Frankie

I loved this photo as soon as I saw it.  It seems a timely representation of what a lot of us may be needing to do many times daily...
And here's Brigid's story!
Frankie and Veronica:
We’ve never had a rescued pet before, and when my daughters found Frankie and her sister Midnight online, I was skeptical.  Frankie’s picture posted on the adoption page reflected an unmistakable sense of mischief.  But I learned once again:  Never judge a book by it’s cover, or a cat by it’s photo.
Midnight and Frankenstein (Frankie) got their Halloween-y names from the tween girls whose family so lovingly fostered them in the fall of 2018.  Frankie and Midnight were fostered with a family of cats and other animals that helped them learn to get along with others, and that claws hurt - playing should be fun and claw-free.  Frankie and Midnight were both held often, and sometimes in crazy positions that socialized them to accept almost anything in good humor. 
The image of Veronica holding Frank truly captures the affection and unconditional love they share. When Frank seeks your lap, she will curl up and face you and look deeply into your eyes the entire time you pet her.  Midnight, by the way, looked sweet and innocent, which she is, beneath her super scavenger personality that stalks cardboard boxes and q-tips, landing them all in her water-bowl at every chance(!)  Both kitties are sweet in their own way, and truly a gift to our family.
9x12 acrylic on wood
spoken for~

Monday, March 23, 2020

3/23 Simon for Cindy

Here's another one that I liked as soon as I saw it, though I had to move some of the greenery to be able to see Simon's nose... and I'm not sure if that's the true color or not!
It may need a bit more light, now that I see it on my screen...  Here's what Cindy says about Simon!

Simon had the most beautiful green eyes.   Such a pal.   Simon was our "grilling buddy".  He loved to supervise and of course sample.   Simon lived a very long and happy life.   He is no longer with us.   But as soon as the grill comes out our hearts are a bit heavy.  Missing our Grilling Buddy!

Oh and hey! I'm offering an On-Line Paint Love Class, starting next Saturday Morning, and including personal critiques from me weekly!  Click here for more info~

6x6 acrylic on wood

Sunday, March 22, 2020

3/22 Estrella in the Sink

Here's another one I just had to paint-  I know I had a bearded dragon scheduled for today, but I don't have the patience for all the scales...
So I decided to do this one of Estrella, my friend Joe's cat, who I have painted before... but I loved this version of her in the sink, one front paw stretching out to you!  I wanted to see if I could get the foreshortening to work...

Joe is a minister up in Fargo/Moorhead, and I'm sure he's dealing with lots of hard work, so I'll be sending this one up to him~ he's a great guy!

What fun! I know you've done a number of paintings of our cats, but here is one more of our kitty Estrella. She loves spending times in Charlie's bathroom sink!

Good luck with painting!

8x10 acrylic on wood

Saturday, March 21, 2020

3/21 Awwwwww Fraaannnk!

This is a photo that I wanted to paint as soon as I saw it! This is Frank, for Kim, and I loved the light and his calm expression~
Here's what Kim has to say about her Frank...

Our peeps all knew how to say it: "Aawww Fraaannnk." I found Frank at the Golden Valley Humane Society. He was certainly handsome and, amongst the horde of crazy, meowing and jumping kitties in the feline visiting room, he was so calm and collected. Little did I know he was on a covert mission to get me to adopt him. I brought him home where he promptly took full control, revealed his party animal side, insisted on daily toy-tossing, and forced us to remove any and all forms of plant life ... and, lucky for us, stole our hearts completely.

What a great story!
8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for~

Friday, March 20, 2020

3/20 Anya for Cathy

I love it when a client lets me chose the photo! I was going to crop in to Anya's face for this one, but the full body pose looks a little like a heart, and I need as many lovely sweet heart things to look at as possible, these days!
And here's what Cathy says about Anya!

When I lost my boy Pablo after 10 years together, I knew I’d want another kitty - just not right away.  Anya was born a stray in Michigan (my home state!).  She got pregnant during her first year, and started nesting in a trailer court.  The people couldn’t keep her, so Dr. Solgat agreed to foster her and her kittens (Dr. Solgat works at my local vet clinic but was finishing up vet school in Michigan at the time).  Dr. Solgat sent me pictures and told me about her playful, affectionate personality, so I agreed to adopt her once her kittens were weaned.  I’ve never been able to name an animal myself before, so I spent time researching the perfect name.  I wanted something to do with sunshine because of her stunning color (orange females are rare because both parents have to be orange for a female cat to be orange).  I found the Gaelic name Aine, which means “radiant, brilliant” - it was the perfect name, because I knew she’d be my little ray of sunshine after losing my Pablo.   But I knew no one would be able to pronounce it so I decided to spell it “Anya.”  She had four beautiful kittens, 2 boys and 2 girls, who each found good homes.  I visited her every day during the 12 weeks until her babies were weaned, then I brought her home on June 27, 2019.  She’s playful and spunky and loving and sweet - and I’m so glad she’s my Little Girl.
8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

3/19 Tango and Mango for Spring Equinox!

I painted two cats this morning!  Whew!  Not without a few interruptions... trying to home school the kiddo and keep him focused on school things is tricky while waving around a loaded paintbrush...
We are managing~ I know humans are adaptable. And I keep having sweet things sent to me by dear friends who are able to find those great quotes!
This is Tango and Mango, and they are quite the sweet pair~ I love tabbies with big giant eager eyes!

Mango, 6x6 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Tango, 6x6 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

3/18 A Chicken for Tanya

Here is the chicken for today!
She is one of Tanya's chickens and Tanya works at the U and has a bunch of animals she uses with the kids for therapy at the U, and this is one of the fluffy ones!
Here is Tanya's story!

"The chicken you painted is called a Silkie, she's 6 and her name is Atilla the Hen (Tilly). I've had her since she was 10 weeks old. She is a registered therapy chicken and works with me at UMN in the PAWS program ( She is one of 4 chickens in the program and we are part of helping to support student mental health. She weighs about 2 pounds and is super fluffy, very sweet, and very friendly. She also purrs when she is happy and loves spending time with the students."

It just cracked me up with that fluffy feathery do!
And I hope it makes you smile too!
6x6 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

3/17 Judi for Michele!

This is the kitty for St Patrick's Day, and she's got another great story! I so appreciate having this project right now, so I have a task to do each day.  Thank you!  It's also helping make sure I get my kid to sit at the table with me to do his math and language arts work. We're both working from home! And I'm getting set up to record some videos for an on-line class that I'll be starting on March 28th instead of the in-class Paint Love session I was planning, so stay tuned for that!  We're pushing the learning curve on this one!
Here's what Michele wrote about the glorious Judi~
"Judi came to me because her previous owner Meagan is allergic to cats. Judi lived with Megan on the 30th floor of a Chicago highrise. Judi had been abandoned and was living in an empty house for about 6 months and someone came in once a week and threw food on the floor for her. When Meagan got her (even though she was allergic to cats, she couldn't bear to see Judi abandoned ready to be shipped off to some other unhappy place) and she was covered in fleas and a lot of her hair had fallen out. Meagan nursed her back to health and fur and needed to find a new home for her because of her allergies. Through a mutual friend, I ended up with Judi. The mutual friend even went to Chicago in October to pick her up and bring her to Minneapolis to me. 

Judi is a very sweet, lovable, and surprisingly not neurotic 13 year old cat. Judi and I are both happy to have each other, and Meagan is happy Judi has a good forever home. "

8x8 acrylic on wood
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