This guy makes me think of those big, strong, tigerish kitties I've known all my life- the kind of cat that would be a tough but sweet big brother, ready to step in and also ready to laugh at your silly predicament. Doncha love him?
Here's what his owner says about him~ Oz is a senior kitty (18 yrs young) who still plays like a kitten, loves the outdoors, enjoys the laps of kids and adults alike, and is apt to bounce off the walls from time to time.
Jim Carroll Too was named after a very special poet & musician. He was also known as "Jimbo", "The Silver Fox", and "the Man with a Plan". His lineage is somewhat in question: he was born on the outside porch of Brad's cousin Tim's house ( known as the Black Cat Clinic) and was either the son of siblings Phil and Don (Donna) or Phil and his mother, Isis, leading to his famous book,
Uncle Phil, My Dad
His other tomes include: God;Art;Science; and Truth.
He was sweet and friendly , often trotting into our room to greet us , but became an important part of our family lore the day back in October 1985 , when trotting into our bedroom as usual he came upon new baby Satchel , and was so shocked that he immediately walked out of the room backwards!
Hmmmm... Poor Jimbo! And I'm realizing I may have forgotten his whiskers! I'll fix that and update- here he is for now!
I had to paint these goats again! They are just TOOO cute! And I know they aren't quite pocket pets or as small as a cat, but thank so much for sending me these, Brian!!!
And thanks to all of you for sending me such lovely images~ I'm having such a great time with this, though it does seem this year like things are crazier than usual, but that's part of the challenge of a project like this- and having you all poking me and pinching and praising helps SO much!
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Another glorious cat to paint! I am SO LUCKY! Wow~ here is Boo's story, by Harper~ "In true cat form, Boo Radley always kept me on my toes. For example on my 25th Birthday, I came home to find Boo and his brother Raskalnikov had destroyed my curtains and create a hole in my ceiling, using nothing more than their claws and persistence. Later, after his brother passed, Boo would wake me up in the early morning by busting into my room, laying down on top of my head and putting his paw right on my nose until I sneezed myself awake. Boo would also have Houdini-esque adventures in my (unlit) fireplace, despite my desperate attempts to block him. Boo, a white long-haired cat, would reappear completely covered in soot and lay down on my beige carpet purring, clearly pleased with himself. Despite his mischievous ways, Boo was also the sweetest companion a girl could ever have. He loved treats, getting petted, and snuggling in my lap, in no particular order. I will miss his mischief, sweet temperament, and blue eyes immensely.
This is such a sweet face! And I finally was able to paint in the MORNING!!! I love painting in the morning... then the rest of the day is flush and open with possibilities, like that one of actually PAINTING THE LIVING ROOM!!!
Here is Darling Angelina, for Deborah, who says this about her~ Here is Darling Angelina, RNC (Registered Nurse Cat) who has been at my side through 2-1/2 years of cancer therapy. She's a beauty, and she adopted ME!... :-)
and she was SO much fun to paint! Look at that FACE!!!
And I went back into yesterday's Oskar too, and feel SO much better about that one! Whew!
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Ah! This is MUCH better! This is the glorious Oskar!
I made his eyes rounder and played with the chin a smidgen... and he looks much sweeter, as I am sure he is in real life~
And HERE is his story!
We have had Oskar, our 3 year-old Siberian, since he was 8 weeks old. He has always had a little sparkle in his eye and is very outgoing. He greets people at the door and prefers his own chair at the table during meals. He manages to get even the most ardent non-cat people to say what a great cat he is. He is FULL of personality. So full, in fact, that we had to create his own Instagram account (@Oskar_and_company) to let everyone appreciate him.
I like it a lot better!
Thanks for the helpful feedback, people (especially Barb!!!)!!!
This is Kitty, who lives with a very patient friend of mine who took her in when I had too many cats to handle. Kitty was adopted in Madison, WI, by my sister, who named her Morrison, and when my sister moved to D.C. (at least I think it was that time...), I took her in. While Morrison was staying with me, she got out of the house somehow and experienced some traumatic incident. I still have no idea what happened, but her pupils are permanently dilated and she seems to be rather unenthusiastic about many things, including people. Thank heavens Cami was willing to take her in!
Her eyes always make her look cute, though Cami does take great shots of her with Alien Eyes...
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This is the elusive Jinx who lives in a big house with a bunch of really great people who like to color their hair in wild colors! Jinx is mostly black and hangs out in the basement, sneaking up to peek at the people and see what color their hair is today!
I know it's the Ides of March~ let's hope this bodes ill for the proper people...
Ooo I don't really ever want to speak badly of anyone, but today does seem to call for a cute little baby goat, since the kitty for today hasn't shown up yet! My friend Brian (and Jasper too!) came to my painting party last Friday and reported that they'd had baby goats come to their office that day, and had lots of photo proof of which this is some!
And once again, I could NOT resist painting this little booger!
Isn't that just the SWEETEST face?!
And I've noticed the eyes aren't the same as a usual goats, so this is some special kind of not-evil-eyed goat! I'll see if anyone knows what they are called~
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I KNOW there's a story behind this one, but I don't know what it is! Maggie, do you know more about it? She's asked me to paint this kitty, named Kane, for a friend of hers and this photo of Kane with a paper flower on his head is meaningful to this friend. Kane looks very patient to me~
I chose a 6x12 panel for this one to make sure and include the flower~ hmmm....
Wow! This is one of those paintings that had to be painted! I mean, just LOOK at this creature! I mean, really! Who WOULDN"T want to paint this! And the name too~ "Batman"~ I didn't get the story yet about this name but there has to be one!
I do know that Batman lives in Hawaii and is one of those amazing cats with a huge personality, which I think comes across well in this~
Oh and I wanted to post this link to this documentary about cats in Istanbul because I want to see it! Thank you Carrie for telling me about it! It's called "Kedi"~
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There are two Rescue Kitties, but I haven't got their names yet, and this one I shall call the "Green- Eyed Rescue Kitty", and she (again I'm not sure if this is a female feline or a masculine one... lack of info from my friends!) is living in the UK with our friends who also coincidentally live in the UK! Isn't that great?
When I have more info, I'll include it on here!
I sure do love painting black animals!
Though I will continue my plea for MORE CRITTERS! I haven't gotten a decent hedgehog yet- my sister who lived in England for some time did send me her photo of a hedgehog she came across while living in the UK, but it isn't as clear as I'd like, but if I don't get something else soon, I may be forced to work with that. We do also live with a tortoise who I will be painting as well at some point...
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And this is a gorgeous cat, painted from an old, blurry photo so I hope I got her right! And I apologize for mistaking her for Jim! Here's Venus' story~
Born in the spring of 1983, Brad had to wait to move in with Carolyn until she and her brother, Jimbo, were old enough to leave home and come with him. This beauty was so shy that few people ever actually got to see her ! She avoided cameras whenever she could, even to the point of refusing to sign her name to the card on the camera that Carolyn and Jimbo bought for Brad! Her shyness was immortalized in the verse of our family song ( to the tune of The Macarena ): Venus Sharon Anderson Borow Moore Ran into the closet when she thought she heard the door She won't come out to play , you know she's such a bore Venus Borow Moore
Ah~ have I mentioned how much I enjoy painting black animals? Thank you, Diane, for sending me this fantastic photo of Ember! And here is what Diane says about her kitty~
I saw a picture of Ember online when she was with a local rescue group. They said she had been rescued as a feral kitten with her siblings and all of her siblings had been adopted, but not Ember. She was very shy and still acted very feral, and with the number of cats being fostered, she wasn't getting the one-on-one attention she needed to be socialized. The rescue group was unsure if she could be socialized because she was one year old at that point. I adopted her and was going to be OK whether she came around to liking us, or remained feral - I just wanted to give her a chance. She started out hissing and running away from me, but after only two weeks she was rubbing up against me and demanding some love. She has ended up being our most loving cat! She still doesn't like to be picked up and giving her medication is challenging, but she is well loved and super happy in her new home and we couldn't be happier with her :-)
And this is Dizzy! I love the name... and I'll see if I can get a bit more of a story from Kate about this kitty too~ I seriously love hearing the stories of people's pets. I think the story behind anything is the important part. It's what can make the difference between a piece of junk and a treasure, you know... like the guitar pick I keep in a special box on my dresser- there's a total story there and that guitar pick is WAY more important than the other ones tossed in the bottom of the junk drawer. You know what I mean!
SO this is Dizzy! And I loved those giant eyes, luminescent and looking off into the future~ and those lovely wrinkled ears~ isn't she sweet?!
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This is Maverick and Cleo, for Carrie~ When I saw this photo I knew I wanted to try to paint it! What a pair~ you can't make that kind of affection up, you know. And so I painted it in a rectangle because there's no way I would've wanted to have to crop anything out!
Here's what Carrie says about these two~
Our house is decorated in shades of gray, and when it came time to find furry friends to fill our hearts, it was only fitting that they match what was soon to be their multitude of lounging options.
First came Cleo, then came Maverick. They are a study in contrasts. She is the quiet, watchful, big sister to his wild, unbridled, little brother... And we love them both, so much. I didn't grow up with cats and neither did my husband. We both came from dog families. Who knew we would become cat lovers?
My husband snapped this stunning photograph of Cleo and Maverick. A friend at work said it looked like an engagement photo. It's a typical photo of these two... Maverick laying on top of his big sister Cleo, and her tolerating his joyful exuberance.
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This is Frank, the Iguana, and the grandpa of his owner says this, "Frank belongs to my grandson, Charlie- he doesn’t really qualify as a ‘pocket pet’ since he’s about five feet long, but he happily co-exists with two cats and a dog, and he thinks he’s as cuddly as everyone else….He loves raw collard greens and raspberries!"
I LOVED painting this guy! A bit different and fussier than my usual brush-stroker style of painting, and lots of great colors, this was fun! It took lots of little bitty bits of color to get the idea of scales, though I didn't want to paint each individual one. There's that sense of value and where there's under lighting too~ I'm pretty happy with this one!
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This is Polly, an incredibly green-eyed cat! The photo is a bit of an unusual composition, and I'm not sure I'm finished with the ear we can see yet... but I am quite happy with those eyes!
I can't remember whether Carrie sent me a little story about Polly or not, but when I get one I'll update this post with it so stay tuned! And if you've got a pet I'm painting, DO please send me a little note/story about them!
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Yes, I've been in New York for an amazing art teacher conference, the National Art Educator Association Convention, and on Friday I presented a workshop on Paper Animation to a lively and intelligent crew of fellow female art teachers. Here's a link to some of my 8th graders' animations from 2015- they did a version of the Three Little Pigs, just in case you are wondering what I do when I'm not painting!
This is our mouse, Wooly, who now lives alone in a colorful enclosure that sits on top of Plato the tortoise's tank. He did have a companion, Cow, a spotted mouse, who unfortunately is no longer with us. Wooly is quite sweet.
And I do hope you are enjoying my month so far! It's been tricky getting to New York with all the stuff I brought- security at MSP went through my bag and looked quizzically at my bag of paint tubes... acrylic isn't flammable. I'm not sure how easy it will be to get them back through when I head home soon!
This is Nemo the umbrella cockatoo, whom I used to know quite well, but I lost her in the divorce. And I miss her and I hope she is doing well out in California somewhere~ she was a treat to live with. She'd put herself to bed at night, often well before we did. And she loved a good shower, hanging upside down from the shower rod squawking with wings wide, flapping water everywhere~
And she turned most of the chair backs into toothpicks with that beak.
Yes, I still miss her!
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These guys have the most amazing, alien faces! And they looked so perpetually pissed off! Wow. Duane and Max found this guy on the road and he doesn't look the slightest bit pleased to have been saved from a possible smashing. That's gratitude for you!
And I just HAD to paint him!
And here's what my friend Shannon says about THIS one!
So, I was canning raspberry preserves on a cold day in January. Nigel sat on the hearth and watched me all day. I had just finished up, and emptied the hot water out of the canning kettle. I set it on the table and turned to grab the cover. I came back to Nigel curled up in the warm kettle enjoying the heat. He must have somehow known it was warm; it wasn't more than 10 seconds between setting it down and discovering him. He's one smart kitty.
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And welcome to this year's "30 Cats and Friends in 30 Days" Daily Painting Project!
This is my first painting for March, and this is Picky, Max's hermit crab who unfortunately has since passed away, but who sported an amazing painted shell. He was a great little crab, and we enjoyed him so much while he was with us. The negative space all around him was so fun to dig into and paint!
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