Hello! My name is Cindy, and it’s been thirty days since my last post. However, it’s a painting post rather than a pen and ink post. That’s something!
Super Fluffy Cat, 5″ x 7″ acrylics
Back in January or so I promised to trade a 5″ x 7″ canvas painted with a cat. Then I got painter’s block and didn’t paint until, well, this weekend. Considering my apparent reluctance to practice and my novice level skills with paints – something I would love to remedy but I find it hard to make myself sit down and paint – somehow this cat looks like a cat! He went through some crazy transformations as I tried to figure out what I was doing (see progress pics below).
I’m trying to determine how to best motivate myself for the next painting (please reply if you have a suggestion). I’m considering trying to do some fantasy type paintings for the art show at another convention later this year.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve also done some new pen and ink art cards, but I’m gonna hold them for the next post. :D
Three Feline Hat Fanciers (click to enlarge) Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen Black background and text added digitally
It’s been a slow art week because my regular job has been busy. Which is not my favorite kind of week! Fancy cats seems to be my fall back position at the moment. I guess I can deal with it though I feel the need to mention (again), that I am in fact a dog person. A dog person who likes cats. Cats are cool. But the world may need more dogs in fancy clothes so I am going to try to switch!
Three Cats and a Bontebok Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liner, gel pens
Pierre Gruyere, Ragdoll Prince with Royal Ward, and Duchess Bontebok. I may need to dial back on the ruffs. Sometimes they come out much better than other times! But I do not feel the same about the snood (the hairnet kinda thing on the Duchess). Partly because it’s called a SNOOD. Next time perhaps there’ll be a wimple!
Lots of progress pics! I’ve been asked several times how I do the slideshows. It is a free* WordPress plugin called “Portfolio Slideshow”. I have been using it for almost two years and I like it. Though I’ve been thinking I should do a video.
Leana, Lady of Cats 8″ x 10″ acrylics and ink on canvas board
Though I did not get enough sleep (and got off to a slow start), the challenge has been fantastic! And though I did several smaller works for a total of 30 in 30 days, these 19 acrylic paintings really represent what I hoped to accomplish this month. (And this little gallery is much more than I expected from one month!)
The First Eleven, January 2014 Various sizes, acrylic, ink, gel pen
The Final Eight, January 2014 Various sizes, acrylics, ink, gel pen
I suppose some of these might go in my shop (sadly neglected these past 30 days)! Some need some finishing, though. Lots of progress pics for each over the last 30 days of posts. (I think I skipped 2 days, possibly 3.)
You will see in the progression photos (still quite amateur quality photography), I changed colors quite a few times. Maybe I should have stuck to blues and the first, lighter blue background. I’m also not totally sold on that bulky blue-green tunic. But I must stop here and move on!
Six Marriages, One Cat 8″ x 10″ Acrylics with a little ink and gel pen
Henrietta and Rupert were together through all six of her marriages. The second and fifth, Sydney and Lars, died quite unexpectedly. Vicious rumors accuse Rupert of having been the cause of at least one of those accidents (as well as two of four divorces). He was still robust at twenty-four years old, which was the last time anyone saw Henrietta or Rupert alive.
Submitted for the topic “Beginning” at Illustration Friday. Six marriages, two funerals, and four divorces is a lot of beginning over. Even if your loyal cat sees you through it all.
Hooray, it’s an 8×10! The background could use additional layers but at one painting a day and work tomorrow, it’s going to have to stop here. Don’t be surprised if many of the next ten days involve tiny portraits, apparently my new favorite thing.
Santa Hats, 2013 Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen
From left to right: Butterscotch in Santa Hat, Santa Mime in a Light Snow, Earl in Santa Hat and Camelid in Santa Hat (It’s “camelid” because I am not sure if the original image was a llama or a camel, and camelid conveniently covers both.)
I’m also not sure how I ended up with so many fawn-colored creatures. So here is a gray festive donkey! I would like a donkey. But the neighbors would not like that.
Donkey with Wreath 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copic markers
Not many pics for a slideshow. Next time there will be plenty. Stay safe, everyone! And stay calm, if possible!
Llama in Santa Gear; Cat in Blue Parka Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen
Ever since Helen discovered she could sew, she’d taken a keen interest in dressing her llama, Reynaldo. He took it stoically.
Camilla the cat’s human was less a seamstress and more a shopper. Fortunately, Camilla only needed to don the crazy suits for photos, and then she was freed.
Two Snow Dogs in Hats Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen
Snow dogs! Hats! I am particularly fond of the hat on the left, though Henry looks terribly sad. He is not sad – though he will play up this look for extra snacks. His Uncle Theodore is more a scarf guy. Well, scarves and also snacks.
And here’s some winter cards from last year-
Snow Cards from 2012 Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen