I painted this one for my brother. We grew up on a farm and my favorite animal was cats, my brother really did not like cats at all. What a change it was when he met Oscar. Oscar is his girlfriends barn cat, he was a stray who showed up one night at her door while she was watching the Oscars on tv....hence his name. I think that was a stroke of genius. She took him in and had him neutered. My brother took to him right away and once in a while sends me pictures from his phone of what he says is the most beautiful cat in the world. He is a beauty.
I painted this one for a friend who after many years of companionship had to say good bye to her kitty. I usually prefer a painting to look at over a photo to remember a dearly departed pet. There is someyhing a little softer, even dream like about a painting that for me at least eases you into the memories and away from the feeling of loss.
I painted this one in the summer as a gift for a dear friend of ours, Mary. She decided she had enough of Ontario winters and moved B.C. Mary always brought us the best banana bread and quite frankly the best chocolate chip cookies too. Not that anyone in our household needed any baked goods, we still happily gobbled them up anyways.
We have just returned from a wonderful vacation in Sanibel Island Florida. I decided to not take my paints with me as I would likely splash paint everywhere in our condo rental. Since I have not painted in almost a month I decided to work on some small canvas boards to blow off the cobwebs from my paints. The sizes are 6x8 and 6x6.
In To The Light
This painting has a art nouveau feel to me, with the lines of the grass and the striping on the cats faces. Mixing up of different styles while I'm painting is not a planned thing. It just shows up. If I'm having difficulty with an area on a painting and next thing I know my mind has taken it in a completely different dirrection. Sometimes I feel like I'm just coming along for the ride. Its interesting to experience this happening.
I liked the feeling of light on the cats faces and the motion of them rising up from the grass where they were enjoyong an afternoon nap as if they hear something approaching.
Right now this is my favorite painting. I will be painting this one again on a much larger canvas some time this winter. From now till November painting will be hit and miss but once that snow hits us, paint,paint,paint. I'm not a fan of the winter but painting puts a much more positive spin on the dirty old white stuff.
It was fun painting this picture of a Ginger Tabby for a daughter of a friend who are also cat lovers. Its in a looser more impressionistic style that works so well in Tabby paintings. I love painting sleeping cats. whenever I see a sleeping cat I get the urge to pet them....maybe its a form of revenge for all the interupted nights sleep they have given me...or that they are just so darn cute.