July 30, 2009

"Casualty of War"




“Casualty of War”
Cat & toy mouse have a war
SFA miniature painting – size 3½” X 5½”
Watercolor, acrylic & colored pencil
Watercolor heavy weight paper
5X7 single black mat with foam core backer included
(The inside opening of the mat is 3”X 5”).
July 2009
SOLD


Casualty of War

The young gray cat and the little toy mouse
Fought a terrible war in the grass by the house.
The battle raged on ‘till the shank of the noon
And the end arrived not a moment too soon.

With his stuffing pulled out from a previous patch
And one eye hanging from where it used to attach,
The little toy mouse with his energy spent
Spoke with a lisp, for his whiskers were bent.

The cat was listening with his ears perked up high
While the mouse assured that he would not die,
Said: “It was so much fun but I’m feeling a mess,
So I’m wondering now if we could just play chess.”

Lynn B

(A printed version of my poem is included with purchase.)

"Lilac Oriental Cat"

“Lilac Oriental Cat”
ACEO 2½” X 3½” – miniature painting
Colored pencils & acrylic paint
Bristol board
July 2009
SOLD

July 28, 2009

"Blue Monday"

“Blue Monday”
Cat & mouse have the blues
ACEO painting – size 2½” X 3½”
Acrylic, watercolor & colored pencil
Stonehenge 90lb paper
July 2009
ORIGINAL SOLD

This cat and mouse can’t think of anything exciting to do. It’s Monday and they have the “Blues”.

July 27, 2009

"Sweet Dreams"

“Sweet Dreams”
Cat & mouse asleep
ACEO painting – size 2½” X 3½”
Acrylic, watercolor & colored pencil
Strathmore Illustration board
July 2009
ORIGINAL SOLD

This cat and mouse snuggle up together for a good night’s rest and hopefully some really great dreams.

July 26, 2009

"Yin Yang Kittens"

“Yin Yang Kittens”
A study in relationships
4” X 4” – miniature painting
Acrylic paint on a canvas panel
Edges are painted black
July 2009
SOLD



This pair of oriental kittens sleep together with their bodies forming the Yin Yang symbol for the balanced universe.
I have always loved this symbol because it means a lot to me. It always seems to be the opposing elements that attract us the most and hold us together. Things that are the same or similar are interesting enough, but things that are completely opposite create excitement and energy creating the “glue” to hold each other together in the balanced dance of life. This seems to me to be true for everything in life from complimentary colors of paint to different types of people.
I am celebrating these interlacing differences with this miniature painting. This is an idea I had some time ago, and I have been playing around with the design for so long that I decided it was time to actually DO something with it. I of course chose a pair of oriental kittens for the Yin and the Yang; it seemed to make the most sense. I had lots of fun with it and I hope that you will enjoy it too. This is a small format 4” X 4” miniature acrylic painting on a canvas panel.
It also occurs to me that this painting could be hung in any direction and still be a good composition. (This is true except for my signature which designates which way I choose to view it.)

July 21, 2009

"Brown Bear & Blue Bird"

“Brown Bear & Blue Bird”
ACEO painting – size 2½” X 3½”
Acrylic paint & watercolor
Strathmore Illustration board
July 2009
ORIGINAL SOLD
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A brown bear and a blue bird were talking in a field today. This is what I overheard them say while I painted their encounter.

Brown Bear:
“Hello, I wonder if you know if there are any good fields of yummy blue berries close by?”

Blue Bird:
“Yes, I just came from a very large field just within a mile south of here. They are so delicious there that I gorged myself. In fact I ate so many that I turned blue.”

I’m not sure that I believe what the blue bird said; I’m just reporting what I heard.

July 17, 2009

"Camouflage"


“Camouflage”
cat, mouse & leaves
Image size: 5” X 7”
Paper size: 5½” X 7½”
Acrylic & watercolor paint
Arches 140lb hot press watercolor paper
8” X 10” single black matt with foam core backer included
Date of completion: July 2009
ORIGINAL SOLD

Camouflage:
Another way to escape or rather to hide from being detected is the use of camouflage. The dictionary defines the word camouflage as a “deceptive expedient” using paint, nets or foliage. This little mouse is experimenting with the foliage option. We’re all hoping that his experiment with camouflage works.

July 14, 2009

"Butterfly & Cat Conversation"

“Butterfly & Cat Conversation”
Original Cat & Butterfly
ACEO painting – size 2½” X 3½”
Acrylic & watercolor paint
Strathmore Illustration board
July 2009
ORIGINAL SOLD


Butterfly:
“Hello, I wonder if you mind if I rest here for a while. It’s so hot that all my flowers are wilting, so it’s been a real effort searching for decent nectar today and I just need a short nap to gain my strength. Your nose is so soft and it makes a good resting place.”
Cat:
“Sure, I’ll just try to hold my head still for awhile. All the mice, birds and lizards are hiding in the shade today anyway. It’s just too hot to play chase, so I haven’t got anything else to do. Always glad to help you out.

Sometimes the best thing we can do with our day is to be of service for someone else.

July 12, 2009

"HOW TO ESCAPE"


“How to Escape”
Persian cat, mouse, moon & stars
Image size: 5” X 7”
Paper size: 5½” X 7½”
Acrylic paint
Arches 140lb hot press watercolor paper
8” X 10” single black matt with foam core backer included
Date of completion: July 2009
ORIGINAL SOLD

How to Escape:
“Bedazzle them with stars & jewels,
and then when they are not looking;
hitch a ride on the nearest moon. “

July 10, 2009

"Hang in there!"

“Hang in there”
Original painting
ACEO – size 2½” X 3½”
Acrylic, watercolor & graphite pencil
Strathmore Illustration board
July 2009
ORIGINAL SOLD

Cat and Robin in a tree:

Cat: “How am I doing?”
Robin: “So far so good. Now just hang in there and start flapping!”

Trying to be who you are not, or trying to do what they say you can not do, is hard but not impossible. It just depends on how much you want it, and what lengths you are willing to go to in order to achieve it.

July 5, 2009

“Behind the Hydrangea Bush”


“Behind the Hydrangea Bush”
Image size: 5” X 7”
Paper size: 5½” X 7½”
Acrylic paint
Stonehenge 90lb paper
Date of completion: July 2009
8” X 10” single black matt included with purchase.
SOLD

This Oriental cat and Hydrangea flower painting is another piece in my 5” X 7” series involving cats and flowers.
I was really happy with the way this one came out. I was interested mostly in the relationship of the shapes, colors and composition. There is something really nice about the color combination of green and purple.

July 1, 2009

"Red Rose"

"Red Rose"
Acrylic & pastel
Stonehenge 90lb black paper
Image size: 5¼" X 6¼"
Paper size: 5" X 8"
June 2009
8" X 10" single black matt with foam core backer included with purchase

This painting was done on black Stonehenge 90lb paper. Instead of working from light to dark, sometimes it is challenging to work from dark to light. Although I think my favorite way is to start with a medium toned surface and work both ways, this proved to be a very interesting exercise. I started in pastel pencil getting the values and colors the way I wanted them. I “fixed” the pastel with Krylon workable fixative first and then used several coats of matt medium. I was then able to finish the piece with acrylic paint done in a glazing method and an acrylic semi gloss varnish was applied for the final coat.