Saturday, October 18, 2014

resolved ...

As happens now and again (actually, with enough regularity that I should be able to anticipate and compensate), my life, or at least the allocation of the time that comprises my life, has gone all out of whack. Such that I'm surrounded by undone things: piles of work, skeins of yarn, uncooked vegetables and unpainted ideas.
I figure I can do something about at least one of these, and have resolved to spend one hour a day, five times a week in my studio--painting, drawing, or just organizing and planning.
This sketch of a cat, from a photo by Lorenz at Paint My Photo, is the result of my first hour.
I have had cats all my life, but find them hard to paint, so I was pretty happy with this sketch.
Next day, I tried another, also from Paint My Photo, by Janina Suuronen, which I'm not too happy with (he looks awfully grumpy).
 For my hour today, I started another of this ginger kitten, which is coming along much better, I think--definitely looks more kitten-like; I had put the eyes up too high on the first attempt.
And here are a couple of photos I took today: a yellow-rumped warbler in my yard, mute swans at Cape May Point, and some weeds at the marina.


RH Carpenter said...

There are just so many things to paint! ha ha Love the top cat - gorgeous!! The second does look grumpy but I've seen cats that look that grumpy! ha ha Much more kitten-like in the third - what fun to do these. I've rarely painted cats and had two for the longest time (both gone now). Like I said, so many things to paint, it's hard to choose and focus!

cathyswatercolors said...

Hour a day of painting sounds great to me. The top cat is so wonderful the position and the head melting into the ground in a puddle. ahh. I know what you mean about uncooked veggies. What is it about cooking them that seems so challenging?!

Bronson Hill Arts said...

You've done a beautiful job with these cat paintings! Looking forward to more of your great work.


Barbra Joan said...

If there is one thing you should make time for it's painting..
I'm old enough to be your mother, but age has nothing to do with art, so your work has always inspired me to paint more, paint better.
I too have cats. Always did and through your blog I've seen a few you've painted. Love them.
I've followed you along and was worried that I hadn't seen you for a while..
My blog picture was taken just 3 years ago and this week is my (shhhh) 78th birthday. I'm treating myself to a 4 day workshop (my first). It's written about on my blogs.
You, Keep Painting in your life. Your much too good to put that on the bottom of your list..
regards B.

Gwen Buchanan said...

I love these paintings. Gorgeous, especially the playful nature of the first one. it really translates well to describing a kitten.

Joyfulartist said...

Love, love, love the first kitty!
I think cats are hard to paint, too. You make it look easy.

Barbara Muir said...

I love your work and the photos. Great idea committing to being in the studio.