Good afternoon all! It was a good afternoon, until I coughing. So, hoping for the best,
In the meantime, I haven’t heard of a virtual contagion of coronavirus, so anyone reading this blog is safe.
But cat lovers rejoice! Let me remind you that for us, it’s St. Gertrude of Nivelles Day, the Patron Saint of Cats. Yes, we don’t have to eat corned beef and cabbage, if we don’t want to. We don’t have to care about snakes, when we have these delightful, purring creatures to celebrate.
So, without further commercial interruption: Cats!
Meow For Now!
Five by seven inch drawing “Pumpkin”, Matted to eight by ten inches.
While I’ve been waiting for the grey, rainy weather to dissipate, I’ve been bored out of my mind, hell! I’ve been wanting to draw plein aire outside, but it’s been too wet. Sun is out today, but the grass I would sit in is wet. So, sigh, I must find something else to occupy my time.
So, I’ve had this idea for a while, to integrate prints from my pictures, along with acrylic paint, on useful objects. I started with this, which is actually a real drawing with paint, on a trivet.
If you recognize this kitten, which you might….it’s a sketch for this drawing: So, I’ve found something useful to do on off days. We’ll see where it takes me.
I’m working on items for the Winter Boutique again, but this time, a little better rested. So, for serious..here’s the first Holiday Card I’ve done…5 by 7 inches. It’s pretty neutral in the way it presents a holiday. It can be either Christmas or Pagan Yule. I’m going to try to stick with as many winter landscape ideas as possible, because, no matter what religion you are (or aren’t), it’s going to be winter in the Northern Hemisphere in December. So, here ’tis….
And I’ve scrounged some items…notice I didn’t say Scrooge, I said scrounge. I’ve put a copy of one of my cat drawings on a suncatcher, and it came out halfway decently. This is the drawing, the suncatcher itself, is hard to photograph….
But for you cat lovers, I’m sure you don’t mind revisiting a young cat with yarn:
I’m having fun with the pressure off…just coming up with stuff to sell.
Snow is in the forecast for today. We’re not to get hit as hard as if we were still in New York City, but still a sizable amount. It’s good day to stay inside and do artwork…as if that wasn’t what I’ve been doing for the past week anyway. Ah, I love the snow. It’s so beautiful, if I don’t have to go out in it. Be safe, all of you in the East.
I did do another cat, a picture of dear Hannako. Thing is, I meant to do a drawing I could sell, but it looks so much like my little girl, and so much looks like a cat in heaven, that I think I have to hold onto it. I even put a rainbow in it, for the Rainbow Bridge. I’m usually not so sentimental about things. And I’m running out of paper, again.
Draw a cat! Cats are fun to draw, and certainly people pleasing art. It’s a win/win!
However, why not dogs?
When I was working in the LaGuardia Airport branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift Shop, we had a display of cat items. Notepads, notecard, notebooks, everything of note. A customer came in, said she hated cats, why not a set of dog items. We didn’t have a set of dog items.
This past Christmas, I was selling pajamas with a golden retriever in the pattern. A woman looked at them, and said no, she had a dachshund. As if the dachshund would get jealous!
For most cat lovers, a cat is a cat is a cat. But dog lovers are loyal to breeds, I think. Unless someone wants to do pictures of all the various breeds of dogs, well, the market for dog items is qualified by the customer’s preference.
So, here’s a sketch of “String Theory, According to Cats”.
Here I am, being nostalgic again. As we were packing the car with a load of *stuff* to take to the new place, I saw my landlord’s chair, against the stone wall. He’s had it there all the years we lived there, probably many years before, and now….
It got me thinking of how the neighborhood had been good subject matter for my artwork. I didn’t have to go too far for inspiration.
So, for those of you who haven’t seen them, a parting glance of a little street, in a very big city:
As I recall, I was either calling this drawing, “Embracing My Inner Kitten” or “Portrait of the Artist as a Kitten”. Anyway, it is a drawing of a kitten. In a window. Here’s a work in progress:
It seems as if I was doing this back in the dark ages of my soul. Okay, no dark ages,really, I just liked the sound of it. I understand the drawing is a bit confusing, I’ll explain the idea at the end. Of course, I know where the kitten is, not sure if the viewer can. And that’s how it should be.
The dark ages? My off-the-web life has been busy. I started a new job, and I went to a women’s gathering in Kansas. I’m back now, and back to work.
Okay, I confess. I’m not the most tech savvy person there is. There was a time a long time ago, when I was ahead of the curve. Now, I’m panting, huffing puffing, trying to keep up with the pack.
Smartphones are a blessing and a curse.
Having moved out of my old abode, the camera I have on my smartphone is all I’ve got. And my laptop. So, how does a person take beautiful, accurate pictures of her artwork, when she doesn’t have a clue?
I practice. And I try. And I beg your (the reader) forgiveness in the meantime. Like all the old TV networks used to say “We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please stay tuned”.
So, I’m trying to give you a pic of the sketch of “Embracing My Inner Kitten”. This is the best I can do for now.