Sad news

This morning we had to make one of the most difficult and painful decisions that a one has to make when living with fur children. This is very difficult to write but I won’t be able to write this later when reality sets in.

Cleopatra, our foundling kitty, the kitty that was inserted into many of my sketches and paintings, had to be put to sleep this morning. She crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge a little while ago. We got the news a little after 4 am and we drove back to the ER to say our final good-byes.

We don’t know what happened. Erin took her to the vet on Saturday. They took blood work to see what could be ailing her, That night she had to go to the ER because she was quickly getting worse. It just snowballed from there.

Cleo was only 5. They can’t tell us why. She wasn’t injured. This is why everyday is precious when there is life.

Good-bye Cle. You were loved.

Black Cat Appreciation Day

Today is Black Cat Appreciation Day. Cleopatra is our black kitty that we found, literally, on the street. Or she found us. She ran right up to me and was “no bigger than a bowtruckle.”

Cleo lives with my daughter in a nice house in Orlando. Cleo has been the inspiration for lots of my little vignettes and postcards upstaging Chloe and Mack on many occasions. Cleo thinks she is a Chihuahua and that’s ok. She looks at other cats like they have three heads.

To celebrate Cleo, here are some of my favorites for Black Cat Appreciation Day:

My contest submission

Another amateur animated ‘toon. This one was my submission for the Kitchen Table Mini Film Festival. I can’t wait to do another! This was an awesome idea by Carla Sonheim and Kara Kramer. I could still do a ton of things to this video to tweak it but I had a deadline. I still may work on this though.

A little video….

I took Carla Sonheim’s class on animation called “Make it Move” and it was fun and really helpful. I enjoyed it a lot and it gave me ideas how to handle animating my art in the future. My head is popping with ideas.

One assignment was to animate some collage pieces…..this is a very short video where I used a homemade background and three collage pieces to make a small scene. The kitty and the “rod” where pulled out of my paper stash. I don’t know where kitty found the bikini top.😎

Remember, this isn’t Disney, just a little fun playing with paper…..

Kitty goes fishing

Paisley project

I am taking a portfolio building class that I actually signed up for the end of last year… it runs from March to June…May’s assignment was to create a square shaped paisley design.

I started this project in several steps and I approached using Zentangle patterns. I really enjoy doing Zentangle shapes. They are very relaxing.

Then I tried a Carla Sonheim technique to come up with a design for the square (those bits and pieces of color are actually collage pieces:

And I added color.

Then I pulled it into Procreate and played with it some more. I spent a lot of time in the Procreate phase. I added more paisleys and tweaked the color and this is my final piece.

My West Side Story project

I signed up for a bundled group of workshops back in November, before John was laid off, that were running this year. They are for building my on line portfolio.

April’s assignment was West Side Story. I actually found this assignment to be a lot of fun, however, a lot of work. It was done using multiple media and many, many phases and changes to reach the final result here.

I still could do a lot to it but it was due by 3PM today so it is what it is….

Enjoy.

Last but not least….

Here are the last three doggies of the book. It was a wonderful project and I truly enjoyed it so much that I am looking for another tiny project. Though I am looking to get or make books where the pages don’t chop my image in half. The PAGE size was 2.33 x 1.66 and that’s small.

A reminder that the book is at the Brooklyn Art Library in Brooklyn. You will be able to check this one and last year’s out similar to a library. I also have regular sized ones there as well but I think the two tiny ones were my best. You can go to http://www.sketchbookproject.com for more information.

Chloe is the finale image. We got Chloe several months after Troy, our beloved Min Pin passed away at 16. Troy was a good and loyal dog. Chloe picked us. I wasn’t looking for Chihuahua. We were looking for a Papillon. I picked up Chloe and she snuggled up under my chin and let this sigh of “please don’t leave me” and she came home with us. She is 9 and still snuggles into my chin when she needs comforting.

“Paris a la Frida Kahlo” Reference photo courtesy of Marian Glaser on the Sktchy App

Mack is Chloe’s long haired half brother. He came to us knocking over things like doggie gates and earned his name because he was a tiny, tough, furry truck. Hence Mack. Mack is a badass until we start cooking things in a frying pan. He’ll disappear and bark from the back yard. We laugh and say he’s yelling “Fire! Fire! Fire!” Idiot would be out there in a snow storm and we’d have to go get him. Not the brightest bulb in the box but his loyalty is without question.

We love both and they are our dog children. I am glad many of you enjoyed this sketchbook.

The last Mackie of the book
Chloe – Finale

More pages and how to see the book in person

This tiny sketchbook is part of the Tiny Sketchbook Project. It will be on tour and it also can be viewed at the Brooklyn Art Library along with 1000’s of other sketchbooks and my tiny sketchbook from last year. If you’d like to view it in person, go to sketchbookproject.com for more information.

As I got to the 2nd half of the book, the pages seemed stiffer and I had a deeper gutter. I pondered taking the book apart and stitching it but I worried that it wouldn’t reassemble nicely so I left it alone.

Happy Mack
Linda Lee’s “Sophie” (Sktchy inspired)
Mack again