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:

Chasing the elusive Neowise comet

Living in Florida has a lot of pluses. It’s almost always sunny. It’s warm year round. You can eat outside on Christmas Day. Lots of great flora and fauna. The people are nice and friendly. The lizards are insect control so they are always welcome in our screen house.

The down side are the damn fire ants and in my part of Florida, trying to see something in the northern evening sky when there are storms every day. John and I have been trying to spot Neowise and we get wispy glimpses but we haven’t seen it like many others have. We can see Jupiter just fine every night but Neowise is in the North and it seems the north always has cloud cover.

We’ve been driving out to places where there is no light pollution. Then we get bit by mosquitoes…ok, bugs are another minus.

This is pretty much the best that we have seen it. I “winged” the whole scene…..

Oh yeah, there’s a story blurb included, too….

99 Red balloons…..

This song, both the English and German versions, have been a source of inspiration for me. I am taking a class that I actually purchased last year during a “big sale” back in November. Glad it was on sale then because I am not sure I could spare the finances now.

Our assignment is to pick one of 4 texts and create characters, accessories, etc but along the way, and we have also been given daily drawing prompts. I read the text and I had to pull out some things that could be accessories and begin to draw the character. My subjects are a balloon and a little girl. Hence the 99 red balloons….now that song is stuck in my head.

Drawing a ballon may sound easy…hey just draw a circle with a string, right? Uhm, no. The balloon needs personality. The shape, the string and how the face is placed all leads to personality of the character…..I drew many balloons may different ways and narrowed it down to these:

So the red balloon won, as soon as I drew it I knew it was the right one….but then, I had to draw the face…..I drew bunch of eyes, faces, etc….after drawing a bunch of faces, I narrowed it down to these eight:

This is a nice friendly guy

And this guy is the end result….more to come about this guy and his friend….

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.