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:

Feedback time

Folks, I am working on putting a portfolio together and I am taking an illustrator’s workshop. My assignment this week is to take the character in the story and draw up a sheet with expressions for one of the characters. My character is a balloon named Bob.

Here is what I have so far….please, if you know my work well, suggestions are helpful. If you don’t, please scroll through my blog or Instagram to compare this to my other work. Comments would be extremely helpful. The original was done in pastel and then I tweaked it with Procreate. I have until Sunday to submit the piece but I held back to review it a little more.

Two of my grandsons saw it already and were able to guess the emotions. I guess I should have asked the 6 year old what he would add to this. LMAO

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….

The first time I ever saw a unicorn

The first time I saw a unicorn, I was on Chincoteague Island. I was painting plein air in the woods on Assateague… I was trying to capture the memory of when Paul Beebe saw Misty for the first time…I rubbed my eyes, (ended up with pastel all over my face), but yes, it was still there! A REAL unicorn! It shimmered and it was almost ethereal, like it was a vapor, or maybe it was a mist rolling in. I don’t know but I’ll never forget when I saw that unicorn!

The unicorn

This was a painting that I did several years ago. I came across it recently and thought it would be perfect for an assignment/prompt from Carla Sonheim’s ‘Best of 365.’ I added the unicorn with Procreate.

As far as painting it on location in Assateague, this is true and I actually was trying to capture the feeling Paul Beebe had when seeing Misty for the first time (as described in the story; Misty of Chincoteague.’)

Maybe some day I’ll meet another unicorn on Assateague.

Paint the Great South Bay

It’s that time of year again where I am the chairperson for an annual plein air event. I get to participate but I am obviously not eligible for prizes but that’s ok. When my paintings sell, that’s prize enough for me.

As typical with plein air, there are adventures to tell. Several storms this week, one really was a humdinger.

The first painting was not making me happy so I totally reworked it to the one you see below.

The next painting was completed from the rooftop of the Village Walk Assisted Living facility. They are great people and they really participate in community activities.

We had a model on Wednesday, but we had about an hour and 20 min to work and then another storm rolled in and we had to pack it in. I went back yesterday to do the background and I used the photo reference that I took to finish. This isn’t eligible to hang in the gallery but I am glad I finished this one.

I also took pictures of the artists painting the model.

Last but not least, today’s Quick Draw painting where we get three hours to work on a painting. This actually took me less than 2.

I am exhausted.