Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Norwegian Forest Cat

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This is the final painting, but I am not sure I like this photo, so I may take another. It will be listed on eBay on Tuesday evening or sooner if I can get it done. I find it is harder to move fast when the temperature hits the zero mark, or close to it. I hope it is warm and pleasant wherever you are.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Work in Progress

A new pastel in progress. This is a Norwegian Forrest Cat. She is so beautiful. The cat, I mean, not the painting. It still needs a little "tweaking" and I have to photograph it (this is the scanner version and doesn't look quite right.) It will be ready to list on eBay Monday, I hope.
This is an affectionate, good tempered kitty; playful, but only when she feels like it, so graceful when she walks. It is a joy just to watch her and she was so much fun to paint. She doesn't belong to me, but I would love to have one like her. Cats are very special people, as individual and independent as they come, but so full of love. Cat lovers are also very special people -- of course I can say that because I am one of them!!!!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Winter Blues

I heard on the news that yesterday, January 22, was the most depressing day of the year. Scientists had actually taken time out from their busy days, doing whatever it is they do (that wasn't a slam, I know they do some very important stuff, I just don't have a clue what it might be) anyway that they had taken the time to calculate this, factoring in the weather, post holiday letdown and bills coming due. It is comforting to know that we have no way to go but "up" from here. Of course, this raises a lot of questions, such as who paid for this study, how much did it cost. The answer to those questions would probably make us all blue, and where did the term "blue" come from anyway. I think I have probably heard the answer to that before but long since forgotten it. My sister would know but since she is not a computer person, she will never see this blog. And that is good, because I am sure she would correct my grammar.

I wonder what it really is that makes us blue. More importantly, what makes us happy? What is the opposite of blue? Pink? Magenta? Orange. Of course, the color complement.

What makes you happy?

It makes me happy to be surrounded by dogs and cats, or dogs or cats, depending on the dogs and cats. Of course I love horses, too and chipmunks and birds and lions, tigers and bears, as long as they don't get too close. I love to have a whole day for painting which brings me to the real reason for this post. If you have noticed I haven't been showing much art here lately, it is because I don't have much to show at this point. I have been working on a large commissioned portrait of a family of eight, which can not be finished in an afternoon or so. I have taken time out for other work, but all I have to show for it are several unfinished canvases and one poor, pitiful pastel that I can use to teach people how NOT to paint.

What makes you blue?

Oh, my, I don't think I want to go into that list. Just thinking about it will depress me.
Besides, doesn't the Bible say, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

Now that is food for thought.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Kitten in the Window

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Well, after a month of Christmas Preparations, computer problems, and illness (couldn't have been the flu--we all had our flu shots, right?) I finally made it back to my blog. I promised you this painting a long time ago, and here it is. What is it about windows and kitties? Whenever I go for a walk and feel a pair of eyes staring at me, I look up and there they are, looking out the window. Do you ever wonder what they are thinking about? Whatever it is, they do some deep thinking. This was listed on eBay earlier today.

Tomorrow I will list a red gold horse. I have been working on him for a while also.
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Wish I had a good title for this one. If you think of one, let me know.

A new year is a good time for new directions, and there are some in the works. I will be closing my eBay store soon, so that I can focus more time and energy in other areas. I have some exciting new plans for my website, and have been exploring various online galleries. My paintings will still be listed on eBay, but I won't be maintaining a store. I will continue to accept commissioned pet portraits, but it will be through the website. I will keep you posted.