Who said black cats had to be painted in black? What a wonderful gift these silhouettes gave me, letting me let go of representational color and pattern and rendering them intuitively. Mewsette is a happy, warm kitty on a cold winter day, toasting herself in front of the furnace vent, and this is how I felt about it. Though this painting is from January, I’ve been planning on a colorful month to feature her as a desktop calendar. Flowers are blooming and leaves are sprouting, so it’s time.
I thought I might not have a sketch at all today—I’m so scattered by the holidays mid-week for two weeks, I have no idea what day it is, and I really never know what time it is so it’s hard to focus. In my studio, I stood up to go and do something, I don’t remember what, looked down to see Mewsette’s wonderful shape relaxing by the furnace vent.
Perhaps that’s where the colors came from, because rather than grab the obvious choice of charcoal pencil, always handy, and sketchbook, I felt movement and wide strokes and a brush in my hand. Sounds like a watercolor to me, I thought, picturing two of my brushes applying a wash of paint in the shape of her paw and another bringing out the curve of her back. I stood a moment longer to let the visual develop and felt blue, purple, yellow, green? red? All the colors in the palette? I knew I wanted the blends, started with a base of yellow and worked the highlights and shadows on her fur in all the colors I saw. I did not want her against a plain white background, so I began with a few speckles and went from there. Fun!
One other thing about watercolors is that I need a container or two of water, and upstairs that usually comes from the bathroom sink. That’s a little more complicated now than usual with Bert and Ernie in there, the door closed, the baby gate. Getting in and out of there with containers of water can be tricky, and it’s also distracting to my model who, by the time I get into and out of the bathroom with sliding bi-fold doors and stepping in and talking to Bert and Ernie and the thought of treats and food they have and by the time I get back out with my water and collect my brushes and paints and watercolor pad, my model is usually up and about and no longer in the inspiring pose. I’ve been keeping a couple of containers of water in the studio, one for drinking and one for painting, so I hope to do a few more watercolors upcoming.
Some things never change, the warm kitty by the furnace vent, the need to watercolor, and the foster kitty in the bathroom!
A New Member Thank You
You can get a free matted print when you register for an account on Portraits of Animals.
Register for an account on Portraits of Animals and get a free double-matted print of “Top of the World” or choose from several other sketches, paintings or photos of cats and other subjects.
The New Member print is a signed digital print of “Mewsette Watercolors”. This print is 5″ x 7″ and is matted to fit an 8 x 10″ frame with double black core mats.
This print is only available as a new member gift during this month while it’s the featured artwork and desktop calendar, so make sure you sign up before the end of the month!
Or purchase the original or a different print or item
I also offer a variety of digital and canvas prints, a greeting card and a note card, and three other similar sketches, find this on Portraits of Animals. And if you are interested in the gift items I’m making with this art, like tiles or keepsake boxes, you can search Portraits of Animals for “top of the world” and you’ll find what’s available. I’ll also be featuring them here too.
This month’s desktop calendar
I’ve worked this image into a desktop calendar for you to enjoy and use for the entire month. Looking at the downloads from previous months and averaging out which dimensions fit which devices, I have reduced the number of variations from 12 to three. It was very time-consuming to create all the variations with new devices arriving all the time, so I have one for horizontal monitors/screens, one for square monitors/screens, and one that should fit the dimensions of nearly all mobile devices.
If these sizes don’t work for your device, or if you have problems, please let me know. Often I can troubleshoot the reason an image won’t download or won’t load on your device, but if I just can’t figure it out I can just email it to you and hope that works.
How to download and use your desktop calendar
- Click on one of the images below that matches the dimensions of your monitor to open the image in a new page.
- For desktop computers and laptops, right-click on that image and on a desktop computer choose “save as desktop wallpaper” or “save as background” or whichever option your operating system gives you to be able to do this. You may also simply save it to your hard drive and set it as your background from there.
- For mobile devices, download the image to your gallery then choose it as your wallpaper—this is slightly different on all devices.
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Take a look at other featured artwork and desktop calendar posts.
Each month I feature a piece of feline artwork from the archives to the present day, discuss its history and process, and set it up as a free downloadable desktop calendar for just about every electronic device available.
click here to see other artwork featured on The Creative Cat
or visit Feline Artwork on my main website.
If you are interested in a print of this image, check Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.
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Weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters Tuesday: Rescue Stories Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork Thursday: New Merchandise Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!