Now and then I like to feature a few of my favorite daily sketches as my Featured Artwork post, both because I’m really proud of something in the painting itself, and I may be planning something new involving the image. “Blending” was a real accomplishment for me as a watercolor, working wet on wet, letting colors blend as they would, creating shape and dimension with brushstrokes and natural marks from the water flow, and the colors. The inspiration was with me that morning, that’s for sure! Even though I painted this at the end of December, it’s an example of the winter light that I love, my favorite season for brilliant light full of color, and lots of light—winter light, cool and calm. The trees are bare, the sun’s angle is low, and the light streams into the windows, perhaps searching for a kitty who’s in need of a warm winter nap.
Here is what I said about it when I first published it.
Jelly Bean watches out the upstairs window, streaming with winter morning sun. The white light glares and introduces all sorts of colors where they don’t normally appear, blending in Jelly Bean’s black fur, on the pine tabletop, in the lace curtain.
And hey, who said black cats had to be black? Here, Jelly Bean is literally blending into the light. I so wanted to capture that sense of glare in the warm morning sun when the tips of their ears soften and fade, their silhouette loses some edges and shadows have so much color. I also wanted to capture the nature of that old lace curtain, its translucence deepening into shadows in the folds, somehow capture the pattern of the lace without painting each little tendril in the pattern. I used the pattern of the paper, the pattern of the brush, layers, directional strokes, and when I stood back and looked at it I was quite pleased that it worked pretty much as I had hoped.
Where to find this artwork
The shape of this painting doesn’t accommodate many of the typical gift items I make, most of which are oriented horizontally or square, like keepsake boxes and tote bags and accessory bags. But I’ve been working out some designs for vertical purses and bags, and I’m also looking into viable ways to print my own garden flags that will last at least a season in the garden.
I do have this artwork available in many different print forms—on paper and canvas and as a highest-quality giclee both smaller and larger than the original, and I also offer a framed print as I had framed the original, seen at left, and as a greeting and note card. I think it would make a nice “thoughtful” card for sympathy, support, or thinking of you. All of my cards aside from specific holidays are blank inside for you to add your message.
Click this link to find all the various prints of this artwork I have in stock in my gallery on Portraits of Animals, and simply search the title, “Blending” to find anything else I might have on hand at the moment.
And another exciting new thing!
I began this year with a pledge to myself and my art: To be certain I won’t let ideas pass me by I’m setting myself up for a personal painting challenge in February, similar to the painting challenges I’ve participated in in past years. I aspire (but don’t expect) to create a painting or sketch every day in the month, to be posted on my blog each day.
I didn’t get around to starting, and to be honest starting was difficult. I’ve been away from my art, the elective paintings and sketches I do every day. By February 3 I decided to paint something, anything, and decided to start with flowers, seen above.
I have several cat paintings planned for this month. You’ve probably seen me note that “this photo would make a nice painting”, or something to that effect. Each Christmas I realize I never did that holiday art I’d intended, and when I post complementary art at the bottom of a post, I realize I don’t have good paintings of torties where you can see their faces. Those are on the list! And you’ll be sure to see them here, either as featured artwork or marketplace posts.
Read more about “Greenhouse Gerberas” and getting me started in this personal challenge.
Take a look at other featured artwork.
Each Wednesday I feature a piece of feline artwork from the archives to the present day, discuss its history and process, and often set it up as a free downloadable desktop calendar for just about every electronic device available.
A collection of 34 images of feline artwork
The award-winning* Feline Style Sampler
Daily sketches, illustrations, commissioned portraits all in a small coil-bound gift book.
*Certificate of Excellence, Cat Writers’ Association 2014 Communications Contest
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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!