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Finished The Cat

28 May

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Finished the cat picture. It’s gone into my window. I live in a very diverse area and one of my neighbouring houses is a care in the community home for adults with mental health issues. We stop and chat often and they have been really chuffed with the art that Husb and I have been putting into the window, mostly temporarily, so we decided to do some permanent pieces, related in some way to The Pandemic. Husb is still working on his. These long thin Winsor & Newton canvas panels are a good fit for our front windows and they can be seen from the street.

 

Knowing when to finish is always an issue with any artwork, I think. I don’t particularly like paintings that are very polished, I like to see something of the process that’s gone into the work; the bits where the paint has been scuffed onto the canvas; the white bits showing through; the brushstrokes that dragged; the drips. I enjoyed playing with the interactions between opaque and translucent paint (Liquitex heavy body acrylics), layering randomly and using up the dregs off the pallette. I also like to leave something for the viewer to fill in or interpret or get absorbed in. It’s a two-way thing.

I showed Sparta Puss. She was not impressed.

Stay Safe In Comic Sans

27 May

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I carried on with my Pop-inspired painting of Sparta Puss today. I put the caption into her thought bubble – Stay safe – in a reasonable attempt at Comic Sans, although it could be a bit tidier. I love Comic Sans and I don’t care! I’m putting a rainbow border around the thought bubble, to honour our keyworkers. The bit at the bottom is developing randomly. I’m quite frugal – some would say stingy – and I don’t like to waste paint so I’m scrubbing leftovers onto the bottom of the canvas then painting paisley patterns over it. I like it.

I’m using Liquitex heavy body acrylic paint onto a Winsor & Newton canvas. I’m working from a digital drawing I did of Sparta Puss on my Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app.

Cat’s Eyes

23 May

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I did a bit more work on my Pop painting of Sparta Puss this afternoon, on the speech bubble, her coloured bits and her eyes, which are a lovely green. I started filling in the background with left over paint – waste not want not – but I haven’t decided what to put in it yet.

 

 

Carrying On With The Cat

20 May

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I carried on with my painting of Sparta Puss today, getting a bit more detail done and I put in a speech bubble. I’ve decided to go all Pop Art on her. It’s fun, like colouring in. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a Winsor & Newton canvas. Getting there…..

Painting The Cat For Fun

18 May

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I’m not literally painting the cat. She wouldn’t stand for that. I’m doing a painting of Sparta Puss based on a digital drawing I did a while back (on a Samsung Galaxy Note 8). I’m doing it for fun. I rarely paint but I’ve been enjoying myself for the past few weeks, joining in with the Friday Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook which helps keep me focused on positive things.

I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic paint onto a Winsor & Newton canvas and a set of Daler Rowney brushes for acrylics. Sparta Puss is using her best mildly annoyed expression. Here’s the original digital drawing.

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More to do tomorrow – I’ll have to have a think about the background….

 

 

Sparta Says ….

24 Dec

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Sparta says, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”.

Mae Sparta yn dweud, “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda”.

This is a lovely digital drawing of the lovely Sparta Puss by my lovely Husb.

 

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And I iced my home-made Xmas cake today.

Chonk!

13 Nov

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I can’t keep the creative juices flowing constantly. I think most artists are the same. It isn’t a 9 to 5 job. Some days I don’t make art, but I still like to draw, even for a few minutes, to keep my hand in. That’s where the cat comes in handy, she’s always around for a quick scribble. She’s getting to be a bit of a chonk!

Little Lulu

11 Nov

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Here’s another family kitty…  shhhh …. don’t tell Sparta Puss! She’s a very slimline tortoiseshell cat called Lulu. I drew her on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with a free app called Markers.

Fat Is A Felinist Issue

9 Oct

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Yo Humans. It is I, Sparta Puss. I haven’t been able to get my paws on the pooter box for ages because the bald monkeys I live with are ALWAYS hogging it. Idiots. The she-ape has had me on a diet. She says she’s fed up with people fat-shaming me on Facebook, whatever that is. So I’m on healthy rations. That’s what she calls it. I call it starvation! All the hairless apes in the family are cooing at me and telling me how nice I look but I DON’T CARE! There was a book a while back called “Fat Is A Feminist Issue”. Well I say that Fat Is A Felinist Issue and the monkeys should give me back my food. If I don’t care about having a bingo-belly then it’s none of their business to be bothered.

In solidarity, my felinista friends.   I’ll try and get my paws on the pooter quicker next time.

The Continuous Line Kitty

25 Sep

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I’ve been neglecting my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet recently. It has a free drawing app on it, one called ‘Markers’ that I really like using but haven’t done so for weeks. I’ve got a bit of a cold and I’m slobbing out on the settee and it was easier to reach for my tablet rather than go and rummage around for a sketchbook and drawing materials. The cat’s slobbing out on the settee next to me so she was an obvious target – I mean subject – and I carried on using the continuous line technique that I’ve been practicing a lot lately.

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