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Crafty Cat

27 Mar

Sometimes I want to do something, keep my hands occupied, but I’m arted out, so I settle down to do a bit of crafting. Art is hard work for me, crafting, like baking, is very relaxing. I made a stack of origami lilies which will end up on a string of LED lights as fairy lights. I got the instructions from the new BBC series, MAKE! Craft Britain where this guy demonstrated a couple of different origami models. Just after I photographed them, Sparta Puss threw them on the floor. Because that’s what cats do.

Home Comfort

21 Mar

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In times of stress and worry, I retreat into my home. It’s my cave, my fortress, my refuge and my comfort. I close the door on the bad old world outside and batten down the hatches to weather any storms that life throws at me. My chubby cat, Sparta Puss is an integral part of my home comfort. She sits and purrs and brings a feeling of peace and calm and normality.

I work part-time for the homelessness charity, Crisis, as a fine art tutor and I really appreciate how lucky I am to be able to go to my own home which is safe and secure and warm and dry. I am lucky that I don’t have to endure living in a war zone or a refugee camp. The insecurity and stress of not having anywhere to call your own, not being able to close your door onto the outside world and feel safe, it is awful.

To find out more about the work done by Crisis, please click here.

The Cat Sat On The Cupboard

14 Mar

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Still tired and not done any new art this week, so here’s one from the archives (that’s a posh way of saying the big cupboard upstairs that my sketchbooks are in). Here’s Sparta Puss hanging out on top of a cupboard, likes cats do. Sparta is a naughty Tortie. A very naughty Tortie.

And A Little Bit More Colouring In

9 Feb

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I’m having fun colouring in my sketchbook drawings. I’ve been scanning them into my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and using an app called Markers to colour them in. It’s like being a kid again, I used to love colouring. This is Sparta Puss, she’s used to taking over whatever piece of furniture takes her fancy. This was my chair. It isn’t any more.

 

 

More Colouring In

7 Feb

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I had fun yesterday digitally colouring in a line drawing, so I did another today. It’s an old drawing of our little Ming The Merciless who died last month, aged nearly 18. She always liked to sleep on top of the biggest pile of cushions and I used to stack them on top of a large pouffé next to the radiator. Maybe she was just a little bit spoiled. Just a little bit. I downloaded the drawing into a free Markers app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet to colour it in. There are more sophisticated drawing apps, but I’m too miserly to pay for them.

Colouring In

6 Feb

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I draw into my sketchbook almost daily but rarely do anything with the drawings, I don’t know why, it just doesn’t occur to me. So this evening I uploaded yesterday’s sketch into the free Markers app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet and did some colouring in. It’s not great art but it was nice and relaxing.

Cat On A Laptop Tray

5 Feb

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My cat, Sparta Puss, has taken my laptop tray away from me. It’s one of those trays with a beanbag underneath and I left it hanging around with the beanbag side up one day recently, and since then it’s been hers!Here it is scribbled into my little notebook by Peter Pauper Press.

A Quick Digital Kitty

3 Jan

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I’m still stuck in that state of post holiday lethargy and to be honest didn’t fancy doing any drawing today but it’s important for my artistic practice that I do, so I took the easy way out and grabbed my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet and did a quick digital sketch of Sparta Puss who is sparked out at my side. She’s even more lethargic than I am.

I use an app called Markers which is free to download and I drew it using a stylus – you get a different effect if you use your finger. I started by blocking out the background in black, then overlaid with white and tones of orange.

 

 

Greetings Hoomins

23 Sep

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Greetings Hoomins. Sparta Puss here. The hairless apes have put their pooters down for a few minutes and I have been browsing the Internet. I have made friends with a cat on Twitter. His name is Terry Barlow ( @terry_barlow ) and he has to put up with living in a house with a baldape too. Earlier, the she-monkey drew me on her mini-pooter, she calls it Samsung – who gives a pooter a name? I ask you!!!!! Anyway, she told me to stay still, so I didn’t. In fact I turned my back on her. So she moved. So I turned round again. So she moved again. And again. And again. And now she blames me because her drawing doesn’t look like me. Cheek! She’s an idiot.

 

I must go and eat the spider that’s running across the floor. It has been annoying me all day and now its end has come.

More Quick Kitty Scribbles……

15 Sep

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Still have a rotten cold, sucking on throat sweets and still don’t feel like doing much art so here’s another kitty scribble, done quickly on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet using a free app called Markers. It’s a basic app but that’s what I want, I prefer to focus on doing the drawing rather than playing with the bells and whistles of an expensive and expansive art app. You have to put in a background before doing the drawing or it all goes a bit skewiff but apart from that, it’s a pretty good app.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Gors Fawr, near Mynachlog-ddu in the Preseli mountains, a lush green bog fringed with glowing hills.

 

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