oil on gesso panel 5 x 7 inch
This week I have been painting like a mad woman...almost literally. I really tried to just let go in this one, but I like the look of loose and free, don't you?
We adopted a new kitty...this is Mitsou. My friend lives in the country and called me up to say a mother cat had abandoned her litter of kittens at her door. After losing our cat Bean last Spring, it was just a matter of time before we caved in and took in another one. We have always had at least two cats...they keep the mice out of the house.
Mitsou is named after the childhood cat of the artist Balthus. Last year at The Met in NYC I saw the exhibit of his 100 drawings done at age 11 depicting the life of his cat Mitsou, who disappeared and never came back. It was a sweet exhibit and the drawings that touched me most were of him holding a candle, walking the streets and looking for her in the night. I told myself that would be a great name for our next cat. Now more that ever, the name Mitsou seems fitting after losing our Bean. They would have played together well...she is spunky like Bean was.
This is Peet...our other cat. He is not a very good mouser. He's just sweet and shy and that's about it. However he does play fetch. Did you know some cats will do that? He brings us his rubber bracelet (we call it a mouse to encourage his occupation) and we toss it... then he brings it back...over and over and over.
I've been taking care of Hurley too. He had a small tumor removed from his back and has needed some TLC. The result was benign thankfully. It seems to be all about animals in this post, doesn't it? But we love our pets! They add fun and joy to life...and make great art subjects. :)
I started this 18 x 24 inch oil painting during the weekend. It was inspired by a scene of a couple reading on their front porch in an area called Riverside where I love to walk. There is a wonderful mixture of quaint old houses and beautiful nature there.
I am always doing these little sketches in my Sketchbook Sweetie book. I try to do one each evening. As I've stated before, these sketches are a great source of inspiration for my paintings.
The weather has been absolutely gorgeous giving a great excuse to sketch outside.
I've been looking at some Egon Schiele work in the book of his drawings and watercolors by Jane Kallir. I even did this little watercolor rendering (on the left).
oil on panel 5 x 7 inch
I painted a purple chair. This one is bigger than my usual chairs and it's on a panel rather than paper.
oil on panel
Lastly, I am still pecking away at this one. I have not touched it since class last Tuesday, but I can say I feel it's getting close to finished. As you can see a new figure on the left has found her way into this piece. I was layering color and there she was.
I hope you have a great rest of your week!