Two of my old cats. From these you can see I’ve been interested in patterns and cats for a long time.
I did have a box kite someone made me for Christmas although I never actually flew it. The cat jumped into it and I drew a quick sketch. This was the result. I wish I had taken a photo. The other painting was my old cat lying on a colourful throw. She was very old when she passed away. In her twenties!
I’ve done many portraits of animals from photos but these are more personal and painterly. I also enjoyed playing with colours.
I’d got my paints out so I painted one of our cats on top of the washing pile. He was flat out for a few minutes. The theme is contrast, so I thought the bright colours, including the fluorescent jacket, would make a good contrast. I’m pleased with how it’s turned out.
Acrylic on cartridge paper. Its curled the paper a bit, but when the sketchbook is closed it should flatten out OK.
I’ve been painting a lot over the last few days. I was up till 5am, went to bed but then got up at 11am so I’m really tired. I thought I would take a photo of what I’ve been doing. You can see the contrasts in size. When I took this photo I didn’t know the kingfisher would be sold two hours later. It’s now at a good friend’s. I’ve been asleep half the evening. I wish I had more energy.
As you can see my ideas are many and varied. I was going to do a craft fair this weekend but decided against it as I don’t think it’s safe enough and I’m not happy to risk being out in public. Hopefully I will be able to do another one. Also it’s not a good idea to sell you stock prior to an event. I’m going to do some more but I need a decent night’s sleep!
This is a tiny painting I did a few years ago, I’ve got twenty tiny canvases to paint over the next couple of weeks so I might do another one of these.
Other subjects will include Holly and Ivy, Christmas tree baubles, some snowy images and frost patterns.
Why? I have to do some art work for two upcoming craft fairs, and I wanted to do something seasonal but not too clichéd or twee. X
I’ve just finished these two acrylics on canvas (in my living room as you can see by the background) both are 16×12 inches. Acrylic on canvas. Called “Barn owl after a photo by David Tipling” and “Plains Zebra”.
I might try and get a few tiny paintings done too.
Everyone seems to be posting 9 of their best pictures on Instagram at the moment. I don’t know what app they are using so I just posted these. Mainly commissions plus my stall which I had at Spode earlier this month.
So I hope you all have a lovely New Year’s Eve and a great 2019!