Happy Caturday! Black Cat and Spotted Chicken

© Ryan Conners

My newest painting for today! Digital week is over so I thought I’d start back painting with a funky chicken and cat. If you’ve followed my blog for some time, you know I used to have backyard chickens. They were wonderful. Not only because of the fresh eggs, but we raised them from chicks and they were the sweetest and funniest creatures. Puddy cat loved to hang out in the yard while we tended to the chickens.

On a different note, today is also World Goth Day. It’s a running joke in my close circle of friends and family that I’m goth, only because we’ve all been asked so many times by random people if I’m goth. I’m not. Also, I re-did the first version of my Black Cat Lady digital art piece, took away the blue hair, kept the orangey background from the second version, and put the black button up blouse back on her. So that version is also available in my Society6 Shop now. I figured she’s kind of apropos for today. =)

Monday & Tuesday New Digital Illustrations

One of my favorite photos of my Puddy cat before he passed was “Sleeping Puddy, Paper Cranes.” I have painted versions of it a couple times and decided to do a digital version. This time it’s Wally Bear going on an adventure!

I drew out these cafetière images on the iPad last year and never did anything with them, so I decided to add more colors for a print. As a coffee-lover, I’d actually hang this in my own kitchen. =)

Of course, I can’t not do a cat with coffee, so here’s a ginger kitty drawn after my Rosebud, with some glasses and coffee!

I have a few other illustrations in the works for this week of “not painting” with traditional paints. It’s actually been rather difficult because I have ideas for paintings, but for now those just get scribbled into a sketchbook for later. Are there any themes you’d like to see me draw for this digital week? Let me know in the comments below!

May the 4th!

I’ve taken quite a few pictures of my son’s Star Wars figures over the years, and maybe painted a Darth kitty or two. But my favorite photo set is of Minnie burning on the pyre after the news of Disney buying Lucas Film.

Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!

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“The Little Witch”

-Painted with Golden acrylics.
-Approx. 8″ x 7 1/4″ x 1″ Piece of pine (left over from shelves I put up)
-Topped with two coats of gloss varnish.
-Signed, titled, and dated on the back by me!

Sitting on the moon with her cute little pumpkin!

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Me with our semi-feral kitty, Lily! She will cuddle at night, but try to take a picture with her…aka anything that may require holding her, is off limits!

Little Clay Houses

My daughter wanted to collaborate with me, making some sort of art, so we decided on the miniature clay houses. _MG_6997-26

Taking her Icelandic heritage, she decided she would like to make some Icelandic turf houses! She came up with the rounded design and hand sculpted each of the little round turf houses. =)

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We also have some ornaments, and plan to make a lot of the styles available as ornaments as well. I think a Christmas tree with the stark white houses, with their chartreuse moss rooftops, will look lovely!

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The Magic of Things Lost and Found

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The other day I ran into a magazine that has one of my images in it, safely packed away in my Tibetan trunk. But it dawned on me, that I really don’t have many of the items that feature my art/photography. I sold a lot through Getty Images, but rarely could I track down where the images went. I know there was a photo of my daughter being used in a Germany furniture store, but I never could find out what store. _MG_6858-3

So I set out to find the two books that had my images on the covers. The top one, “The Magic of Things Lost and Found,” came all the way from Italy (in like 3 days post…how??) I think the Italian book is the only one that has the cover photo, because the others I’ve seen a simple and titled just, “Lost and Found.” Anna thinks it’s pretty neat to be on the cover of a book!
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The second book cover that I know about is the ball jar sitting in the grass, with a sparkler going off inside. (I was trying to replicate fireflies in a jar…sans fireflies.)

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The last one, above, is recent. One of my Frida y Gatos paintings in the Skull Sourcebook. I got this book as a sample and it’s pretty freaking thorough. Definitely a lot of skulls in all sorts of styles-I mean, I can’t imagine any other book where my art would be within it’s pages alongside Slayer album covers!

 

The Vanity

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I have a thing for antique vanities. We used to have quite a few, but we downsized but selling/giving away truckloads of furniture to Fairly Honest Bill in Portland before we moved to PA. We kept a couple, but they’re living on the third floor. So the other day when I saw the neighbors on the corner having a yard sale, the first thing I saw was the antique vanity. It had a glorious large round mirror off to the side. “We don’t need it.” I said to my daughter who was in the car with me. We didn’t…not really.

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“Bedtime Rituals”

But I wanted it. I wanted it so much that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I drew out a quick sketch for my next painting, which just happened to have that vanity in it._MG_6816-4

So when my Mother went out to pick up lunch, and came back immediately to tell me about a piece of furniture we needed, I knew she was talking about that vanity. I said, “It’s the vanity, isn’t it?” She said, “IT’S ON THE CORNER, FOR FREE!” I jumped in the car and we drove up the hill to the corner and jumped out. They couldn’t sell it at the yard sale, so not wanting to bring it back into their house, they put it out for free! It’s beautiful. It’s not in perfect shape, the veneer has seen a much better day in some spots, but I honestly don’t care. The drawers are solid and the mirror is amazing. =)_MG_6803-3

Sleeping Ginger, Paper Cranes

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“The Paper Cranes”

-Painted with Golden acrylics.
-11″ x 14″ Studio wrapped canvas
-Topped with two coats of gloss varnish.
-Signed, titled, and dated on the back by me!

When cats dream, they dream of some exciting things! =)

Painting inspired by my portrait, “Sleeping Puddy, Paper Cranes.”

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Willow below,  showing me how cats really jump. =P

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