Merlin the Maine Coon

“Merlin the Maine Coon”

-Painted with Golden acrylics.
-Approx. 10″ 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!

Merlin was a fan of popular cats, so he couldn’t wait to have his portrait painted while wearing his favorite t-shirt!

Cat Nap Fishing

“Cat Nap Fishing”

-Painted with Golden acrylics.
-Approx. 10″ x 7 1/4″ x 1″ Piece of pine
-Topped with two coats of gloss varnish.
-Signed, titled, and dated on the back by me!

Rosebud thought it was the purrfect time to catch a nap, right before he catches dinner. =)

The Eastlake Room Cats

The Eastlake Room Cats
The Eastlake Room Cats

I’m a huge fan of Eastlake furniture. Growing up with a house full of antiques, I never changed my love of them (seeing as most of those antiques are in this house), and like to include things around the house in my paintings. Now most of you with cats will think this unrealistic. The vase would be knocked over, the flowers spewed across the floor, maybe some petals stuck to the walls, and those chairs would be shredded. This painting is more like the “calm before the storm” as I think I might actually paint it again with a more overboard representation of a cat room. =P

Rocking Robin!

cat on a rocking robin

For a few years I’ve painted a little series of cats riding rocking birds. My mother has this neat old carved rocking horse…well it’s not a horse, it’s a toucan! That inspired the series which I’m going to continue this year. I’ve only painted a handful of rocking birds, and the crow one I’ve painted a few times by request. I like the toucan one best myself. =)

Rocking Toucan
The inspiration.
rocking toucan
Cat on a rocking toucan.
rocking crow
Cat on a rocking crow.
rocking goose
Two cats on a rocking goose.
rocking swan
Cat on a rocking swan.
cat on a rocking starling
Cat on a rocking starling.

Chicken Ride!

cat chicken ride

Last year we took Puddy and Merlin out to say hello to the chickens. We cautiously introduced them (cats were on harnesses) and it turned out the cats were 1. more interested in chomping on the grass, and 2. the chickens scared the cats! Needless to say, there weren’t many more visits. That said, as I was sitting at my desk this morning, wondering which painting to start first, the chicken one I’d drawn out a while ago won out. Why? Well, because as I was thinking, I could hear the chickens bok’ing outside as they laid their eggs!

Chicken and Cat WIP
Painting the barred rock hen.
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Painting in the kitty.
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All done!

Portrait with Flowers

This month’s photography theme at Froknowsphoto.com is “flowers” so the first thing that popped into my head was recreating Anna as Frida in the Vogue shot. With a little bit of makeup and some sunshine, I’m happy with how they turned out.

Anna Frida

Anna Frida

Anna Frida

Yellow Volkswagen Bugs

One of my favorite things to paint is my Cats’ Road Trip series of cats driving around in cars, mostly VW’s. I’ve been painting this series for 8 years and still think there are more color combinations yet to paint!

rainbow yellow

To see some more of my Cats’ Road Trip VW series, click here!

I also collect Volkswagen model cars, or to-scale cars. I don’t have a huge collection, maybe about 15 cars and buses so far. They come in handy when I want to do a little photo shoot with my son’s Star Wars toys. =P

May the 4th be with you!