I just introduced a new line of my custom cat jewelry on my online store. Just in time for Halloween.
I call these "Wear a Kitty". Now you can take your baby anywhere you go. It was inspired by all the times we travel and miss our furry children at home.
This is an oil painting I created for the Purrfect Pals cat rescue. It was sold at the Black Cat Ball dinner auction a few years ago. I'm introducing it into Verksted Gallery as a limited framed edition. The frame is handmade with hand painted details. The painting is a Giclee print on Velvet fine art archival paper.
With each painting I write a story to share the thoughts and world of each character. This is my idea of a Black Cat going to a costume ball. Notice the fish confetti. Here is the story:
"It was time for the annual “Black Cat Ball”. She bought a new pink gown to wear this year to go with the heart necklace she inherited from her mother. A gold fish mask with a big pink feather hides her identity from others. The proceeds always go to a great cause which is to provide homes for the less fortunate. The Ball was a chance to dine, socialize and show off her new dress but most importantly her new fish fan."
Just finished a new painting from my cool cat series called "Just Be".
The T.V. tells you to be this way.
People tell you to be that way.
Groups tell you to be their way.
Each one of us is unique.
No two are alike.
So why spend time being someone
you're not, nor really want to be?
Just be yourself.
Just finished a new Digital Painting called "Touch the Sky". Painting in photoshop with a lot of custom brushes.
"Touch the Sky"
Breaking the plane to see heaven,
Pushing through obstacles to see beyond,
if yet for a moment to see a glimpse of what could be.
Reaching beyond the normal flow of the day to touch life.
This is one of my latest paintings in progress. Each stage has it's own fun and life cycle. The drawing started as a fun idea as I watched my cats do what they love to do most which is sleep. The idea of learning how to rest. After I finished the pencil drawing then I created value thumbnails and color studies in preparation for the final painting. Next I did a sepia underpainting over the painting to establish base lighting or breakdown of light and shadow. This last image is the painting in progress in oils.
I'll post more stages as I work.
This is a new painting I'm working on. I start with a rough thumbnail sketch for the idea. Then do a quick series of value studies for tone and lighting. Then I work on the drawing. Sometimes I take photos or gather photos for reference. Most of the time I prefer to draw directly from my imagination. In this case I just wanted to get an idea of the perspective of the cat faces.