After my dad retired, he took up acrylic and watercolor painting. When he passed on, I kept his paints and decided to try my hand at both. I found I enjoyed the watercolor medium best. There is a challenge in using different kinds of paper, combining colors that take on a life of their own when mixed with water, and creating just the right effect. Life got busy back then, and writing took up more and more of my time. I left the art behind for years.
But last year, with my love of cats a major passion, I decided to pick up my
brushes again and try feline portraits. For me, the fur is the most difficult
aspect. The eyes which are the easiest for me are truly the windows to their
souls. Since we have five rescued inside cats (Halo, Paddy, Zoie Joy, Zander
and Freya) as well as care for two ferals, I’m constantly around cats. I
love them like children. I have studied them for hours and hours and
constantly photographed them. That helps when trying to catch their
expressions, their fur variations and their beauty.
|Paddy and Mason are Halo's "kittens" that|
she delivered in my office.
Painting with music or an audio book playing in the background is relaxing. I forget about everything else and focus on the cat or cat photo in front of me. Since family and friends are cat lovers too, the watercolor paintings make wonderful presents.
|Millie - a friend's feline|
|Tia - Halo's third "kitten"|