Monday, March 30, 2009

Seamus is finished

I have finished Seamus today. I have cropped the image to show about the size I think it should be framed.

It was really interesting to paint this dog, as I haven't had to work with white fur before. There are so many colours that can be seen in the shadows that are not white.

Now he just needs to be framed.

Kitten update 4

The kittens are really finding their feet. Not so much falling over now. And when we pop outside to visit them, they come out from under the shrub to see us and get a pat. They are still not too sure about being picked up. Honey seems quite settled and has no problems wandering off and leaving us with the kittens.

All of the kittens are eating out of the food bowls now. I'm going to have to find a bigger bowl or else Honey won't be getting much food.

Button was very interested in what I was up to

One of the twins looking very cute

A very contented Honey cat


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Kitten update 3

I'm not sure if this is all the 6 kittens or if I have doubled up - there are two that are very alike. Mama cat went for a bit of a walk in the yard today and left me with the kittens which is why I was able to get some good photos. She also climbed onto my lap for a pat today, so she is becoming friendlier. She hasn't hissed at me since the very first day, which is a good sign.

So the next two photos are either the same cat or the two that look similar. Have to work this out!

Here is Scaredy cat again, once again the last to come out of hiding. This kitten has a real tabby coloured head but a soft grey coat on the rest of its body - really pretty.

This is intrepid kitten, he'll have a go at anything, but still a bit wary of us. He's usually one of the first to start feeding with mum.

This is the first kitten to be named. This is Button. K. chose the name. It is the first kitten to try out the food bowl, and it has come back everytime since, even having a go at the kitten biscuits I put out today. This one is explorer cat, too busy looking at all the new stuff to go and feed with mum, usually one of the last to latch on. Happy to be patted and have a bit of a play with us.

This is the all black kitten, a little bit smaller than the other kittens I think, so we'll keep an eye on this one.

Some friends dropped by last night to see the kittens and a very proud mama cat came out and allowed herself to be patted by everyone, and one of the kittens was picked up and held for the first time.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Kitten update 2

Mama cat is pretty settled now in our backyard. She was very affectionate this morning when I took her brekky out, so much so that she lay down in the garden next to me and fed her kittens allowing me and K. to pat her and the kittens for quite a while. When K. went inside, Mama cat got up and went and lay under the shrub leaving the kittens exploring near me.

When I went out again a bit later, she lay under the shrub and the kittens came exploring again. One little black kitten with white toes, even climbed up on the garden wall next to my foot - very adventurous.

This is Mama cat - still trying to come up with a name to call her. Honey is one thought so far.

Here is Mama cat feeding the kittens in the garden (the ball of kittens is bigger than she is!)

This is just after Mama cat got up and went back under the shrub. The kittens didn't know what to do with themselves

This is the kitten I have dubbed Scaredy cat. It stayed under the shrub for quite som time after all the other kittens had ventured out

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kitten update

I am so happy that the Mummy cat came over to me this afternoon and let me pat her, rubbed up against my hand and purred. No hissing this time.

I can't wait to see what personalities the kittens have. That will make naming them easier. But I don't think we'll be able to keep all 7 of them, so it is going to be hard to stop from becoming attached to them. Katie would have fun with 7 cats though! Imagine the litter trays needed!!!!

Anyway, some new photos now mummy cat is getting used to me.

Little Visitors in our backyard

We have had a pretty stray cat visiting our backyard quite a bit lately. I think we have one of the quietest backyards in our area - no dogs, cats. So it has hung around. Little did we know that it had a litter of kittens - six in fact. I discovered them the day before yesterday when I went out and sat on the edge of our sandpit and had a chat to the cat. I saw movement in the garden out of the corner of my eye, looked through the bushes and discovered the kittens.

They are about 10 days old we think. Mumma cat has kept them well hidden. We are feeding the cat now - and she was very hungry - and the kittens look well cared for so she is a good mumma. We want to help her keep healthy and keep the kittens healthy. We are going to get the stuff we need to worm them and anything else necessary to look after them.

There are two black kittens, one all black the other with white toes, and four tabby kittens, one with a white chest, one with a cream snout, the other two all tabby. I patted one of the kittens last night, and this morning, mumma cat was so pleased to see food that she let me pat her, then hissed at me, then rubbed against my hand and then hissed again.

I took a couple of photos this morning. Didn't want to disturb them too much, so not the best photos. Need to read up on my camera so that it isn't the leaves that I focus on but the cats! :) Point and click isn't good enough in a case like this.

Mumma cat beginning to feed a few of the kittens:

One of the black kittens exploring:

This is the best pic I got of two of the tabby kittens

They have a really dry nest in our garden. We had a storm last night and I spoke to a friend who knows a lot about cats and she said it was fine to leave them in their nest. We will try and befriend the mother and get them into shelter in a space under our house as soon as we can.

They are so cute!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Seamus - WIP#4

Whilst it felt like I did a lot of work on this tonight, the photo doesn't look much different from yesterday. However, I am much happier with the background.

Still working...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Seamus - WIP#3

I'm experimenting a little with the background, but will add more to it tomorrow night at class.

Seamus' eyes are better - not so bug-eyed but still need some adjustment (he's looking in the right direction now) - and his ears are still to be completed. But he is pretty close to finished now.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Castle Hill Show 2009

We visited the Castle Hill Show today to find out whether my entry 'Awaiting Instructions' (the Cattle Dog painting) had any success.

It won a Highly Commended and even better it sold. The Castle Hill Art Show only awards First place, Highly Commended x2 and Commended x2, so I did really well. The other Highly Commended went to Colina Grant who is a much more experienced pastel artist than I am, so I'm quite chuffed.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Seamus - WIP#2

With a week off for the local art show (classes are held in the rooms where the show is held), I'm back painting Seamus again.

I haven't done much work on the ears yet, and the eyes are still not quite right. Also need to do some more work on the background. Some more colour and some blending still to do.

I'm happy with the progress so far.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Results from Blacktown Show

Good news! I received a second place, Birds and Animals, for my painting Poddy Pot Pot at the Blacktown Show. I also received a Very Highly Commended for Catching the Morning Light in the Still Life section at the show.

So on to next weekend and the Castle Hill Show...

Friday, March 06, 2009

Paintings in Local Art Shows

Over the next couple of weeks I am entering some of my paintings into 2 local art shows.

"Poddy Pot Pot", "Catching the Morning Light" and "Persian Eyes" are going in the Blacktown Show (13 - 15 March) and "Awaiting Instructions" is going into the Castle Hill Show (20-22 March).

Next year my goal is to enter a few more shows (possibly Hawkesbury and the Royal Easter Show) and complete more paintings. This year I've had a few paintings that I wasn't happy with so have put them aside. I'll revisit and complete them, or erase them this year.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Seamus - WIP#1

This is a painting I am doing for a friend (my first commission). The dog is Seamus and he is a Jack Russell cross.

This is the first draft, so much work still to go. Excuse the 'Clockwork Orange' eye - this is the only problem with posting the work as you go: you see it warts and all as I work along.

This is on Art Spectrum Colourfix (I think the colour is called Aust Grey) using Rembrandt soft pastels.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Persian Cat Painting - Completed

I think I have finished this now. Will sit with it a few days and make sure I am happy with it.

Now I have to decide what I'm going to do next...