Cat Mojo

My painting class is not going as planned.  In my first five week session, I came home energized and excited, even if I didn’t like my paintings so much.

This session I have to keep reminding myself they are not all masterpieces.

Take my cat painting, or paintings to be more accurate. Done from a photo I took of one of the barn cats at Arrowhead Stables, I loved my sketch. 

Our first class was on putting a mat around your painting by blurring the corners with paint.  First try….muddy, too many colors, too much.  

Second try.  Too many hard edges.


When I came home from class, I tried to “fix” the first painting, only succeeding in making it worse.  Usually there is a freedom in tackling an unhappy painting.  You can try anything you want……not this time.  Think I can find a greeting card in the head on this second version of the first painting.


This week we worked on adding texture to a painting using different techniques.  I started with a Sandhill Crane that turned into a muddy mess.  Then I tackled the cat again. A bit better, but feeling my mojo is getting a bit distracted or diluted.   

What to do to get it back? Take a break, paint more, change up my palette?  Any suggestions?
“Did You Art Today?”

Double Dose of Paradise

Two more for our home.  These two will be framed and reside on either side of our bed, above the nightstand.  I found some really sweet bamboo look frames in the thrift store and will mat them in a tan mat to give the paintings a vintage feel.  But first I need a trip to Sarasota Art & Frame to pick up my framed acrylic Ibis painting and to find just the right color mat.

“Did You Art Today?”