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Pippin the Perfect

Pippin

About a year and a half after the loss of our cat Sheba, we decided it might be time to start thinking about adding another cat to the family. That very same day, we found Pippin as a tiny, scared feral stray.¬†That’s the way it is with cats. I’ve never actually chosen a cat. They’ve always picked me.

Pip is wonderful. From his wild and timid beginnings, he’s blossomed into an outgoing and extremely handsome boy. And shiny. Very shiny. Plus, he helps me paint.

Thanks, Pip. I'll keep that in mind.

Thanks, Pip. I’ll keep that in mind.

Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas board, 11×14.

Pippin's reference photo.

Pippin’s reference photo.

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Boogie Boogs

BoogieIf I’d known she was going to be mine, I never would have nicknamed her Booger. But she had these two black dots, one over each nostril, and I really didn’t want any more cats. Really.

Boogie (which sounds better than Booger, or even Fritz’s name for her “Princess Booger Face”) was one of Miss Pretty’s feral kittens, and was about five months old when she was captured. She’s still skittish, but is an attention hog as long as I’m laying down in bed. If I’m standing, I’m terrifying, apparently.

I did a good job of capturing her “I don’t trust you” expression in her portait. Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas board, 11×14.

Boog's reference photo.

Boog’s reference photo.

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Shadow and Sparrows

Shadow and Sparrows

This was painted as a baby shower gift for my great-niece Maddie. Since it was for a baby’s nursery, it’s a little more cutesy and craft-art style than I usually paint. I knew her room was going to be in pinks and browns, so I made the birdhouse, sparrows, morning glories and butterfly fit her color scheme. Painted in 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 16×20.

My niece loved it!

My niece loved it!

And I’ve been told that Maddie now likes to wave at the kitty in the painting.

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Dotti Lounging with Pillows

Dotti

Dotti looked adorable in her reference photo, but the setting was… somewhat lacking. Adding a lush red blanket and fringed gold pillows made her look more regal. Painted in 2006. Oil on Canvas, 11×14.

Dotti's reference photo.

Dotti’s reference photo.

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Dotti Dotti Round Body

Dotti Dotti Round Body

Dotti, so named for the black spot in the middle of her nose, was my mom’s cat, and rather plump. Painted in 2005. Oil on canvas, 8×10.

Dotti's reference photo.

Dotti’s reference photo.

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