Miss Pretty is among the luckiest cats on the planet. I “knew” her as a neighborhood stray, thinking her feral, for over a year before I realized she was friendly. Then when I was all set to kidnap her and get her spayed, she wound up pregnant. Again. Then was suddenly skinny, so I knew she had her litter, I just didn’t know where. Two weeks later, she brought the litter of five to me, and the whole bunch ended up in quarantine in my bathroom, joined a few days later by Boogie, the only kitten from her previous litter I was able to catch.
Now, several years later, Miss Pretty is a happy, and spayed, housecat. She sleeps with me every night, and her last litter all have homes. Two of that litter, Trevor and River, and Boogie, stayed here.
Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas board, 11×14.
Miss Pretty’s reference photo.
I lost my girl Gracie at the end of June of this year, and I realized that I didn’t like any of the paintings I had of her. So it was time to do a new one. When I finished up her eyes, my own teared up. Gracie was gone, but she was staring right back at me. And that’s what renewed my love of painting. That snowballed into painting my other cats who hadn’t yet been immortalized, and revamping this site, which had gone stagnant the past few years.
So thank you, Baby Grace, for nine years of love and laughter, and reminding me that painting is something I should be doing.
Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 8×10.
Gracie’s reference photo, and the work in progress.
I love when I have a great photo to use as reference, and Sugar’s mom Lissa is a great photographer. This adorable Eskimo was a delight to paint. Painted in 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 11×14.
Sugar’s reference photo.