Category Archives: Medium

Commissioned Portrait: Scarlett and Melanie ~ The Creative Cat

This portrait was in my first group of commissioned portraits, way, way back at my beginnings in 1992. Scarlett and Melanie were young gray tabby sisters, the only two children of a young couple who adored them completely. I love the poses we chose, and I added a bit of color with colored pencil: the […]

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“Taking Flight”, a Special Sale

This finished, matted and framed painting is on sale for $125.00: $100.00 for the painting, $25.00 for the shipping. It’s one of my favorite paintings and from the moment I finished it I’ve always been very proud of it. But I’d like to help it find a new home more quickly, and here is why. […]

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Original Painting Sold: Summer Sunset, Robinson Run

I’m thrilled that this painting is now in a home that will love it as much as I do. This family had purchased another original as well as a couple of portraits from me—and adopted one of my rescued cats, so we have a friendship as well. We also share a love of trails and […]

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Daily Sketch Reprise: Colorful Kelly, 2012 ~ The Creative Cat

This sketch totally surprised me—I’d never done a thing like it before. Inspired by Kelly awaking from a nap on my desk I’d been about to try out these watercolor pencils while she was sleeping. I discovered that what I thought was black was navy blue and decided to go ahead. I’m so glad I […]

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Giuseppe Resting, Original Charcoal Sketch

Not all original works are big pastels. I have a number of smaller sketches in charcoal and pencil, and I often like to leave a bit of a sketch unfinished or rough just to contrast with the detailed areas. So Giuseppe rests all the time, why draw him now? Just because he looked so velvety […]

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Featured Artwork: Warm Winter Sun ~ The Creative Cat

Namir is in that blissful feline “don’t bother me while I’m in my sun puddle” state, which is exactly what I wanted to capture. This painting is in oil pastel, and painted in 2000, my first successful oil pastel painting. One thing that marks this painting as being a part of my personal portfolio is […]

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A Peaceful, Quiet Sunset Cruise

I took the reference photo for this in 2005. It waited 12 years to be painted. It was indeed a sunset cruise…down Chartiers Creek on a perfect July evening. Not only the delicate light on the nearly still water and the clear sky gradating up to deep blue, but the curve of the hills on […]

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February Featured Nature Artwork, Register for a Free Print

When a bunch of blue jays get together, you know it. This one particular section of the mulberry tree in my backyard is a favorite place for jam sessions. I saw this group in the bare branches, noising it out like a random atonal brass quintet, and went to get my pastels and paper to […]

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Cool Off in a Summer Sunset

Imagine a summer afternoon so hot you had to soak yourself in the shallow stream in the woods to cool down after your day on the trail, cool water flowing around you, holding your place in the current, and watching the sun drop toward the horizon through the trees. What a great way to spend […]

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The Magic of a “Snowy Morning” ~ The Creative Cat

Because we awoke to a good snow this morning… This sketch is from January 2015, inspired by Bella watching a snow flurry. Without someone to rescue her she’d be out there, she might be trying to feed herself and kittens like Mimi did, she might not even have survived, instead of sitting safe inside a […]

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