Tag Archives: pastel

A Great Rescue and a Commissioned Portrait: Bandit Stole His Daddy’s Heart ~ The Creative Cat

SOMETIMES WE DON’T realize until years later that a series of odd circumstances has an intention beyond our control; often this involves the entry of one of our most cherished animal companions into the sphere of our life, and our entry into theirs. Bandit was one of the rescued cats featured in Great Rescues Day […]

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Warm Spots on the Coldest Days, Winter Sunbath

I’d always wanted to paint this photo of my orange boy, Allegro. I took the photo in 1993 or 1994 and painted it in 2017, and it was on my mind all that time. I wanted not so much to paint a portrait of Allegro as I wanted to capture that moment that was so […]

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A Warm September Morning on Main Street

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, a little hazy from a morning mist, and though it was mid-September it was warm and humid. On the way to the grocery store that Sunday morning on my bike I was out early because the day would be hot, but at that time it was just sweet, […]

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Daily Sketch Reprise: Studio Morning Shift, 2017 ~ The Creative Cat

Mimi, Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine were totally enchanting getting organized in the best cuddle pile on my drafting table by the window and the light was wonderful. I kept visualizing the three black shapes and tried to ignore them and stop visualizing a sketch. Good luck with that. I told myself that if they lined […]

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Promises to Keep

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. Excerpt from Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” from The Poetry of Robert Frost, edited by Edward Connery Lathem. Copyright 1923, © 1969 by Henry […]

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Commissioned Feline Portrait: Minnie

Almost 20 years ago some little girls holding a basket of kittens knocked on the door. They said their father was going to drown the kittens so they wanted to find them all homes! The woman who answered the door decided she could adopt one and chose the little calico. She had considered another kitten, […]

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Don’t Miss the Show

The leaves are coloring more each day, it was frosty last night but today it’s sunny and will be a little warmer than the last few days. It’s the perfect time to hit the trail to slow down and see the show that nature produces each year, absolutely free. See that little patch of sun […]

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October Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: “Allegro Moderato”

Some paintings wait decades to be painted, and when they have their chance they press on until they are fully realized. This was one of those paintings, one that monopolized the last four days of my life. I am not complaining in the least. My orange boy Allegro came to me in 1986 and left […]

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October Nature Desktop Calendar: Deserted Cottages

I painted this 20 years ago, and still, each time I look at it, I see something new. And I can see the leaves flutter, watch the shadows trace over the cottages, hear the grass whisper in the breeze and the waves break on the beach. It’s on the short list of favorites of my […]

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A Summer Sunset, As We Move Into Autumn

I love tackling the complications of woodland and water. So much detail and color, yet I want to simplify, share what I feel instead of everything I see. And for one more week this original painting is eligible for a 25% discount. 25% discount on summer artwork originals Until the Autumnal Equinox you get 25% […]

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