Pooches

There is no commission I like better than a good purr or pooch face. Here is my work from this past week. Thank you to the client and all who advertise my art – I appreciate you!

For other finished pet portraits and commissions visit my website.

dawgs

First Quilt… and its very adorable “tester”

I finished my first quilt yesterday night!

I took the free “Block of the Month” quilting class on Craftsy.com and loved it. The video-tutorial style class teaches you how to piece more than 12 different quilt blocks, how to do basic machine quilting techniques and how to finish your quilt. For free. wowza.

I decided after making 10 or 11 blocks that I should stop there and make a small quilt to start. As my first quilting project ever (not counting the tiny bit of hand-stitching I used to do with my mom back in the day) it was far less intimidating than a full-sized quilt.

The result is a colorful, kinda sloppy and kinda lovely lap quilt. Was it a success? The ultimate test was giving Dragon access to it…

Hm… then I suppose I just got side-tracked and obsessed with her cuteness because there are more pictures of the kitty than the quilt! oops.

Well, you’ll likely see more of this quilt pop up in future paintings, but I will also try to post a picture of the entire quilt in the near future.

Yup, she loves it. Check out my free-motion stipple stitch action in the border!
Yup, she loves it… 
Cuteness #2
… and I love her…
Check out my free-motion stipple stitch action in the border!
Check out my free-motion stipple stitch action in the border.
Quilts double as caves... in case you didn't know.
Quilts double as caves… in case you didn’t know.

 

Getting Crafty!

Today I got the Multicraftual Etsy shop back online after being on vacation. Most stitch-markers are only $5 and there are new summery wedge bags with floral or bike-themed prints:

Springtime in Paris project bag
Springtime in Paris project bag
Crafty project bag
Bike project bag with yarn
Bike project bag
Bike project bag

Dragon helped me with my crafting… until she got tired:

Sewing is exhausting!
Sewing is exhausting!

Cat in the Yard

I managed to finish this painting today and start work on a another piece in this series. You’ll see that one at a later date. For now, enjoy this kitty on the lawn/quilt painting, inspired by a photograph I took when I was 13.

Cat in Yard, oil/canvas, 16 x 20"
Cat in Yard, oil/canvas, 16 x 20″

Company in the Studio

I have wonderful company in my studio every day. Her name is Dragon and she can often be found looking like this… either on my drawing desk or, if I’m using it, on the sunny window ledge.

Sleepy Kitty
Sleepy Kitty

Here’s what I’m working on today:

Quilted Wall in progress #1
Quilted Wall in progress #1
Quilted Wall in progress #2
Quilted Wall in progress #2
Quilted Wall in progress #3
Quilted Wall in progress #3

A kitten in the sheets

Here are some progress pictures of a recent painting, Kitten in the Sheets!

It is usually my intention to take more “in progress” pictures while I paint but most of the time I’m drawn right into the act and when I look up it’s hours later and I’ve missed meals and phone calls and bathroom breaks!

the first sketch
the first sketch
painting in the kitten
painting in the kitten
adding in the sheets
adding in the sheets
Kitten in the Sheets, oil on cavnas, 16 x 20"
Kitten in the Sheets, oil on cavnas, 16 x 20″

The beginnings of a theme?

Here is another painting very recently finished in the studio. It features another cat portrait! I don’t know if that will become a theme yet. I’m more interested in the spaces and fabric patterns right now… it’s just that the cats want to be in the cozy spaces! What can you do?

Cat on the Rug
Cat on the Rug