The Pumpkin Cat

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The Pumpkin Cat

Today is a big day.  We pre-adopted a cat.  Kitty actually.  It’s a he, only two months old, and not ready to leave the adoption center because of a cold.  So we put him on lay-away, as it were, and will wait until next Wednesday for the center to check us out and treat his cold.  All adoptions are contingent, and the final papers won’t be given to us until we complete the shots and have him neutered.

This kitten is one large ball of orange with eyes.  His picture doesn’t do justice to all that hair, though his sister’s pic below is a better depiction.  They are supposed to be medium hair cats, but I don’t think so.  There’s too much fluff to them.  He’s a clinger which surprised us since he was in with his mom.   He’s also about a half-pound heavier than the female.  We thought about taking both since I’m aware of the advantages (and disadvantages) of having two cats.  But in the end we decided on just the boy when we saw them out of the cage and the wildness was almost too much.  They were like The Flying Wallendas and hard to catch.

Yes, I know I will outlive The Pumpkin, but that’s just the nature of having pets.  Come to think of it, it is not written that I will outlive this little guy.  Anyone want to be his “Cat Parent?”  No ceremony involved.

Let the dreams begin.

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Pumpkin’s Sister

 

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Too Fast; Too Tired Watercolor

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I’ll try to redo after the holiday.  Patsye

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Tonight’s Final “Knitter” Watercolor

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So I can tell I’m getting tired, which is not surprising since this is the third one I’ve done this evening.  This beautiful woman’s eyes seem a bit crossed, and that’s my painting, not her anatomy.  There’s one more knitter to go, but I don’t have her photo yet.  I’ll slip her in next week.

What have I learned.

1.  Brown hair filled in looks like a football helmet on an avatar.

2.  No one over 50 likes their chin – except maybe this lady.  But then I’m not sure she’s over 50.

3.  The faster I paint, the better the stroke – not necessarily the most strategically placed, but definitely the smoother the actual paint on paper.

4.  Eyebrows are better larger than smaller.  Don’t know why.

5.  You can put just about any color on the face of an avatar, and it works.  Seriously.

Happy Thanksgiving.  My work here is done.

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Knitter Number Three Watercolor

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This knitter’s smile was impossible to capture – it was just too pretty.  She also has gorgeous teeth, something else I couldn’t begin to paint.  (Dear P:  If you don’t like this – I’ll try again.  P)

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Another Knitter Watercolor

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This is another knitting friend’s avatar, and I’m not quite sure she’ll like it.  Perhaps if she knows I’ve tried three times she won’t be so disappointed.

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Not a Knitter Watercolor

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When painting, I try more for value than color.  My palette is so limited, this doesn’t always pan out.  Many of the eyes I paint wind up looking like two burned holes in a blanket.  I guess you have to be a very good painter to really capture the beauty of a face. I’m seeking mere “similarity.”  I’m going to stick with these watercolors, avatars, and combinations thereof.  This way nobody gets their feelings hurt.  I hope.

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Avatars are easier than dogs.

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I’m going to be doing avatars for my knitting group.  They’ll know who they are.  This was 30 minutes, beginning to end.

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First Sketch of Possible Card

 

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Another old postcard.  I like the colors they used in these – or perhaps they’ve dulled over time.  I saw a lot of green in his beard, hair, and face.  OK, maybe not the teeth.  But when I first painted the teeth white, Santa looked a lot like Chucky.

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Patsye put the brush down.

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Besides the hair on her chin which is actually pulled up paper (not Arches) from too much erasing, and her crooked, way-too-dark doll’s eyes, I am posting this because if I don’t I won’t try this again, and I WANT to paint this girl because of those fabulous lips.  Lips are hard.  At least I think so.

This is from a 1907 postcard; clearly out of copyright and with no signature, but I thought so charming in a vintage sort of way I might try it.  I severely overworked it.  But stay tuned.  (I think we should share our mistakes, don’t you?)

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Watercolor of Woman

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