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Cats Painted In Watercolor Day 2 September 2016

While painting kittens I thought about how, by design, they have attributes that make them even more lovable than cats. I mean, at least 75% of kitten DNA consists of love potion 99.  They have fluffy fur, big eyes, and sweet facial expressions. They instinctively know how to win over hearts and influence people.

Kittens have these qualities to trick you. After running amuck, as mischievous little devils do, they will then look up at you with adoring eyes, melt your heart, and make you forget that they just shredded your favorite curtains from top to bottom. Unrolled toilet paper may cover your bathroom. Your head may be attacked in the middle of the night along with your toes. You may even find that some of your jewelry has gone missing. As you likely already know, kittens have a streak of naughty, but we love them anyway. How could we resist the cutest baby animals known to man?

You don’t think kittens hold the title of cutest baby animals known to man? Well, let me present to you: Exhibit A.

Cats Painted In Watercolor Day 2 Spetember 2016
Proof that kittens hold the record for cutest baby animals known to man.

Have you ever laid your eyes on anything cuter than these two fur babies? If you say yes I won’t believe you. The word adorable does not do these kittens justice. This level of adorableness belongs in another universe. This kind of adorable is so powerful it probably breaks the space-time continuum. OK, so I have no idea what I am talking about here, but let’s all agree that these kittens explode the word adorable. Science doesn’t have any way to explain this level of adorable. It breaks down barriers. It burns thesauruses. It meows to the 10nth degree of something.

In addition to cuteness, kittens possess some other remarkable traits as well. Kittens sleep about 18 hours per day. As a mom with a 7 month old baby, who can’t even sleep through the night, I’m a bit envious of the sleeping abilities of kittens. As a kitten, my cat would sleep most of those 18 hours during the day so she could stay up all night playing. These sleep patterns resembled those of a newborn baby! I don’t miss being stalked or having my hair attacked while I sat on the couch watching TV, that’s for sure, but I do miss all of the cuddly kitten purring that used to go on. Purring kittens can make even the staunchest dog lover join team cat. That is the super power of kittens.

In conclusion, I should probably stop now before I find myself at the local humane society adopting all of the kittens I can get my hands on. The last time I painted dogs I came home with a Chihuahua. My husband will ban me from painting baby animals for life if I keep bringing home strays.

Anyway, I only have 6 days left to fill so if you want me to paint your cat let me know soon before all of the spaces are filled!

 

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Cats Painted In Watercolor Day 1 September 2016

September is cat month! I will paint cats daily.  The word “meowtastic” probably describes September most accurately. Or perhaps “furrmazing” if you like inventing new words.  Anyway, I hope to hear some purring while I paint. Let’s get this party started!

Cats in Watercolor Day 1 September 2016
Cleo: The cat who refuses to take no for an answer.

First of all, let’s talk about cats who stare. I mean stare directly into your soul and communicate through telepathy. All cat lovers know at least one of these seemingly terrestrial beings. These cats have an intense nature. If reincarnation does exist, cats may be the beasts who invented it. They certainly exercise some very human-like traits. They give you disapproving looks and complain, with their eyes, when they want to tame you into cooperating with them. According to Egyptian mythology the goddess Bastet has the ability to transform into a cat. Most cats I know definitely expect to be treated like a goddess so this make perfect sense to me. Especially the cats who stare!

For example, Cleo has all of the characteristics of a goddess trapped in a cat’s body. She likely has a Ph. D.  in hypnotism too. When I look at a picture of her I can’t help but stare into her eyes. I’m positive she always gets exactly what she wants. Who could say no to that intense stare? She’s got us all wrapped around her little dew claw. She means business too. You better not misbehave!

So, tell me, does your cat get you to do her (or his) bidding by staring? Tell me a story about your cat in the comments. We should make this cat month as entertaining as possible! I’d appreciate some funny cat stories.

 

I still have a few days open if you want me to paint your cat this month. Space is limited so please contact me on Facebook or email me (itsadomelife@gmail.com) and I’ll give you the details. You can purchase your cat’s 5×7 portrait for $12 (including shipping).

 

 

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Kitten In Alcohol Ink Day 28 of 30 Paintings In 30 Days

Kitten Day 28 of 30 Paintings In 30 Days
Kitten 9×12 alcohol ink on Yupo paper.

I’ve painted this kitten before in watercolor. I wanted to try painting it in alcohol inks. My mom had this kitty years ago. On day, when this kitten was older,  she snuck out of the house and was eaten by a coyote in the back yard. My mom was heart-broken. She loved this cat. It was awful to find her half eaten in the yard. I felt so bad for my mom. That’s why I like to paint her picture once in a while.

I was surprised she was killed because she was a really fierce cat. Her name was Bebé which was way too sweet a name for this ferocious beast. As a kitten she would attack me constantly. She’d pounce on me from all directions, bite my fingers, and do that crazy thing cats do where they roll on their back and bite and scratch you like they have been possessed by the devil. She was cute, but after a while I didn’t want to sit on the couch when I visited my mom! Maybe she thought she was tougher than she really was. After all, I was easy prey.

It can be a real challenge to keep your pets safe in the Southwest. We have had encounters with rattle snakes. We’ve had coyotes lurking outside our fence and bear poop has been spotted on the other side of our gate too. Not to mention the cactus, which can cause serious injury to cats and dogs if they aren’t aware of it. I’ve spent hours pulling needles out of my dogs face.

This place is not for the faint of heart. Even your pets have to be tough guys and smart to make it. We have a cat that adopted us when we moved in. He’s an outside cat. He knows every place in the yard where he can hide from a predator or climb to safety. Our other cat, that came with me from Connecticut, I would never let outside. She’d probably be eaten by something in the first 24 hours. She might be street savvy, but she is not desert savvy! I hope she never sneaks out like Bebé.