Furry Friends

Bear web

Bearsie 8×8 inches oil on linen on board

I have been really inspired these last couple of weeks by an artist called Jennifer Gennari from New York.  She is an amazing painter and I particularly like the paintings she has done of animals.  She paints cats, dogs, chickens beautifully and so these last couple of weeks I’ve tried to have a go myself.  I really love the way she is so careful of brushstrokes which really add to the smoothness and texture of the different animals.  She does have one advantage though as she paints from some extremely good, well taken photos which makes a difference.

Here is my first attempt at painting my cat Bearsie.  I know it looks like he has a small nose but I promise that he does in real life – honest!  I was quite pleased with him I think!

Winston web

Winston 10xb inches – oil on canvas

A friend and neighbour has the most ridiculously characterful dog called Winston and so thought I would try and paint him too.  She had taken a rather fun silly photo of him.  I have a long way to go if I want to end up painting like Jennifer but its a start.

Commissions are welcome of any kind of pet – get in touch!

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Love is in the Air

Valentine's cats

My cats decided to send a quick message out to all of you this week.  Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone and thanks for all your support. We love you guys.

Breakfast Disaster

boiled egg blog

Boiled Egg and Soldiers – oil on canvas 25cm x 30cm available at alicesarthouse@etsy.com

Well this week I geared myself up to doing a 3 hour still life painting using my new set up in my new studio.  I was rather inspired by a still life that I did a few weeks ago of a raw egg on a plate so I decided to do a set up of something similar.  I took the challenge of painting an egg, butter and some toast.

As I started, life felt great.  The music was playing and the set up looked good.  Mr T was nestled sweetly on the bed.  It couldn’t have been better.  After half an hour or so I needed to get something from downstairs very quickly.

smashed egg blog

As I opened the drawer downstairs in the kitchen I heard the most almighty crash upstairs.  I ran upstairs to the studio to see what the matter was.  I found Mr T scarpering in a panic. It was quite obvious that he had attempted to steal the butter and in doing so pulled all the still life onto the floor!

Bad cat.

Mr T

Mr T

Mr T curled up and asleep in his favourite spot – oil on canvas

I thought it might be a good idea to introduce you to one of my cats this week.  Mr T is a big part of this family and hasn’t really been himself.  He went to get some teeth out not long after a nasty cut down his tongue.  Life feels good and normal when he is sitting on the sofa in his place, biting my bottom to wake me up in the morning, but this week he hasn’t been there which was worrying. After an operation earlier this week he has been very wobbly and has been hallucinating.  Goodness knows what he has been seeing but there have definitely been times when I thought he was laughing his head off!

I’m pleased to say though that things are now back to normal and he is now back again sitting in his favourite spot and he bit my bottom to get me up this morning. Phew!

Superstition

Its been half term this week so sadly I haven’t had a chance to do much artwork.  Instead we went exploring around the part of the UK I was brought up in.  Some of the houses around the area are very old.  They were beautiful and fascinating, but the superstitions they had while building them were very cruel. Strange.

cat skeleton info

The picture below is not for the faint hearted……

cat skeleton

Poor cat.  It looks so scared.

Welcome

Hello and welcome.  I am going to try and add two different paintings or images a week.  My aim is to try and paint every day and show the progress of my work.  All the paintings on this blog are for sale.  Please click on the title or image below to get directed to my shop.

2 -Flowers with Jug webSpring Flowers in cream jug – oil on canvas board 11″x14″

The weather has changed recently and I’m feeling all summery and spring like.  The flowers caught my eye as they were very beautifully pale simple colours that were soft and elegantly placed in this rather lovely old kitsch cream jug. I loved the dramatic feel against this dark grey background.  It’s time to get flowers in the house!