My kitty, Mr. Kitty Bleu, is the best studio buddy. He named himself just by being his mischievous self and dipping his white paws in the blue paint on my palette. Such a stinker! He’s learning how to be a good studio cat now though, and since the move he has LOVED the new studio; mostly because he loves looking out the many bright windows while I paint. He loves it so much, that when I shut him out of the studio for a moment today while I prepared a large canvas on the floor (because I didn’t want him to walk on wet paint–again! he was SO sad. Two little white paws came straight out from under the door accompanied by a big, sad, “meow.” Anyway, I love having him in my studio, as unhelpful as he is sometimes (he also ate a bit of my still life.. bleh!)
If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably seen peeks of this new painting, and I am so thrilled to finally be posting it today! This is one of those paintings that is in my head long before I get started on it. It’s always a treat when that happens. That’s not to say that it comes easily, because I definitely sketched it out, wiped it off, started over, at least three times. There’s a phrase I love to tell myself when I need to wipe something off, “I did it once, I can do it again.” If I see an error in my sketch, composition, and even final painting, it is HANDS DOWN always worth it to scrape it off, erase it, and start again. With this painting, however, I found that “final” sketch so beautiful with some under sketch showing through that I wanted to share that too. I don’t share my sketches often, but it’s been kind of a fun thing to do lately!
New paintings are coming to my online shop June 25th! Mark your calendars! I haven’t decided if I really can let this one go though because I have a great spot in my dining room for it, but it will most likely be in the shop. 😉