Thursday, July 12, 2012

Spirit Bears and Kitten Distractions ~ SOLD

Spirit Bear - 5.5 x 7.5" - Watercolor on Yupo paper, matted to 8 x 10" 

This week just evaporated into thin air! I didn't get a whole lot accomplished, but I was able to do some sketching everyday and finished this one Spirit Bear painting from last week's sketchingeveryday drawing.



Friend and fellow artist, Lee Gates, booked a private watercolor session which lasted most of the day on Tuesday. ( Surprise - more bears!) We were both pleased with her end result.


The itty-bitty kitties currently living in my studio have been such a wonderful and fun distraction! It's totally amazing I've gotten any work done at all. I'm finding I need to take kitty breaks every couple of hours just to play with them and laugh. (Their momma is still at large, BTW. We caught two raccoons and one groundhog last night.) 



Today I had a brilliant idea (if I must say so) and I set up a kitty corral in one of the corners of the room, using two 6 foot folding tables. I put the kitties in a small cage and opened it up inside the enclosure.



Bold little Betty Boop was the first one out.



Little brother, Opie quickly followed her lead.



Then he had second thoughts and returned to the safety of the cage
with his sisters, Pye Pye (left) and Pixie (right).



Before long, all four of them were going wild, running in and out and all around the little cage. I sat on the floor right in the middle. They leaped and ran over my legs as we played with their favorite toy, the feather on a string. After about an hour, I fed them and moved their beds into the corner by the cage. They are all totally zonked out as I type. I think this will be a great new temporary home and a way to socialize them, without them hardly even noticing.



Jerry had me take a few shots of our flowers in the back of our house this morning. He wanted to show the guy at the garden center where he bought them. We don't have any in the front. It's very plain. We want them where we can see and enjoy them.



I love this brass planter with lion's heads that Jerry picked up for me at the scrap yard. The plant he later purchased fit into it perfectly. I think it makes a bold statement at the studio entrance. I'm so lucky to have a hubby that's always so supportive and constantly lavishes me with gifts!

I'd love to hear your thoughts about my art, kittens and life in general! Hearing from you is always greatly appreciated. Really!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.
Wishing you joy and gratitude everyday, even for the little things in life!
Love and Hugs, 


"Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things."
~ Robert Brault


14 comments:

  1. The Spirit Bear painting is amazing. The other day i had to look up what Yupo paper was. Now I understand. The colors and movement in this paintiing are awesome. I love the dream catcher too. Your friend's bears are so beautiful. The kittens look like they are having a blast. What abrilliant idea indeed to push the tables together. Look at little Opie on top of the cage, that is hilarious, especially since he was so timid to come out of the cage. Love this glimpse into the secret lives of kittens, lol! Thanks for sharing. Hugs!!!

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    1. Your feedback and compliments are most appreciated, Robin. Thank you very much, my friend!

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  2. Great post, love the spirit bear, and you tell a great story accompanied with great pix.

    Lovely spot on the back of your place,

    xoxo

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Vicki! I spoke too soon. That's what I get for bragging! My brilliant idea was NOT so glorious after all. Pye Pye decided she was going to jump out come hell or high water this morning. She almost made it too! In no time at all, the others started trying after watching her! They are so smart. I moved her and all the siblings back to the big cage before I had kitten mayhem on my hands here and had to spend the rest of the day rounding them up. There must be hundreds of places to hide in my studio. . . I guess the corral will be for supervised playtime fun only.

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  3. I just Love your art and blog, so glad you are getting better...Kay

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    1. Thanks for letting me know you stopped by Kay!

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  4. Sandy, everything looks so beautiful and wonderful at "Sandarosa". Your garden is gorgeous - tell Jerry for me. The kitties look like a blast. And I must comment - there is a very beautiful horse painting behind Lee, as she is holding up her work. Is it yours? And how is the ankle coming along?

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    1. I will tell Jerry you like his work, Kathryn! Yes, the horse painting is one of mine, thank you very much, my left coast horse/artist buddy! I had PT yesterday and the therapist says the ankle is 80% there. Woo Hoo! I'll be riding again in the fall!

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  5. Wonderful spirit bear, I really like the loose colorful washes. And, quite the barrier you've got going for the kitties :)

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    1. I take that as quite the compliment, coming from you Mary. YOU are the queen of loose and colorful! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  6. Your 'spirit' paintings have such magic to them!!! I find them captivating!

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  7. The Spirit Bear painting truly looks magical. Its a spectacular work of art. And don't forget those little kittens they sure are adorable. Can I adopt one of them? :)

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  8. Thanks for your nice comments! Sorry, the kittens are already adopted!

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