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Today’s watercolors

October 2, 2007

I had time to do a couple of watercolors today. First, a portrait of my cat, who has the silly name Mittens. He acts like a Mafia boss, and he has such a cutesy little name – of course when he was a kitten we didn’t know he’d grow up to be such a tough guy (my neighbor here in France swears he has a New Jersey accent)

We’re working on fur in Kate’s online watercolor class. I hated my first one, but this one is starting to look like him. I seem to need to do everything at least twice.

This is a tiny jpeg becaue the blog format distorts all of the larger ones – for a better look you can see it on my yahoo blog. 

and some pears done this afternoon during my weekly art day with Ronell.

I’m gradually moving away from my dependence on line – I want it to be a choice and not a necessity.

24 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2007 4:03 pm

    Those pears!!! Wonderful, wonderful, Ms Casey! I blogged about you yesterday a bit—can’t wait to figure out how to sandwich in a day in Amboise next month! Now off to see what Ronell’s up to!

  2. October 2, 2007 4:14 pm

    WOW!!! Love the little kitty, but those pears are amazing and delicious and full of watercolor goodness! Delightful!!

  3. Bill Sharp permalink
    October 2, 2007 6:13 pm

    Beautiful Casey. I love that red line behind the cat and there’s a lot of character in your rendering of Mittens.

    The pears are outstanding.

  4. October 2, 2007 10:46 pm

    I love both of these Casey! You seem to be really working on some interesting texture in the class.

  5. October 3, 2007 1:27 pm

    He does have a certain glint in his eye, doesn’t he! Love the rendering of the fur. And the pears are great too.

  6. October 3, 2007 2:25 pm

    I hope you mean dependence on line and not online! Oops I think that may be MY freudian slip. Anyway, the paintings are lovely, so full of life. I find watercolour such a challenge but I want to do more now you’ve inspired me.

  7. October 3, 2007 2:44 pm

    Beautiful work. I love them both. The cat is darling … and your pears look good enough to eat. Really these are very. You make it look so easy.

  8. October 3, 2007 3:13 pm

    I loved what you said about wanting to make line a choice and not a necessity. And you’ve certainly succeeded in that with those pears. They are just stunning.

  9. October 4, 2007 11:24 am

    I’m a big fan of pear paintings and yours is beautiful!

  10. October 4, 2007 1:53 pm

    Mittens looks very distinguished, as usual. and you peas are beautiful…I left so early and I’m glad you posted them so I can see them finished. It looks very nice without lin, you’ve done a great job here.

  11. October 4, 2007 3:05 pm

    Autre pinture magnific de les poires!! I loved Ronell’s and the wonderful hues she got by what looked like a very limited palette. This one is wonderful as well and I like your thought about how using line should be a choice….good choice here. The cast shadows with all their colors are done very nicely and my eye keeps moving all over! I’m a bit bothered by the leaning plate!! I want to ‘adjust’ it! LOL. Beutiful!
    I like le chat aussi! The angle of the red chair rail moves me from left to right with a good resting spot on the cat. I think he looks firece!!! But I have a phobia of cats so they all look scarry to me….

  12. October 4, 2007 4:19 pm

    Wow, both of these are so beautiful! The texture on Mitten’s fur and his expression are wonderful and the glow of those pears – that little touch of blue in the shadows so yummy!!

  13. October 4, 2007 10:18 pm

    Oh Casey, both of these are just wonderful!!!!!!!! I love them both.

  14. October 5, 2007 8:56 am

    That is one butch cat! What a lot of character you got into the face – and that is so difficult! Well done.

    I love the pears too – the colours are so wonderfully…. well…pear-like.

  15. October 5, 2007 12:28 pm

    I agree with Katherine, Casey – Mitten’s character is beautifully captured. He looks like he could score a role in a Marty Scorsese film. Great work on the fur, and I wouldn’t worry about having to do everything twice in order to get it. Getting it on the second attempt is pretty brilliant! Your pears are gorgeous too.

  16. October 5, 2007 5:22 pm

    I was sure I had commented on these Casey…anyway….your pears are beautiful, love that blue behind them.

  17. October 5, 2007 5:38 pm

    These are so beautiful. What fun it is to see what you and Ronell create…

    Really love it.

  18. October 6, 2007 6:11 pm

    both the pieces are outstanding. I saw them, nice and big on your yahoo blog but had to come here to leave a comment 😛 and i wish you the very best in your effort to reduce online time. it’s been a real struggle for me.

  19. October 7, 2007 12:24 pm

    Love those pears!

  20. October 8, 2007 11:48 pm

    what a wonderful kitty. I can only draw my cats when they’re sleeping, otherwise they get up and want to see what I’m doing.

  21. October 12, 2007 6:31 am

    Luscious, beautiful pears. Gorgeous kitten and I very much like the portrait of your husband.

  22. October 18, 2007 2:11 am

    I also picked up on your comment about making line work a choice rather than a necessity. I will have to keep coming back to see what you do with that. (Not a problem!)

  23. Azhar Latif permalink
    January 4, 2008 5:14 pm

    Excellent exectuions, I tried with Watercoloured pencils , mine only managed to live overnight , yes , I do look at my Sketch Book every morning.

    Regards ,


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