Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Three Cats I Have--Dudes vs Gramps

Not all is perfect in wonderland. Last time I mentioned my newly adopted cats (Simba and Batman), I did mention that they were being persecuted into living in the basement by my elder cat (Riker). The two parties have been renamed: The Dudes, and Gramps, respectively.
I must admit, the whole on-going situation has been somewhat stessful for me (it doesn't take much). We currently have a great big lawnchair parked in our front hall to give the Dudes a not so secret tunnel access to our main floor. Riker mostly leaves them alone as long as they don't cross an invisible line to the rest of the house, meaning they can't, unless they are very sneaky, get into the bedroom, or the living room, or the upstairs bathroom, but they now can watch the birds, sit in a window, play on the staircase, sleep under the lawnchair in the hall, or sit on my studio chair. That's progress, but still no night visits on the bed. Hopefully Gramps will get less grumpy with time. I suspect the Dudes are far more okay with the situation than I am, as they are mostly happy barring the occassional hissy fit. They came from an apartment, so in regards to sheer square footage and vertical space, they've gained some turf in their lives. I still, however wait for the day that I can share a few cute "cats cuddling on the bed" pics.
So that's the update, and one reason I've gone a bit quiet on the blog. It doesn't take much to get me into a quiet mood but when I feel off-kilter I find it hard to respond to anything (that's an apology to bloggers I've ignore)

Simba the artist. My chair is his chair. He's starting to join me at my desk, and since Riker never did this, Riker's okay with it.

Tunnel Warfare, Batman and Simba invade the front hall. It's a tripping hazard, and major inconvenience but if it brings peace to the house I'll live with it. I await the day I can put this all away.

Some "Dudes" inspired sharpie art just keep things on topic. 
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Adventures in Acrylic Paint

Acrylic Paint on 9x12 paper. (click on pics to go to etsy to super macro close-ups)
I’ve given acrylics yet another try. This time, having FUN! Yes, FUN!  Last year, I was picking away with tiny brushes, trying to give my small format artworks the same level of detail and line as my coloured pencil work. Some of it worked, but it killed my desire.
This time, I just put my paper on my desk, paint on tray, and GO! FUN! Of course I got bogged down with my own insecurities which slowed things down, but in between those moments of hesitation, things where spontaneous and surprising. 
I now have a section on my Etsy store, for Abstract Paintings (title subject to change).
Acrylic Paint on 9x12 paper. (click on pics to go to etsy to super macro close-ups)
I have about 20 finished items, lots more to blog about (though I don’t promise to get around to it), but I thought I would at least start with the first two. All of them are abstract, really truly purely abstract. Not a deliberate decision, just what happened when I put brush to paint to paper.
My blogging has been slow of late but I’m pretty noisy on instagram with works in progress and cat pics, so you can join me there if you like: kaslkaos on instagram, and I’ve been plugging away at keeping my Etsy shop up to date.
If my mood keeps up, I’ll have more here soon. (and Michelle, yes, I have done the challenge, just need to blog it now)


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