Sleeping Kittens & Geraniums

Wow it certainly took me a while to figure out how to post to my blog today! All the options are missing, so I’ve come in via “settings” in a new tab. o.O See below-all my options are missing!
wordpressAnyway! On to Sleeping Cats & Geraniums!Manson_20160524_0002-1“Sleeping Kittens in the Flower Pots”

An original illustration and watercolor painting.

Aww these sweet little kittens found the purrfect spot for a cat nap!

Painted on Arches Watercolour, cold pressed, 300g/m2 140lb, 100% pure cotton, acid-free paper.

Size 9″ x 12″ – sprayed with a matte varnish.

Cats, Cacti, & Succulents

Is it Memorial Day weekend yet? I’ve been waiting to start planting, and here in NW PA we’ve been told for the past 6 (or is it 7?) years that we’ve lived here, “Don’t plant before Memorial Day!” Why? Because frost. No kidding, it snowed just a few days ago. Ridiculous.

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“The Potting Room”

An original illustration and watercolor painting.
It’s that time of year! Getting our seeds planted, with help from the cats of course. =P

Painted on Arches Watercolour, cold pressed, 300g/m2 140lb, 100% pure cotton, acid-free paper.Size 9″ x 12″ – sprayed with a matte varnish.

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Thankfully, these cats didn’t have to wait, their plants were already potted, or being potted! I was going to start planting in the ground yesterday, but it poured all day. I’m thinking this might have been a sign. “Remember…Memorial Day…”

Calico Cat on a Bicycle

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“The Turquoise Bicycle”

An original illustration and watercolor painting.
This pretty kitty happened upon a bicycle leaning against a wall. Its owner had packed baskets full of flowers for planting. Maybe they needed a kitty’s help?

Painted on Arches Watercolour, cold pressed, 300g/m2 140lb, 100% pure cotton, acid-free paper.

Size 9″ x 12″ – sprayed with a matte varnish.

The House Cat

I had forgotten that I wanted to paint a myriad of cats at “the house cat” until my Mom mentioned it recently. So like the original (seen at the top of my blog) here is another house cat, keeping an eye on his house!Manson_20160520_0001

“The House Cat 2″

An original illustration and watercolor painting.
This tuxedo cat left no questions as to which house was his!
Painted on Stratmore 400 series, cold pressed watercolor paper, 140lb. Acid free, heavy weight.

Size 9″ x 12” – sprayed with a matte varnish.! =)

Cat Pattern Madness

Last week I decided I wanted to make some patterns for my RedBubble shop items. Never having made patterns before, I wasn’t really sure how to start, so I just dove right in. I wrote down a bunch of ideas, my daughter did as well, and I just started painting. I think the hardest part is sorting the actual pattern in Photoshop, but with enough tries, it’s starting to feel easier. Below are all the patterns, and a sample, that I’ve made thus far. =)
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Coffee and Cats

My two favorite things! Although Chai tea is definitely sneaking in there, neck and neck with coffee. Shhh….don’t tell though. Maybe I should paint with tea next?  A tea cat…

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“Coffee Cat in Stripes”

An original illustration and coffee & watercolor painting.

What’s more apropos than a coffee cat painted in coffee? =D

Painted on Arches Watercolour, cold pressed, 300g/m2 140lb, 100% pure cotton, acid-free paper.

Size 9″ x 12″ – sprayed with a matte varnish.

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Last week, and spilling into the weekend… I was working on patterns. I always wanted to make some patterns, but was unsure how to go about it. So I just started drawing in my sketchbook and tried to figure it out. Ultimately, by the time I got to the last pattern, cats and coffee, I think I simplified and it figured it out. I am definitely going to have to pick up some items with these cats and coffee! Click the image, or here to see all the items available.

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Sleeping Ginger, Paper Cranes

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“The Paper Cranes”

-Painted with Golden acrylics.
-11″ x 14″ Studio wrapped canvas
-Topped with two coats of gloss varnish.
-Signed, titled, and dated on the back by me!

When cats dream, they dream of some exciting things! =)

Painting inspired by my portrait, “Sleeping Puddy, Paper Cranes.”

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Willow below,  showing me how cats really jump. =P

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