The Vanity

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I have a thing for antique vanities. We used to have quite a few, but we downsized but selling/giving away truckloads of furniture to Fairly Honest Bill in Portland before we moved to PA. We kept a couple, but they’re living on the third floor. So the other day when I saw the neighbors on the corner having a yard sale, the first thing I saw was the antique vanity. It had a glorious large round mirror off to the side. “We don’t need it.” I said to my daughter who was in the car with me. We didn’t…not really.

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“Bedtime Rituals”

But I wanted it. I wanted it so much that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I drew out a quick sketch for my next painting, which just happened to have that vanity in it._MG_6816-4

So when my Mother went out to pick up lunch, and came back immediately to tell me about a piece of furniture we needed, I knew she was talking about that vanity. I said, “It’s the vanity, isn’t it?” She said, “IT’S ON THE CORNER, FOR FREE!” I jumped in the car and we drove up the hill to the corner and jumped out. They couldn’t sell it at the yard sale, so not wanting to bring it back into their house, they put it out for free! It’s beautiful. It’s not in perfect shape, the veneer has seen a much better day in some spots, but I honestly don’t care. The drawers are solid and the mirror is amazing. =)_MG_6803-3

A Girl and Her Ginger Cats

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“A Girl and Her Gingers”

She loved her ginger cats very much, and gave them special one-on-one time. Sometimes, Apple wanted more time, even if Rosie was already curled up on her lap. So Apple would sit to the side, and stare.

An original watercolor painting.

Painted on Stratmore 400 series, cold pressed watercolor paper. Acid free, heavy weight.

Painted area 7″ x 8″, paper size 8″ x 10″ – sprayed with a matte varnish.

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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