Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Cats in the Belfrey

At this time of year we often see bats flying around outside the lounge window at twilight, the especially daring among them even sometimes have a quick peep in the window if we have it open. So far they have remained on the right side of the glass, but Roxie who is the only dog that appears to see them lives in hope.
Anyway last night there were several of them darting around and they obviously made a big impression, because when I went to bed I had a dream about little furry things flying about. However in my dream they looked suspiciously like cats with wings.

I'm not at all surprised as I seem to do nothing but think cats, and for a dog person that is highly traumatic, even more traumatic for my dogs.
Here is the latest partially completed cat, a Ragdoll this time, coloured pencil and acrylic on pastelbord.
I will mention the Museum of Wildlife Art tomorrow(ish) when I find my booklet from there.

However here are a few more photographs from my holiday, all the animals are wild, in their natural settings.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

12th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Feline Artists

The Society of Feline Artists annual London Exhibition takes place at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery on the 3rd September to the 22nd September.

There will be over 300 paintings on show which makes it the largest show of cat art in the UK. Work in oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels and etchings will all be available for purchase.

All the paintings have been selected by Jillian Llewellyn-Lloyd of the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery from work submitted by both Full and Associate members of the Society.
Both myself and fellow Fine Line artist Katherine Tyrell had all our submitted pieces accepted. You can read Katherine's excellent blog post to find out more.
The three pieces I had accepted are:-

Shades of Grey

Out of Sight

Cat Nap

You can view these and other images that will be included in the exhibition on the gallery's website here.
Back in April I submitted work to be considered for inclusion in the Brochure and Private View Invitation, and am delighted to be able to tell you that Shades of Grey was selected.

The official opening is on the 4th of September and David Grant the celebrity vet will be doing the honours.
If you are in the London area and like Feline Art I can highly recommend a visit to the gallery.

On a completely separate note, we visited the National Museum of Wildlife Art at Jackson Hole, Wyoming whilst on holiday, this will form my blog post for tomorrow.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

I'm Back, but Sleep Deprived

We had a fantastic holiday, Canada was stunning, Yellowstone and Mount Ranier wonderful and Hawaii fun.
One of the best bits was meeting a cyber friend and her dog, we had a lovely chat but didn't get to spend long enough together.

The journey home from Hawaii was trouble free, but long and boring, leaving me achieving very little today.
The house survived as did my eldest son although both looked a little rumpled round the edges. He got his A level results last week and will be going to University in Septemeber. My youngest son got his GCSE results today and I have to do a little parental bragging, he got 4 grade A's and 7 A*'s.

I took hundreds of photographs and although not lucky enough to see a wild bear, I did see many other species of wild animals including a wolf, coyote, grey fox, moose, elk, racoon, and several others. Most will feature in my future work.

I will leave you with a photograph of Mount Ranier until tomorrow when I will share my news about the Society of Feline Artists 12th Exhibition.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Missing a Little Longer

Sorry that I haven't been keeping my blog up to date, but I've been really busy.

I had my first stall at a cat show which went really well. I have now applied to exhibit at two more, one being the Supreme cat show at the NEC, so I need to concentrate on drawing as many different breeds as possible.
I have until November for the Supreme cat show but only September for the other one.
I'm now going on my holidays, my first visit to Canada and the USA so there will be no further updates until the 22/08.

I'll leave you with my latest update on Shred the Norwegian Forest Cat.