Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Not Much Painting, but a Fair Bit of Drawing ...

This is a still life we worked on in the drawing class last night. I was grocery shopping in the morning, and remembered to pick up our "models".

Yes ... I have a skull living in a wig box in the closet. She was my dad's - he was an ear-nose-throat specialist, and I suppose availed himself of the skull for anatomical study for surgery. Sounds reasonable??? Whatever ... Zelda, as I named her, was a most accommodating model.

Another student brought in this beautiful dark, glass vase. It looked even when I was working on it!!! 

Plans for a commission. I am just starting to give it some serious thought now.  It will be large and complicated, so I have been procrastinating. 

Yes, it involves cats - eight of them, as well as a cockatoo, a parrot, two doves, two dogs and a rabbit!!!

So I have been doing quick cat studies in different poses.

... and more cats ...

... and still more cats!

That's pretty much it from the Farm for now. Bruno still is off with a hurt tendon, and we are both going a bit squirrelly from lack of exercise. So ... back to the drawing board and MORE cats!!!

Thank you for dropping by!


  1. Uggghh ..still life work!! I know its good to do some every now and then but I struggle! You've done well, and Zelda looks as though she's enjoying her moment of fame. Good luck with that huge commission - I start to panic with a double/triple portrait so I don't envy your 15(?) animal one. I look forward to watching progress on that one.

  2. Hi Kathryn,
    I am really sorry to hear that Bruno has hurt his tendon. I hope he has a good recovery.
    Oh my, now that is an enormous commission... One animal is enough for me. I like your studies, you have done a great job.
    I love that you named the skull.. And Zelda, what a great name, and sketch!
    I am looking forward to seeing the progress on your commissioned piece.
    Have a great day

  3. Love the start to your still life, Kathryn! and Zelda is perfect for this month...nice work as you always do!

  4. Lots of sketching never hurts. It always hones your skills. I am told art schools always tell you to sketch more and more. Enjoy yourself.

  5. Kathryn- you,"r drawings are super friend. Have to say Zelda looks like the perfect model for Halloween. Wow sounds like this is going to be a huge project. I love cats so will be looking forward to seeing your progress. Hugs

  6. i know a lot of artists that would love a skull for drawing. I wish I had a few animal skulls but even reproductions are not cheap

  7. Love Zelda, and love the cats!!! What does 'squirrelly' mean..... ?

  8. Wow! The drawings are gorgeous. I am sure the commissioned painting will be awesome :) Hope Bruno recovers soon......