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08-01-2007, 01:37 AM
Hi Everyone and welcome to the August Challenge.

We talked about cats and music so they will be our focus for the month.

You can do them together in your art or seperate.

“To understand,” said Raphael, “is to equal.”

So thinking of music, think of your emotions.

Do you think of dancing, love songs, your family or something else?

Or when you listen to music do you hear nothing but music?

What do cats and music have in common?

Cat's the Musical


Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
T. S. Eliot
London: Faber, 1939 (1962)



Here's our kitty to all do together if you want.


I've not got a lot to offer so far, so I am asking for everyone's help
to add to this month. Let's have a good time and learn something with
our challenges.

Good luck and happy August! :wave: Nickle

08-01-2007, 12:47 PM
This will be fun. I like the kitty with it's ears back and " ready to bat" look......

I bet there is alot of interesting stuff with a music theme - good opportunity to look around.....

08-01-2007, 01:28 PM
Hi .. I was here checking out all of the July posts.. and now I am going to do the August post of the cat.. I hope that someone will find some great music ones.. I will looks later also... This is an interesting thread... thanks for the thought that you put into the themes.. Margot

08-02-2007, 12:39 PM
Hi Azulparsnip!

Hi Queenmargot, welcome, hope everything is ok for you & yours in
Minnesota. What a terrible disaster yesterday.

My thoughts & prayers go to
all the people in Minnesota & those impacted by this disaster.


08-02-2007, 03:16 PM
Thanks very much, Nickel -- we are about 150 milies north of Mpls/stpaul.. But we have been over that bridge many times and I have a son down there and other relatives.. It is such a disaster.. Every one in our family is safe.. but it is amazing that only betwween 20-30 probably died.. It could have been so many more.. Thank you very much for the prayers for the people and families.. they do help... Margot

08-02-2007, 06:11 PM
:cat: nickel...what a fab kitty...i will probably do a pencil of him...and find a muscial instrument to do also...thank you for another great start for august...!!!!!!~~~~margot...glad your joining us this month...~~~~ tyree :cat:

08-02-2007, 10:32 PM
Thank you Tyree.. I have been lurking for awhile and now I am ready to jump in.. hopefully I can work on this in pencil.. It is a really sweet kitty.. Margot

08-04-2007, 11:08 AM
I hope to join in this one- making an early start. Its certainly a good combination to think about for the month: cats and music. I think of love songs when I think of music, and I love cats. I just bought a book called 'Impressionist cats & dogs'- work by Renoir, Manet, etc. Renoir seems to have included cats a lot. Would you like me to scan in some illustrations from the book?

Are impressionist artists considered 'classical' by now? Anyway, they do paint representationally.

Maybe I'll do a search for imagery (paintings).

Mony G
08-06-2007, 12:28 PM
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. -- Albert Schweitzer

Thanks for using my hint for this month , Nickel ! :thumbsup:

Better think up something for the challenge !


Please visit my little Art Diary :

08-06-2007, 09:36 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Aug-2007/65063-mini_cat_in_window.jpg this is my newest kitkat pic ...its atc size 2.5" x 3.5"...mech pencil .05 in my sketchbook...hes a xpost from the miniature challenge...hes listening to music:eek: :wink2: :p ...some Little Feat...tyree :wave:

08-06-2007, 10:01 PM
Susan, Cute kittie!!!!!!!!!!!!
What kind of music is your kittie listening to?

:D Nickel

08-07-2007, 02:30 AM
Tyree I like your kitty - it is trying very hard to place the tune :lol:

Here is Leonardo da Vinci - Study of Cat Movements and Positions
The Royal Library, Windsor Castle. I have been meaning to copy some of his stuff and here is the perfect oportunity, however I also am going to try my hand at the "batting" cat :cat:

08-08-2007, 04:18 PM
Here is a cat study by Thomas Gainsborough about 1770.

And for a bit of cat art here is an interesting link


Also check out the gallery


Finally some cat laughs


Hope you enjoy it


08-08-2007, 07:12 PM
Anghwar, thanks :D all these kitty studies are great! :thumbsup:

Now who do I like better:confused: Gainsborough or da Vinci :lol:

After supper I'll have to check out the jokes.........I love jokes. :)

Ok now I did the our example for the month.........:rolleyes:
I think I am going to do it again, if you notice the whiskers, it's a French cat. :evil: plus used a 12 brush :rolleyes: I do have smaller brushes, and I
didn't like the titanium white, can you tell? Not one of my better days yesterday.


08-08-2007, 09:49 PM
:cat: nickel..meooooow....hes fabulous..love the colour in the eyes and incoporated thru the painting...french whiskers:p :lol: ......mony....took time to look at your art diary...how very creative.....tyree:wave:

08-09-2007, 12:03 AM

I kinda like the French look :D he looks ever so dapper. I am just waiting for him to blow a plume of smoke :lol: I think he is a sofisticat, I love it!


08-09-2007, 12:31 PM
I need to brush up on my French............lol......

Thanks for the encouraging comments...........that titanium white
was really crap. I was trying to use it up, that will teach me..........
I should just paint a outdoor flower pot with it.

08-09-2007, 12:32 PM
Anghwar, I enjoyed those links......I never knew cats could paint.
I didn't know about painting cats either!...........what a world! :D

08-09-2007, 04:31 PM

I am so glad you liked the links, isnt the internet a wonderful world. I must be honest and say that I didn't know they could piant either, I found this totally by coincidence a few days ago.


Mony G
08-09-2007, 04:43 PM
:cat: nickel..meooooow....hes fabulous..love the colour in the eyes and incoporated thru the painting...french whiskers:p :lol: ......mony....took time to look at your art diary...how very creative.....tyree:wave:

Thank you for looking in my Art Diary and I'm so glad you like it !

Great cats , ladies ...and great links too!


08-10-2007, 03:17 AM
For some reason I grabbed a red piece of Fabriano ingres, do not ask me what kind of inspiration that is :lol:. What a horrible background to choose for such a delicate little kitty. I am posting it anyway even though it is never going to be finished (well maybe I will fix the nose). It was mainly done with charcoal colored pencil.
I have also started doing this in graphite pencil and perhaps that will be a much calmer experience.

I also have some kittys I did a few years ago.

Happy Painting

08-10-2007, 11:03 AM
Anghwar, their faces are beautiful and rock on with the red!
I say you must be vibrant in rl too lol! :thumbsup:

The three little kitties love the butterfly, you can see it
(their emotions) very well!

Here's a link about kitties & music.
I enjoyed my visit here
last night. This is so interesting, called,
Cats just want to have fun.

I agree about the web, but some places
on my :eek:
I click and back out :o

08-10-2007, 08:27 PM
:cat: :cat: :cat: :cat: anghwar...ooooh i love the kitty in red..beautiful eyes!!!! and the kittens with the butterfly is very sweet...great work!!!! tyree

08-11-2007, 02:55 PM
Nickel & Tyree

You are both so very kind. Thank you for your appreciation :heart: .

I think I figured out why I used red, it is obvious the reference kitty is ready to go to war and red is the colour of anger. Unfortunately I could not keep the anger to the page only, the more I worked the more agitated I became :evil: and the funstopped.

Nickel thank you for that link, spent a while checking all tidbits. Found more piano playing cats on my travels :D.

Happy Painting

08-12-2007, 01:37 AM
Hi everyone,

I love the theme of cats and music for this month :)

Here are some kitties: (two in OP, two in graphite)




Here's an instrument: (wc pencils)

And... for what do I feel when I hear music? I feel like dancing:



08-12-2007, 01:40 AM
Tyree - your kitty in post 10 looks like he's up to something...
Nickel - this is a great painting of the ref kitty! If I see a kitty with the ears back I slowly back away...
Anghwar - a dramatic background for your kitty. Sure she looks meek and mild but obviously inside she's a ferocious tiger


08-12-2007, 03:32 AM

Nice collection for a catterwaul. Wish I could do oilies, but I just make a mess.


Mony G
08-12-2007, 04:46 AM
Hi ladies ... I see that my idea was a good one :clap: ... and the challenge is already soaring !

I haven't got any recent cat work: I have painted and drawn cats for years and they are stilll recurrent in my work: I wanted to find something that could put the two things together!
Just for now I'd like to post in some old stuff of mine :
This was first attempt of painting a cat in oils ... it's a detail of my selfportrait I call "Ramonute" ... and this was my poor little Theo... "a cuddlesome Lap Victim"!


This is a recent painting of mine which the readers of my Art Diary know well! It is "My Little Jewel" and it is a portrait of my good old (19 years old !!) cat Birba by the kitchen window! It took part to a painting contest and was exibited there but I didn't win anything , of course !


a very old watercolour of mine ... a copy from the lovely book "Cats in the Sun" by Theresa Ann Ivory:
...and last but not the least , this is a drawing exercise I made last year inspired by the poster " La Tournče du Chat Noir" by Theophile Steinlen :


...this has something to do with both topics : it isn't exactly "Classical", though ! (2b graphite pencil on fabriano rough paper )

Have a good time creating and ... don't forget to take a look into my little Art Diary!


Mony G

08-12-2007, 02:01 PM
:cat: :cat: :cat:~~~ meoooow..ep...that is some wonderful wonderful pieces..favorite though is kitty in blue and kitty in pink:cat: :cat: :cat: ~~~mony...another grouping of some fabulous works...i especially love "birba" and the last one of the poster kitkat..love his eyes, pose, and sassy look...tyree:cat: :cat: :cat:

08-12-2007, 02:18 PM
Hi Mony

They are all so beautiful, I love the little lapcat full of expression and I recognized the art poster " La Tournče du Chat Noir" very nice depiction.


08-12-2007, 03:12 PM
Anghwar, Mony, and Tyree - thank you.
Tyree - the kitty in blue and kitty in pink are also my favourites :) Once in a while I can do a decent kitty... and then I backslide, lol
Mony - love the stylized kitty in " La Tournče du Chat Noir"

08-12-2007, 11:48 PM
Hi Everyone!

Anghwar, interesting about the colour red, war, anger, agitation.
It will be interesting to use red in regards to hot, love, sun, summer fun.
Key word here is fun.

Eyepaint how delightful for you to join us with all your kitties and dancing
and the instrument. You look to be having fun.
I like them all, I like the white kitty on pink with it's personality best.
The dancers are great!

Mony, the kitty you are holding, I love that little foot with the toes
spread apart. So kitty like! Birba I remember seeing on your blog.
I like the one on the chair.

I've been reading, not painting, it's way too hot. Another week of way too
hot! But I am going to try to do another kitty. Nickel

08-13-2007, 12:05 AM
Hi everyone. What a lot of work since I last checked in...and I haven't managed to think about a cat painting yet!!

Tyree:- I love your sketch of your black and white kitty. An inspiring pose. My sister had a little cat like this; but sadly gone to rest now. I should draw her cat for her....sometime.

Nickel:- A wonderful oil painting of the tabby. A super expression on its face!

Anghwar:- I love that charcoal pencil study. What a serious look on the cat's face! The 3 kittens are adorable!

Eyepaint:- lovely cats, I like the expressiveness in your approach. The dancers are so lively! Silhouettes are so attractive.

Mony, your cats are lovely! I always admire Birba at the window when I visit your blog. The French cat is terrific.

Obviously an inspiring topic this month!! I will check out the links mentioned previously maybe that will kick-start my kitty-cat painting!!

08-13-2007, 12:33 AM
Hi June, I've been surfing too, and this link, lol,
cracked me up and I'll just say it's Mony's fault
I was surfing..............lol, this should get anyone
in the mood. http://jinglecats.com/

08-13-2007, 01:28 AM

Thank you so much, I will take Nickel's advice and next when I feel OH SO passionate :cat: :heart::music: :heart: :cat: I will tackle him again and finish it.

Nickel thank you for that link, too funny my head is spinning :lol: must be because I sat too close to the mionitor.:cat:

Happy Painting

08-13-2007, 09:23 AM
:wave: I thought I'd better do something. So here is a sketch in oils from a photo I took of my sister's cat, Smokey (RIP). She loved to look at herself in this mirror on the workbench in the kitchen. She would sit for hours looking at herself.

This is 8 by 12 ins, on painting paper, using alkyds. Its really a WIP, and I will add more to it sometime this week, hopefully. I can give it to my sister later.:cat:

Mony G
08-13-2007, 12:32 PM
Hi everybody ! Thank you for the appreciation ... I hope this idea of mine of "Cats and Music" won't give you a headche !
I like June's cat portrait very much , and I'd love to see it posted in finished , after the reflection had been completed !
Do you like painting with alkyds? I find them sort of "stiff" I only have Winsor and Newton's Zinc White but I hardly ever use it ! A painting class pal suggested me to buy it ... but I don't actually use it as I usually use normal
Titanium White for mixing ...
I've got two other older cat works to post in ... this is getting like a sort of "cat gallery" I think I'd better start working on my actual cats & Music project!
This is a rather recent drawing of mine .. it was a portrait of Sophie (from Deviantart) holding a cat ... this is the cat detail (another graphite 2& 6b drawing on fabriano f4 rough paper ) :


and this one is an oil painting from last year : I find it sort of "Metaphisical"!
I took this one from a book of photographs called "Cats of the Mediterranean " by a photographer called Hans Silvester . It's on a 30x40 cms canvas ... one of my first ones , to tell you the truth!


These two also appear in my blog in the image gallery

Have a nice day ladies .. I like all of your cats very much ! and keep on working !



08-13-2007, 06:38 PM
:cat: :cat: junebug...gorgeous cat...his back is so well done..and looking in that mirror..great design...~~~mony...that cat looks like he could jump out of her arms into mine...wow and wow....so real...your next kitkat has a wonderful egyptian flair...!!!! tyree

08-13-2007, 08:36 PM
Hey Everybody,Hey Susan, Anghwar, maybe we should explore color next month :wave: I laughed myself silly on utube with those kitties last night and this morning.
Hi June, your fast, I love this kitty looking in the mirror! I know you must make your sister cry with these lovely paintings of her kitties. I really like this pose! Hi Mony, you are busy! You really did a wonderful cat with the graphite 2& 6b. I like the other cat on the steps too. The gradations in the steps are interesting. You asked about the alkyds, I have a titanium white I've used by M Graham. It's not so bad but I don't like the speed of drying. About zinc I have read that now that one should not use it. I will find the material to post for you to read. That said, most of the normal titanium white I've seen is blended with zinc to contract the chalk like appearance of titanium. Maybe the forumula will not include zinc in the future. I don't know. Even some of the flake white I have includes zinc. Maybe the answer will be not to use white. Or at least to use very little. That is not so hard if one paints in a very old master style of dark browns. I think there are some whites that are pure lead carbonate. So before I lead you or anyone off track, I'll find the information and post a link. I like walnut oil & whites, also poppy oil & whites.

here's the link about zinc http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=423344

08-13-2007, 10:35 PM
June I like the kitty.
Mony you studied the Barque right? it is so obvious you draw what you see, Sophie's little kitty is soooo very comfortable, very well done.

Here is the tiny mechanic :lol: .


08-13-2007, 10:41 PM
Anghwar.......the mechanic is toooooooooo funny! :D

08-14-2007, 03:48 AM
That cat mechanic is priceless!! BTW, I enjoyed the dancing cats and painting cats links.

Mony, I like the alkyds because the paint dries ovenight and I am impatient often to get started the next day on another coat of paint. But ..I only just started using them. They are useful to block in the design and then next day you are ready to paint over in traditional oils if you so wish. Better than an acrylic underpainting, for instance, because alkyds blend like trad oils.

And Mony I love your cat drawing..really beautiful and detailed. And your black cat on the steps is gorgeous too.

OK I am inspired to try and finish my sister's cat, looking in the mirror.. This challenge was great for getting me to start that one...I told her about it on the phone last night, and now she is expecting it!!

Maybe I will find time to fuse the cat and music themes before the end of Aug.

Have fun painting ALL!!.

08-14-2007, 09:10 PM
Here's my take on the kitty from the original post, approx. 10x10 in oil pastel. My animals always have a demonic stage when I draw/paint them.



08-15-2007, 05:07 PM
EP, I heard your kitty last night :D
I'd say it hears jazz. Hugs Nickel

08-15-2007, 05:36 PM
Hi Nickel,

If you heard my kitty last night that's because he was having an argument with this kitty, also a bit demonic. 10x10 in soft pastel


Both kitties look much better when the paper is on the floor and I view them at an angle, lol. Actually maybe they look like feline aliens :)


08-15-2007, 07:19 PM

Cool cat rocking and rolling, jazzy and disco, I think they could do all.:cat:

I have 2 funny stories, #1 I purchased a book online $1 thinking it is a take on painting cats, (I need all instruction I can get :confused:) the book arrived this morning and low and behold it is the PAINTED CATS:( :lol: which I am sure by now you are all aware of if you checked out the link earlier in this forum. Some of the photos in the book I saw at the link and there are a few new ones, I am glad to say the cats are dyed with vegetable dye and harmless to felines.

#2 One of the painted cats was painted with very big teeth (sort of skeleton look) his owner was fedup with the neighbors dog terrorizing it and wanted to give the cat some defense. True enough the neighbors dog ran to it's kennel and would not come out while the cat roamed on his property with that fiersome face :evil: . HOWEVER the neighbor got most upset when all the birds dissappeared and all she found were feathers everywhere and a telltale feather sticking out of death's(:cat: ) teeth.

I post the very first kitty in the book as THIS must be the reason for me having it to share on THIS forum THIS month.

I hope that Art fundamentals $3, ways of seeing $0.75, Everyones guide to sketching $0.97 and Animal Drawing and Painting $0.75 will prove to enhance my study in art :lol:. BTW all these books are from Half.com.

Happy Painting

08-16-2007, 07:08 PM
:eek: :eek: ep...those cat eyes are coolbeans..love em....~~~anghwar..that kitty mechanic is hilarious...!!!! tyree

08-17-2007, 12:17 PM
Meow sang the kitty while playing the piano!

08-17-2007, 07:53 PM
Hi everyone

Here is my kittieharp, I am afraid I have not picked up a paintbrush in 2 weeks. This was done with painter X, from a ref photo on WC (my apologies to the owner, I failed to take down the details) :o I built the Harp in between the cats hung some feathers and manipulated in Virtual Painter 5.

Hope you get a kick out of it. :lol:

Happy Painting

08-17-2007, 11:31 PM
I do like this kitta harp!
They have an Egyptian feel! Thumbs-up! :)

08-18-2007, 09:30 AM
Hi Anghwar, I do like the kitty harp. It looks great..it would make a lovely sculpture.:thumbsup:

Here's the final version of my sister's cat 'Smokey, looking in the mirror'. I enjoyed the process of attempting to mix neutrals...I am so used to the bright high intensity colours in my work. Perhaps it has a bit of a 'classical' feel because of the fairly neutral colour scheme.

I am going to visit her next month and so I'll give it to her then.:p

08-18-2007, 10:55 AM
Very pretty kitty June!
Meow! :) Love the highlights!

08-18-2007, 12:30 PM
Anghwar and Tyree - thanks

Anghwar - How does a person get such straight lines on a kitty? Was he wearning a sweater? Great kittieharp. I like the colours in the fur - like camouflage. How do you pronounce your screen name?

June - aww this kitty is so cute. Love the blue in the fur :)


08-18-2007, 02:44 PM

Thank you I agree with you on the Egyptian theme.


My husband said NO! when I said, "I wish to make a woodcarving of this" :lol:. He said NO MORE TOYS. :D
I absolutely adore your cat, the highlights are suberb. Not sure if I like the shadow but the kittie steals the show. Your sister will be so happy and so proud of you.

I'll show you my reference, this breed has a curly yet tight fur, I have come across one and the fur didn't seem as soft as most cats. Of course with manipulating in a computer program also smoothes the outline some. Thank you for the compliments, Hmmm the name - Angh as in young drop the Y and war as in far not as in Iraq war :lol: hope that helps oh shoot just call me Ang :lol: :D

Have a great weekend :heart:

08-18-2007, 08:07 PM
I just happen to be working on my first cat sketch. This is what I have so far.
I love cats (have 5 myself) and have really enjoyed all the pics I have seen so far.

PS Sorry that it is blurry, I cannot figure out how to focus my automatic camera.

08-18-2007, 10:12 PM

What a beautiful cat, I love the eyes. This is excellent.:cat:

Ok people have to stay with Anghwar as we HAVE an Ang :lol: .


08-19-2007, 11:35 AM
Ang good to see you here with your cat sketch!
Kepp us updated on your progress.

Good luck with the camera focus.
Here's a link to a thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=138344)in oil painting that may
help with the camera.

Some people use a scanner
and photo software.

Me, I post a lot of blurry pictures, sometime
I get a good one. :cat:

We do the best we can around here. :wave: Nickel

08-19-2007, 11:37 AM
Ok people have to stay with Anghwar as we HAVE an Ang :lol: .


lol, good we don't have "double mint twins"............:eek: :D :wave:
it's a small world :lol:

Mony G
08-21-2007, 09:25 AM
How original the "Kittieharp" is! Good, imaginative job ! This is my effort instead ... my interpretation of a photograph in a poster by Ron Kimball called Cat & Cello.

Mine is in 2 and 6 b graphite pencil on a 35x25cms sheet of Fabriano f4 rough paper ...hope you like it !



08-21-2007, 02:39 PM

Thank you so much. I love your cat, the fur seems so soft and love the shine on the cello. You are excellent with graphite.


08-27-2007, 08:39 AM
Where is everybody? :crying: :(

These kitties made my heart sing. Brought a lump to my throat. I am from there. Please don't disqualify them. :lol:

This painting is by Paul Bosman. I believe it is in pastel.


08-27-2007, 10:27 AM
hey anghwar! you haven't been abandoned
have been wanting to do something special for this challenge, and will yet!
(still have a week I think)
anyway wanted to send something, so here it is
this was done as a tribute to my 12 year old macy who is now buried under my walnut tree
she was a torty- polydactl (had 24 toes instead of 16)
she was my bottle fed baby when I rescued her
I lost her to cancer this summer
I still have her playmate Cleo, who has become the queen of all she surveys


08-27-2007, 03:28 PM
Hi Bonnie

Glad to see I am not the only one wandering the empty halls :lol: . I know everyone is summering away and enjoying good weather, just missed you all.:heart:

I love the tribute you gave your little kittie, I have heard about the six toed cats and how their descendants still live in Ernest Hemmingway house. I myself was born with 6 fingers on each hand and another family member had both six toes and six fingers, they removed them straight after birth but sometimes I wonder how much more I could have done with an extra set of fingers :lol: .

Will sit here and twiddle my imaginary fingers and wait for your project :lol: :cat: .


08-27-2007, 03:38 PM
and in the meantime: something to chew on

08-27-2007, 03:50 PM
Nice cat & music art here!
All make a wonderful statement about their
life and the person who created the art.

I am so very happy to see
the new additions to this months thread.

I've also enjoyed the stories.
Never heard of some of these things like six fingers or toes,
so it's interesting to learn about this topic.

Thanks for the link Bonnie.

08-27-2007, 04:45 PM
:cat: hi all...some kool kats this challenge...everyones done a super job...!! i dont think i will have the time to do a musical cat, but am trying to finish the cat ..nickel gave us to draw!!! tyree :wave:

08-27-2007, 05:15 PM

I knew you were all just hiding in the shadows :lol: . BTW I waded through more than 100 photos and found Crystal (Cryrolfe) whose photo I used for my kittyharp. She replied most graciously on the digital side.

Bonnie thanks for that link it is going to take a while to get through that site, some interesting stuff there.

Nickel we all know you had a great time, I could hear the swishing of your paintbrushes all the way over here.

Tyree I am with you, I still have to finish my red "passionate, loving" cat and now time is of the essence.

Glad to see all of you.


08-27-2007, 10:27 PM
I liked the story about stray cats from the link.

Hi Susan!

Maybe this is a good time to ask everyone,
what do we want to do next month?

Thinks about something and post some ideas please.

I have been thinking of working on still life and other small things
from life to do over the next few months.

Maybe an autumn landscape???

Of course it depends on which side of the Equator you reside.;)

Don't miss the lunar eclipse tonight


Mony G
08-28-2007, 07:14 AM
I'm sorry ... I had just written a message but it went POOF!:confused: :confused:

I'm glad to read from you ladies again ! ...and glad to see there is some good work from two new additions to this group: ANGHWAR and artastic : thank you for stopping in here !
I agree with Nickel about the autumn landscape: I am trying to focus on landscapes recently ... using some of the photos I have taken this summer ..it could be a good exercise for me who has a lot of projects but very little time !

I knew about a lady who has twelve toes , but she didn't have them removed , though .

I love the leopard kittie cats ! They would be great for a graphite drawing : think about shading all those spots!

Have a great time ladies !



08-28-2007, 09:34 AM
This morning I thought of leaves and acorns....

08-28-2007, 10:25 AM
hmmm yes autumn, have a bunch of photo refs for autumn leaves from my last trip to Ontario
love autumn leaves and acorns..........

Mony G
08-28-2007, 12:31 PM
Yes... why not ...? by the way .. I suppose I'm still in time to post in a "Music " entry ... after cats and cats and music ! It's the "Violin Player " I had started at my painting tutor's study in July!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2007/77963-d3bf.jpg


08-28-2007, 01:54 PM
Mony , that is wonderful!!

08-28-2007, 10:01 PM
:eek: :clap: :clap: mony...that is absolutely fabulous!!!! tyree

08-28-2007, 11:30 PM
Mony that is stunning!


08-29-2007, 02:14 AM
Anghwar - what a cool pose for that kitty (post 54). Was this in the ref library? I'd like to try it in a painting. Your cats in post 61 are prob'ly best viewed from behind a sturdy fence :)
Ang - your kitty isn't blurry - she's furry - she's a kitty!
Mony - lovely kittyharp - or is it a kittycello? Love that woman playing the violin - STUNNING! Does her bow get caught in her long hair? :)
Bonnie - I'm sure Macy is watching over you and the cat treats in the cupboard. She may have a thing or two to say to Cleo when she gets the chance :)

08-29-2007, 03:07 AM
Ep you will find that photo in the Library posted by Crystal her screen name is Cryrolfe.

I must stress post 61 is not a photo. It is the cover to a book Cats Of Africa containing paintings by Paul Bosman, originally from South Africa now living in Arizona.


08-29-2007, 11:44 AM
Anghwar - thanks :) I'll bet that book has lovely photographs :)

08-29-2007, 02:27 PM
Ep I bet you are right, I saw the book on ebay for $11 and missed the auction, not sure if I want to buy it new at $50.

I just love his technique and patience to produce such marvelous realism, especially the rocks. At the moment I have to concentrate on buying instructional books though, so the coffee table book will have to wait.


08-30-2007, 02:24 PM
august is at an end and I don't have my kittys painted!
if I can I will post by tomorrow, but in the meantime, in the spirit of kittys and music, I found this:


looking forward to the sept challenge (hope to have more time then!!)

08-30-2007, 02:49 PM

That is cute cute cute.:clap: :lol: .


08-30-2007, 08:12 PM
All I can say is this month has been fun & informative filled with wows & laughter, thank you everybody for making me part of your family.:clap:

Here are some more photos from webshots posted by sonjazz and michelebouchard.

Crossstich kitty.


And lastly a rose for all of you posted by nomie84100.


08-31-2007, 01:08 PM
Last Laugh nothing to do with cats or music, unless he was a CATburglar :lol: .

Directly from Paris

A thief in Paris planned to steal some paintings from the Louvre.

After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings and
made it safely to his van. However, he was captured only two blocks away when his
van ran out of gas.

When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an
obvious error, he replied,

"Monsieur, that is the reason I stole the paintings. I had no Monet to
buy Degas
to make the Van Gogh."

( And you thought I didn't have De Gaulle to send
This on to you.. I figure I had nothing Toulouse. ) ....


09-01-2007, 12:02 AM
If I get my kitties finished by tomorrow can I still post them?

09-01-2007, 12:54 AM
Anghwar, you are funny :)

Artastic you can post when you are finished, no problem ;)

I'll try and start the Sept. challenge tomorrow afternoon.

But still post when you are finished, don't rush.

Thanks for all the participation this month ladies. :thumbsup:

It's been fun. See you tomorrow. N

09-01-2007, 03:24 AM
Thank you so much for all the hard work Nickel, see you next month.

10-16-2007, 01:58 AM
I know I am a month and a half late, but life happens. I finally finished my cat drawing.


10-21-2007, 07:35 PM
Angie! Hey!
Pretty kitty! I like your darks and lights, and the eyes are beautiful!
I am glad you got to finish. It's a nice picture! Nickel