Category Archives: painting cats

Burning bright: tiger (Part 1)

As children we often heard our grandmother fret about a possible  ‘wolf at the door’. Because bears, moose, cougars and other assorted wildlife occasionally showed up on our farm, the idea of a real wolf threatening our livelihood was credible. … Continue reading

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My Great Green Paper Caper

A dedicated fabric and yarn stasher should never open a single drawer in the fancy paper section of an art store. But I did, and I couldn’t resist taking home a few samples. Just to see how they performed as … Continue reading

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White matters

Among Chinese brush painting enthusiasts there swirls a debate on the subject of white: do you use white paint OR do you work to leave white paper visible where you intend the ‘white’ to be?   Now this is no small … Continue reading

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The eyes have it…

Once I had been introduced to the Four Gentlemen—Bamboo, Plum Blossom, Chrysanthemum and Orchid—birds and animals were the next logical subjects.  I soon learned just how challenging simple lines, circles and other basic shapes can be to paint.  Then there … Continue reading

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