I worked today on some British Shorthair cats. I picked this breed because I enjoy British comedy. Silly reason I know. Anyway drawing this breed of cat was a challenge. When is a British Shorthair not a Tabby? The shape of the head, ears…. so many nuances are different. I had to pay close attention to fine details of the breed – I did research – so I kept my overall-artwork composition similar and simple. I used Sumi Ink to do this practice with. Not sure I’ve ‘got it’ yet on drawing British Shorthairs so I’ll try again another day. Still as far as general-cat-art goes I’m pleased with my work. Now I’ll go make some dinner and see if I can talk my Sweetie into watching another British comedy with me.
During the evening of Oct 5 at Caplan Art Designs my exhibit titled “The Fur Suit Of Happiness” opens. There are some cats in this one. Lots of dogs too… but I’m working towards a new book of cat-art….and I’ll resume that work after this exhibit opening.
Anyway, here are a few of the new cats that are framed and displayed in the exhibit:
“Hobo” by Clancy (ink on handmade paper)
“Harold” by Sue Clancy (ink on handmade paper)
“Pete” by Clancy (ink on handmade paper)
“Siam” by Clancy (ink on handmade paper)
Today, after delivering one piece of artwork (see the last post here), I’m packing up 24 of my art pieces to be delivered to Caplan Art Designs www.caplanartdesigns.com . Oct 5th, First Thursday, during the evening is the opening of my new exhibit The Fur Suit Of Happiness.
Here’s a picture of some of the artworks ready to be loaded into the car. Yes, there are both dogs and cats in this exhibit!
Here’s the exhibit statement:
The Fur Suit Of Happiness by Clancy
What if being happy isn’t a fleeting feeling to pursue. What if happiness is something to accept? I’ve been watching dogs and cats. They seem to specialize in enjoying a patch of sunlight, a walk in the rain, a warm comfortable lap and a good dinner. They seem to accept and be happy with very small things. I can learn something from this. This exhibit is me taking notes.
I love fall and winter. I love sweaters, lap blankets and hot drinks. My favorite food to cook and eat is soup. So when I created this portrait of a Persian cat I imagined him with a bowl of warm soup…
This is Pete. Who likes good things to eat.
And when Pete has finished drying (his whiskers) I’ll start getting all of my recent cat art pieces framed for an upcoming art exhibit at Caplan Art Designs. www.caplanartdesigns.com
Today the Pacific Northwest sun has been dancing in and out around the clouds like a dancer at a folk music festival. Or like a cat singing for supper.
A Siamese cat and a black & white alley cat are on my work table…
It’s finally begun raining regularly here in the Pacific Northwest and I love it. Today the rainy cool air made me think of contentment and fur.
Here’s artwork of Persian cat that is drying on my worktable. The cat’s name is “Harold”.
Around the edges of writing a speech and getting ready for several major art-events I’ve begun to do some cat artworks. I’ll still be doing my dog art – don’t worry – I’m just adding cats to the mix. In 2018 I’m hoping to do a book of cats – much like my currently available book “Dogs by Sue Clancy”. https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Dogs-By-Sue-Clancy
Here’s a couple of cat art pieces currently drying on my work table.
I got some new-to-me kinds of watercolors. Chinese watercolors to go along with my Sumi ink. So I had to play with them. Here’s my test case below.
Feels good to just play around with my art supplies – kind of like eating mac-n-cheese right out of the pan while wearing pajamas and watching a movie.
After I was finished it turns out that I like the yellow spoon drawing best because after attempting the green and the blue spoon drawings I learned that applying the sumi ink last makes for the boldest lines.
Yep. I highly recommend playing around with ones art supplies as a way to refresh and sustain creativity. I’ve not seen this important sustainable creativity business method discussed much in the business-of-art books. It oughta be…
My business-of-art model goes like this:
- Play around with my materials often. Both new materials and old ones. Experiment. Make a mess.
- Focus on what I’m doing instead of how well I’m doing it. Focus on the fun.
Another way of describing my business-of-art model goes like this:
Like happiness good artwork often happens while we’re doing something else.
My book “Dogs by Sue Clancy” has now been available since Feb 17 2017 – and I’ve been getting a lot of very nice feedback! Including people asking me to do a portrait of their special dog! What fun! You can get info about my book “Dogs by Sue Clancy” on Amazon or via this link: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Dogs-By-Sue-Clancy
In addition to questions about dogs I’ve been asked is “Are you going to do a book of cats?” The short answer is yes! It may be a year or more before I actually get it done because I’m very busy right now working on a number of dog portrait commissions and upcoming art exhibits that are already scheduled through 2018 – but I’m working towards a series of cat portraits already. Here are a couple of recent ones:
I love books about art including books about individual artists. But I wonder why they’re often the size of a coffee table and weigh as much as a Rottweiler. Why such dense prose in tiny fonts? So when making my own art books I go for a light-weight book design and few words.
Take my recent book “Dogs by Sue Clancy” for example. It’s 8.5 x 11 inches when closed. And it weighs about 5 ounces. There are 245 words total. And that includes the ISBN info.
You can read my book while holding it in the air above the dog (or cat) currently sleeping on your lap.
Here’s a link with more info about the book: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Dogs-By-Sue-Clancy
Here are some pictures of “Dogs by Sue Clancy”.
And I’m sure my long time fans will also recognize that in my art book titled “Coffee Table Book” that I played with my whole heavy-coffee-table-size book peeve by deliberately making an art book for smart-phones. More about that here: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/coffee-table-book
Yours in being able to read a book about art without needing a hoist or crane.