Sascha Portrait in Oil Completed

Sascha 2 Finished Portrait3-31-2020 CKatt

Sascha Long Hair German Shepherd Portrait in Oil.

Sascha the Long Hair German Shepherd a portrait in oil paints had many different states of before its final completion. The background is still wet in some spots. It has to dry for a while and then I will varnish the surface.

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Sascha Long Hair German Shepherd Stage 1 © CKatt 3-2020

Sascha Portratit Stage 2 3-10-2020

Sascha Long Hair German Shepherd Stage 2 © CKatt 3-2020

The portrait of Sascha is 8″ x 10″ in size on cotton canvas with a gesso prepared surface.

The challenge was the small size. I prefer an 11″X 14″ size to work on whether paper or canvas.  The learning curve was enormous.  The dog’s snout was too short. IT was necessary to remove the area of paint and lengthen her nose.

Working from a photo is always open to interpretation. People may categorize this type of dog portrait as traditional or realistic.

In today’s  local market for dog portraits there is a trend towards caricatures, which are very popular and fun. These works are made with broad strokes and vivid colors. Charming work that appeals to pet owners.

My aim is to portray more than the subject. The atmosphere or context surrounding the portrait is important to the overall composition. It is demanding to include details such as are pictured here. It takes more time, but in the end I am more satisfied with the result.

Here are two samples of early portrait work. The young woman in this oil portrait is Rebecca Stock. The Borzoi or Russian Wolfhound is from a photo that I drew with colored pencil of him at a lure coursing event in wide open spaces of Minnesota.

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Pudelpointer Portrait Progress = Slow and Steady Pace – Yoga

The weather is improving. Sunny days are important. Natural light to work on drawing is a must.

Today, I managed morning yoga. We are under a “stay safe at home” order from Minnesota State Governor Tim Walz. I resolved on this first day of our stay-at-home order that yoga is a good way to feel better while staying inside. This is my exercise  commitment for the duration. It’s a way to “Keep calm and carry on.”

Squirrels 2015-CKatt 2020

Illustration Don’t Panic! ckatt 2020

Progress on the Pudelpointer, Sataya is slowly evolving. The weather is often overcast. Nevertheless I’m sharing the progress. “And so it goes.” To see the early phases of the Portrait of Sataya click the link here and to learn about this special breed of hunting dog.

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Portrait of Pudelpointer Sataya Ckatt 2020 progress

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Progress Portrait of Pudelpointer Sataya Ckatt 2020 Close up.

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Flower of the Day Challenge March 25, 2020

For Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge here is  my photo offering to bring some light into the day.

Dahlia and Bumble Bee CKatt 2020

Dahlia and Bumble Bee © CKatt 2020 August 2019

 

bee’s simplicity

woven in complexity

earth’s interdependence

Ckatt

March 25, 2020

This poem of my thoughts on interdependent-interrelationships is dedicated to the delicate balance of the earth ecosystems.

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“…when catastrophes of unbelievable proportions occur weekly…. The most effective response to the chaos in our lives is the creation of new forms of literature, music, poetry, art and cinema.” — M o o r e z a r t

Originally posted on Art of Quotation: “We live in an era when established values are no longer valid, when prodigious discoveries are being made every year, when catastrophes of unbelievable proportions occur weekly. In ancient Greek the word “chaos” means “gaping void” or “yawning emptiness.” The most effective response to the chaos in our lives…

via “…when catastrophes of unbelievable proportions occur weekly…. The most effective response to the chaos in our lives is the creation of new forms of literature, music, poetry, art and cinema.” — M o o r e z a r t

 

This quote is from Moorezart’s Blog who put out inspirational quotes from people about creativity.  He is a very fine artist I follow. Enjoy. These words come from wise people quotes inspire me.

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A Contemplative Life = A World of Contrasts – Walking Outdoors in Spring

At this time, when people are anxious about the pandemic, with millions of lives completely upended, I am looking for the calm in the turmoil. To keep a balanced perspective I took a needed walk to Fair Oaks Park. Cooped up at home is not healthy.

Here’s a few photos from Minneapolis. Spring slowly does it’s thing here.

People are out keeping their distance, Here’s what I saw: people walking their dogs, a couple running, guy with a medical mask freewheeling in a wheelchair, a woman sitting in the sun with her dog and a guy reading his phone. Plus a goofy Squirrel acting like a bushy tail free spirit. The Minneapolis Art Institute all dressed up, but with visitors.

Here are some photos from my friends walk in South Carolina.

In South Carolina it’s in the low 80 degrees F! A world of contrasts, appear together in these images. The earth awakens slowly in the Northland. While the warm southern days seen here display an abundance of sunshine and creatures!  Seen were: Alligator on the lawn, Storks on the golf green and fishing in the water, turtles sunning, storks high up in the trees.

These scenes remind me where to find balance in nature no matter where we live. There’s a moment of beauty in your life.

A young woodpecker arrives in the Washburn Fair Oaks Park Minneapolis MN 3-26-2020 CKatt Can you see the Woodpecker?

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