Leaping Sphynx in Watercolour

Another of my leaping cat paintings, I love trying to capture cats in motion. This is Seppo, a very lively sphynx, he is chasing after a feather toy and making the most enormous leaps to catch it. he really loves this game and is very good at it. :-) He is a black cat but it was a warm sunny day, so I wanted a red undercoat for him. He is painted on 22×14 inch Fabriano Artistico paper. Once I’d finished him I thought he looked like a mythical Egyptian cat trying to catch the sun.

Leaping Sphynx - watercolour painting

Reflections – Two Black Cats

This is a painting I’ve been working on for several months. Gerry came to me for a birthday present for his wife and now that she has it I can show you – Happy birthday Wendy!
Reflections in the pool

Their two cats are quite the hunters, Big Cat brings in fir cones, apples, live grasshoppers, huge spiders (live! eek!), mice and small birds, all alive, and frogs that Gerry releases back into the river. He even brought in a huge koi that a passing heron had dropped. Small Cat defends the house from any live animal that comes near and it soon becomes a dead animal, which he proudly displays in a line. But he never interferes with Big Cat’s live offerings. What a pair! :-)

So the idea was born to capture their inner selves in their reflections. Leopards seemed appropriate for such an enterprising duo. It’s a 20×16 inch oil painting.

The Racers

Ginger Nut

One day in my local park and I noticed a family of crows, The Gracks, flying around and coming down to land at a particular spot. I wondered what they were up to so I stayed put and watched them for a while. Was it food I wondered? But no, I realised that this was a game! The crows would take off, circle for a while and then all three would chase down the wind and attempt to land at the same spot. They did it over and over, shrieking and cawing as they came, I swear they were laughing. I think these were lessons in fast landings for the kids. Crow school does look like fun.