Sunday, November 16, 2008


... some days are very reflective.


Buskitten said...

Another beautiful painting by you, Nan. Really lovely, so charming. Do your paintings take a long time? I'm trying to guess how long a piece like this would take?
Do you draw it out first in pencil, or go straight to the paint? (I am pretty terrified of paint - I get really scared by it!)
Goodness, it's 1.26am, I really should get going and go to sleep!
Bye for now,
Liz x

Nan and =^..^= said...

Hi Liz,
Thanks so much for the wonderful comment. They do take quite a long time for there's so much detail. I usually use pencil for a very rough sketch to get the proportions and then I love to combine ink drawing with the watercolors. Do you mostly work with pencils and colored pencils? Your art is wonderful, whimsical and happy!
I guess I just seem to be able to express what I see around me best with ink and watercolors! A long long time ago, when I was in college, I did oil paintings and as my style evolved I found myself thinning the oil paints so much that they were almost like watercolors! Then I lived in such small places I didn't have room to set up oil painting. My pen and watercolors were easy to carry around wherever I went.

It's going on 9 pm. here, I think you are 5 hours ahead of us!
take care and stop by again!

quiltcat said...

I love this painting and the point of view in this one! Louie enjoys catching my eye in the bedroom mirror...

Nan and =^..^= said...

Appreciate your comment!
Aren't some cats funny about mirrors... Polly used to look at herself every morning in a little mirror on a tiny shelf before she went downstairs.
Do any of your cats actually think there's another cat in the room when they see their mirror image?

quiltcat said...

No, they all seem to either completely ignore the mirror, or know that it's themselves. And Louie, who is very smart and very affectionate, knows that when we stand in front of the mirror, he can look up and look into the mirror to look in my eyes, instead of turning his head to look at me. I've heard the cute stories about kittens thinking there's another cat in the mirror, and trying to look behind it to find the cat, but my guys have never done that. (Of course, none of them were kittens when i adopted them. They might have gone through that stage before i met them.) Do you think Polly knew that gorgeous kitty look back at her was herself?