Grumpy Cat

“With a short dash down the runway, the machine lifted into the air and was flying.  It was only a flight of twelve seconds, and it was uncertain, wavy, creepy sort of flight at best; but it was a real flight at last and not a glide.”
–Orville Wright, first flight of a heavier-than-air aircraft

Grumpy Kitty

5.5″ x 7.5″ Watercolor

This is my friend, Mary’s cat.  When Mary saw this, she said, “Beth you made Caroline look like she was saying “Are you still after me with that thing.” ” (the camera) 🙂

I sketched the cat with pencil, then painted all the leaves in, using just the brush.  It looked intimidating, but it was way fun!  I painted Caroline after all the leaves were done.    I really enjoyed doing this, painting the leaves willy-nilly.  I just made sure to paint them smaller as they got farther away.  I also tried to give the forward leaves a little more detail.
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“Faith is the main ingredient that combats fear.  As long as faith is bigger than your fears, you will always triumph.”
Marcy Blochowiak, from No Glass Ceiling, Just Blue Sky – A Woman’s Guide to Building Great Teams

If the winds stay down, I am taking my first flying lesson after work today!  I’m a little nervous, but totally excited!  That’s why I posted the flying quote and the fear quote.  I am so lucky, as a 53 year old woman, to have the opportunity to learn how to fly.  Life just couldn’t be better!  (Picture me wiggling my butt)  🙂

Marcy Blochowiak is CEO Marketing Director with World Financial Group, a member of the Aegon Group. WFG is a financial services marketing company headquartered in Duluth, GA with offices worldwide. She is also a co-founder of the company’s “Women’s Initiative,” a bold strategy for maximizing the unprecedented opportunity women now have.

Marcy leads her organization by example and her philosophy is simple. People want to duplicate success. Give them a master copy worth duplicating. Be the best you can be. Lead from the front.

For more information, please visit www.MarcyBlochowiak.com or e-mail her
directly at
MarcyWFG@yahoo.com
. You can also find out more about women in business at www.TheCompanyofWomen.com

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol King
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 06:19:49

    I, like Leslie thought the cat was on a patterned carpet, but then I saw it was a carpet of leaves! Beautiful painting and I like the pattern on the kitty against the pattern of the leaves.

    Good luck with your flight. One year, for my husband’s birthday I gave him a beginner flight lesson. He never continued (too expensive) but I think that was the best present I ever gave him. He still talks about it and it was many years ago.

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  2. lindahalcombfineart
    Apr 12, 2010 @ 17:24:31

    What a lively painting…love the cat with an attitude…love the leaf carpet!

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  3. ambiguousartistry
    Apr 12, 2010 @ 10:58:54

    Beautiful piece Beth, I love the expression on Caroline’s face.
    Good luck with the flying lesson I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun.

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  4. lesliepaints
    Apr 12, 2010 @ 09:25:26

    First, the painting is absolutely lovely. This is one beautiful cat! At first, I thought she was sitting on one of those patterned carpets. Well, I guess she is. Just nature’s carpet!
    Have a blast flying this afternoon. I’m proud to know someone learning to fly.

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