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.

“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.

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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.


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

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


  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.


  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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