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Paintings on slate take on a life of their own, partly due to the chinks and cracks and chips in the stone itself. It lends itself to all kinds of creative idiosyncrasies in each piece. Here are some cat paintings I did recently. With the tabby cat you can’t probably tell from the pic, but the foot projecting forward is utilizing a corner chip for a 3-D effect. The slates are so nice to handle. These ones are “wearable art,” being just about three inches high.
The black and white kitty in the portrait is my own kitteh, Chuck, captured in his typical upside-down pose.
These mini pieces are getting popular. Below is a commissioned portrait of, “Prada,” a corgi who lives in Colorado. The ink pen is included for size reference. 1.5×3″ is a pretty darn small surface to work on! But they make beautiful pendants.
When I ship these commissions, I often try to include a little free gift, especially for my repeat customers. Enter Wysong Pet Food, a Michigan-based company with all-natural products. They sent me some samples to include with my commissions; small packs of biscuits for dogs like Prada, and even better, some “Dream Treats” for cats. Each treat is a medallion of compressed chicken. I tried one out on Chuck, and he went crazy for it! I was able to break it up and get a few tricks out of him.
Thanks Wysong for your sponsorship — here’s to natural pet foods for a long and healthy life for Pup and Kitteh.