The Paintings of Cat Works
I am pleased to reveal the recent paintings created under and for the CAT WORKS brand. From mid-summer 2015 through today, 40 or so new works have been created - a high percentage of them have sold. I will now be producing approximately 2 to 4 new paintings each quarter. They will all be revealed HERE. If you are interested in price and availability please email me here or by using the contact button above. I will then fill you in on available inventory and the price range.
All of my paintings are created with the acrylic medium on Ampersand Hardwood Panels with a 1 1/2” birch cradle. My first series of painting were created in the 36” x 48” size. In the last couple of years I have reconfigured my preferred painting size to square. Specifically 36" x 36", 30” x 30” and 24” x 24”. They are all completely original and, of course, one of kind. no prints will be made. The panels are prepared with multiple coats of gesso and then a molding paste is applied to areas that will have heavy texture. Recently I have used the technique of pouring flat white latex directly and thickly to areas of the hardwood panels. The painting themselves are extremely detailed and with each completed work the detail seems to grow. Like my digital work these painting are easy to live with and will make you smile. The other thing, is that most of paintings are meant to be touched and texture explored with your fingers...to find yet another level of enjoyment.
The Egyptian was completed on January 1, 2019. Acrylic on hardwood, 30”x 30” with an 1 1/2” cradle. One of a kind, no prints. This is his story…
The Egyptian for some odd reason called Charlton, sat for this portrait at Anubis Studios,
later in the day he would return to his duties as chief solar deity Atum. As the god of late
afternoon and early evening, he was the first god. He has written in his blog, "Atum
coughed and spat out Shu, the god of the air, and Tefnut, the goddess of moisture."
So there's that.
Below are some images that show the progress from graphic drawing to finished painting.
A Dream Called Betty
A Dream Called Betty was completed in January of 2019. Acrylic on hardwood, 30”x 30” with an 1 1/2” cradle. One of a kind, no prints. Here is her story…
Once pretty soon, in the never-never time of an early morning dream, you meet Betty. You know her. You’ve loved her deeply, now she exists in the soft places at the corner of your vision. You wake sweat-drenched and clammy, her edges soften and start to fade, then she is gone.
Below are some images that show the progress from graphic drawing to finished painting. The top three show in detail the transfer process that I use. Of interest is the top small image right - that’s my iPad showing my back yard AND a 13” snowfall in January! As background to this painting you’re looking at my previous cat, Betty Boop.
She died from an internal cancer at 4 years old. She passed much too soon, and is greatly missed.
“Most Wanted” was completed on February 21, 2019, 36”x 36”acrylic on hardwood with an 1 1/2” cradle. One of a kind, no prints.
Story for top left: Baby Face Floyd used to run a crew of short hair psycho-cats from Lower Harlem. Initially a wheel-man, enforcer, sub-boss...finally Big Murray swallows the
hair-ball...Baby Face ascends.
Story for top right: Here we have Fast Freddy, a second story feline who’s been busted twice for B&E. Sweet tooth aside, he is considered fanged and dangerous. Rumored to now be running with the Donnelly Dog-Killers.
Story for bottom left: Johnny “no-thumbs” is a hard hitting pugilist gone bad with a rap-sheet as long as your paw. Last spotted in Hell’s Kitchen working at the Siamese Lotto Lounge...where he runs book and breaks tail.
Story for bottom right: Micky Longshanks’ life of crime began when he, as a kitten, went over the wall at the Last Chance Sanctuary. Seven years later he’s still on the run, mainly known as a puppy mauler and fence to the diamond collar crowd.
Below are some images that show the progress from graphic drawing to finished painting. Of some particular interest is the central image, where you see my iPad, this shows one of my production techniques. What I almost always do is create a digital image of what I’m going to paint and save it to my iPad. This allows me to blow the image up as large as I want to achieve the detail required.
This painting was was completed on January 12, 2019. 24”x 24” acrylic on hardwood with an 1 1/2” cradle. One of a kind, no prints.
This is his story…In lower Manhattan, within the neighborhood of Feline Soho stands the popular storefront Steampunk Emporium. Monocled Mike (the manager) likes to say his store is a homage to vintage fashion with a modern sassy twist.
Here are some images that show the progress from graphic drawing to finished painting. Of interest are a couple of things: First in the background image, we show my feline Lucy Lu, my constant creative muse. Secondly, in the second photo down from the right we see ME at the “Steampunk IV” show at the Soulard Gallery with my painting that was given the “Award of Excellence.”