02/10/2016 – Just Hanging Out

Miss Newton likes Ruby's Scratcher - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Miss Newton likes Ruby’s Scratcher – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Ruby is a good friend of mine and so, she lets me hang out on her scratcher. She’s awesome like that.

Perfect size for Miss Newton - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Perfect size for Miss Newton – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

I *could* scratch away on it; I can scratch and sharpen nails with the best of them. But I think for now, I’ll just sit here and enjoy how perfect I fit.

02/08/2016 – ManCat Monday with painter Quint

Waiting for Spring - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Waiting for Spring – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Every day, I sit by the window waiting for Winter to leave and Spring to come. Every day, it rains and looks the same. Still Winter. Not Spring.

Hey Mom, is it Spring yet?

Nope, Quint. Spring’s not here yet.

*sigh*

Quint Snack - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Quint Snack – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Maybe, after having a snack, Winter will start to skee-daddle along. *nom nom nom*

Quint's Secret Lair - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Quint’s Secret Lair – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Maybe, while I’m hanging out in my fort, Winter will remember it has a train to catch.

Winter Napping - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Winter Napping – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Maybe, after a long nap, Spring will be here. It isn’t.

Spring’s never going to arrive. It’s never going to warm up. I’m never going to get to walk in the garden. My flowers are never going to bloom. Winter is going to stay forever and ever and ev…

Quint, do you feel like painting today?

Waiting - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Waiting – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

WHOA! DO I EVER!

Checking out paint color - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Checking out paint color – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

I started with purple. I like purple. I used a similar purple color for my Secret Paws Christmas gift so using this shade was like revisiting an old friend.

Quint painting Winter Ombré - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Quint painting Winter Ombré – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

After one or two dabs, Mom added white to the color to make it lighter. I dabbed one, two more times and she added more white paint. This method is exactly what I practiced for my Secret Paws painting.

Working the paint - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Working the paint – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

I like how the color got softer and softer with each set of dabs. Mom says this is called Om-bré. My Mom might have read that in some book. She’s been reading a lot lately (probably while waiting for Spring like me).

After I finished with the purple/lavender paint, Mom mixed up a blue color and then some green and we did the same thing – me dabbing, Mom squirting in white paint. Dab, dab, squirt. Dab, dab, squirt. All the time I was thinking, “Ombré, Om-bré, Ommmm-brrrré.”

Quint's Winter Ombré - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Quint’s Winter Ombré – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

I think it worked. Here’s one of my finished paintings. The background might look tan to you but really, it’s gray, like the winter sky outside. I’m calling it…. wait for it…. Winter Ombré.

So, still waiting for Spring - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

So, still waiting for Spring – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

I love painting and love the thought of you liking me painting too. If you want to see all five of my Winter Ombré paintings, please visit my art shop. I have other paintings there left over from last year too and I won’t lie; they are all looking for their forever homes. And I’m still looking for Spring. I know it’s coming. Mom says so and sometimes, she knows best!

Thanks for hanging out with me while I painted!

02/05/2016 – Things We Didn’t Know

Not a fan - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Not a fan – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Okay, Ruby, as soon as we’re done scrubbing those blinds, we’ll bring in the vacuum cleaner and…. What?

Hmm, it would appear Ruby’s not a fan of cleaning… as if we all didn’t already know that.