In 2012, we adopted a lanky orange and white kitten and named him Quint. Months later, we inadvertently discovered young Quint was an artist. Rather than enjoy his daily “paintings” of wet litter on the walls of his cat room or smeared soap or toothpaste on the bathroom mirrors, we worked with him to direct his talent onto artist paper and canvas using child and pet-friendly acrylic paint. He took to it immediately.
We originally set up a “studio” of sorts using a huge cardboard box on the floor in a bathroom, and while he enjoyed the box, as most cats do, the cardboard walls seemed distracting to him. It also hindered our photography attempts at capturing his efforts.
Before long, we broke down the box and saved the cardboard for use as his studio floor. Saves scrubbing paint off the bathroom countertop, too.
Knowing nothing about art, paint, or medium, together we learned about art paper weight (we prefer 246 pound because of the canvas-like surface texture and its ability to remain flat when wet) and how Quint likes using the heavy art paper but really enjoys painting on 4 inch by 4 inch canvas because he can grip and hold one side of the small canvas with a paw.
He also taught us not to mix too many colors at once, either in his paint bowl or on the paper, the importance of allowing colors to dry in between painting, and that he has favorite colors that he’d prefer to use exclusively. In 2014, his favorite paint color was kiwi green. In 2015, his favorite was pink. In 2016, he seems to be obsessed with everything yellow.
To date, he has sold and donated over three hundred paintings. All proceeds from the sale of Quint’s art, minus expense of art supplies, are used to help feed and shelter feral and stray cats, to supplement medical expenses for cats in desperate need, for spay and neuter costs, and to help special needs cats whenever possible.
Quint seems to enjoy painting four-to-six times a year and is most influenced by the changing seasons. He loves going for his annual spring and summer walks in the garden where fresh air and bright flowers grab his attention. Then, it’s back inside to his makeshift bathroom studio to release his passion to paint.
While his mom choses the colors to work with on any given art series, Quint favors purple, pink, and orange flowers and yellow and kiwi green paint. He doesn’t mind wet paws and prefers to bring a toy, mousies in particular, sometimes a favorite stripy ball, to most painting sessions. He tends to step a paw in the paint tray (Quint paws primarily with his right paw) and varies between dabs, streaks and splotches on the medium.
Quint enjoys mixing up his usual painting sessions with creating something new and different. Please let us know if you would like something unique created from Quint using colors or a special medium of your choice. Visit his work page to see a sampling of some of his commissioned work.
We invite you to check out Quint’s Art Shop to see what he is currently offering and to perhaps, give one of his paintings a forever home. We thank you for visiting and thank you for helping us help Quint help others.