Quint’s Paw and Paint. The Weekend Project.

We’re allowing Quint to spread his wings, er, paws a bit and embrace his inner creativity. You can see the first part of our experiment here.

With his ongoing habit of pawing at surfaces (and finally weening him off toothpaste flecks on bathroom mirrors) and with an idea and some Googling research, we found some non-toxic, child and pet-friendly water-based paint.

Uh huh. Oh, yes we did. And then we found some little canvases and a really big, high-sided box.

While Quint contemplated the world, sought inspiration and enjoyed a bit of autumn sunshine, we prepared his “studio.”

Quint Finding Inspiration.

Quint Finding Inspiration. 2012 © Colehaus Cats.

First, we painted the canvases in soft colors and let them dry completely. Then we watered down some paint, put the canvases and the paint palette in the big box and with a bowl of warm water and a fluffy dry towel handy, we introduced Quint to the spread.

This is where the little man tilted his head and put his paw on Mom’s arm as if to say, “Let me take it from here.”

Quint explains: I like this big box and I like how Mom and the Dad don’t mind me pawing stuff all over these square things. The paw is a perfect utensil, in my opinion. Scooping, batting, whapping, painting – all the important stuff easily accomplished. I don’t know how my people work with those digets they’ve got, though, I guess they’re good for petting. But not for painting!

“The Paw is a Perfect Brush.” Quint paints. 2012 © Colehaus Cats.

When I paint, *pat, pat, swipe* I see splashes of color, leaves and birds, swirling, dipping, soaring across the space. *paw, paw* I think of quiet time sitting in the window, taking in fresh, breezey whiffs. I’m recreating that mood.

Quint at work.

Quint at work. 2012 © Colehaus Cats.

All inspiration flies out the window when Mom uses that flashy box thing and makes her kissy sounds. How’s an artist to work with that going on? No sir, I don’t like it and my Ears of Annoyance ought to let her know it! You’re bothering me, Mom! Go away!

Quint unhappy with the camera.

Take that flashy thing away! I’m working! 2012 © Colehaus Cats.

A wee touch here, a last dab there…gots to make sure my prints are clear. What is it you call them? Toe Beans? My Dad calls them buttons. *dab, dab* There, that should do it. And…I’m spent. Treats and naps now?

Quint at work.

Dabbing the final touches. Quint painting.
2012 © Colehaus Cats.

Look for my results this Friday. (I KNOW! Who in their right mind wants to wait that long?!?!)

Tired Little Quint.

Tired Little Artist. Quint 2012 © Colehaus Cats.

50 responses to “Quint’s Paw and Paint. The Weekend Project.

  1. So awesome!! He looks so intent, just like a true artist. And ya, don’t mess with the creative juices by taking pictures. LOL

  2. Wow Quint needs his own gallery soon. Pawsome. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Quint I can tell your work is going to be hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art real soon!

  4. Wow, Quint, you are a master painter! I am very impressed!

    • Thank you, Sparkle! I’m not sure about the master part, unless we’re talking master of purrs, but as long as nobody tells me I’m doing it wrong, I’ll keep trying to do it right!

  5. Wow Quint, you’re quite the artist. Your mom could sell those pictures for a bazillion pounds/dollars

  6. Very impressive, Quint! You’re a regular Picatso!!

  7. That’s pawsome! We love what a temperamental artist you are. Did you let her clean your beautiful white paws afterward?

    • Thank you! Sure, Mom does a good job of cleaning my paw. She’s gentle with warm water and soap that way. I don’t mind too much. Plus, treats afterward!

  8. Love your blog. How wonderful that they are all rescued cats.

    • Thanks for visiting us. Yep, every single one of them have been rescued, some from great foster homes, some almost from the very jaws of wandering coyotes, and a couple right off busy streets!

  9. Wow! As an artist, he’s a natural! I’ve heard about cats painting, but never actually seen real evidence until now.

    What a cutie pie!

    • Same here! We’d heard about it, never saw it. We feel very fortunate, not only because of his talent, but because he’s really a very, very good cat. All of the Colehaus Cats are, truth be told.

  10. Can’t wait to see the finished work of art. Quint is very talented and is lucky to have such clever peeps!
    I love the “tired” photograph and also the one where he has his ears on backwards (as we say in our family).

    • Heheh, we don’t know about being clever. We all know our cats are way more clever than we could ever be. We’re just thrilled we figured out some kind of outlet for his habit of pawing at the walls. We love the ears on backwards look, but, LOL, he doesn’t! Funny that…

  11. Hi there! Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting us:) See you again soon! purrrs xx

  12. Thank you for stopping by and visiting us! Look forward to seeing you again soon! We think your blog is wonderful and are happy for all the rescue kitties 🙂

  13. oh my CAT, you’re making us WAIT?!!? Mommy’s gonna be on Pins and Needles until then!!

  14. Are you going to auction that master piece? It should be worth a lot!

  15. Quint, you are so cute and I think it’s amazing that you paint! Several years ago Mama had a co-worker who gave her a big book that had different kitties’ paintings in it. You could be famous (if you aren’t already ).

  16. How cute! Our Julie might be good at this too. Thanks for visiting us! Its nce to meet you. It took us a little while to figure out how to get back to you from your comment. We hope we can remember how to do it!

    • Thank you for visiting us! It took us a while to figure out how to leave comments on some blogger sites. Thank you for taking time to find your way around to us!

  17. Katie Isabella

    I am so glad to meet you!! Smoochies!

  18. Great work, Quint! You’re a natural born artist! 🙂

  19. Hey, I think WordPress ate my comment! Grrrr…

  20. Goodness! Quint! It is a good job the humans saw your talent!! Are you Catson Pollack or Catavaggio? Can’t wait to see!! 🙂

  21. What a magnificent artist you are – please let us know if you are having an exhibition.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  22. The Louvre called. They have clears some space (they had to Mona Lisa in storage to do it) and are ready to hang your masterpiece!

    P.S. I am having a feature that you guys might be interested in on my blog – check it out!

  23. OMCs I’ve never met an cat who was an artist!!
    Thanks for stopping by to say hi
    Hugs Madi

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