Quint’s Spring 2013 Painting Process.

Quint Contemplating Spring Painting - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Quint Contemplating Spring Painting – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Quint, the painter, sits by the glass door watching for spring inspiration to appear.

Quint Contemplating Spring Painting - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Quint Contemplating Spring Painting – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Ah, there it is!

Quint, the painter, at work - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Quint, the painter, at work – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Beginning work. We’ve moved Quint from his large studio box to the master bath counter to open up the space (for photography) and because he (generally) doesn’t shake the paint off his paw. Of course, as soon as we mentioned this, he gave the mirror one mighty splash of lavender paint.

Quint, the painter, at work - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Quint, the painter, at work – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Quint, the painter, inspecting his work - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Quint, the painter, inspecting his work – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Dabbing and dragging pale blue color plus bonus close inspection!

Quint, the painter, at work - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Quint, the painter, at work – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

The Ears of Annoyance - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

The Ears of Annoyance – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Checking out his handiwork on the mirror and then, showing his annoyance with the camera presence. Quint really dislikes photography during his work. This is just odd because all the other times, he’s a camera ham! Gee, it’s not like we’re going to sell the painting photos or write a book or anything. Probably not anyway.

Quint, the painter, finishes with a smear of paint on the counter - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Quint, the painter, finishes with a smear of paint on the counter – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Quint, the painter, takes Mr. Mousie and leaves his studio - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Quint, the painter, takes Mr. Mousie and leaves his studio – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

He signals his finish with a swipe of paint on the countertop. A quick wash up and a pat dry later, Quint picks up Mr. Mousie (mousie #114 you should know) and is off to be just his normal self – playing, napping and chasing a sister or two.

We worked through six 6×6 inch canvases, three on a pale green background and three on light pink background. He seemed to favor lavender, pink and blue this time around though a bit of yellow made appearances here and there (the colors are all mixed within the same shallow bowl – see photos). Tomorrow, we plan to dabble in spring watercolors on artist’s paper. Unless Mr. Mousie has other plans. Mr. Mousie just might need a full day of whapping, you know.

34 responses to “Quint’s Spring 2013 Painting Process.

  1. It looks as though Quint was feeling rather temperamental – as most artists do!
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

    • Yep, he can be temperamental. After his Cat Den closet door painting, it took him two days to get back into painting on canvas. But once he remembered how, he had no problem whatsoever. Just like most artists!

  2. Jessie & Jane

    Love watching a master craftsman at work … inspires me to go out on patrol *pawhugs*

  3. This is fascinating! Is Mr. Mousie playing the role of muse too?
    Purrs

    • Well, mousies number 73 through 114 played the role of his muse. Quint chews all the fur off them pretty quickly until all that’s left is a plastic hull. Even now, Mousie #114 is almost at its end. Mousie #115 is staged and ready for watercolor painting today!

  4. Me loves watching his technique!
    Kisses
    nellie

  5. Quint, you amaze us! Why don’t you drop Mr. Mousie in the paint and get sort of a feather technique going? MOM!!!!!! We want to paint, too!!!!

  6. Thank you Quint… I imagine it must feel odd, but it’s amazing to see “the process”. Can’t wait til your next gallery show. The empty spot is waiting on my wall at work!
    Carolyn

  7. Dear Quint is not as temperamental hehe. I loved the tone of his spring 2013.

  8. We love to watch an artiste at work! His paintings are great, too. Have a happy Wednesday, Quint and furriends!

  9. da tabbies o trout towne

    quint…dood….mor grate werk N nice ta see de artist in act shun….sorree ya had ta settle for mouze 114 …wooda been nice if yur mom gived ewe a ham samich ore a pizza….

  10. why you are such a thorough artist Quint! Such amazing concentration…and awwwwwww….you have a mousie for a muse…pawsome! Savannah

  11. We’ve never seen a kitty paint so watching Quint at work is just pawsome! Lovely combination of colors.

    • Thank you! We hope to afford a video camera of some kind later this year and will work on getting him filmed. He’s very fast but thorough. He just hates the camera when he’s working.

  12. Quint, I don’t blame you for not wanting to be disturbed by the paparazzi while you are working! It is such a distraction.

  13. Everybuddy loves to watch an artist at work!

  14. It’s lovely to see a master at work!

  15. WTG Quint…artist need inspiration and beauty before they can paint.
    You are certainly one handsome man cat.
    Hugs madi your BFFF

  16. You are just brilliant and such a handsome artist too. We love the colors 🙂 Can’t wait to see more tomorrow.. Hay can you come and do my place..MOL 🙂 xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  17. I am just soooooo impressed at your talent!!!

  18. Actually, Quint, looking at that first photo, we thought that you yourself look a very beautiful painting!

    Purrs,
    The Chans

  19. I am so inspired after viewing these photos. I love the fact that he has some artistic diva in him also.

  20. It’s amazing to watch an artist at work!

  21. Quint is quite the artist! I just love his mousie assistant. These are great pictures seeing him at work until the end where goes off to play & whap Mr. Mousie. The painting is beautiful. Love the colors!!

  22. We don’t like photography at any time! And refuse to look at the camera. Our mom is just fascinated by Quint’s painting. She is thinking when she gets her tax return she might have to invest in kitty art. How did you find out he was a painter? Do you leave out colors and he picks them? Are there any posts she could read about it? What kind of paint does he use? And he doesn’t mind having his paw washed? He uses both paws, or just one? What . . MOM!!!!

    • Oh sweetie, so many questions. Just like a kitty to ask the important stuff. Quint used to smear the flecks of toothpaste on the bathroom mirror as a kitten living in our bedroom. Then he ‘graduated’ to using cat litter on the Cat Den closet door. One day as we were listening to him smear and dab, the idea of painting came to us and he took to it right away. He generally picks the colors from the bottles but Mom lightens them in the painting pan so they aren’t too strong for the canvas. Under his paint shop icon on the main page, we added links to his story. We hope this helps! Quint uses child and pet friendly water-based acrylic paint you can find at your local craft store. He usually doesn’t mind having his paw washed afterward (he uses just his right paw to paint – the other he uses to ‘anchor’ the canvas so it doesn’t move around), but from time to time he gets impatient and flings watery paint around. A high-sided box is great for catching most of that. Thanks for asking. You can ask as many questions as you like here. Kisses and purrs…

  23. We enjoyed seeing Quint in action!

  24. That was pawsome! We are in awe of your talent Quint!

  25. It’s so cool to see Quint painting! He is a wonderful artist and looks like Mr. Mousie is doing great job assisting him 🙂

  26. OMG!!!! This is so cool! Nanny and I will definitely buy a painting.
    This is amazing, Quint should give Nanny art lessons!

  27. Quint, dood! It’s so cool watching you in action! But we do unnerstand how an Artist must not have his muse interrupted by a flashy box. Indeed we do.