Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The knitting cats


 So, it seems I am into the cats now. I never ever would have imagined I would become a cat person.
 So, this big watercolor painting is for a very special little girl in Vilnius.
The painting also has details in colored ink. 
 See that spotted leaf above? This is stylized Begonia maculata. Oh, I hope I will own it in future. Unfortunately it is poisonous for pets.  Though I hope when my cat grows up it will ignore most of my plants as I have so many. I also plan to always grow cat grass!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Dangerous pets



I Googled "Dangerous pets". Some unexpected results popped up. Who calls an ostrich or a camel a pet!?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Home is where cat is...

Have you ever heard the expression: home is where the cat is ? Well, I can definitely add, it's where the plants are.

It seems I am incapable of stopping painting cats in vegetation.
I will for sure try to paint some dogs among house plants too, just there are too many breeds to choose from, ha ha!

Colorful greyhounds


Did I mention I like all kinds of sight hounds: greyhounds, whippets, saluki, afghan and so on. I dare to joke they reflect my desire for freedom to roam the world :-D But I think there's some truth to this. 
I also like their shapes a lot. 
Since I am allergic to dogs I have decided to have the equivalent of this kind of dog in the cat world. Namely the Cornish rex. I think I won't be able to stop taking photos and painting. And hear here, they are very much like dogs! I hope to travel with it.
 This watercolor painting is available on my Etsy.
If you have any dream animals to be painted, don't hesitate to write me!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Guinea pig star wars.

 Hello. These are our guinea pigs. Hakuna and Matata. Roughly translated their names would be No and Worries. I am pretty sure which one is Worry. The brown one. Hes is much shyer.
 I have seen so many guinea pig crazy people while reading about their care on internet. It seems piggies are the big thing!
 And I understand why. They are funny, very social, demanding food, loving food, loving you through food. Did I mention they love food?
Although these two are brothers they fight a bit too. Or they don't even fight, but do occasional stand offs. Like above.
 The clear winner is No!
They have been very shy and would not even eat the first couple days, also skitter as soon they see a movement. Now they eat from our hands and let us touch them inside their cage.  They are not used to floor time yet. They just run off to their home.

I think I will have to create a separate account on Instagram for all my pets!

Friday, April 28, 2017

The ongoing dog series

 So, I am done with the 30 day art challenge, which eventually grew into a 60 day challenge.
But I have gained the momentum of creating something everyday. And suddenly I found myself drawing hollow eyed dogs. I also chose to give them odd names in Italian. See if you can translate any of them.

The beautiful Afghans are often photographed standing in the wind. It's almost impossible to find a photo of it posing nicely in till weather :-D
 The gentle giant the great dane. Due to their size, the dog is short lived. 

 My childhood dream dog-the Irish setter. I was so close to getting it, until my parent saw how big they grow! Lithuanians probably remember the book by Gavriil Trojepolski and the film under the same name "Baltasis Bimas juodoji ausis". So many tears were shed! One of the most traumatizing books I have ever read.
 This dog here served as a continuation to the last, the 60th day of the art challenge "Art every day". I should really make it art every day for 365 days, but right now I am illustrating one more book, and I wouldn't want to miss a day of the challenge...
 I think this is some kind of shepherd dog. "I am watching you..."
 Don't you love the sound of the dogs jaw snapping after it has been yawning? It produces such a peculiar sound.
The fluffy maltese. Totally not my kind of dog, but I like the three dark  dots (eyes and nose)on its face.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

News from the animal world


Hello, we have many small news. Well, for us they are huge! At last after 3 years of animal absence we have got pets in our home!
 The first were four baby New Guinea stick insects. The ones above. They will grow larger than a woman's palm and will have a rather intimidating looks. 
 Later we got 4 insects more, but this time they are the funny looking Vietnamese walking sticks. Hanna likes to feed them by hand. And man, they eat fast and much!
Handling insects requires care and patience. I think it's great for teaching kids to be gentle with animals.

Just before we got the walking sticks I bought a young pair of Java finches. I used to have a very inquisitive couple. These here are still reluctant to leave their cage. But the male has the most wonderful song! 
The newest addition to our "animalarium" are two baby Guinea pig brothers. They are still very skittish, but I don't mind taming them.  My biologist gene can now manifest!
Hanna also helps me with the process. Actually the piggies started coming out of their hiding place when I read goodnight books to Hanna.
Today I realized that there's no escaping from the thing known as parent expectations. I never had any thought on what Hanna would become. And suddenly today I imagined how nice it would be if she became some kind of animal or plant researcher, preferably in some exotic place. Talk about a parent projecting her unfulfilled dreams onto the kid!
Anyway, this is not the end. I have reserved a Cornish rex kitten and hopefully it's joining us in June. There's a fish tank in my plans too. I tell everybody, since I can never have a dog (due to dog allergy), even if you put all our animals in one spot, they wouldn't make a full medium dog! And I wanted a standard poodle...
I just thought, this is what I always wanted, why constrain myself. Especially, when I have Hanna as a excuse :-D
By the way, it seems I am a person who makes her Guinea pigs fleece caves and tunnels... These two here are the only ones with names. Hanna named them Hakuna and Matata...