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One Painting Completed – 11 to Go

March 26, 2010

“Rituals Series” – no number assigned
Mixed Media on Cradled Panel, 8 x 8 x 2″

I’ve spent hours and hours in the studio for the past couple of days, working on a digital assignment and these paintings. I didn’t even know I hadn’t posted yesterday until now.

This is the first of the new series. I’ll be showing the rest of them one by one as I get them done. The “before” of this one is here — middle row, second from left. Not much changed on this one except for the final gel application:

Some of these are completely changed. You won’t recognize them.

In a little bit I’m headed out to the vet with my geriatric kitty of 17. I want to see if there’s anything more that can be done to make him happier and more comfortable. He isn’t doing well, but can’t tell me where it hurts. But I can see it in his eyes. I don’t want to prolong his suffering, so I want to know if there are more meds that could help him.

Note to readers:  If you have a little extra time, be sure to read the comments section after my recent post about preparation for doing your art. There’s a great discussion going on there. Thanks to everyone who has commented to date.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2010 3:21 pm

    Oh I love this one Martha!

    So full of texture and earthy goodness. 🙂

    The colors on this one really appeal to me.

    Look forward to seeing the rest!

  2. March 27, 2010 1:58 pm

    Thanks, Itaya! I think I’m going to reload this picture. It isn’t exactly true to the original. But close.

  3. March 27, 2010 8:06 pm

    Such wonderful texture here!

    • March 27, 2010 8:40 pm

      Glad you like it, Seth! By the way, looking at this picture I’m reminded of one piece that I did that had a nice heavy coat of self leveling clear gel. I wanted to rush the drying, so I was putting the heat gun to it. The gel had started to form a skin on top from the fast drying, and bubbles formed underneath from the trapped moisture, which in turn solidified and became permanent. I liked the piece more than before, even after I thought I had ruined it.

      This one looks sort of like that, except that what you’re seeing here is coarse pumice gel, then the colors, then the clear.

  4. Celeste permalink
    March 27, 2010 11:32 pm

    how is geriatric kitty? My geriatric kitty did very well with IV hydration. I know that sounds a little nutty–but really, it made him feel much better. Your paintings are great. Interesting to see the process.

    • March 28, 2010 8:59 am

      Hey Celeste, how are you? Thanks so much for thinking of the kitty cat. Yes, we did IV hydration for a while, then moved, then changed vets, and this one hasn’t recommended it yet. However, we have new blood work we’re waiting to hear on tomorrow. It may be that we’ll have to do it again.

      I have a niece whose cat did well on just one or two treatments a week. We were doing it every day and I felt so bad for him. But he actually tolerated it well.


  5. March 27, 2010 11:33 pm

    oops, forgot to leave my blog address in the last message.

  6. April 3, 2010 4:41 pm

    My kitty died at age 23 last June. She had renal failure. Was sick with diarrhea for months. The vet gave her an “old kitty shot”, something he whipped up, to make her final days more comfortable. He said he gave the same thing to his mother, I think it was, before she died. My cat seemed better, but she just lost so much weight until she was skin and bones. They say they don’t suffer, just have a feeling of unwellness. The diarreah kept returning and he increased a steroid he was giving her. It would get better, and come back. And we would increase the dose.
    The vet kept asking, “You mean that cat is still alive?”
    At the same time, my 86 year old aunt was going down, after several years in a nursing home. She quit eating, drinking and had quit trying when we took her there. She didn’t have family except for the two neices.
    The interesting thing is that, in 1986, my aunt called my daughter to come get some cats in her carport. She didn’t like cats and a mama kitty had babies there. They were Manx cats. 4 had prolapsed bowels and had to be put to sleep. We gave one away and kept the other kitten. The mama cat had disappeared.
    When my aunt would come to visit, that cat would get in her lap and cuddle up with her and my aunt would try to shoo it away. For us, the cat just stayed out of reach, where we couldn’t love on her! I said that cat picked my aunt, whether she liked it or not.
    And they went together. My aunt died at 4:00. I came home, picked up the cat, thinking I would watch the news and hold the cat before I went out to find a dress for my aunt’s funeral. The cat just went limp at 5:30!
    At the funeral, the preacher told that story. We should have put the cat in the casket with her! Guess that would have been too much. 🙂
    People can’t believe the cat was that old!
    I don’t know what is wrong with your kitty, but you might ask about one of those old kitty shots. I only know that it had B-12 in it. Hope your cat feels better and lives happily with you for a few more years.

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