Shadow Nap Watercolour Cat Painting

I’ve had a ton of fun working on all the rugs lately, but it feels so good to get back to painting! I painted this gorgeous tabby cat to practise with edges and balancing structured fur texture with loose painting. I think I could have pushed the contrast in the body a little more, but I enjoy the fuzziness and didn’t want to risk covering it up too much. Definitely gotta experiment more with fuzzy, out of focus subjects!

This piece is available for sale TODAY at the Capital Art Sale!

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Medium Tabby Cat Rugs

These tabby cats are the last batch of small rugs I created for the Capital Art Sale. They’re based off my Tubby Tabby design that’s now part of Isaac’s Way’s charity auction. You can check out the large version here: https://isaacsway.ca/art/

I love seeing the difference between large and small rugs of the same design. I rarely reuse designs, but it’s always interesting to see how the simplified version compares to the larger piece

The Capital Art Sale is taking place May 9-12 at the Capital Exhibit Centre!

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Medium Tiger Rugs

Tigers are my second favourite wild cats and my favourite big cats. They’re so charismatic and majestic! These little rugs are about 15” across, and the tiger’s detailed pattern is fun to simplify at this smaller rug size. The colour contrast really helps these rugs pop despite their smaller size.

These small tiger rugs are available at the Capital Art Sale! Be sure to swing by and see them in person. And check out all the other amazing work by local artists!

The Capital Art Sale is taking place May 9-12 at the Capital Exhibit Centre!

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Medium Fox Rug

Here’s another design that I feel really fits as a rug! My husband absolutely loves foxes, and I find myself making a lot of different fox designs. It doesn’t hurt that foxes are quite charming.

Each fox design I use is unique, and these two little guys are the only rugs I’ll be making from this design. Please be sure to check them out at the Capital Art Sale!

The Capital Art Sale is taking place May 9-12 at the Capital Exhibit Centre!

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Australian Shepherd Small Rugs

Rug tufting somehow seems like the perfect medium for these fluffy Aussies. Creating these guys was a real treat. I love tufting tri coloured animals and animals with complex markings. Aussies are also just super charming dogs. They were the most common breed I worked with when I was a dog trainer, and they really have a great sense of humour.

These little Australian shepherd rugs will be available at the Capital Art Sale! These two are the only time I’ll be using this design, so if you want one, please be sure to grab them while they’re available.

The Capital Art Sale is taking place May 9-12 at the Capital Exhibit Centre!

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New YouTube Video – Lynx Speed Paint and Mini Tutorial

My latest YouTube video is a short walk through of my latest sticker design. I had a ton of fun painting this little lynx! I hope you’ll be able to pick up a few tips to help you on your own art journey.

You can check out the longer, more detailed version of this tutorial on my Patreon or Ko-fi pages.

Video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/uoge5XqHilE
Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/squidtartsart
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/SquidTartsArt

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May Exclusive Jumbo Sticker – Rainbow Lynx!

Another month means another sticker! I’m trying something new this month by releasing jumbo stickers as a limited time item on Etsy, so now you don’t have to subscribe to my Patreon or Ko-fi accounts to get one. Hopefully that’ll make collecting jumbo stickers a little easier for some people. The regular sized (2.5”) stickers will still be available as usual.

Canadian lynxes are my all time favourite wild cats! Their dramatic ear tufts, huge feet, and little nub tail are all just too cute for words. I tried to really maximize the rainbow on this cutie, because it’s a stand-alone sticker. I think it turned out really cutely!

Etsy link: https://squidtartsart.etsy.com/ca/listing/1709793488/may-exclusive-jumbo-rainbow-lynx-vinyl

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Boxer Dog Rug

I created this silly boxer rug for the Capital Art Sale next week!

Boxers have such jovial personalities. I tried to capture a little bit of that in this rug. Defining the mouth was a real challenge, but I think it turned out pretty readable. I also experimented with adding both mid-tone cool colours (blue, purple, green) to define the main dark colours, and actual darker warm tones as extra shadows. I think it adds an interesting bit of depth, but what do you think?

The Capital Art Sale is taking place May 9-12 at the Capital Exhibit Centre!

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One of a Kind! Siamese Cat Rug

I designed this goofy Siamese kitty rug to display at the Capital Art Sale here in Fredericton, NB!

It was a real design challenge to create enough contrast in this design. Tabby stripes are easy to make pop, but the sometimes subtle shift of the Siamese points don’t feel nearly as dramatic. I’d like to play with some different shading techniques eventually, but I’m happy with how this cutie turned out.

The Capital Art Sale is taking place May 9-12 at the Capital Exhibit Centre!

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New Charity Auction: Tubby Tabby Rug

This meat-headed tabby boy is my latest rug for Isaac’s Way’s charity auction!

As usual, I had a ton of fun tufting this guy. Stripes are just so satisfying to render out, with their strong pop of contrast.

This 30” kitty rug is up for auction at Isaac’s Way! You can swing by to bid in person (and grab something delicious to eat) or bid on their website or Facebook pages.

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