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November 01, 2015

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Artist Deborah Shapiro Creates Animal Inspired Up-cycled Masterpieces from Old Magazines

Deborah Shaprio

 

"There is more than meets the eye," is the philosophy behind this week's featured artist Deborah Shapiro. She creates fascinating works of art depicting realistic wildlife using scraps of torn magazines "which entices you to study the details." "There is more to all of us than what you initially see," says Shapiro. Read on to find out more of her story and how animals inspire her art.

 

 

The Visionary by Deborah Shapiro

The Visionary 

How do animals inspire your artwork?

I’ve always had a connection to animals, even though I never had a pet as a kid. As an adult, I’ve had a number of pets, feed the birds, support animal causes and will vote for any bill that increases the punishment for offenders in animal cruelty cases. My artwork is a tribute and a visual expression of my sentiment to all animals. I feel we share this earth with all creatures, great and small, and we have a responsibility, as the most intelligent creature, to do right by them.You’ll notice most of my collages are of animals that you can find in Northeast Ohio, which are part of my everyday life. Someday, I would like to expand and do collages of animals from around the world. 

 

Lil Lola by Deborah Shapiro

Lil Lola 

What medium do you work in?

I say I make collages, but that really doesn’t accurately describe what I do. I sort through gobs of magazines looking for just the right color or texture, rip up the page and use that as my paint. Each collage is made up of hundreds of tiny pieces of magazine pages that create the image.

Want to see Deborah in action? Watch her video below.

 

How long have you been creating art?

I’ve creating art all my life, but haven’t considered myself an artist until a couple years ago. I received an art scholarship for my first year at the local college, but ended up majoring in Communications and going into the corporate video business, which I did for over 30 years. During that time, I probably only made less than ten pieces of art in oils, colored pencil and acrylics, whatever floated my boat at the moment. In 2013, I had a double jaw operation and as I recovered, something switched on in my brain and I started to make collages - lots of them, non-stop.

 

Chione by Deborah Shapiro 

Chione
 

Do you own or have you owned any pets and if so, tell us about them?

We have two rescue dogs: a Duck Tolling Retriever mix and some sort of Buhund Spitz mix, both incredibly adorable; two rescue cats, one of which is 19 years old and could care less how adorable the dogs are and the other one is younger who loves to sneak attack the dogs every chance he gets. Finally, we have a tank full of tropical fish. We have no real kids, just the furry ones.

 

The Approach by Deborah Shapiro

The Approach 
 

What is your favorite piece of artwork you’ve created and why?

I would have to say my favorite would be whatever is currently on my easel. I try not to get attached to any one piece because it’s too hard to say goodbye when they find a new home. Every new collage, it’s like a journey for me. I have little struggles here and there, but I feel like I breathe life into it when I work on the face, especially the eyes. They seem to take on a personality for me at that point.

 

Cute Little Heart Breaker by Deborah Shapiro

Cute Little Heart Breaker 

Want to connect with Deborah?

If anyone would like to keep up-to-date on my latest pieces or see where you can view my art in person, I’d love to connect with you:

on Instagram
on Facebook 
on Website

October 25, 2015

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Patti Haskins Big on Fun with Animal Shaped Pillows and Plush

Self-taught artist Patti Haskins combines her love of creating, animals, and her goofy sense of humor, to create whimsical plush and pillows. They say Texas is full of big, and this Dallas gal is no exception, she's full of big creativity! She not only makes funny stuffed critters for humans to enjoy, but also creates a few things for your Outlaw Kitty cats as well.

 3 Striped Crochet Cats by Patti Haskins

How do animals inspire your artwork?

I’ve always lived with animals, even as a child, we had turtles, birds and cats. Now, I’m lucky enough to live with five indoor cats and one mostly indoor dog. And, I have a couple of feral cats that show up daily for breakfast and dinner. I enjoy watching the cats interact and their antics provide the inspiration to create my work. The cats’ sculptural poses are definitely seen in my critter pillows. I also make snakes and bugs filled with catnip for all cats. My dog makes me smile everyday and that makes me happy and therefore I make happy art.

 Dog shaped Pillows by Patti Haskins

What medium do you work in?

 

Textiles mostly these days. I draw critters using black textile ink on colored patterned fabric and sew around the drawings and stuff them so that they become critter shaped pillows. I also crochet critters. I like to do both, so I go back and forth between the fabric and yarn, but the end results are always critters.

Catnip snakes by Patti Haskins

Catnip Snakes for your Kitty

How long have you been creating art?

 

For as long as I can remember. My mother and grandmother sewed, crocheted and knitted. It’s always been around me. I made my clothes all through high school. My grandmother taught me to embroider and crochet. My mom taught me to sew. I’ve always loved to draw. I’m not happy if I’m not creating.

 

Crochet Fox by Patti Haskins

Do you own or have you owned any pets and if so, tell us about them?

 

Mickey is our 10+ year old terrier mutt and he gets along with all five indoor cats: Ozzie, Jessica, Katie, Marcie and Jackson. All the cats were strays. Marcie I plucked out of an alley when she was teeny tiny and the rest all individually just showed up at our front door. We have a bright neon sign on our roof that says “All Cats Welcome”.

 

OzzieJessicaPatti

MarcieMickeypatti Haskins

What is your favorite piece of artwork you’ve created and why?

I don’t really have one. I like the newest thing I’ve created best.

 

kitten shaped pillows by Patti Haskins

 

Anything else you would like us to know about your artwork or yourself?

 

I like to make things that make adults smile and kids come running.
All my critter creations do that.

To see more of Patti's amazing work:

visit her website

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Give her a heart on Instagram: #pattihaskins

 

October 18, 2015

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What Do Jenny Parks and Dr. Who Have in Common?

Jenny Parks Who do you get when you combine a scientific illustrator with a self proclaimed nerd? This week's featured artist Jenny Parks. Yes, there is actually a career in Science Illustration. According to the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and their authors, a science Illustrator, "uses scientifically informed observation, combined with technical and aesthetic skills to accurately portray a subject." Ok, so that's pretty cool, but what do Jenny Parks and Dr. Who have in common? I know you are all biting at the bit to find this out. Read on to find out...

 Doctor  Mew by Jenny Parks Illustration

"Doctor Mew"

How do animals inspire your artwork?

Cats have always been a big part of my life, and I definitely got my love of cats from my mom. I think it was only natural then for me to start drawing cats from a young age. I first started drawing cats dressed up as my favorite television characters (namely Doctor Who) when I was a teenager, which happened mostly because I felt more comfortable drawing animals than I did drawing people. After I finished art school, I thought it would be fun to revisit those Doctor Who cats (or Doctor Mew as I called it) but this time, as more realistic cats now that I had a little more skill under my belt. From there, I started drawing more of my favorite characters from shows and movies as cats, as I found that people really resonated with the images and thought they were funny and cute. I really enjoy it, so I plan to keep it up, I guess until someone tells me to stop.

  

What medium do you work in (watercolor, acrylic, digital, pottery, photography etc.)?

    I mostly work digitally, with Paint Tool SAI and Photoshop.

     

    Wonder Cat by Jenny Parks Illustration

    "Wonder Cat"

    How long have you been creating art?

      Probably since I was able to hold a crayon. I remember wanting to become an artist from an early age, and by the time I was graduating from High School I was pretty much set on going into art school.

       

      The Catvengers Press by Jenny Parks Illustrations

      "The Catvengers"

      Do you own or have you owned any pets and if so, tell us about them?

        I have grown up with cats, but I currently have two. My girl cat is named Mab and she is all black and about 7 years old. I have had her since she was found as a stray kitten. Mamoko is my boy cat, and he is about 11 years old and a big, black and white tuxedo. I have actually only recently adopted him, as he was a previous roommate’s cat and I took him when she could no longer care for him.

         

        Cat Solo by Jenny Parks Illustration

        "Cat Solo"

        What is your favorite piece of artwork you’ve created and why?

        It’s actually very hard for me to pick a favorite, and I don’t know if this is true with many other artists. It’s a little like trying to pick a favorite child, though I can see the flaws and strengths in all of them. Often times I lean a bit toward the most recently done piece, if only because I can see how far I’ve progressed and my recent work (to me) often looks better than my older work.

         

        Harry Pawter by Jenny Parks Illustrations

        "Harry Pawter"

        You love her work, now what?

        Check her out on her website Jenny Parks Illustration

        Fan her on Facebook

        Tweet her on Twitter

        Follow her on Tumblr

        Jenny also attends various Comic Cons- She will be at Tulsa Comic Con Oct 23-Oct 25, 2015.

         

        October 12, 2015

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        Horse Painter Florence Jardine-friggins Shares Her Story

        Instagram is such a great venue for artists to showcase their work. For this week’s interview, we found artist Florence Jardine-friggens on Instagram. Her amazing horse portraits immediately caught our attention. We especially were drawn to her life-sized horse painting which appears later in the interview.

         

        How do animals inspire your artwork?

        I study zoology so I really love animals and I am fascinated by all aspects of their lives including their anatomy, I mostly have the pleasure of drawing people's pets which I thoroughly enjoy as capturing the individuality and personality of pets can be a real challenge. I am particularly drawn to the eyes of animals as I think they are so telling about the nature of that animal and trying to capture the animal’s spirit in their eyes is a challenge that I relish.

         

        Horse sketch by Florence Jardine-friggins

        What medium do you work in?

        I work mostly in pen and pencil however I love doing oil paints when I get the chance.

         

        dog sketch by Florence Jardine-friggins

        How long have you been creating art?

        For as long as I can remember I have been drawing, both my parents are artists so being creative was greatly encouraged in our household.

         

        horse painting by Florence Jardine-friggins

        Do you own or have you owned any pets?

        Tell us about them I currently own two beautiful dumbo rats, Apollo and Hermes. They are cheeky little boys who love eating peanut butter and toast crusts.

         

        horse painting by Florence Jardine-friggins

        What is your favorite piece of artwork you've created and why?

        I painted a 7 foot horse oil painting of a beautiful bay horse, which I thoroughly enjoyed painting as I love doing large paintings but rarely get the opportunity.

         

        Florence Jardine-friggins with horse painting

         

        Anything else you'd like to let us know about your artwork or yourself?

        My love of science often comes into my art and my biggest inspiration is George Stubbs (1724 – 1806 English painter)in particular his anatomical studies of horses. I find anatomy really interesting and love looking at skulls and using this to help improve my drawings.

        Want to see more of Florence’s work?

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        October 04, 2015

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        Jeannine Schafer of Neenerbot Shares Her Colorful Animal Art

        Jeannine SchaferColorful, bright and playful are the words that best describe the artwork of this week's artist Jeannine Schafer of Neenerbot. Jeannine's passion for animals shines through in her funky, fun work. Find out more how animals inspire her art.

        How do animals inspire your artwork?

        Just by existing, really. I get so excited about animals sometimes it’s a little weird. They are so amazing in their diversity and designs! I grew up wanting to own a zoo, be a veterinarian, or be an artist. I was always drawing animals as far back as I can remember. I don’t know what inspired this to be honest. Now I just find them fascinating and so much fun to draw. To me they all have their own personalities, and I love to try and express that through my art, and to draw more attention to lesser known species as well. I draw cats a lot because they just crack me up. Anyone who claims that cats don’t have personalities is clearly not living with any, or they are just haters.

        cat bag by Jeannine Schafer

        Cat Bag by Jeannine Schafer

        What medium do you work in (watercolor, acrylic, digital, pottery, photography etc.)?

        I work in a variety of different mediums, but the majority of my work is done digitally these days. I tend to work more in Photoshop. I have a cintiq (pen tool)  which makes painting and drawing in PhotoShop really easy. When I do traditional I tend to use either acrylics, watercolors, ink, or colored pencils.

         

        RamoneKitty by Jeannine Schafer

        Ramon Kitty by Jeannine Schafer

        How long have you been creating art?

        As long as I can remember. Professionally, probably since 2nd grade when kids would pay me $1 or so for a drawing of Garfield or some other popular character. Always the entrepreneur!

        Kitty Pride by Jeannine Schafer

        Kitty Pride by Jeannine Schafer

        Do you own or have you owned any pets and if so, tell us about them?

        I have had pets since I was about 5 or so. Nothing crazy… ok, I take that back, I did have piranhas once but nothing exotic ever wandered freely in our home. Currently my husband and I have four cats and some tropical fish. The cats are Terje (17), Seymour Butts (12), Tiny Toes (3) and Dikembe (2).

        The four cats thing was a total accident. We had the older two when we moved into our house, but shortly after settling in we discovered some feral kittens living under the porch. We were never able to really tame them, but one kept hanging around and would sneak in my office window sometimes and sleep on the couch. We started calling her Tiny Toes and planned to trap her one day and get her fixed, but she managed to get herself knocked up before we had a chance. We aren’t completely sure what happened next, but one day our neighbor showed up at our front door with a four week old kitten in his hands and explained that he found it in his yard, and he thought it was Tiny’s, and that she had been hurt and abandoned them. We found two more kittens in his yard, and took them in, thinking that Tiny was a goner for sure. We raised the little ones, and found homes for all but one, who we kept. Around this time, Tiny showed back up. She was limping, but ok otherwise. We trapped her this time, took her in and got her fixed up, and eventually decided she needed to just be indoors where she was safe. So, now we have a big furry family.

        Kookaburra by Jeannine SchaferKookaburra by Jeannine Schafer

        What is your favorite piece of artwork you’ve created and why?

        Oof, I don’t know. The Snorffles & Meeps books are something I am pretty proud of. I like the foxes on the trampoline a lot, and the cat in a bag. They are just so simple and make everyone smile. I like the things that are fun to make and fun to look at. The best is when something I am making can make me giggle while I am working on it, and that is what I strive for.

        foxes by Jeannine Schafer

        Foxes by Jeannine Schafer

        Anything else you would like us to know about your artwork or yourself?

        All of the art I do under the neenerbot name is very close to my heart, and done purely out of the love of doing it. I don’t do anything I don’t feel like doing. I work full time outside of this as an Art Director where I have to appease many different people, so when I do my own art I make a point of being very careful about only doing what I want to do. It means I am very particular about what I create and what I sell, but it also means they come from the heart.

        Jeannine does the Con circuit and will be at New York Comic Con Oct 8th-11th at booth #407. If you are going, visit her and tell her you read about her here.

        To visit her online go to her:

        Website

        Facebook

        Instagram:@neenerbot

        Store Envy site
         
        If you have a poem, artwork, song, photo or other creative animal inspired art 
        that you have created and would like to share on our blog,
        please email to (Mary@outlawkritters.com).
        September 27, 2015

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        Claire Chambers of Chickenpants Studio Gives Quilting & Embroidery A New Twist

        Claire Chambers

         

        I'm constantly thrilled to find so many artists depicting animals in such a wide variety of creative ways. This week we present you with Claire Chambers of Chickenpants Studio. She takes a traditional craft of embroidery and quilting and turns it into a new fresh art form all while honoring animals in the process. Let's meet Claire...

        How do animals inspire your artwork?

        I love animals, especially dogs. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that I am obsessed with dogs. I always have my radar up for dogs, and the most memorable parts of walks and travels are always the dogs I got to meet or see. Dogs and chickens and bunnies are my three big favorites, and it’s natural to me that my creative work revolves around them.

        Tiny Bunny Embroidery by Claire Chambers

        What medium do you work in (watercolor, acrylic, digital, pottery, photography etc.)?

        I work in fabric, embroidery and ink.

        Pug French Bull Sketches

        How long have you been creating art?

        Oh, forever. I’ve been creating things and drawing books since I was a little kid. About 8 years ago, I started selling my work, with the Chickenpants plush art dolls, which eventually turned into a love of cotton fabrics, which lead to art quilts and fabric art.

        Patchwork Pug by Claire Chambers

        Do you own or have you owned any pets and if so, tell us about them?

        Currently, my only pet is a bright blue Betta fish named George. In the past, I’ve owned Pugs, bunnies, Sulcata Tortoises...it was great! One pug in particular, Topanga, was my muse for years.

        pomeranian-art quilt by Claire Chambers

        What is your favorite piece of artwork you’ve created and why?

        I tend to fall in love with whatever the most recent thing I’ve made is. But, one piece that stands out in particular is an art quilt I made of Topanga to help me process the grief of her death, and to celebrate and remember her life. It helped! :)   

        Pug Portrait Art Quilt by Claire Chambers

        Anything else you would like us to know about your artwork or yourself?

        I’m considering opening up slots for custom pet portraits, hopefully by November of this year. I’d really like to create personal animal art for people.

        So, if you want a portrait contact Claire and get on her wait list now before she fills up. How awesome would it be to have your own little kiddo honored on a quilt?

        You can find her at:

        website Chickenpants.com

        Facebook

        Pinterest

        Instagram @Chickenpants "I spend way too much time talking to other animal lovers on Instagram."

         

        If you have a poem, artwork, song, photo or other creative animal inspired art 
        that you have created and would like to share on our blog,
        please email to (Mary@outlawkritters.com).

        September 21, 2015

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        Megan Lynn Kott - Painter of Animals

        There were so many wonderful artists at CatCon LA this year. We are so excited to be sharing some of their stories on our blog. Here is another artist who attended the show. We just love her cheeky humor and whimsical style. We are happy to introduce Megan Lynn Kott.

         

               Megan Lynn Kott

             Cattoos Temporary Tattoos by Megan Lynn Kott

        How do animals inspire your artwork?

        ALL OF THEM.  I absolutely love animals.  I work in the realm of cats a lot - but I don't consider myself a cat-person - I consider myself an-animals person.

        Freckles by Megan Lynn Kott


        What medium do you work in (watercolor, acrylic, digital, pottery, photography etc.)?


        Watercolor mostly - but I also use brush pens.

        Oh Gawd! Cat illustration by Megan Lynn Kott

        How long have you been creating art?

        My mom used to tape pieces of paper to my high-chair when I was a baby - so 33 years ;-)

        High Five Oh Gawd! by Megan Lynn Kott

         

        Do you own or have you owned any pets and if so, tell us about them?


        Griffin - is my baby.  He's a ginger, long-haired tabby cat.  He has a lot of personality and does not think himself to be a cat - I think he thinks we're related because we have the same color fur.  He loves his armpits to be scratched, but don't be fooled into petting his tummy as he will promptly bite you.

         Megan Lynn Kott's Cat Griffen


        Davos - is my giant cat.  He's extremely long & tall - probably part greyhound ;-)  He is very anxious about food and eats like a stray.  He loves to butt us with his head when he wants attention, and we bought him a fuzzy blanket which he carries around in his mouth.  He is the king cat of the household.

        Damn Gurl!!! by Megan Lynn Kott's


        Thessaly - is our accidental cat.  We found her across the street from our house crying under a building.  She was 5 lbs. fully grown when we found her with pretty bad abscesses from fighting.  Now she's 11 lbs.  She is our only lap cat and loves chin skritches.  In the winter she will come up to me while I'm in bed and poke me with her paw, that's how I know it's time to peal back to covers for her to crawl underneath them.  She curls up next to my knees & sleeps like that all night.  I think she feels safe there.

        the dream of a 1000 by Megan Lynn Kott's


        What is your favorite piece of artwork you’ve created and why?


        Ah geez.  It's probably the painting I did of Griffin a while ago that says "If You Died I'd Wait 24 Hours Before Eating You...Maybe."  I try and couple all of my animal portraits with funny phrases and that one coupled with Griffin's sweet head-tilt & expression turned out pretty perfectly.

        cat illustration by Megan Lynn Kott


        Anything else you would like us to know about your artwork or yourself?


        Yes!  My husband Justin DeVine & I painted one of the murals at America's First Cat Cafe: Cat Town Cafe in Oakland California.  I loved working with them!  My book release for Cattoos! will be held there this October - if any of you are local, you should check it out!  Also - I LOVE to paint pet portraits, from chickens to green-cheeked parakeets - it's so fun to see the animals people spend their lives with.

        cat painting by Megan Lynn Kott

        My husband is an amazing artist - we did a series of paintings together called Chimera where he painted half of an animal - and I painted the other half of a completely different animal.  The combinations are adorable, frightening, and totally cool.

        Megan Kott & Justin DeVine

        Megan Kott & Justin DeVine

        Megan Kott & Justin DeVine

        We're sure you'll want to see more or Megan's work, so here's how you can find her:

        www.meganlynnkott.com is my sketchbook and where I usually publish work initially.  You can also find me on Inprnt & Shopify.  I also have a book of temporary cat tattoos coming out this Fall through Chronicle Books.  That will be sold through their website, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, & Mod Cloth (among others).

         

        If you have a poem, artwork, song, photo or other creative animal inspired art 
        that you have created and would like to share on our blog,
        please email to (Mary@outlawkritters.com).

         

        September 13, 2015

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        Kudu-lah - Where Animals & Imagination Meet

        In this week's blog, we meet an artist who takes animal art to a new dimension. He mixes animal breeds to form new fantasy species. Meet Kenneth Kudulis, DBA kudu-lah and explore his unique take on animal inspired art. 

         

        kudu-lah Albee Mason Jar

        Albee Mason Jar by Kudu-lah

         

        How do animals inspire your artwork?

        I draw critters, which are inspired by people and animals that I’ve encountered during my travels. Most of the critters are combinations of several animals. For instance, Derblin is reindeer goblin, Moxie is a cycloptic cat fox and her boyfriend (yeah they have relationships), Squppy, is a squirrel puppy. Squppy was actually drawn from my dog, Smokey, a Pomeranian / Lhasa apso mix. Smokey was very fluffy, had a snaggle tooth, was partially blind and obsessed with squirrels. My drawings are inspired by sometimes a physical trait and other times personality. For instance, Albee, our purple monkey is actually based on our Frenchie, Pixel. She’s always on the lookout for treats and so is Albee.

        We Were Here by Kudu-lah

        We Were Here by Kudu-lah

        What medium do you work in (watercolor, acrylic, digital, pottery, photography etc.)?

        The critters are always drawn with ink pens. Then the critters are digitally painted, similar to a water color technique.

        Shark Jr. at the Beach by Kudu-lah

         Shark Jr. at the Beach by Kudu-lah

         

        How long have you been creating art?

        I started kudu-lah in 2007, but have been drawing and painting since I was a child. I really started painting in high school and later worked in the scene shop in college. I figured I could professionally paint and hone my skills as a scenic artist. I was 1 of 2 accepted paint interns at Juilliard in New York, then later freelanced with the Santa Fe Opera (NM), Public Theatre (NY), Apollo Theatre (NY), Spaeth Design (NY) and numerous off-Broadway shows. I got to a point where I was tired of painting other people’s work and decided to start painting my own.

         Marina Towers by Kudu-lah

        Marina Towers by Kudu-la

        Do you own or have you owned any pets and if so, tell us about them?

        My wife and I are the proud parents of two French bulldogs, Pixel and Scribble. Actually Scribble just joined the family last week. She is 10 weeks old, brindle (gray or tawny with darker streaks or spots) and really enjoys throwing herself into monkey grass. Pixel is a 4 yr old fawn (a light yellowish-brown color), and loves to go hiking. Her longest hike to date is 6 miles with 1600 ft. elevation change; for a 16lb Frenchie with 5” legs, we are pretty sure that’s the equivalent of hiking Everest.

        Pixel and Scribble Kudu-lah's puppies

        Pixel and Scribble

        What is your favorite piece of artwork you’ve created and why?

        I don’t really have a favorite piece of artwork I’ve created myself. I paint in hopes that it is someone else’s favorite piece of artwork one day. You can’t get really attached to your own work. It’s more out of a necessity to create. I just get an urge to paint, I finish and then I’m satisfied. Honestly, my favorite artworks are the pieces we are collecting from other artists. We just picked up some amazing pieces by NC based artist, Faryn Davis, who paints dreamy woodland scenes encased in resin.

         Paradise by Kudu-lah

         Paradise

        Want to see more of these magical creations? Visit Kud-lah at:

        website
        Etsy Shop
        Instagram: #Kudulah
        Twitter: @kudulah
        Facebook

         

        If you have a poem, artwork, song, photo or other creative animal inspired art 
        that you have created and would like to share on our blog,
        please email to (Mary@outlawkritters.com).

        September 06, 2015

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        Jess Doutrich Colorful Cat Painter

        This week we are interviewing Cat Painter Jess Doutrich. We discovered Jess's colorful creations at CatCon LA this year. Her work just makes us smile. We hope it makes you smile too. Read on to discover how cats inspire her work.

        Jess Doutrich at work painting

        How do animals inspire your artwork?

        Cats are the main inspiration for my paintings. I had a very special cat who “adopted” my family. Really! He just walked into our house one summer day and decided to keep us. His name was Abraham, and he would follow me everywhere. His amazing personality was the original inspiration for my work.

        Wish for Fish by Jess Doutrich

        "Wish for Fish"

        What medium do you work in (watercolor, acrylic, digital, pottery, photography etc.)?

        For my paintings, I work with acrylic on canvas. When it comes to sketching and line art, I work with a black Paper Mate flair pen on paper.Katniss and Casper

        "Katniss and Casper"

        How long have you been creating art?

        I’ve been drawing & painting cats for about 10 years now, as a self-taught painter. I like to think I got my start in high school French class. I used to draw cats on the side of my study guides, acting out various French phrases. My teacher really encouraged me to continue with it all, and I’m so glad she did. I am also a professional product designer, graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in Industrial Design. I currently design fashion accessories when I’m not painting cats ;).

        Cat Dreams by Jess Doutrich

         "Cat Dreams"

        Do you own or have you owned any pets and if so, tell us about them?

        I have an awesome little rescue cat named Jax. I adopted him when I lived in Minnesota, and I’m pretty sure he was raised by dogs. He plays fetch and likes to chase me around my apartment mostly. He’s quite a character!

         

        Jax-  Jess Doutrich

        "Jax"

        What is your favorite piece of artwork you’ve created and why?

        My favorite piece to date is one of my “City Kitty” paintings. I started out with this concept of the cat who lives in the city, and each one in the series continues the theme, but with different coloration and mood. For some reason, I’m a little obsessed with the idea, but I just go with it.

        City Kitty  by Jess Doutrich       "City Kitty"

         

        City Kitty by Jess Doutrich
        "City Kitty 2"

        Anything else you would like us to know about your artwork or yourself?

        I also do custom cat portraits. You can find more info & details on my website.

        Also, visit Jess at:

        Facebook
        Instagram : jd_catpaintings

         

        If you have a poem, artwork, song, photo or other creative animal inspired art 
        that you have created and would like to share on our blog,
        please email to (Mary@outlawkritters.com).

        August 30, 2015

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        Tara Galuska Creates Paper Art Inspired by Animals

        Tara Galuska Photo- credit Michele Mateus Photography

        "Tara Galuska" Photography by Michele Mateus Photography

         

        Tara Galuska is a paper artist whose beautiful butterflies and birds caught our attention on Instagram (instagram.com/taragaluska). Her Instagram images are playful, nature inspired and give an amazing glimpse into her rose-colored world. This week, she graciously agreed to share with us how animals inspire her creations.
         

        How do animals inspire your artwork?

        We share our planet with some amazing creatures and I can’t help but want to create my own paper versions of them! At the moment I am obsessed with butterflies and moths. They are just so beautiful and amazing aren’t they?

        Nocturnal Sky Dream Tara Galuska Garden Credit Julie Nicole Photography 

         Moth In The Garden Credit Julie Nicole Photography

        What medium do you work in (watercolor, acrylic, digital, pottery, photography etc.)?

        I use paper to create my art and illustration work. I like to say that I create poetry with paper!

        Bunny by Tara Galuska

        How long have you been creating art?


        I’ve been creating art as well as crafting since a young age. After years of exploring different mediums and styles I’ve fully immersed myself in the world of paper art within the last year.

         

        Cat by Bunny by Tara Galuska

        Do you own or have you owned any pets and if so, tell us about them?

        My husband and I have two lovely feline family members called Daisy and Bijou! They have the sweetest friendliest personalities and add such joy to my life. When they aren’t sleeping they love sitting in boxes, getting pats and staring out the window.

        Daisy Credit Julie Nicole Photography

         Bijou Credit Julie Nicole Photography

        What is your favorite piece of artwork you’ve created and why?


        I don’t have a favorite. I may be more pleased with the outcome of different artworks than others but they are all important in my journey as an artist.

        Oh So Lovely Swan Tara Galuska Leaves Credit Julie Nicole Photography

         

        You can see more of Tara’s work at her website or on Instagram : taragaluska

         

        If you have a poem, artwork, song, photo or other creative animal inspired art 
        that you have created and would like to share on our blog,
        please email to (Mary@outlawkritters.com).