Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Lampo

Watercolour - 7"x10" HP Cartiera Magnani

I've been meaning for a while to paint our next door neighbours' much loved cat, Lampo. Lampo has a taste for antiques and contempt for Old English Sheepdogs.

This cat is stoic in the face of Dermott's terror campaign which, at present, only amounts to Dermott leaping up and down in one spot on top of the cisterna, barking in outrage. Of course, should Dermott at some stage get the idea to jump down from the cisterna and give chase, it will cause an international incident that will almost certainly sever ties between our two families and lead to a cut-off of biscotti and other treats. Do you think Dermott is bright enough to realise this?

I seem to be painting animals and fruit this month when I really intended to take the lead from Katherine, Making a Mark and paint flowers. I did fit in a quick watercolour sketch of the Plumbago which is about the only plant in our garden not suffering from the heat.

Watercolour - Fabriano Artist's Journal

11 comments:

Dave said...

That cat looks like it rules the roost! Then again, don't they all! Lovely flowers, too. What a delicate colour of blue.

AnastasiaC said...

love the chair!! so beautiful, the cat sure looks comfy!

Africantapestry said...

Very stylish cat, with a taste for the expensive in life it seems...he actually looks quite at home there on this antique, as if he wouldn't be fit for anything less then the best. Love the colors of the cat agains the sofa.
and your Plumbago is so beautiful! I love that soft lilac/blues..
Ronell

juj said...

I was so surprised to open this page today and have the color of that divan jump out at me. I am right now working on a piece with that exact color. (rose madder?) I thought I chose it simply because I am so sick of making everything blue - but now I wonder if I wasn't channeling you! lol

Beautiufl sketch. I am always amazed by how clean your brush strokes are. And the face on that cat! No wonder Dermott barks at him.

Felicity said...

Both of these paintings are just gorgeous!! I love the composition of the cat and the chair and the soft colours of the flowers and the paper.

"Maggie" said...

What fun to go off and live in Italy, I hear it is lovely. Your dogs are the cutes and the cat on the loveseat is beautiful. I wanted to incorporate such a love seat in my Marie Antoinette Reading illustration but decided at the last moment not to include it. Your dogs are adorable even if Dermott isn't an intellect. Thans so much for stopping by my blog and for your warm comments.

Robyn said...

Dave - Thanks (for everything!). And yes, Lampo does rule and has Dermott totally bluffed.

Anastasiac - Glad you like my rare attemptat furniture. When I saw that couch all I could think of was what a great sketch Laura (Laurelines) would make of it!

Ronell - thank you - I'm really trying hard with colour.

Judi - If I could channel you, I'd be very happy! I'm using hot pressed WC paper at present, maybe that's making my brush strokes look smoother. Believe me, the brush never goes down in one clean sweep!

Felicity - Thank you! I'm enjoying your journey into watercolours too.

Robyn said...

Maggie - The anticipation and then the exciting news about your novel being published is totally infectious. It's wonderful and so well deserved. You are a wonder Ms Maggie!

Dermott said...

Yeah yeah. I don't hold Lampo in contempt. Lampo is beneath contempt. He's a fat, mollycoddled, supercilious, primo piatto. When I get my oversized paws on him.

I'm off now to invent dental floss for dogs. For getting cat hair out from between the teeth.

Joan said...

She looks like a princess sitting there on her throne!! Nice job on her and the plumbago too. I'm so impressed that you know the name of the flowers you paint.

Robyn said...

Joan - Lampo is actually a prince! And doesn't he know it! Thank you. I've only started making an effort to know the names of plants. Now I'm finding it interesting. Prior to that I've just called them flowers.

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