Thursday, August 15, 2019

My new baby.


SOOC shots. No edits. Canon 6D MARK 2. Nifty fifty lens. It focuses fast. It feels good in my hands. It delivers impressive images. Let me tell you the hardest and most difficult thing with this camera. And that is this, properly attaching my vintage camera strap. Quite literally took me forever. More images to come. In love with this new baby. 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Brand new cool products from Red Bubble!


Lately I’ve been keeping super busy as to not dwell on the sadness I feel when there is no little man by my side. It’s awfully hard to get motivated. Yet, painting and working on projects on the iPad Pro helps tremendously. Today I improved and enhanced my online shops. Red Bubble has added some nifty new products such as shower curtains and water bottles. Had to snapshot the pages be they only allow to share on fb or Pinterest. Stupid imho. My hand hurts and I need a break. But I’m so happy with these products!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

RIP my faithful little fluffy Furby


This past week has been long and hard. Furby, my long time fur baby was put to rest after some serious seizures that had been progressively getting worse. I am still dazed and confused and of course am having difficulty focusing. Furby was a huge part of our family for 17 loving years. I have documented his life basically on my blog here for ten years and have gathered a wonderful collection of photographs and some videos. He was my faithful companion. My best pet model. My favorite to just be around and hold. I am beyond grateful to have shared 17 years of precious memories with this little blonde furry friend. You are at peace now little man. I will miss you.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Drunk Cat Series


Part of the cat series I’m working on. This one will be titled drunk Cat Series. Cats who are drunk/high from too much plant eating. I’m really happy with this piece and it’s color composition. It’s a retro look I’m going for. Plus it sorta has a screen printed vibe as well. Simple lines and geometric shapes with a few carefully selected retro colors is the aim here. Love this piece. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Basic kit lens vs nifty fifty

I love this comparison of images. The top image is taken with a Canon EF 50mm F1.8 aka the nifty fifty lens. Also some simple edits in Snapseed such as contrast and highlights, curves, tones, sharpness and ambiance. It’s rich and dramatic and moody and has pretty good tonal range. Plus the charm of a good looking cat. 
The bottom image is taken with the Canon EFS18-55mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens. As you can see the kit lens does a mediocre job. It’s flat and boring and simply just blah. And my model knows it!! 
But, I will say that this camera/lens does a pretty good job as a video camera. Which is what it was originally intended for. Leia used it for her YouTube videos for about a year in 2017. Then I purchased the 50mm lens in mid summer of 2018. I’ve used it for a year now and have taken 4-5k photos. Now that a year has flown by it’s time to upgrade. Keeping the nifty fifty to use with the new eos rp that came out this year. Stay tuned for the new. The smaller (body) The bigger (ff sensor). Can’t wait!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

First attempt at dog portrait using ArtRage painting app

A work in progress painting using the ArtRage painting app. It’s realistic paint blobs are fantastic and I truly love that! However it can be a little frustrating to figure out all the buttons and techniques. I hope I discover quick hot buttons soon. They really need to simplify the way to create layers and color palettes. Maybe I just need more practice. Oh and patience as well. Final touches, highlights and details should be complete by today. I miss my black lab Kenobi. 

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Plants Cats and a Television Set

I think I’ve come up with a style that I might be happy with. I need to simplify and narrow down colors. I don’t like things too fussy or complicated so I may continue to omit details in this cat series. I do however think I’m onto something with my signature. Like the name within a box. Freehand. I always circle my ‘i’s. And I do need to include my surname. I thought about Kim k. Then Kim k w. Now I’m Kim k. Widmark. And the 30 second speed time lapse vid (which only took me 4 hours) shows a lot of changes within this piece. Like I’ve said before. It’s a labor of love and I’m not striving for perfection. For that’s the ultimate enemy of progress!!!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Bird wrapped in rainbow feathers

    Working on painting this darling painting bunting bird. There are plenty of reference images on Pinterest but I still am having trouble with this one. Especially his feet. Bird feet are super hard and tricky. They have this prehistoric vibe about them that I have not been able to master. Oh well. Practice. Create. Everyday. He’s cute and certainly wrapped in rainbow feathers. Love is love. And let’s lets respect all humans. This bird is simply love. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Gorgeous quick edits with Snapseed


I’m obsessed with this photo editing app called snapseed. Highly sophisticated and professional. Will enhance your photos to a serious pro level. Some examples above. Love it. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

I painted rummy

I painted my cat. It was kind of a challenge throughout as I sometimes get confused with my multiple layers then I can’t decide on backgrounds and the different mediums and brushes. It’s all a labor of love though. 3 hours of therapy. And painting cats is never boring. I figured out how to include a video of the whole entire crazy messed up process using procreate. Only traced the initial shape from the reference photo I took. Final artwork has the simple charcoal background. Which seems to add a bit of moody drama. I’m happy and that’s all that matter. Cats.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Endangered Green Magpie Artworks




                                         Uploading the time lapse video may just be impossible using blogger. Not having any luck. This image was borrowed from Pinterest and no artist name was found so I can’t give anyone credit. Using my own images in the future. This bird was simply a delight to paint. I don’t typically trace but it worked and is helping me learn this new skill. I prefer to not trace and refer to the reference photo instead. The procreate app is so sophisticated I am just barely entering the land of magical creations. Fine. Perfection is the enemy of progression. That is so true. I’m happy working and creating at the speed I’m currently moving. I plan to do a series of birds now. Of course. Wild. Native. Endangered. And simple regular old backyard finches. They are so fascinating to me. Little birdie.....

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Procreate finally adds FONTS to the app!

Finally I can now add TEXT with the new add on text application from Procreate!Yippee! This is super basic for my  purposes and I am constantly learning new moves every day with this amazing and super duper sophisticated app. Today I completed these two guys. Cleaning up and figuring out my style that I want to bring forward. Simple pieces with retro colors and a few fun details. Playing also with the signing of my Artworks. Kim k studio/kimk_art/puppycat_art. 
For now it’s still a work in progress. Feels good. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

iPad Pro original Artworks

My very first original creation. About 2 months ago I came up with an idea for a series of Artworks. I just completed this special piece today. Part of me cannot decide on backgrounds and color composition. But I think I’m getting the hang of it and I am pretty sure this is the look I’m going for. Vintage folk art Cats. I need retro colors and simple shapes. This piece took approximately 4 hours and has about 4000 strokes. I just find this new found love of illustrating highly therapeutic. Call it a labor of love. Below are the canvas specs. Hopefully no issues with printing and final output of this guy.

Monday, March 25, 2019

iPad Pro obsessed


I recently made a big purchase. Since I haven’t upgraded my computer in forever I figured it was time to invest in something worthwhile. At first sight it’s a pretty piece of technology. Shiny. Bright. Smooth. Fast. Big. And just a lovely work of art. And then you get to know the most important part of why most creative people like me buy this. The drawing part. The pen is not too slippery and not too grippy. It feels right. Sticks to it real good too. I’m a photographer. I know what I want something to look like. And the procreate app allows me to do just that. I feel like I’m on to something. So yesterday I spent literally all day (about 10 hours) drawing. Creating. Making stuff that is meaningful.  To me. I sketched, inked and painted so hard I had to switch hands just to complete a piece from my series I’m working on. Then I realized I can’t draw with my left hand. The top piece is the nearly final. The look and style I’m aiming at. As you can see from the 30 second speed drawing I need tons more practice with cat anatomy. No probs. This machine is my new sketchbook. But I’m pretty pleased with how this all turned out. 
 The iPadPro has literally changed my life. I’m now obsessed and excited about the projects I’m creating and what my mind can conjure up as I live with this new best friend. Love.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Grandparents kitchen

My sloppy copy original sketch of the kitchen series. I’ve gotten a bit carried away and will probably end up with a hundred sketches. This is sketch number 17 and am working on color composition for each piece. Sloppy copies are great. I can throw out everything that’s going on in my crazy mind but then really in the end you gotta just simplify the final. I want to put focus on some key elements such as the tea pot, pull out cutting board and the heart waffle. Grandmas was frequently on that micro kitchen but grandpa created to best Norwegian waffles on the planet. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Series of 12 cats plants and home.

A series of illustrations featuring 12 wackadoodle and naughty cats. Plus plants. In a home vignette. The idea struck me last night while experiencing artists block. I’ve always wanted to create a series of portraits or paintings of something I just absolutely love and adore but nothing ever sparked. Until last night. 3 things I’m obsessed with are plants, cats and vintage furniture/decor. And since the beginning of the year I’ve also been filling my sketchbook every day with oddities. Cats. Dogs. Etc. I possess some truly unique period pieces of furniture such as a 1950s coffee table inherited from grandmas house that The tv and plants and occasionally cats sit on. This is where the spark grew from. While obsessively sketching I made certain to draw from my wackadoodle imagination and not look at anything online. So as to keep the focus original and build my own artistic style. This is nostalgic and meaningful to me. The 12 sketches are complete and the tracing has begun. Then it is off to the painting process. I’m excited to use gouache because of the rich and matte and versatility of this medium. The one I have taken a picture of is the last one I drew. And I just absolutely am in love with it. Stay tuned for the next step. Rummy keeps me company and this chair will most def be featured in a painting!

Monday, February 4, 2019

What I did today

Re purposed canvas. 12x12x2". Chunky and shiny. A Siamese/lynx point kitty cat still, hunting in a pile of wildflowers. Abstract and loose. Yet needed some tight details for the eyes. Acrylic and using only the best paints which I now forever am obsessed over. Golden AND Liquitex heavy body. Worth every pretty penny. Roughly $10 for 2 oz. Cheap paints are These are made in USA or France or Germany or even UK. This fun piece is based on a vintage framed needlepoint work of art that I own. I am pretty satisfied. The paint is heavy and vivid and flows nicely! I still need much more practice with my flowers though. But hey-it's abstract/expressive/loose. I Try not to dwell too much. It's good. But the next one will be better. Cats.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

New banner/cover/profile/photo on ETSY!

I have been selling all kinds of collectibles on EBAY since 2007. My feedback seller/score/rating is a perfect 100%--with 454 positives. It's fun. It's time consuming. But rewarding. My user name has been ggirl1969. Not original, but Ebay won't permit me to change much. Shop name change to good old Puppycat Photography/Shop/etc. would make things less confusing, but like I said, they won't let me. So, I've been tossing around the idea of selling on Etsy. For a year. Created a fancy big banner today. (For some reason 3 years ago I changed my shop name to Puppycat and mouse. And now it's stuck) I do seem to stick with the 'puppycat' theme-so that's safe. I would love to continue to sell items on eBay, they are super duper easy peasy to navigate and set up sales in a snap. But the fees are too high for me now. 10% fvf. No tanks. Right now I'm going to figure out my ETSY shop. I've added links from my blog/website/instagram/'facebook'-but, the thing is, the FB link is actually my feedback seller rating from Ebay. Etsy will not permit me to customize links. Customer ratings are PRECIOUS!!!!  So...there you go. I hope this doesn't confuse customers too much. Ultimately I am a seller of old goods such as vintage items. Cool collectibles. Old paper. And just about anything that is 20 years and older. OMG-1999 is the 'vintage' cut off year. Huh. Hopefully my lovely looking banner will shine and stand out. My product photography will look better than ever. And I hope I can just take the time to get the hang of this smoothly and successfully. I really LOVE picking items and reselling them to people who just adore the stuff I collect. Ebay made it easy for me all these years. And now I want to say tanks and goodbye. Hello ETSY.