topiary cats

topiary cats

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Goodbye Quinacridone

Today I had my rat Quinacridone euthanized.  She would have been 2 years old on April 6th.

Quin was the Extremely Stupid Miracle Rat. Of all the pet rats I have had...probably close to 30, she cost more than all of them combined.  And she also had more medical issues than all of my other rats. And she was hands down the dumbest rat I ever had.  But she did have a very sweet personality.

In October Quin started picking fights with Umber.  He bit her eye and we ended up at the emergency vet at 12:30am- of course over the weekend. I thought I would put her down then, but she just got some meds and a referral to the local exotics vet.  We went there the next morning.  I couldnt get an appointment without major cost- she seemed fine so I waited.  She continued to be fine despite a horrific looking scab over her eye, which I was sure was gone.  A week later the scab fell off and she was fine!  The eye was fine- though blind- but she was perfectly normal otherwise.

In November she developed a really bizarre skin condition- little scabs everywhere, blood, she looked horrible.  Back to the vet...she got meds which did not work.  I couldnt put any more money into her since at that time my cat was being treated for diabetes.  Quin looked horrendous until about mid-January, and the skin problem disappeared as mysteriously as it appeared.  She was fine.

This week she developed an issue with her tooth- it was knocked off alignment and wasn't being filed down properly- it started growing into her upper lip.  This is pretty common and easily treated by clipping the tooth- but I think it dislocated because of her habit of clinging onto the cage bars at dinnertime (and not realizing she has to let go to get the food).  I made the decision to say goodbye today.  She had a long and happy life.

Quin's favorite food was chocolate, or anything sweet.  I made sure the last thing she ate was her "candy".

Quin was very pretty- she was a blue point siamese rat. Her looks and sweet disposition made up for her lack of intelligence.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Florida Plein Air

I was in Florida all last week, went with a friend and took the kids to Disney.  We had a great time.  It was very warm, which meant swimming pools......of course I brought my paint box.

I am changing up my plein air colors- cobalts are my new thing.  I have cobalt blue and cobalt turquoise (and cobalt green), but always used French Ultramarine as my main blue.  I think that might be changing to cobalt...kind of a shame, since cobalt is both expensive and toxic.  But it's so pretty!

This first painting is the pool fountain at night.  I like the colors ok but the brushwork is not so great.  I literally could not see what I was doing- my reading lamp was useless. A good light for my paint box is now a necessity. Looking at the painting in the light the next morning was a bit of a surprise, as I really had no idea what it looked like.

6x8 oil on panel

This second painting was also by the pool.  By far, this was the most comfortable and relaxing painting spot I have been in!

6x8 oil on panel

Palettes for both were quinacridone red (PR209!! not PV19) Cadmium yellow light, cobalt blue, cobalt turquoise, cobalt violet, titanium white