My name is Sara Conley, I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio (follow me on Instagram!). I started painting only about a month ago. I’ve always loved art but I suffered from depression and anxiety for so long that I was afraid to even try. I was terrified to learn that my art was bad or ugly. My best friend is an artist, and she pushed me to play with the art supplies she had around her house.
I painted my first cat, Isaac (my own fur baby!) and I thought that it didn’t turn out too badly! Two weeks later I started I Painted Your Cat, and almost overnight I had 300 followers. I painted 33 cats the first 3 days and saw a lot of progress. I’m so glad it’s continuing to grow! I’m not a professional artist, and I didn’t go to school so I don’t know what I can say about my creative process.
When I see a cat, I try to find the thing that is unique or interesting about it, and then let that quality shine. It could be eyes, or the pose, or coloring. I tend to start with that, and let the rest of the cat come together around it. My best work has been when I let the cat come into itself. I’m totally inspired by anything that looks magical. A lot of my cats wear spiritual symbols or occult imagery. I love little spiders, stars and moons. I try to keep things as light hearted and cute as possible. Each cat is a happy little spirit guide.
I don’t have anything else to link currently. I do business basically through Direct Messages on Instagram. All my purchases are donation based. As long as someone pays shipping, I will ship their cat. I appreciate anything extra that people are willing to give, but I wanted to make a point of being accessible. I’ve never had much money, and I know I would be sad if someone painted my cat, but I couldn’t afford to buy it. I think everyone deserves something beautiful, and I hope to provide a little piece of that!
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!