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Doodlewash by Sara Conley - I Painted Your Cat watercolor sketch pet portraits

Doodlewash by Sara Conley - I Painted Your Cat watercolor sketch pet portraitsMy 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.

Doodlewash by Sara Conley - I Painted Your Cat watercolor sketch pet portraitsI 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.

Doodlewash by Sara Conley - I Painted Your Cat watercolor sketch pet portraitsWhen 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. 

Doodlewash by Sara Conley - I Painted Your Cat watercolor sketch pet portraitsI 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!

Sara Conley
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44 Comments
  1. weisserwatercolours 2 years ago

    ….utterly delightful!

  2. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Your cats are so playful, Sara! Charming paintings. Thank you Charlie.

  3. Carmel Campbell 2 years ago

    Sara, I am so glad you started to play with your friend’s art supplies. What a unique style. Loose and lively. Fabulous work!

  4. gaelle1947 2 years ago

    You’ve really captured the whimsical world of cats! I’ve already shared this with friends. Keep on CATaloguing those wonderful scribble critters – they brings lots of smiles.

  5. Sabiscuit 2 years ago

    The paintings are gorgeous. Your title reminds me of a friend’s fluffy Persian cat who sit right on a pastel chalk painting of mine before I could set it. Her underside was an installation for a few days. So, I have literally painted someone’s cat.

  6. Jessica Seacrest 2 years ago

    Sara I’m so happy that you are a feature on Doodlewash. I love your cats. I’d say you’ve stumbled onto something that you are totally and wonderfully meant to express. Looking forward to seeing more!

  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 years ago

    Sara, you are an intuitively gifted artist as your paintings are beautiful. You’re so kind to paint for the joy of it and to give your paintings away. I like to imagine the whole world functioning this way.

  8. Damita M-S 2 years ago

    I love love your work Sara. I’m glad you started painting because your cats are great. The colors, the eyes, their clothing brings them to life.

    Thanks for sharing and looking forward to seeing more.

    • Author

      Thrilled you liked these Damita! Do you have a cat? You should have Sara doodlewash it!

      • Damita M-S 2 years ago

        Hey Charlie- I have not been as active because work is real busy right now but I’m enjoying all the art work and I try to at least “like” so you know I’m still around. 😊 Anyway, no I only have 3 dog babies but her work just spoke to me and made me see cats in a different light! Have a great day🌻

      • Author

        So glad to know you’re still around Damita!! Hope your work calms down a bit so you have some time to doodlewash!! You should try to play with me on my new adventure at least once this month!! 😉

  9. Kari 2 years ago

    Your cats are adorable! You really have a great feel for watercolors! Love the loose style that captures the personality of these cats! Will look for you on IG!

  10. Jodi 2 years ago

    these are adorable! Look forward to following your work Sara!

  11. Sara conley 2 years ago

    Thank you everyone! I was so honored and excited to be featured here!

  12. Curious to the Max 2 years ago

    Sara,
    Your paintings make me want a cat! Charming! You are an inspiration for giving.

    • Author

      hehe… I thought the same Judy. I’ve never been a cat person, but this made me want a cat so Sara could doodlewash it!

  13. The Velvet Soapbox 2 years ago

    So much character! Thanks for sharing…:)

  14. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    You really are good at capturing the essence of each cat!

  15. karen colson 2 years ago

    Dear Sara — I love your cats AND you story! You are a natural born artist — and I think the fact that you are “untrained’ allows you to access and then paint, what you feel and experience with the kitties. It is very inspirational to me – to remember to just see what comes out on the page, if you are loose and going on instinct – instead of being so focused on technique. Thank you so much for sharing…

  16. memadtwo 2 years ago

    I love the outfits. A good reflection of personality. Wonderful brush work. (K)

  17. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    Love your art, Sara! I’m a big cat fan! 🐱💖🐱 I’m now a follower on Instagram! 😃

  18. Cathe 2 years ago

    What a wonderful post! Such charming cats! So happy for Sara, art is for everyone!

  19. Rob 2 years ago

    Very cute, love your work!

  20. caritaconcolita 2 years ago

    Quite funny, very artistic! 😀

  21. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Such beautiful and free-spirited cat portraits. Sounds like this artist is on a wonderful creative journey. Thanks for sharing.

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