S.O.F.A. 2016 – Nasturtiums by Celia Pike

Nasturtiums by Celia Pike will be on show in this years S.O.F.A. exhibition at the Llewellyn Alexander gallery in Waterloo, London from the 25th of August to the 16th of September.

Nasturtiums by Celia Pike

S.O.F.A. 2016 – Together Time by Barbara Thaxter

Together Time by Barbara Thaxter will be on show in this years S.O.F.A. exhibition at the Llewellyn Alexander gallery in Waterloo, London from the 25th of August to the 16th of September.Together Time by Barbara Thaxter

S.O.F.A. 2016 – Day Dreamer by Denise Laurent

Day Dreamer by Denise Laurent will be on show in this years S.O.F.A. exhibition at the Llewellyn Alexander gallery in Waterloo, London from the 25th of August to the 16th of September.day dreamer black cat oil painting

S.O.F.A. 2016 – Undecided by Daphne Lanham

Undecided by Daphne Lanham will be on show in this years S.O.F.A. exhibition at the Llewellyn Alexander gallery in Waterloo, London from the 25th of August to the 16th of September.Undecided by Daphne Lanham

S.O.F.A. 2016 – Little Big Chief by Marion Pritchard

Little Big Chief by Marion Pritchard will be on show in this years S.O.F.A. exhibition at the Llewellyn Alexander gallery in Waterloo, London from the 25th of August to the 16th of September.Little Big Chief by Marion Pritchard

International Cat Care Awards 2016

This year’s International Cat Care annual celebration was held at the Kensington Roof Gardens in London in July.

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Easy To Give Awards

Every year ICC presents the ‘Easy to Give’ award, created to reward pharmaceutical companies whose products are easy to administer to cats and don’t damage the relationship between you and your cat.

Easy to Give winners this year are

  • Amodip Chewable Tablets for Cats (Ceva)is the first ever cat-friendly amlodipine licensed for veterinary use for the treatment of hypertension in cats.
  • Benazecare 5mg Tablets (AnimalCare) act to reduce the protein lost in urine in renal disease and increase the appetite and quality of life of cats with chronic kidney disease.
  • Noraclav Chewable Tablets for Cats and Dogs (Norbrook) contain amoxicillin and clavalanic acid; because antibiotic resistance is a growing concern, having routinely used antibiotics in an easy to give and palatable formulation for cats is very important.
  • V-Gel (Docsinnovent) is a supraglottic airway device for cats which enables a clear airway to be obtained quickly, efficiently and effectively for general anaesthesia and emergency resuscitation purposes without the need for traditional endotracheal intubation.

These companies will be granted the use of the Easy to Give logo on advertising to the veterinary world. These bring the total number of Easy to Give awards presented, since their inception in 2005, to 39.

Easy to Give Award winners from left: Fleur Knapp and Iain Meneer from AnimalCare; Marie-Laure Loubiere and Sarah Endersby from Ceva; Surendra Sumaria-Shah from Docsinnovent; Lizzie Leonard-Appleton and Rachel Crowe, Norbrook.

The Cat Friendly Awards

The Cat Friendly Awards recognise other products which have made a real difference to cat wellbeing and welfare. This year the winners are…

There were four Cat Friendly winners this year – Lick-e-Lix from Webbox, Feliway Friends Diffuser from Ceva Animal Health, Kittyrama Cat Collars from Kittyrama and Beco Cat Bowl from Beco Pets.

  • Lick-e-Lix (Webbox) provides a great method to help give prescription medications to cats. Owners reported that its different flavours were great for disguising and giving pills and even made this a rewarding experience.
  • Feliway Friends Diffuser (Ceva)contains a synthetic copy of the cat appeasing pheromone naturally produced by a nursing mother for her kittens after birth, helping kittens feel safe and secure. This product aims to reduce tension and conflict in multicat households.
  • Kittyrama Cat Collars (Kittrama)are designed to be lightweight, slim, durable and very comfortable. They also have a buckle for accurate fitting and a safety opening mechanism if the collar gets caught.
  • Beco Cat Bowls (Beco Pets) are made of recyclable waste plant materials and are wide with low sides so that the cat’s sensitive whiskers are not bent while eating.
Cat Friendly Award winners from left: Claire Bessant, iCatCare Chief Executive; Melanie Eastwood from Webbox; George Bramble from Beco Pets; James Forrester and Carolina Ballon-Forrester from Kittyrama; Abi Busk from Ceva.

Cat Friendly Award winners from left: Claire Bessant, iCatCare Chief Executive; Melanie Eastwood from Webbox; George Bramble from Beco Pets; James Forrester and Carolina Ballon-Forrester from Kittyrama; Abi Busk from Ceva.

Cat Naps Calendar Competition

Kensington was also the venue for the launch of the ICC 2017 Cat Naps calendar, crammed with stunning winning photos from the annual photographic competition.   They’ll be available from their website soon, and the funds raised from the sale of the calendars makes a significant contribution to their welfare work with unowned cats.

The winner is Johanna Vaurio-Teräväinen from Finland, for her stunning picture of her cat Pitkis.

The winner is Johanna Vaurio-Teräväinen from Finland, for her stunning picture of her cat Pitkis.

For more information on the awards, have a look at the charity’s website, www.icatcare.org or if you are interested in buying the terrific calendar or cards see www.icatcare.org/shop.

The top 100 images are available to view on the charity’s Facebook page.

We have always enjoyed our association with ICC and the excellent work they do to improve the lives of our cats. International Cat Care receives no public money and relies on the generosity of the cat community to continue its work for owned and unowned cats across the globe.

Working on Pastelmat

I have been drawing with colour pencils for 14 years, first on Daler-Rowney pastel paper, then heavy weight Cartridge paper.  I also tried Daler-Rowney board for bigger drawings (A1 and A2 size) but in the end, it is Pastelmat that best suits my present style of drawing: animal portraits..

The colours come out more vibrant and you do not need as many layers to achieve this effect.  Not only that but because of the good grip this type of paper offers, it is possible to apply pale colours over dark, making corrections a lot easier than on other types of paper.  However erasing leaves marks unless you lift the colour with a putty eraser.  As a result, when working with a grid, I only use dots to mark the corners of the squares as they can easily be covered afterwards by a dot of the same Pastelmat colour.

It is also possible to create “fuzzy backgrounds” more evenly by simply rubbing the colours with a piece of tissue and create effects difficult to achieve on other types of paper.  It was especially effective with the drawing of my cat Griffin (Late Afternoon Watch).

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Pastelmat comes in 8 colours:  white, natural sienna, brown, anthracite, buttercup, maize, dark grey and light grey.  The only ones I have not tried yet are white and buttercup.

I seem to achieve my best results when picking a colour found in the undercoat of the animal I plan to draw, which is why brown Pastelmat is my favourite colour for most animals.  It also offers a good contrast for dark and light colours alike and complements well subjects with a variety of colours and values.

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Light grey and dark grey also work well with silver tabbies as well as black and white cats.  Anthracite has been a hit and miss for me.  I just couldn’t get warm colours to work on it but it turned out to be the perfect colour for my black panther .

7- Black Beauty

Natural Sienna gave good results with my Caracals and worked with my kitten Austin coming out of the basket  although I might have achieved better results using light grey.  Who knows…

9- Surprise!

 

Because Pastelmat grinds your pencil, it is difficult to achieve fine lines and thus fine detail.  Harder colour pencils like Faber-Castell Polychromos, Caran d’Ache Pablo and Derwent Artists work better than softer pencils like Prismacolor and Derwent Coloursoft in this respect.  I find it perfect for animal portraits but had difficulties achieving the finesse I wanted for whiskers and other small detail when drawing full animals .

8- Eye to Eye

So yes, drawings on Pastelmat need to be fairly big but at the same time, they don’t seem to take more time to complete than smaller drawings on other types of paper.  Pastelmat might not suit every subject or every drawing style but for me, it was like finding the “Holy Grail” after many years of search and experimentation allowing me to reach another level with my art.

 

By France Bauduin S.O.F.A.
France Bauduin’s web site.

 

 

Do you have particular materials or techniques you’d like to recommend to other members? Do you have a particular brand of paint or pastels you love to use? Where do you buy your supplies from, do you have a great local art supply shop or do you use an online store? If so we’d like to feature you and your work along with those recommendations on the blog. Contact the editor.


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SOFA London 2015
SOFA London 2014
SOFA London 2013
SOFA London 2012
SOFA London 2011
SOFA London 2010
SOFA London 2009
SOFA London 2008

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