Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Portrait of a Wildlife Biologist and Tracker

I recently presented my portrait of Jeff Sikich to him saying, "Little do these cubs know that once you find them and tag them, your research captures the personal commitment of us all."

Thank you for your dedicated work, Jeff!

Dr. Jeff Sikich of the Santa Monica Mountains & Cub
(he may remember which one this lucky little guy was; I do not)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

P-52 & P-50 as Cubs

       ..and here is my newest addition to National Wildlife Federation's 
challenge to me to "paint all the P's"...   
             "P-52 & P-50 as Cubs"       

Painting these two babies (two of a litter of three) 
was a joy.  Who couldn't love those faces?

Matted reproductions, ready to be framed

all art profits go toward the realization of 
California's first wildlife overpass

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"P-37, as Cub"

At last, a new addition to the collection of "All the P's"... 

"P-37, as Cub"

11x14" pastel on suede mat
framed original @$1250.

in support of "SaveLACougars"
critically needed wildlife crossing 

ready-for-framing 8x10"reprints @$30.
online at #SaveLACougars

(puma/cougar/mountain lion/ghost cat)
Challenged by Beth Pratt, California Director of National
Wildlife Federation, to “paint all the P’s” in support of the
critically-needed wildlife crossing over #101 at Liberty
Canyon, artist Kathi Colman has been at work portraying
their beautiful faces (young or old, alive or deceased) to
be reproduced & made available to all thru the #SaveLA
Cougars website. Many originals may also be purchased
by those with a generous heart; Kathi has contributed
them outright to make this privately-funded wildlife corridor
dream become a reality!
“I always talk to them as I paint them. They each have
their own personality and story to tell. I am fulfilled when
told, “Oh, those eyes! That face! I can actually feel their
plight!” Their message is simply that we humans must
now undo our thoughtlessness... Our L.A. freeways have
trapped them and denied them their freedom to roam and
live naturally. ...That makes us the predators, right?
*the portraits of the cubs are the sweetest because we had not yet disappointed

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Very lucky lady.  
She got the "awwwwww" painting.


Eric plunked Kat in the car today and told her, "We are going to pick up your birthday present".

Surprised, Kat never realized her husband had been noting her comments, "Ohh, this is my favorite one..", during their four visits to the Fred Kavli Theatre's Jungleland art show over its' five months exhibit. Despite being an animal lover, Kat is highly allergic to them so "P-32, as Kitten" is now her own special fur cub!

In acquiring this original painting by artist Kathi Colman, Eric and Kat Gerber have contributed to the support of the ongoing cultural exhibits at the Fred Kavli Theatre, as well as to #SaveLACougars tireless fundraising efforts toward the critical need for our wildlife crossing.

Therefore, Kat's birthday is a gift to all!  
Happy Birthday, Kat, and much appreciation to your loving husband...

shared by-
Kathi Colman

-Fine Arts' recognized oil and pastel portraitist
-Community Cultural Affairs Director and Historical Archivist, Old Agoura CA
-Administrative Editor for Facebook newsletter Old Agoura Homeowners 
-Advisory Council/Ambassador for SaveLACougars


Friday, January 13, 2017

An interesting find-

During a recent renovation of four classrooms of Emerson High School in Oklahoma, a startling discovery was made.
Beneath the current boards rested another set of chalkboards - untouched for nearly 100 years. Protected and totally undisturbed, the century-old writings and drawings looked like they were made just yesterday.
Two dates were found on the boards: November 30, 1917, and December 4, 1917.  It is now 2017!
English teacher Cinthea Comer told The Oklahoman, "It was so eerie because the colors were so vibrant it looked like it was drawn today. To know that it was drawn 100 years ago is like you're going into a looking glass into the past."
*Who knew that scribbles on a chalkboard could become more proof of the color retention of simple school chalk colors.
As I have shared with you earlier, artists pastels 
-made from refined pure pigment (NOT chalk dust) 
-have retained their brilliance since the 1400’s!  Pastel paintings are inarguably permanent when protected.

I just wanted to share this interesting example... Enjoy!

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