Saturday, August 1, 2015

Coloring Nature


When was the last time I went out and strolled through a nature path? When was the first time? Nature is our challenge this week and I’ll be hard-pressed to find an image of me enjoying nature. I could depict myself being nice but I’m naughty by nature. Heh heh.

You might notice I’m not in the official featured snapshot—and don’t think TW isn’t gonna pay for that. She says this is one of her favorite pics that she ever took of any of the cats. Of course it has to be Nicky back when he was allowed outside. It was taken in the back yard of the old house.

My close encounters with nature have all been from the window.


One time a butterfly came up to see me. Unfortunately, TW didn’t get any good pics of either of us. She may have been more excited than I was. It’s that pointy thing on the left of the window.


Thanks to Christina and The Lazy Pit Bull for hosting the 52 Snapshots of Life photo challenge this week and every week throughout 2015. For those who would like to participate, next week’s theme is Favorite.

I decided to do something fun for my art. I don’t know that anyone’s tried this. Adult coloring books have become all the rage. TW always thought that image of Nicky in the garden would be a great image to color so we created one in Photoshop. It was trés easy. Go to Filters then Sketch and then Photocopy. You can play with the sliders until you get the darkness and detail you like. We don’t have an adult coloring book so we weren’t sure which you’d prefer. I made a darker one and lighter one. You can click on your favorite to biggify and download. Happy coloring.



If you color them, I’d love to see them. Please share on my FB page or any social media.

Many thanks to Athena and Marie for hosting the Caturday Art Blog Hop every week. Stop by the see some creative anipals strutting their newest art images.

32 comments:

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Ah, my sweet lovely girl! The Human has been terribly preoccupied with Human things recently and neglecting all my needs (well, she *does* feed me and play with me, but honestly, I might as well not even *have* my bloggy!) I love your rear-view photos this evening! XOXOXOXO

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

I've been outside lots, but I'm not sure if that counts as being in nature - everywhere I go has pretty much been city, even the green parts! Love the coloring art today!

The Daily Pip said...

How cool is that! I didn't even know you could do that in photoshop.

Rosie feels your pain about the nature thing. We lived in an apartment for a long time and she didn't see much except birds flying by. Fortunately, now we are in a house with low windows so she does get to see the occasional chipmunk or squirrel dart by the window.

Bev Green said...

Aw CK that is an awesome almost butterfly..but i think the image of you safe inside is pretty good too :) and yes colouring books for big peeps are all the rage..to stop rage i think hahahaah :) hugs Fozziemum xx

Deb Barnes said...

What a fantastic idea for a coloring book! I just got my Mom, who turned 73, a coloring book of medallions and a set up beautiful colored pencils. I don't think your ever too old to color! Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey Gang

Kitties Blue said...

The original photo is amazing. All the different colors of the beautiful flowers really pop. Our mom absolutely loves to color. Her favorite coloring book is her Kliban Cat one. She says she will definitely print this so she can have fun coloring it sometime this winter when its too cold to go outside. Hope to see you for Sunday Selfies tomorrow. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

Brian said...

Those are all great CK and I'm pretty sure outside in nature is overrated!

The Swiss Cats said...

Colouring is a great way to calm down humans. Mum uses it often with her pupils : she gives them mandalas. You turned your photo in a very cool art with the photocopy effect ! Purrs

Marie Symeou said...

That's great! We heard about the colouring books for adults and think they are a wonderful idea :)

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

CK our Mom has been known to chase the butterflies around with her camera. She uses a macro lens and you have to get close to the subject with it. It's a real show, letteme tell ya to watch as she dashes from flower to flower with the butterfly. We loved your art today!
Happy Caturday!
Purrs,
Annabelle, Boo, Ping and Mr Jinx

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Very nice art. My kitties only get nature from the window too. I just got a mini coloring book for adults with kitties in it :)

Tamago said...

The photo if Nicky in the garden is really beautiful. Love all the colorful flowers and green leaves with Nicky in the middle. What a fun idea to create adult coloring book image. Both look wonderful!

The Indulged Furries said...

That's a beautiful photo of Nicky enjoying nature. I've been out in the yard a few time, but it's not something I crave. I prefer watching, hearing, and smelling nature from an open window.

Anonymous said...

Well bootyful CK, furst we had to keep scwollin' up cuz we furgot where we was not seein' yous foto at da top. MOL But dat is a pawsum foto of Nicky and da gawden. and what a cool idea. Weez gunna have to have mommy twy dat. She wuld luv to coor us. MOL Have a gweat weekend.

Luv ya'

Dezi and Lexi

Flynn said...

Even though you are not in the photo, that is a lovely picture of Nicky with the flowers. The colouring book is a good idea.

Jean Neilson said...

Woah, stop the presses! I love the colouring book effects. This is what I call fartsy, artsy.

(((Shoko)))

Melissa and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

I've been wondering how to turn a picture into a coloring book page...that turned out really great!

Penelope TheCatFromHell said...

Wow! Wes loves your coloring page of Nicky! We asked Mommy if she would do one of us, and she cants to DRAW it by hand....Mes knows that's not gonna happen anytime soon....
Kisses
Nellie

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

You're coloring photo is very cool! Great job! We don't get outside at all, either.

Dash Kitten said...

I like the colouring idea CK, it took me a moment to discover the kitty in the picture (DUH!!) what a totally clever idea!!

Annie Bear said...

Looking out the window is as close as I get to nature as well and I prefer it that way. You look quite cute looking out your window and looking at that butterfly (is it ok to say you're cute?). The picture of Nicky in the garden is beautiful! What a neat idea to make it a coloring book page!

The Florida Furkids said...

What fun....Mom is afraid to try the coloring....it could end up being another addiction for her.

The Florida Furkids

The Island Cats said...

Good one, CK! The mom doesn't want to try coloring this...she has difficulty staying in the lines. ;)

Mariodacat said...

That is a great picture of Nicky. M used to like to color, but she is too shaky one to do it.

GLOGIRLY said...

Beautiful, CK! Glogirly has always LOVED coloring.
Nicky is such a sweetie.... we love that picture of her.

Austin Towers said...

That's pretty cool! The Staff has one of those so-called adult colouring books but she's too scared to do anything coz she can't keep her hand from shaking! Too much of the old jonnick I reckon ;) that first picture is terrific CK, sorry to upset you and all!!! ;) xxx

Patty Woodland said...

You need to come and be a Farm cat CK. Then you get to see a lot of nature. Maybe eat some too.

Jody Miller-Young said...

Great pic and loved learning about how to create a coloring book photo; thanks! Nicky is a beauty. Great pics!

www.shelter-cats.com said...

Beautiful picture! It's tempting to color it. Thanks!
I may have to print it out and get my colored pencils...
xxoo
Maggie

modern nomad said...

That is soooo cool!
Hey,where's the crayons?

Noodle and crew

Maxwell Faraday Richman said...

What a purrfect idea!!!

meowmeowmans said...

Very cool! CK, this is such a great idea! We can hardly wait to see how others color it. :)