Ink kittens, Anita Wong’s new painting series

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Ink kittens is a collection of cat paintings from Asian American artist Anita Yan Wong, the creation process of  ink kitten is very similar to Chinese calligraphy – which requires practice and training perfecting the brush strokes.

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Each kitten takes roughly 10 – 15 mins from start to finish with no pencil sketch nor eraser. 

I have always included big cats in my works but I have seriously started incorporated house cats into my art creation during 2018 when I met the neighborhood cat “Tux”. He appeared one day during my walk and started taking a walk with me every day. I am inspired by Tux every time I see him – his cool black shiny coat and his moves inspired my ink painting series – “Jumping kittens” and it later evolved into my current ink painting series– “ink kittens”. I use only black sum-e ink and two calligraphy brushes to paint my black furry friend – Tux. I feel a cat brings energy into my projects, movement into my brush works and calmness into my life.

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I can only begin a project when I feel completely inspired by the subject and currently the only subject that interests me is Cats. I often begin my cat painting with research – snapping photos of cats I’ve encountered, browsing online/offline materials and visit local adoption events during the weekend.

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The process of creation is very fast for me, I don’t outline nor sketch, the process of painting is similar to writing calligraphy to me, it usually takes sometimes between 10- 15 mins per painting. I take a break when I don’t see the results, the break is extremely helpful to me. I can’t ever force myself into painting, having feelings for the subject and picturing the piece of art in my mind before painting is very important to me in the creation process.

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I’m currently working on upcoming my solo art show in San Ramon California this June 2020. I want to display at least 40 – 50 house cat paintings in the show.

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