Yōkai (Kitune & Kokkuri-san)

I love kawaii, so after I researched “Yōkai” a few days ago, I knew I had to draw a super-cute nine-tailed trickster fox spirit before midnight Seattle time on Oct 7! Possession seems pretty fitting for Halloween plus I love numismatics, so it’s all coming together in this one.

I honestly knew very little about Yokai and hadn’t even ever heard that word before it showed up in the Mabsdrawlloween list. Kitune is the fox spirit and Kokkuri-san is like Ouija played with a coin and the fox possesses you.

I found a tutorial online for how to draw a kawaii cat by @tatyanadeniz that I used as a guide. I’m also calling it #wip because this had to be done very quickly so it’s not nearly as worked over as I’d like to to be, but you get the idea. Want to play a game?

xo, k

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Loo Roll on Unbleached Muslin


Oil on paper, 4×4 inches, Kato D, 2019

This painting uses three colors, titanium white, unbleached titanium and raw umber.  I bought the video of Scott Conary‘s Perception and Inspiration online course, which is awesome, he is awesome, and he talks about the movement of light and shadow around a form and the melding of foreground and background:  they are one, grasshopper.

I find the computer moire of the paper’s linen texture really annoying.  I tried blurring but it looked worse.  I pledge to start painting on smooth panels soon.

Portrait Prank


Oil on canvas, 8×8 inches, Kato D., 2018

Panda has commissioned a portrait artist to paint his likeness so he can be part of art history (and have something nice to hang on his wall.)  The artist says things like, “hold that pose” and “what a mysterious smile you have” and “sit still, Panda, just a little longer.”  Unbeknownst to Panda, he’s been portrait-bombed by his best friend, Bug!  Lolz bug, you’re part of posterity now!

Hanadama Akoya


Bon bon with genuine pearl, Kato D, 2019, enhanced oil on wood, 4×4 inches

I mean no offense to the pearl which I adore when I say you can’t eat money.  Nor can you eat a painting, however that doesn’t change the fact that you can’t eat money.


Star Wars vs. Star Trek – A Forbidden Love

A Forbidden Love

This is one of my favorite fark.com photoshop contest entries.  The contest theme was “Star Wars vs. Star Trek”.  I came in a respectable third.  The winner did a hi-rez Kirk putting the moves on Leia and you can’t beat that.

Because Ackbar was a beloved fark meme and I’ll pander when it suits me (plus Ackbar is clearly a relative of our Earth-based cephalopods), I’d been waiting and wanting for ages to do an Admiral Ackbar with his shirt off. There were not many reference photos available of Ackbar’s species so I had to guess a bit on what he might be like.

If only we could have warned him that Disney laid a trap! Admiral Ackbar, RIP, but please God, grant him a well-made prequel and let perpetual light shine upon him.


I’m looking forward to Picard since I’m a Trekkie through and through, esp TNG. Glad to hear Troi will be in there and also Data and 7/9. I’m also rooting for more Worf anything!  How about a Worf movie?!?!!11!

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Pink Loo Roll

Enhanced Copy of “Klorolle” by Gerhard Richter, 6×6 inches, altered oil on paper

Happy April Fools Day! How do I get away with painting loo roll?!? It’s insanity! But I’ll justify it because it’s pink. (And I pink, therefore I am.) I recently read “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon and found it freeing. A quick read with good advice about accepting and incorporating influences. Learn from the best. I’m a frequent lurker at Daily Paintworks and they had a Copy and Learn Challenge for March so I did this one and I did learn quite a bit from this painting.

I’ve been working on a series of toilet paper studies and I would never have thought there is a sexiness quotient to toilet paper. I always had a vague sense of disappointment that Richter (or possibly Germans as a group) put the toilet paper on the wrong way round, however after thoughtful consideration of many loo roll still lifes, I realize it’s a very explicit pose this TP is taking!

I’ll leave you with some Richter quotes that resonate deeply with me while I work on my next installment. Bis später dann, xo, k


“Of course I constantly despair at my own incapacity, at the impossibility of ever accomplishing anything, of painting a valid, true picture or even knowing what such a thing ought to look like. But then I always have the hope that, if I persevere, it might one day happen. And this hope is nurtured every time something appears, a scattered, partial, initial hint of something which reminds me of what I long for, or which conveys a hint of it – although often enough I have been fooled by a momentary glimpse that then vanishes, leaving behind only the usual thing.” ~ Gerhard Richter

“The desire to please is maligned, unfairly. There are many sides to it. First of all, pictures have to arouse interest before people will even look at them, and then they have to show something that holds that interst – and naturally they have to be presentable, just as a song has to be sung well, otherwise people run away. One mustn’t underrate this quality, and I have always been delighted when my pieces have also appealed to the museum guards, the laymen.” ~ Gerhard Richter

“One has to believe in what one is doing, one has to commit oneself inwardly, in order to do painting. Once obsessed, one ultimately carries it to the point of believing that one might change human beings through painting. But if one lacks passionate commitment, there is nothing left to do. Then it is best to leave it alone. For basically painting is total idiocy.” ~Gerhard Richter

“I do not mistrust reality, of which I know next to nothing, but I am suspicious regarding the image of reality which our senses convey to us, and which is incomplete and limited. Our eyes have developed such as to survive. It is merely coincidence that we can see stars with them, as well.” ~ Gerhard Richter