Cat nap

So, I was sitting there wishing I had inspiration because I really wanted to paint. My old cat Barbie, who more or less inhabits my studio is often asleep in a little ball and I use her as a model often. But this day, there she was doing a face plant! I could not resist and painted her there, sitting in my old rocking chair, doing the feline equivalent of ZZZZZZ. Over the top of the chair you can see the fringes of a crocheted shawl that an Italian cousin gave me in Italy

This is a 6 x 6 inch watercolor painting and is SOLD

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Art House Co-op Sketchbook Project


Sometimes it’s fun to participate in group efforts, one of which is the Art House Co-op Sketchbook Project.
I had to pay a little money to receive a little journal book in the mail, but it came quickly and I immediately started drawing in it. I didn’t really like the paper, it was thin and even pencil drawings showed through to the other side. I guess I got about 1/2 way through it and set it aside, as I have another journal book that I like much better which has stout paper that I can scribble, paint, and use pens on. That’s the one I took to Italy with me.
At the last minute, I decided to finish this one and mail it in. Eventually you will be able to see mine on line, I will post the link when it appears. Apparently there are thousands of artists participating, and some of the stuff they have put in their books is incredible. I am a little intimidated, but the fact is, this is the first time I’ve ever put a sketchbook together like this and it was a pleasant effort, so it was worth it.
I was given a theme “Help!” which did not resonate with me at all, so I more or less ignored it. I was inspired to do a sketchbook by the work of Sue Pownall a very well traveled artist.
The Sketchbook Project: 2011

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Worth more than money


Like many artists, I donate a fair number of my paintings to charities that I care about, so last month when I was asked if I had anything for Feral Care‘s fund raising auction, I offered one of my favorite cat paintings, the Smiling Cat. I liked it so much I painted it twice (I sold the first one so fast I had to paint it again)!
Anyway, a few days after the auction I received an email from the lady who had won that painting. She had a proposition, she would pay me more if I would change “Smiling Cat” so it looked like her beloved kitty, Carlos, who had recently died. I had a proposition for her too, I couldn’t bear to change my painting. For a good sized donation to Feral Care, I would paint a portrait of Carlos and she could give me back my Smiling Cat. We agreed. Photos were exchanged, plans were made, and in two days Carlos was painted. We met today at All the Best Pet store and what I received for that commissioned painting was immense gratitude, sublime satisfaction and a hug. I couldn’t believe how good that felt. That’s one of the best deals I’ve ever made.

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What is a MimiTabby?


Once upon a time a little girl was born who loved cats. She loved not only cats, but stories about cats and books about cats. She also started drawing cats when she was 3 years old.

As soon as she was able, she made sure that cats were always in her life and of course she learned to take care of them. Her best friend in the world was a cat for most of her childhood. Today, she’s fostered cats, rescued cats and supported cat rescue associations, often by donations of paintings of cats. She even managed to raise two wild rambunctious sons with perfect cat taming and handling skills. I know, enough about cats. But I figured someone might want to know what the story was behind the name Mimitabby.

And onto tabbies. Tabbies are cats with stripes or spots, one of the most common markings found on felis domesticus. While I’m at it, there is also a word in Italian that describes exactly a dark tabby cat. That word is soriano. I’ll bet you’re glad you know that now.

Models for these paintings include Aggie, Barbie, Nutmeg and Enza (oh, and Mimi). Featured here either in personality or actual portraits are many of the cats that I had the pleasure of sharing my life with in the past. While I was painting these cats I had several of them posing for me, purring at me, watching me, and letting me know it was time to feed them. Special thanks to Arabella for giving me the idea for this painting.

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How does a cat smile?


There are two kinds of animals who chose to live with human beings for companionship. The domestic cat is one of them. How well we get along with each other is partially measured by how well we learn each other’s language. This little kitty is air kneading, to show his pleasure. His eyes are also half-closed, which means he is really relaxed and happy. I’ll bet he’s purring too. Everyone has had a tuxedo cat. I had one named Figaro before I was born!
Thanks for the Reference Photo, Jeannie! This painting has already sold..

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