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The Fishing Cat

The Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) is a medium-sized wild cat of South and Southeast Asia. They are twice the size of a domestic cat. Their claws do not retract all the way like most cats, and they love water. Not only do they swim and fish, but they swim underwater for long distances. Fishing cat territory is unfortunately, prime waterfront property where human development continues to destroy habitat and over-exploit fish stock. Fishing cats are forced to eke out an existence among human settlements, even in cities, where they are hunted and blamed for predation of chickens and other small livestock. Luckily there are some foundations that are working to protect them and give them sanctuaries where they and other wild animals can live.
This painting is for sale 8.5″ x 11.5″ and for only $150.00! The proceeds will go towards renting two fishing ponds in Thailand to help conserve these wonderful cats.

Read more about fishing cats: http://www.fishingcatproject.info/

Want to hear a Fishing Cat’s meow? http://catinwater.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/embarking-on-a-mad-journey.m4a

About the painting:
I depicted the cat on a rock, which is like a small island, depicting the fragility of their existence today. The reference photo was taken from a large group of photos taken by a Russian couple who have a Fishing cat in their home. They have given open permission to use their images.

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  1. Mo
    February 9th, 2012 at 14:02 | #1

    Mimi, I can’t tell you enough how awesome you are. Thank you for your support, and such incredible generosity. It’s not easy making a living as an artist, and you are a true champion of good heartedness. Would you be open to letting us showcase some of your beautiful paintings on CAT in WATER? Maybe even a guest post about what inspires your paintings? I know yu’re busy so no worries either way. Bottom line though is thank you from us.

  2. peggy gatto
    January 17th, 2012 at 15:57 | #2

    your painting is just stunning!!!!

  3. January 16th, 2012 at 01:36 | #3

    Loving the way nature inspires so many wonderful pieces of art – & this is a great one 🙂

  4. January 15th, 2012 at 10:18 | #4

    Great painting! I think this would be my kind of cat. Imagine how fascinating they would be to watch.

  5. January 15th, 2012 at 09:25 | #5

    You seem to be having fun with this theme.

  6. January 14th, 2012 at 19:14 | #6

    Stunning!!! I’ve never heard of a fishing cat. I learned something today. 🙂

  7. January 14th, 2012 at 18:04 | #7

    I am loving all of these things I am learning about these exotic cats each week (and with such beautiful paintings to accompany the lessons… fantastic)! Love those spots!

    xo
    Kristin

  8. January 14th, 2012 at 17:17 | #8

    I am enjoying your cat series sooooooooo much. Your are is so very good. I can’t wait for next week.
    Nicole/Beadwright

  9. January 14th, 2012 at 11:36 | #9

    Hi Mimi! I notice you have begun painting cats a lot! That is so cool – cats are wonderful creatures – this one – I can see what you mean about ‘fragility’ – its pose reminds me of those Polar Bears you see nowadays clinging to small sheaths of the melting Arctic Polar caps. Best of luck on your project!

  10. January 14th, 2012 at 07:37 | #10

    Beautiful painting and it is every better that the profits will help to save these endangered animals. 🙂

  11. January 14th, 2012 at 04:11 | #11

    Mimi, I love your painting very much. Gorgeous watercolor! I also love how you are helping others and the environment through your creativity. Nice information too. Great work!

  12. January 13th, 2012 at 17:56 | #12

    I’d never heard of a Fishing cat, you taught me something new today. I applaud your efforts to help preserve them with your wonderful painting!

  13. mandy at eight is enough
    January 13th, 2012 at 16:53 | #13

    Your fishing cat is amazing…i love now you got permission to use it too….interesting research as well…xxx

    • admin
      January 13th, 2012 at 16:55 | #14

      Mandy, you always have to get permission!

      • mandy at eight is enough
        January 13th, 2012 at 18:01 | #15

        Oh there you go….i never knew that tho i am not a painter who paints real things anyhow…just a beginner really…

  14. Carol Samsel
    January 13th, 2012 at 15:29 | #16

    Amazing!!!

  15. January 13th, 2012 at 14:41 | #17

    Lovely painting and a most interesting subject!

  16. January 13th, 2012 at 14:11 | #18

    Beautiful painting, and a very interesting post, I didn’t know about the fishing cat! HPP!

  17. January 13th, 2012 at 13:53 | #19

    Another gorgeous painting!
    Great balance!

    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  18. January 13th, 2012 at 13:33 | #20

    Wow, terrific painting. Happy PPF, Annette x

  19. January 13th, 2012 at 13:06 | #21

    Very nice work!!! You captured this type of cat wonderfully.
    Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook
    HappyHorseStudio

  20. January 13th, 2012 at 12:49 | #22

    It seems alive!!

  21. January 13th, 2012 at 12:28 | #23

    Love the soft colors and there is a lot of movement in this beautiful painting. Thanks for sharing.

  22. January 13th, 2012 at 11:57 | #24

    This is a beautiful painting. You have such a way to make the watercolors in the background gorgeous and yet not overpowering the central image.

  23. January 13th, 2012 at 11:51 | #25

    Arggg! No follow button, I’ll add you to my computer’s directory then, I want to come back and see more watercolors!
    Best,
    Jenn from JustAddWaterSilly.com

  24. January 13th, 2012 at 11:49 | #26

    What a beautifully rendered watercolor! I’m with you in your love of watercolor. ;o) Thank you for sharing, I find animals notoriously difficult to do, I’m envious!
    Best,
    Jenn from JustAddWaterSilly.com, hopping from paint party friday.

    (new follower!)

  25. January 13th, 2012 at 10:58 | #27

    The Lynx is very real, I like the movement that you have given to the painting. Saludos

  26. January 13th, 2012 at 10:56 | #28

    Yet another wonderful animal painting ~ Wow!~ namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

  27. January 13th, 2012 at 10:10 | #29

    wow, great job!

  28. January 13th, 2012 at 09:05 | #30

    Your post was fascinating to me, but, then, I’m a cat lover! Gorgeous art too!

  29. January 13th, 2012 at 08:55 | #31

    what a beautiful painting! I live in MN and we have an endangered species protection program at our zoo and the fishing cat is one of the species they work with. I used to home school my son so we went to the zoo often and that was our favorite exhibit. Thank you for doing this to help protect this lovely creature.

  30. January 13th, 2012 at 08:16 | #32

    Nice painting. I tried to answer the question you asked on the A to Z Blog. Hope it helps. I think you will do a pretty good job with the A to Z Challenge.

    Lee
    Have you heard about the A to Z Video Challenge?
    Blogging from A to Z

  31. January 13th, 2012 at 08:03 | #33

    Another beautiful painting and another interesting lesson on an animal I knew nothing about! Once again, as is always the case, mankind have encroached on the habitat of another species and then persecuted it when it is forced to live in such close quarters to humans, such a shame that we do this to these beautiful creatures. thank you for educating me on this wonderful cat.

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