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I Gatti Randagi – Alley Cats

One of the pleasures of being in Italy for me is getting to know their cat populations. I think you can learn a lot about a town by the condition of their cats. Towns with lots of healthy cats seem friendlier to me.  Although Italian cats are usually smaller than our cats,  don’t eat as well or live as long,  this trio, although clearly feral, were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, well taken care of.  When I walked into their secret courtyard, where they had been basking in the sun, they were all on the alert, ready to flee, but lucky for them, I just wanted to get a look at them, and after a quick snapshot, left them peacefully. This is a painting of a little courtyard in Sersale, Calabria.

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  1. Chatty Lady
    May 2nd, 2009 at 17:04 | #1

    Hello Mimi, I wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed seeing your beautiful paintings. I am on BWS as Chatty so we will see one another often probably. I so admire aomeone with the ability to recreate life as wonderfully as you do.

  2. Cat
    April 28th, 2009 at 07:45 | #2

    The one in the middle doesn’t look underfed AT ALL! They must be very well cared for. Great art!!

  3. Anonymous
    April 27th, 2009 at 11:42 | #3

    Hey Mimi,

    Love the cat picture. The black and white cat’s expression is great. The middle cat is looking more like “excuse you” you are interrupting, especially with that tail action.

    CC, AR

  4. Strumelia
    April 24th, 2009 at 19:14 | #4

    Oooooh….it’s beautiful!!!

    April 24th, 2009 at 18:48 | #5

    Hi Mimi,
    There are many feral cats that roam the streets of Italian towns – li vedi da per tutto, e mi rendano triste vedendole per le strade, con quei occhii selvatiche – you see them everywhere, and makes me sad seeing them on the streets with those wild eyes!Your painting of this trio is exactly what I remember, a typical Italian open piazza with cats catching the sunshine on the steps or a surrounding fountain.. lucky for them there is plenty of water about for them.
    I absolutely love the steal away composition here.. you can see they are about to scatter and I absolutely love the light you have captured here also. Your colours are spot on and are typical of I colori d’Italia.
    A most gorgeous and enchanting watercolour Mimi!

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