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October Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: “Allegro Moderato”

Some paintings wait decades to be painted, and when they have their chance they press on until they are fully realized. This was one of those paintings, one that monopolized the last four days of my life. I am not complaining in the least. My orange boy Allegro came to me in 1986 and left […]

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Such a Very Pretty Kitty

This small pendant is made with a print of a detail of my ink sketch “Kitty in Pink”, but I colored him in with black because I liked the silhouette—which may look familiar because he’s the same silhouette I used on my “Cats Are Like Potato Chips” sign. Click the image to learn more about […]

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A Pantherish Cabochon

Giuseppe is a housepanther, but he does have a rather real pantherish profile.  This small pendant is made with a print of a detail of my photo “Watching the World” . We all love my studio window, a big, old, battered metal-framed casement about 4′ x 4′ on the second floor looking out at the […]

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Bella! Accessory Bags

I wasn’t sure the design would fit when I bought these, but she fit so well it was meant to be. I found sets of these white cotton accessory bags on clearance—a good price for me to experiment with. This is the largest bag, 8.5″ x 5.5″, the other two are smaller and smaller yet […]

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Reduce Your Stress With the Creative Cat Coloring Book

I recently read about a Drexel University study of the effect of creating art on just about anyone—just 45 minutes of art creation can significantly reduce your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. And you don’t have to be an “artist”, it works for anyone even if you’re just doing construction paper collages or coloring […]

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Kitty Love Picture Frames for Photos or Quotes

I purchase unfinished wood frames and add color and handpaint black cat silhouettes and pawprints in acrylic paint. I chose fresh, vivid colors to brighten the area where they’ll display. The art is “Mimi en Silhouette” as the cat shape. I named this design in French because it’s an homage to Theophile Steinlen’s style. Your […]

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Commissioned Pet Portrait: Family of Seven, in Pencil

A portrait of seven cats all in the same image, in a composition that makes sense for all of them and shows all their individual best remembered features, is a challenge, but a fun one. The request from the beginning was that they be in pencil because several of the cats were gray tabbies and […]

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A Very Special Commissioned Portrait, and a Review from the Recipient

I painted a very special portrait recently, special because it was commissioned as a gift for a friend’s significant birthday, a friend who I know as well, and because it was to include all the cats with whom she had shared her life to date AND include the red maple outside the window seen in […]

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I Will Always Walk With You Animal Sympathy Card

Text reads: I will always walk with you. If you live with and rescue a lot of cats, you end up with a fair number of losses. I received sympathy cards from many people, and we all remarked on the lack of animal-themed, especially cat-themed, sympathy cards. For years I’d dreamed of creating my own […]

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A Great Rescue and Commissioned Portrait: I’ll Be Seeing You

CAN THE SUBJECT of a painting communicate through his image? One of the dearest stories from any of my portraits is the one of Cooper, a “first cat” who turned his people into rescuers but who left far too young though he was never far from the memories of his people and the other rescued […]

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