These four images are four early paintings inspired by my cats enjoying a spot of sun with a nap or a bath. They date from the early to mid-90s when I was working hard to refine my skills with pastel, with color, with shape and even the strokes in my paintings. I felt I really move up a few notches with these four paintings and celebrated that by having them printed as note cards, my first set of full-color note cards in my career.
With several four-sided jelly jars to use as votives I knew I’d want to use this set of four paintings as one of them.
I etched the inside of the jar to better diffuse the light from the candle, then printed the design of four individual paintings on a purchased clear vinyl label and burnished it onto the vase. The curved glass areas are painted with green permanent alcohol ink. Because the green is fairly dark, when the candle is lit the paintings really glow.
It’s made from a repurposed glass jelly jar 3.5″ tall x 2.25″ wide and comes with an LED tea light. Price includes shipping.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
Bright sunshine on anything will inspire me, especially when it’s illuminating one of my cats…and so I’d like to share that inspiration with other feline fans. These four designs are printed from my original artwork, each of them cats who’ve shared my life past and present.
Stanley didn’t have many relaxed moments during the day, but one of them was always a spot of sun right after dinner and a nice bath. Rather than disturb him by trying to share in his contentment and fussing over him, I chose to render the warmth of the sun on his side and the depth of the early evening shadows all around.
My white cat was endlessly inspiring to me, and I would need two lifetimes to recreate all the images of her that I have photographed and saw every day. With all that lustrous long white fur, Sally’s baths are quite a production, but each bath is like a graceful dance, especially when taken in the morning sun.
She found a warm spot to sleep in the sun on that old pink sweater of mine, and the look of contentment on her face was my first inspiration, especially since Miss Moses (we all thought she was a boy) had been a feral kitten and all her life hesitated to walk across the center of any room, finding security in keeping close to the furniture. But there she is in the middle of the room looking rather smug—I can almost hear her purr.
Real sunworshippers, all of my cats wait for the sun to enter the house in the morning and take their appointed spots. The brilliance of that first light and its reflections around the room, plus the contrast of all the exaggerated straight-line shapes with the organic shape of little Cookie and her shadow inspired this one.
Click the title above to read more about each of the paintings and find them as prints. Each is also available as a note card in a set called “My Cats in the Sun”, the very first set of full-color note cards I had printed in the 90s.
You will also find each of the images as gift bags, tiles, keepsake boxes and so many other gift items by searching the title of the painting to find all items with the image.
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