The image to the right is a painting/assemblage that I created recently. It was a bit of an experimental piece. I found the 3-dimensional cat at a store that sells cheap mass produced items and it inspired me to build a painting around it. Although it was inexpensive, it was solid wood, so I felt it was a good item for assemblage art.
I changed the color, texture and design of the cat to ensure that I was not stealing a licensed idea, and then I turned it into a creation of my own.
I put it on a piece of board that I had hanging around and painted a city skyline behind it. Cats in the city is a theme that I enjoy, and I hope you do too. As an avid Trap-Neuter-Return advocate and volunteer, I have a high regard for cats who make the city streets their home.
I recently posted the painting in my Art for Sale Gallery. I brought the price down on it from what I would typically sell a piece this size, as it is very heavy, and will require higher shipping costs. Please let me know if you have an interest in it.
I also posted the image in my recent Buzz from BZTAT! newsletter along with some other interesting news and tidbits. I would love it if you signed up for my newsletter, as that is the best way for me to share what’s new with people who enjoy my art. Regardless of whether or not you have an interest in purchasing anything, my newsletters put a little color in your inbox now and then, and who doesn’t need a little bit of that?
If you do sign up, I will send you a free downloadable poster that you can print out and put on your wall! You also will get the latest news and exclusive offers.
And, when I launch my upcoming ebook, you will get an opportunity to receive it for free! how cool is that?
She lived most of her life in a parking lot, but she was greatly loved by her “Parking Lot Mommies” who tended to her needs and to those of the other cats who lived with her.
In recent months, her caretakers decided it was time for Sweet Pea to give indoor living a go. She adapted amazingly well, and she became the “Third Cat” of Dorian Wagner who writes the famed Your Daily Cute blog. That was no small thing.
People who share their lives with pets are blessed with knowing a special kind of love. The love that we share with our pets is both deep and tender, and in some ways, it is unmatched by the kind of love we share with those of our own species.
The hardest part of the human animal relationship is that we usually outlive our pets.
The winding down time of a pet’s life is not something we look forward to – that time when you know she is ill, and there is not much time left, and you want to make the best of the time you have left. As hard as it is, though, we would not give up that last bit of time for anything in the world.
My cat Slick, whose illness I wrote about in April (The Greatest Cat in the World), is now in that winding down time. A trip to the vet yesterday and the blood work results today confirmed that her kidneys are shutting down. She is losing weight and stamina, although she is still eating and drinking. She’s hanging in there, but we know it is not forever now.
It could be days, or weeks or even months. She could bounce back a bit. But it is time to face reality.
Slick won’t be with me for too much longer.
I am very grateful to her and our Creator for giving us the eighteen years that we have had together, and I will cherish each and every remaining day.
Slick, you are my very special girl, and I will always hold you dear in my heart.