Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Cat Sanctuary

Just had to share this detail, from a new piece, listed last night on eBay; "The Salem Sanctuary for Wayward Cats; Ferals and Familiars Welcome". I had so much fun painting these eyes - a luminous cross between green and gold. :)

I know I'm not the only one who can relate to the concept of their home as a cat sanctuary, hehe....In fact, if John were not the voice of reason, I just know I'd turn into the neighborhood Cat Lady, lol....But since he IS the voice of reason, I'll content myself with our three, and the colony of several ferals our next door neighbor cares for. An older gentleman, and amazing gardener, he's given his garage over as shelter and his beautiful garden as playground to a number of strays. And although he takes them in for neutering and spaying as he can, more seem to arrive every spring - usually drop offs. Word gets out FAST when you feed strays, but I'm grateful someone is doing it. For the most part they avoid our yard, as the Aussies are a little intimidating. But I do love to see them in the garden next door, and occasionally sunning themselves by our koi pond.

I'm beginning another cat piece this week, inspired in part by our neighbor's efforts - a painting of St Gertrude of Nivelles, patron saint of cats and gardeners. I learned of her quite by accident, and knew immediately I had to paint her. She'll be the first canvas in quite a while, and I'm picturing her done in a whimsical, folk art style....

Cat lovers and gardeners stay tuned. :)

~ Carolee


Leah Stone Art said...

Wow!! I mean WOW!!! Those eyes look so real! You are so amazing!!!
Can't wait to see the whole thing!
Lady, you are a great, fantasic, phenomenal artist!

Iva's Creations said...

My goodness Carolee! I got lost in those beautiful cat eyes! They are so realistic. Amazing painting. Can't wait to see what you come up with!
~ Iva
PS - Got you on my blog now!

Diane MacNaughtan said...

WOW, So amazing! At first impression,I thought this was a photogragh of a beautiful cat! You are incredible....


black eyed susans kitchen said...

My Pixie could have posed for that painting. She has the same greenish eyes and that insolent stare. Fabulous! Susan

Designs by CK said...

Piercing cats eyes! WOWie wow wow!!!

Happy May Day Carolee! :)


*retro-rudolphs* said...

Realistic eyes, yes and glassy perfection!!! Love it!!... and I LOVED, LOVED the chair too!