Catching Up on Posts

festival art display

My display at "Art What You Got".

Well, after my week off from posting, caused unintentionally by, as I put it on Facebook: “…last weekend’s festival (nice), a heavy design workload (grateful), HEAT (ugh), and battling FLEAS with nine cats (aaaagghhh!) I took a little unintended vacation from online communications…” I have the energy and the time to catch up with what I was working on, and include a few new things.

illustration of black cat on colored background

Meet Lucy!

First, I’ll be writing the final article about Lucy, including a new illustration and a few more photographs. This is the point where she is diagnosed with FIP, and I do lose her in the end, but I will always have her image, and her mom, and her half-siblings, and her extended family by keeping in touch with those who adopted her. We’re also going to be swabbing our kitties little mouths to participate in the FIP study with the University of California at Davis.

four black kittens

The Fantastic Four.

And Lucy brought me a special gift, one to celebrate on Sunday, July 25—the third birthday of the Fantastic Four! They weren’t born here but were carried across the street three days later, but we still celebrate their birthday on the actual day.

photo of black cat on drawing table

Mimi on Drawing Table, with Lucy's Rainbows

That makes Wednesday, July 28 Mimi’s Day, the day she poked her head up out of the box of kittens, looked around and said, “Well, I finally made it inside.” She’ll always be my little Honey-Mom, even if she’s long spayed.

simba portrait detail

Detail of new portrait.

I’ve also been working on a very special commissioned portrait, my first since completely overhauling my studio and setting up my new workspace. It is a portrait of a man and his cat, and is to be a gift to be presented at his retirement party. I love to be a part of gift-giving; the idea that someone trusts my talent enough to share such a personalized offering is the highest compliment.

I have LOTS of kitty photos too! Stay tuned!

7 Comments on “Catching Up on Posts”

  1. Kitty photos? Did you say Kitty photos???? I’m all eyes.

  2. animalartist says:

    Ingrid, thanks for the compliment. That’s a detail, but the most important area, of course. I’ll post the whole portrait in a few days when my customer approves it. I’m really enjoying one that’s more of a drawing than a painting for a change.

  3. animalartist says:

    Marg, thanks, more later on today! I’m finishing the next illustration, a little challenge in the heat because the fans dry my paint too quickly.

  4. animalartist says:

    Amby, I have several like that, and I can’t really identify them in most of them at that age, I have to admit! That’s a really special little bed because it was Moses’ favorite “cuddle cup” and has her little gray kitty face hooked rug in it, and underneath that is Stanley’s pink sweater “girlfriend”, so even though the two best kitten fosterers were gone by then, they still cuddle kittens in spirit. The bed was there for Fromage last year too.

    And no, not even one of them fits in there now without a leg hanging out!

  5. Amby says:

    I LOVE the photo of the Fantastic Four in the kitty cozy (bet they wouldn’t all fit in there NOW). Do you know who’s who (other than Mr. Sunshine with the yellow mark)?

  6. Ingrid King says:

    Good to have you back. The portrait is stunning – the emotion flowing between the man and the cat as portrayed in the tilt of the man’s head and the cat’s dreamy eyes is beautiful!

  7. Marg says:

    Glad to see you back. Looking forward to hearing more about Lucy. The new portrait looks terrific. Good job. Stay cool

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