An artist friend purchased a calendar and e-mailed her remarks today. I was so excited to hear from a fellow animal artist and author of several books! My portraiture style is very much in the fine art portraiture genre, though I do work in looser styles and different media, but I study the work of other artists all the time to inspire growth and change in my own work.
Chris Davis is one of those artists—I have one of her books, For Every Cat an Angel, which she sent after I lost my Peaches last year. I found her colorful, whimsical style so comforting for its lighthearted nature, and indeed that is the name of Chris’ publishing company, Lighthearted Press!
Here is what Chris wrote:
Bernadette, I sat down last night and read your calendar from cover to cover – it’s fabulous! Like a good book, I didn’t want it to end. Every cat lover should have one of these calendars. The stories are uplifting, and the notes and quotes you put on the calendar pages are helpful and inspiring.
I think you’ve created something very special here. Your stunning artwork jumps off each page. I enjoyed reading the additional info at the end, where you told more of each heartwarming story.
As an extra special gift, you included all those resources and important info at the back for anyone who shares their life with a cat. What a treasure! I’m delighted with this extraordinary work of art. I think all the love and care you give to your kitties was also given to this calendar…and it shows!
Congratulations, Bernadette – you’ve got a winner, here!
And please visit Chris’ website to see her illustrated books! You’ll love them—and she’s working on a new one!
They think it’s unfair that Kelly and Dickie were featured in the library before they were, especially since they’re a (nearly) matched set! Jelly Bean and Mr. Sunshine cuddle in a nap in the library of cat books. Yes, it seems my cats mostly seem to think that books are good props. We’ll see at some point if they managed to absorb any of the content.
Well, maybe my cats aren’t the biggest readers and books are just a big sleeping pill for them, or maybe they really can absorb the content if they sleep with their heads on the books.
I’ve done some (lots) of reorganizing (cleaning) lately (while I’m eradicating fleas), and I finally got around to putting my cat books in order on this mahogany triple dresser that doubles as a very attractive file cabinet/storage unit in my office.
You know how kitties are—they have to investigate everything new and “try it on”, meaning placing themselves in or on the object, walking, bathing, playing and sleeping in the new/renewed area. Unfortunately for me, they were so darned cute for several days that I now have several hundred photos of nearly the entire household interacting with the books. They’re still at it over there, but I’ve got work to do so I just can’t look at what they’re doing.
I see a few paintings coming out of this series too.