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!
(Mewsette attempts to write a book review.)
“You see my photo here all the time, but you don’t know I’m famous.”
“I’m famous too, Mewsette, I’m in the photo with you!”
“Shut up, Jelly Bean, you’re sitting behind me in the photo so you’re obviously not the subject.”
“But I’m cuter than you, everyone says so!”
“Jelly Bean, the only thing you’re good for is being cute. Go away and be cute!”
“Our photos are in the book too, Mewsette, stop acting like you’re such a star!”
“Who asked the two of you?! Everyone go away! Just let me finish what I’m saying!”
(Mewsette shoves her brothers, they shove back, a four-part wrestling match ensues.)
Well, so much for Mewsette and her book review, but she’s young, I think she can learn. I’ll finish this one for her since she’s otherwise occupied.
The book Mewsette refers to is Cat Confessions: A “Kitty Come Clean” Tell-all Book by Allia Zobel Nolan, a book that does just that—allows kitties the chance to come clean about all the naughty things they do behind their humans’ backs!
“All we did was tell Mommy’s date how old she really is. We don’t know why he left,” say Sugar and Spice from Duluth, Minnesota each bearing totally innocent round-eyed expressions.
And many more in this beautifully-designed 64-page book, thoughtfully written by Allia after her years of observations of her cats and others’.
A sweet little hardback gift book, Cat Confessions is a great way for both new feline aficionados to find out what to expect from their new housemates and long-term human slaves to felines get a good laugh at what they know to be true. At just under 5″ x 5″ it’s a great stocking-stuffer or anytime gift. That way, whenever your cat or any other is wearing an expression that can’t be determined, you and your friends and family can check this book to find a clue.
And in among all the true confessions from kitties all over the world are indeed my Fantastic Four in two separate spreads in the book. Mewsette and Jelly Bean are seen above looking innocent in the tub, and below are Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe checking their Facebook pages on my computer when I’m not around, though Allia had to disguise their names so not to get them in trouble!
About Allia Zobel Nolan
And I’m a proud cat mom to have had my Fantastic Four chosen to be published by such a distinguished author as Allia Zobel Nolan.
Allia Zobel Nolan is an internationally-published, award-winning author of over 170 children’s and adult trade titles with close to three million books in print. Her books reflect her two main passions, God and cats, and include such varied titles as The Dreamy, Fishy, Happy Bible Storybook, The Ten Commandments for Little Ones, and The Worrywart’s Prayer Book as well as Smelly Feet Sandwich and Other Silly Poems; Purr More, Hiss Less: Heavenly Lessons I Learned from My Cat; The Joy of Being Single and Women Who Love Cats Too Much. New releases in 2011 include The Lord’s Prayer for Little Ones; Thank You, God; Hugs & Kisses, God; The Bible According to Kids, and an as yet un-named kitty book.
Among other places, her work has also been featured in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Irish Independent News, The Hartford Courant, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times.
Allia lives and writes in Connecticut with her husband, Desmond Finbarr Nolan, and their three feline children, Sinead, McDuff, and Angela.
We won’t tell her kitties…but she’s currently working on Dog Confessions.
About my photos
Allia and I met through the Cat Writer’s Association and began to correspond as Allia began to mentor me in the ideal of publishing my own books. Seeing the photos I’ve used on this site and in my greeting cards and other merchandise she asked if she could use a few photos for a book she was currently composing, briefly describing Cat Confessions. I pointed her to my gallery of photography, specifically my kitty images.
“Bernadette’s photos were so wonderful, I had a hard time choosing. I wanted to use them all. The ‘gotcha’ poses she managed to snap of her puddies…whether they are playing ‘get-the-moth’ in the bathtub, or lined up one through five to look out the door, are completely natural, yet so entertaining. They’re the kind of photos we all wish we could take of our babies…if we only had the skill, and if only they’d stand still. And she has a gazillion to chose from.”
Well, my kitties have to earn their living somehow! If you’d be interested in using one of my feline photos for your book or magazine article, please feel free to contact me.