And finally, the e-newsletter!

black tote bag with five cats

"The Whole Family Gets Together"

It took a little longer than I had thought, but we finally got it done.

My quarterly e-newsletter encompasses not only what happens in my art studio and Portraits of Animals store, but also in my work as a graphic designer and web designer, a photographer and writer and other disciplines that utilize design, writing and promotion. It’s handy for people to know all the different things I do, and while I blog about it on a regular basis, there is really no better way to get the word out than to package everything together.

So please enjoy reading about not only the new animal-inspired merchandise, but also the environmental projects I’ve worked with, the performers I’ve had the pleasure of photographing and the newsletters I’ve designed.

And it’s good for me to stop once in a while and take a look at where I’ve been!

Now will you quit playing with that computer and play with us?!

I guess I’ve been a little bit preoccupied…

Read it here: http://hosted-p0.vresp.com/713503/c9fe8e1499/ARCHIVE


Mewsette’s 10 Best Uses for the Bathtub No. 2: Playing With Toys

Mewsette keeps her toy in the tub where it can't get away.

Mewsette plays with her toy in the tub where it can't get away.

Mewsette checks on the toy she left in the tub earlier in the day; it's still there.

Mewsette checks on the toy she left in the tub earlier in the day; it's still there.

Toys have an annoying habit of running under pieces of furniture where my long arms can’t reach them and simply sitting there and looking stupid, or rolling down a flight of steps and, frankly, they aren’t worth chasing.

However, a toy can’t climb the walls of a tub, so you can torture it to your heart’s content, then stop and rest or have a bath, knowing the toy can’t get away.

Mewsette Has Been Pestering Me…

No More Pictures!

No More Pictures!

“Stop taking pictures of me and type my messages!” she insists. I admit, I’ve been distracted by their antics in the new bathroom and otherwise, plus there’s plain old everyday life…

Yes, yes, Mewsette, and I have plenty of other messages to send out, too! Actually, I have been taking photos of them to post and to use for my own selfish artistic purposes—see my post about “new photo galleries”, just below this one, that features two new collections.

Because she has no thumbs, she says, she cannot type her own messages and is at the mercy of my whims to disseminate her information to other felines about her tips about using the tub. In the next few days, Mewsette and I will post #2 in her best uses for the tub.

Also, I’ve been tweaking my website for easier browsing, kind of like tinkering with an old car to keep it running smoothly…soon enough it will be completely indexed and databased, but really, I’d rather blog. I’ll be posting frequently enough in the next few days to catch up with a variety of things I’d like to make sure you are aware of—Top Ten Cat Cities, the plight of pets in this economy, a crochet project, various news articles, and I’d like to introduce you to a group of friends who’ve written about cats for years and the books they’ve written.

Until then, enjoy the photos!


New Photo Galleries

God, I'm Cute.

God, I'm Cute.

Welcome to “In the Bathroom” and “The Stinkbug: A Feline Drama in Eleven Acts“, just two of the fun activities we share in this exciting household!

The photos of Mimi’s Children (and Mimi) in the bathroom were so popular that I’ve posted a gallery of the black cats and their antics in the new mint-and-white bathroom—hanging out in the tub, wrestling on the floor, rolled up in the rug, sitting in the sink waiting for the faucet to drip (the new one doesn’t drip any more, to their great disappointment…).

In an effort to have all the photos be consistent in color and lighting and style, I’ve been washing and using the same towels and bath rug for the past month, and have delayed finishing the bathroom decorating so that other items wouldn’t be distracting in the background. I’ll be glad to put up my new towels and put away all my stuff! It’s always worth it to capture that moment, though, and the opportunity to find images of two or three or four or even five cats as a matched set all engaged in the same activity is really a beautiful thing that needs to be shared. Visit “In the Bathroom“.

The Stinkbug: A Drama in Eleven Acts” was just a lucky moment catching the fab four in a group effort, along with a clear wash of winter sunlight on the landing at the top of the stairs. Stinkbugs are harmless vegetarian plant plant pests that emit a foul smell when threatened or injured, and end up in my house when I take plants in for the winter; confused, they move around sluggishly looking for their natural habitat which does often include predators…it took all four of Mimi’s Children all thinking together to figure out what to do about the bug, which emitted its smell and played dead, and eventually they left it alone. Visit “The Stinkbug“.

Observing the Stinkbug

Observing the Stinkbug

I hope you enjoy the photos! I’ll also be publishing greeting cards featuring some of these images, and any of them is available as a print in various sizes.


Congratulations to Mewsette on Her New Column

Mewsette's 10 Best Uses for the Bathtub

Mewsette offers hints and advice for getting the most out of your bathtub.

Mewsette is a clever and creative girl, but very practical. As a kitten her nickname was “Dora the Explorer” as she was the first to get onto and into everything, as she removed all the tissues from the box and used it as a fort from which to attack her brothers, and later as she carefully explored the entire house, returning with cobwebs on her face; her brothers never had cobwebs on their faces, so I presume Mewsette was honestly exploring while her brothers were only hanging out somewhere waiting for her report.

So Mewsette has grown into an intelligent and reliable lady, though still no less active and creative, and she’d like to combine her best talents and share her conclusions with interested readers. She has demonstrated to me that her hints and advice for bathtub use ought to be published, but with big round fuzzy paws like Mewsette’s, typing is nearly impossible, not to mention editing photos. I am proud of Mewsette’s creative effort and only too happy to assist in getting her word out to the general public. Taking dictation from your cat? Don’t all we feline caretakers do that all day long?

Please join me in congratulating Mewsette on her accomplishment, and enjoy the first installment of “Mewsette’s 10 Best Uses for the Bathtub”, below.


Mewsette’s 10 Best Uses for the Bathtub, No. 1: Bathing

The tub works fine for bathing, even without water.

The tub works fine for bathing, even without water.

The tub is apparently intended for bathing, and I’ve found it to be an excellent place to enjoy even just a little face wash. Incidentally, the tub works fine for bathing without the water; I don’t understand why humans need total immersion. The tub is clean and smooth inside, so I don’t pick up any stray pieces of lint or dirt while I’m cleaning, and when I’m done I can leave behind all the loose hairs and debris I’ve pulled from my fur.