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Abstract Cat

Abstract Cat by Karen Gadient, 2016

Abstract Cat. Acrylic and digital mixed media.

Fun experiment while sampling brushes, both real and digital, that purr-gressed into something paw-some enough to share. 😀

‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked.
‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the Cat: ‘we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.’
‘How do you know I’m mad?’ said Alice.
‘You must be,’ said the Cat, ‘or you wouldn’t have come here.’
― from Alice in Wonderland

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Black Cats and Art Snacks

Black Cat by Karen Gadient, 2015

Black Cat. Ink, colored pencil, and graphite on smooth bristol paper.

This month, I received my first Art Snacks box. Art Snacks is a monthly art supplies package, similar to the beauty and treat boxes that are so popular now.

I decided to give it a try because I no longer had other subscriptions. David and I had enjoyed our Vegan Cuts snack box, but treats often melted in transit (it’s over 100 degrees here for months on end), so we cancelled. In fact, the heat was the reason I stopped getting beauty boxes too: lots of melted makeup.

So, Art Snacks arrived with Halloween candy. Which melted! Shocking―not. However, the art supplies hadn’t melted, because they were mostly pens and pencils, a nice watercolor brush, plus a bottle of ink.

The little card that came with the supplies encouraged the use of all products in the box to make an original piece of art. David would have had me do it anyway, because he suggested the idea before I’d even read the card!

So… here you have it: a black cat for Halloween. Which seemed ideal, given that everything in the box was black―except one colored pencil, which was orange.

I’ll be trying the box again for November and making something with whatever I get. Hoping for more color next time. It’s a fun box for artsy types!

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Mircoe with Sunflowers

Mircoe with Sunflowers by Karen Gadient, 2014 -- with original

Mircoe with Sunflowers. Cat portrait for Patricia and her sweet kitty Mircoe. Van Gogh-ish influence, complete with a hat and sunflowers (Mircoe’s favorite flower―and Patricia’s too). I had a lot of fun with this portrait because Mircoe is so adorable! Shared with permission from Patricia.

I dream my painting and I paint my dream. ― Vincent van Gogh

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Blues Cat

Blues Cat by Karen Gadient, 2014

Blues Cat. Cat in a cool mood.

I’ve been surrounded by cats since I shared a playpen with one and I couldn’t imagine my house without a cat or two. One of my favorite childhood poems:

Cats sleep anywhere, any table, any chair.
Top of piano, window-ledge, in the middle, on the edge.
Open drawer, empty shoe, anybody’s lap will do.
Fitted in a cardboard box, in the cupboard with your frocks.
Anywhere! They don’t care! Cats sleep anywhere.
― Eleanor Farjeon

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Cats in the House

Calico Cat Watercolor

I’ve been away from blogging for a little while, as we’ve been busy with the integration of a new adult cat to our household. Glad to say it’s gone smoothly!

I’d show you a picture of her, but she was very badly matted when we found her and now she’s got quite a ridiculous haircut. Punk lion-kitty. With the online world always hungry for silly cat photos, I figure it’s better for her dignity to allow the fur some time to grow back before we post snapshots.

She’s sweet lady calico and we’re glad to have her in our family.

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul. — Jean Cocteau

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Jones by Karen Gadient, 2014

Our handsome ginger fellow, Mr. Jones, says:
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from our family to yours.

May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.
— Irish Blessing

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Queen of Her Castle

Gerlcat by Karen Gadient

Our elder lady and most dignified kitty, who always photographs radiantly.

Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods.
Cats have never forgotten this. — Anonymous

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