Friday, December 15, 2006

The Cat that Walked by Himself
oil on gallery wrap canvas, 8 x 10 x 1.5 in.

This little oil pays tribute to Cornelius, a handsome black feline who wandered onto our farm and started claiming his territory a couple of years ago. Our tenant decided to take him in and get him the proper veterinary treatment and surgery, and has turned this wandering Romeo into the ultimate lap kitty. This view of him is what you get the minute you squat down with a camera. He immediately sees a potential petting and stroking and walks right over. There is no catching a candid view of this guy. Though he is known for perching on fenceposts and rolling in the dust of the paddock, I will never catch him at any of these activities on film. I was attracted to the way the sun reddened the insides of his ears, and his shadow reached out on the pavement.

The approach of the holidays means wrapping things up for the year---finishing up commissions, and getting the books in order for tax-time. It's a time to clean out the studio and shred excess paper. And of course there is the excitement of having some time off to start some new paintings after Christmas.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and Peace and Joy to all!