These are paintings and photographs mainly featuring cats that have deigned to live with us over the past few years. They are a frequent source of amusement as well as being good subject matter for paintings and photographs.
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Kippy in a basket
Pastel on Canson Paper
Location: In a basket, where else?
We have this cat called Kipper, so called because of the exhausting days that she spends sound asleep. This was painted when Kipper was a kitten. She is much older and more mature now as the next picture shows:
In search of unconsciousnessPhotograph
Location: Don't ask!?
Now that Kipper is older and more mature, she has trouble getting quite as much sleep as she used to. Consequently she now looks for anaesthesia wherever it can be found
My biggest fan!!
Location: Where its at (for a cat)
We have an auxiliary cat called Rosie who is a particular fan of my more soulful renderings on the blues harp. No matter where she is in the house, as soon as I start playing, she comes rushing up to me, miaowing, purring and rubbing herself against me. "Cats purr when they are in pain, Dad" the kids used to say when they were younger but what did they know? The picture speaks for itself:
Location: Somewhere in England
This is Rosie in full evasion mode. Things that will send her running for cover include getting out the ironing board, getting out the vacuum cleaner, getting out the box to take her to the vet, the word "V E T", dropping coins onto a bed (don't ask) and, a few years ago, the sound of my son's ex-girl friends' voice which made her disappear for three days over Christmas.
Apart from that she is not very neurotic at all
Jigsaw mastery at a stroke
Location: On the job
Cats are gifted with a third eye, clearly seen here.
This a a photo of Kipper who likes nothing better than to use her third eye to scan a jigsaw puzzle to help to ensure that it is completed correctly.
A tricky scan
Location: On the job
Looking for those valuable edge pieces. Fortunately the acuity of the third eye is such that the pieces are not mistaken for cat litter. When that happens, the problem can be resolved by fitting a monocle to the third eye
Not that one!
Location: On the job
Kipper gets ready to intervene as the wrong piece is about to be selected
Finding the dropped stitch
Location: On the job (again)
After a hard day's kipping and doing jigsaw puzzles, there's nothing more relaxing than settling down in front of the telly with the knitting and a crossword
The fugitive 2
Location: Under the coffee table
Here is Kipper, a normally bold and resourceful cat, as some of the earlier pictures show. She has fitted herself into the four-inch space under our coffee table in order to "enjoy" the fireworks which nowadays go off every day from 28th October to 10th January the following year.
Rosie, our neurosis-with-fur is nowhere to be seen during this period.
Is that it?
Location: In the kitchen
Although they are both very individual cats, there are times when they move in unison and this is one of them showing the pair of them in the grip of empty plate frenzy.
Poppy the Magnificent
Pastel on Canson paper
Location: In the jungle that is my garden
Pastel is very good for rendering fur although the whiskers are a little on the stout side.
It's getting lower
This is Kipper waiting for a buzzard to land on her. The moment that it does, she will grip it in her best killer grip.We have learned from bitter experience just how quick she is at putting on this grip and how difficult it is to escape. The front paws wrap round behind the victim and pull forward while the back feet push against the front of the victim to ensure a very firm grip. Needless to say the claws are fully extended throughout this manoeuvre. The fluffy ginger apron is very hard for visitors to resist but they touch it at their peril!
Are you a buzzard?
Another variation of the buzzard pose. We did try using Kipper as a draught excluder when she is in this mode but unfortunately she just puts the killer grip on us when we try to position her in front of the door.
Watching the snail
Cats can be very difficult to draw or sketch since they are always on the move (if they are doing anything other than sleeping.)
In this sketch, Kipper was watching a snail and the snail was racing away from the scene and so I just had enough time to catch the drama of the situation