From the time that I was small, I always had an artistic streak. I never pursued the arts in any form other than as an on-again, off-again self-taught hobby not because I wasn’t interested but more because I didn’t have time to fully commit. I had too many other irons in the fire that took priority. I can honestly say I have no regrets about that, but now it is time to go back and stoke those artistic embers.
In our home ceramics studio, Chuck is often busy throwing new pieces which I will later glaze. And, while he is busy creating in clay, I have started oil painting. Chuck will often start by throwing cat bowls. It is a quick and enjoyable warm-up to other things. Following his lead, I have started painting cats. I love felines and figure cats can be an enjoyable warm-up for me too!
Recently I came across a photo sent to me by a past custom cat bowl client. She had requested a custom order that included a sketch of her cat on the bowl so she sent me a variety of photos to choose from. We ultimately went with a design of BG (aka Baby Girl) curled up asleep glazed on to the bottom of the bowl. The shape just seemed to suit the bowl. But one of the other photos she sent (shown in this past Customer Cat Tales post) always made me smile. It seemed like the perfect model for an oil painting so I gave it a whirl. Below is BG immortalized in oils. She still makes me smile!
I am genuinely considering offering a set in our Etsy shop that includes a painting of a customer’s cat to accompany the personalized bowl. What do you think? If you are interested, visit our Etsy shop – CatTail Studio Arts – where you can send me a conversation. I would love to hear from you and maybe we can make your furry friend into a work of art too!