Friday, August 22, 2014

Painting Cats

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had several cat dreams.  The dreams involved fun adventures with my tortoise shell cat, Loma.  In the dreams Loma did everything with nonchalance and aplomb.  And the outstanding thing was, she could communicate with me telepathically.  

In the best dream Loma was swimming underwater in our fish bowl. Her fur was floating around her. It was such a great image I had to do a painting.  It is the only painting that still survives from my 10 year hiatus. (I think I attempted about five or six.)  The painting hangs in my daughter's room.

Later, I read that because of a high degree of formality and reserve in 17th Century Japan, people could not be direct about certain things, especially with the opposite sex. So, male doctors developed an odd way of determining whether a woman was pregnant or not.  The doctor would ask the patient if she was having dreams about cats!!!  

Ha!  So there I was, unwittingly,  three centuries later, a perfect patient for the 17th Century. It just goes to show, you can take the lady out of Japan, but you can't take the Japan out of the lady.
"Mei Mei"

This is Mei Mei.  She is my friend, MBK's cat that just passed away.  Mei Mei is kicking my butt.  My only explanation is that cat's planes are all soft.  They are not as sculptural as dogs.  They start out kind of soft, but the longer I paint, and I like to really paint stuff to death, the softness eventually turns into concrete.  I have scraped the whole thing off twice so far.  

Poor Mei Mei. 

version 2 getting better

version 1 Yikes!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lanai Cat Sanctuary

Lanai Cat Sanctuary has over 300 cats and about 18 kittens right now.  Guess who was in heaven?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dancing In The Moonlight

We walked home from dinner in the moonlight.  

Lanai's non-bustling streets

This looks reminds me of a old 70's picture.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Things Are Improving… For Now

Since my last blog post, painting has been getting better.  I had about four paintings going there for awhile.  Here are three of them.  Two I am going to tentatively say are finished.  

The first one is a re-working of "Taco Star".  I don't know what the hoop is about.  I just like that kinda of stuff.  However, when it appears, I usually let myself get talked outof keeping it.  But I am keeping this one.  It is nice and weird. 

"Taco Star"

This one was once a florally red thing from ten years ago.  It is undergoing a change.  There are ghost images and new images.

"Summer In The City" 

Man, I like it, but I know it needs a lot of editing.  I am going to have to do a lot of brutal white outs. I will wait a while to give myself time to say good-bye.  

Last piece is of Mei Mei, my friend MBK's cat that died.  It is coming, but not in this here post.