As I've mentioned there have been big changes around my house. One of those changes has been the addition of a new family member. And today is his birthday. Well, sort of. He's been here a month now, so I guess it's time to tell you about him.
I was visiting an old friend in a rural area of the state, and managed to come home with a cat.
See, this is why you can't take me anywhere.
He was in a ditch by a highway in a remote area (well, remote to a city girl like me) when we came across him on a cold dark night. Like my sweet little Flossie when she first stumbled across her rescuers, he appeared to be living the life of a feral cat under protest. He could not be happier to be inside a house.
He was just happy for attention. Happy to have the burrs and mats that covered half his scrawny little body cut out.
He put up with a bath, then purred afterward.
He was neutered, then purred afterward. He purred in the carrier in the car, all the way back to Seattle. Purred. In the car. I know.
He was like, "So this is a car? It's dry and there are no coyotes. Cars are awesome."
Once home, he quickly became my shadow. Even while vacuuming or doing noisy clanky dishes.
Again, the lack of coyotes seems to be a plus.
And he made himself at home here in the studio.
Don't mind me.
Ted prefers to pretend he's not here. He's extra cute when he's pretending.
Molly has taken it in stride, and George learned pretty quickly he can get away with being her shadow too.
She really is the Best Dog Ever.
And Ted just keeps pretending. Sweet little old Ted.
I'd say we've had a pretty good first month together.
The newest member of the family and cute little old man of the house isn't so sure about change, or travel, or a lot of other things for that matter - but he is pretty content with the pace of life at the beach cabin.
To say he has a favorite pastime
may be a bit of an understatement
but you've got to admit
he's awfully cute doing it.
And there's that irresistably ridiculous (or is it ridiculously irresistable?) belly fur. I can't keep my hands off it.
We're pretty smitten with this funny little old man.
It's been just over 2 months since he came to live with us, and in that time we have managed to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with this cat.
I'm pretty sure I've never felt anything as soft as this feathery fur.
Shy and unsure at first (not to mention scared to death of Molly) every day we see a bit more of his playful and affectionate personality.
It has become quite obvious to us that he was loved and cared for by someone gentle and kind and had a lot of happy years with them before unfortunate circumstances landed him in the shelter. That must have been such a sad day for everyone.
But we're all about happy days now.
He and Molly have established a peaceful coexistence and spend a good portion of their days in close proximity to one another; who knows, maybe someday they will actually cuddle.
In the meantime, she has been working extra hard at being adorable.
And this is sort of funny to me: after 30+ years living with the roundest, squishiest, softy, girly, short and petite little female cats - I just noticed that someone long, tall and lean showed up in a recent brainstorming sketchbook page. It's funny, my sweet artist friend Mary Lou recently congratulated me on the new addition to the family and mentioned she was looking forward to seeing how he influenced my art. I thought, oh that's a very nice thing to say, but I can't imagine this strange old cat is going to change anything about the way I draw...
I'm often wrong.
Both Ted and Molly came to us from PAWS. We can't imagine what it would be like to not have these 2 special souls in our life; they were meant to be here. When you are next looking to add a fuzzy friend to your family, please, please, please first consider adopting a rescued pet and support your local shelters and rescue organizations.
You see, this is how I have drawn pretty much every single thing to come out of this studio for the past 13 years.
We'll see if I'm actually able to remember how I did it before, after Surtex. Until then, my schedule is completely filled with non-drawing last-minute-preparations - which I seem to be managing alright in this tiny and crowded yet cavernously empty Flossie-free room.
Oh, and - fun fact: in my sorry sentimental state, I have been physically unable unwilling to remove cat hairs from all the new art I have scanned in the past 2 weeks (a side effect of this type of assistance is ubelievable amounts of little hairs stuck in the paint or seemlingly woven into the tooth of the paper) so I guess you could say it's a new look I'm debuting at the show: mixed media designs with a rich, organic texture. "Value added" artwork. Yes, that's it.
And thanks again to everyone who said such nice things on Flossie's blog and on Facebook, it really has meant a lot to us and if you didn't see this when it was posted, this is for you.
Nothing monumental today, I just wanted to share with you one of my own personal favorite things I drew last year. "I'll Be Your Umbrella", just a funny little drawing; sort of a love-note to Miss You-Know-Who. Right now you can find this sweet little thank-you card at your local Trader Joe's store (thanks, Husband Guy, for snapping this today, not to mention the groceries). Come to think of it, the Divine Miss Flossie has been pretty consistenly well-represented in the Trader Joe's greeting card racks for a couple years now - they just keep choosing card designs with her fluffy little white mug on them, and I just keep drawing more - I hope they don't tire of the designs, because I sure don't tire of drawing her.
So this one might fall under the "better late than never" category, and I suppose I ought to apologize for that. But you know how sometimes you set little goals and to-do lists for yourself in a certain order of how you believe they need to happen, but one tiny detail holds you up for some silly reason and then the whole process falls apart and the entire thing hangs dangerously on the edge of never getting accomplished, ever?
Oh. No, it's just me?
Ok then, never mind.
Anyhoo, as many of you already know (no thanks to me!) The Cat's Meow has been in quilt shops for months now . . . you can still find it here and there on the web, and even some cute quilt patterns here, here, and here. And finally (fanfare, drumroll, ta dat dat dat da!) I have yardage available in my Etsy shop.
Those of you paying close attention will also recognize some of the kitties in this group from greeting cards you might have seen in everybody's favorite gourmet discount grocer, or here on my blog (or Flossie's!).
Most of you are already familiar with myconstantstudiocompanion and muse - but did you realize that every single kitty in the collection is modeled by Miss Flossie herself? This isn't the first time Flossie has inspired a fabric group, so I suppose it's not surprising that when Harriet from Henry Glass came to me last year to brainstorm about a cat-themed group, I went straight to my "used pictures from Flossie's blog" file folder and started sketching (these are just a few of the inspiration-photos straight from Flossie's blog).
Looking back I notice a sort of unexpected recurring theme from the week at the beach.
From the handful of books I grabbed to take with us where I read lots of stories about how Coyote helped create the World, gave people fire, taught ancient tribes how to fish and other real practical, helpful things...
...to the visitor who joined Molly on a walk one morning. Not surprising then that he showed up a couple times in my little sketchbook and drawings during the week.
Really just a pleasant character overall, in my opinion. The Coyote of legend just wanted people on earth to be happy. He sometimes gets a bad rap for the means by which he accomplished stuff, but his intentions were usually pretty positive. The coyote on the beach was unobtrusively and politely curious. And if you're an animal lover and haven't ever followed the Daily Coyote link in my lurk-list in the sidebar here, I think you should.
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