Mademoiselle Mink is here to even the score. She is the counterpart to Miss Moon and she’s not your average cat lady- but more on that another time. I realized that I haven’t been giving cats a fair shake and dogs seem to steal the spotlight with my animal themed work. In fairness, I find painting cats difficult. They always look like puffy fuzzballs with messed up ‘crazy killer’ eyes. Not in real life of course, just how I seem to depict them. Although, Persian cats in particular do look a little demonic no matter how well they are painted. I had a Persian cat named Brie (yes, just like the cheese), but she died a few years ago when she was sixteen years old. Although I didn’t name her, it turned out that the name ‘Brie’ suited her because she kind of smelled like bad brie. She also snorted, snored and spat on a regular basis, and her eyes leaked a viscous fluid. John was frightened of her when he first met her (he called her a goblin cat) but he quickly got used to her and they formed a loving friendship. Although, sometimes late at night- usually during a bad thunderstorm John’s fear of her is resurrected when sees a shadow and becomes convinced that Brie has returned from the beyond grave.
Lately I haven’t felt much like working. I think it’s spring or something. All I feel like doing is reading books, drinking rose wine and pretending that I’m in a French film- a la Catherine Deneuve. Here is a montage of my recent days spent as a ‘Wayward Wife’. Lots of lounging, snacking, napping, a little painting, keeping a messy kitchen. Sheer bliss. Then John discovered my book and now I’m back to work.
The good news is my canvas prints are returning to the shop in a few hours and I’m working on a large scale still life with crazy birds and turtles -see picture of work in progress- just above John’s angry head. .
Dandelions, oil on canvas, 7″x9″. For sale on etsy.
Just a little ‘shoe life’ today. I recently watched a clip about J.Crew’s shoes and how they nickname them ‘Ugly Dollies’ and ‘Shiny Ponies’. Ugly Dollies for the poor ones that don’t work out of course and Shiny Ponies for the ones that do. I get that. You can check out the clip here if you want to see what a shiny pony looks like.
Miss Moon Was A Dog Governess. Lesson Seven: Whenever You Can, Try To Lend A Helping Hand. 10″x12″. Oil on Canvas. Sold.
Personally I think the Frenchie looks a little like Elton John but it might just be the glasses.
An Aspiring Actress Arrives In Hollywood. Pictured Here In 1948 Holding Her Good Luck Charm. Oil on canvas, 10″x12″. Sold.
I didn’t exactly do much research on the time period for this particular painting and I’m fairly certain that her hair and blouse may be completely wrong for 1948, but it’s all about ‘make believe’ and I was being lazy. She also looks like a hybrid between Scarlett Johansson and Katherine Heigl and I have no explanation for this- although this pleases John a great deal. I actually saw him sneaking into my studio on a few occasions to take a look at the painting in progress. As he did this, he rubbed his hands together. Not quite creepy villainous hand rubbing- more like what you do on a really cold day. Actually I stand corrected… because no matter how you describe it, unless it is a really cold day, hand rubbing is very creepy.