Work and Cats

The cats relax...they are an everyday pleasure to behold.
My crazy love for them brightens my days and they always say, in their way of saying things,  'relax'.  Working helps me relax, each day I create at least a tiny bit of work.  I'll share some soon.  

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”
― Mary Oliver

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.”
― Mary OliverWild Geese

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” 

New Year, New Kitty, New Painting

This painting is inspired by photos from Maine lakes we enjoy.  This is my first try at using a fully gray sky, which naturally results in gray water...

'Lake Reflections'  8x6 oil on stretched canvas

When you are a cat person few things could start off a year better than an additional cat in the family.  Meet Moby.  He is a very big boy, at least 18 lbs., double my other little guy.

'Brown Tabby'

'Brown Tabby' 6x8 oil painting

Brown and gray tabbies are among the most common of cats but they are all special individuals with their own personalities.  This small girl is from a picture I found in the creative commons but I really liked her profile.  Another in the cat be continued.

The cats may be followed soon by a goats!  I'm about to get two of my own; I'm very excited and a bit nervous.   Dairy goats are not animals you fence in the brush and forget about, far from that.  Much more than you want to hear on this to come.

Puff The Magic Kitty! (who once lived on the sea)

Currently I'm working on a few paintings for wonderful fellow "bird lady" I met recently. In the meantime I'm posting a painting from the past. It is certainly the most commented on I've ever done and one my husband insists I post. But do you see what is missing from my cat??? At the end, I decided his extra-long white whiskers would be a distraction from the other details in the little painting...

Puff living on the sea recently (Hopetown lighthouse, Abacos). His expression may hint to you that yes, he prefers terrafirma.