This was the first photo I posted in a series I named “In the Kitchen With Cookie” on September 5, 2010. Cookie had always been intent on exploring everything in her world and curling up in anything that would fit her, even at age 17 as she was here and even with her lifelong disabilities in climbing and jumping and anything requiring strength and agility in her hind legs. She got herself anywhere she wanted to go and was very proud of herself for the outcome. With this photo I began documenting her interactions with my pots and pans and bowls in her last two years.
That led to last year’s calendar, In the Kitchen With Cookie 2013 Calendar and Cookbook featuring as many of the photos as I could fit in one little calendar, and and this photo was both on the cover and was the featured image for August along with my recipe for “Fresh Tomatoes Over Cooked Pasta”. Eventually all the photos and even more recipes will be a fresh garden cookbook on its own along with photos of Cookie in the garden as well.
This wood-mounted photo is a complement to that calendar and intended as a decoration for your kitchen. The 6″ x 6″ block, originally intended for painting, is a 1/8″ birch wood panel “cradled” with 1.5″ x 1.5″ pine wood added to the back for strength and stability and, incidentally, ease of hanging. And because they have wide sides the smaller ones can even stand up on a tabletop or shelf. I’ve painted the sides black and mounted a print edge to edge on the top surface, then covered it with acrylic finish. You can find this item as well as others in my Etsy shop.
Here’s the original photo post below, and more about other wood-mounted art as well.
This was the first one of all!
Good thing I checked the bowl before I filled it with the mellowed fresh tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette!
I warmed my big round pasta bowl in the oven, then set it on the counter while I ran outside to get a couple branches of basil to finish off my dinner, maybe ten seconds, and when I returned Cookie was just settling into the bowl as if she’d been in it all day. I tossed the basil in with her and grabbed my camera for a straight-on shot (below) then stepped up Cookie’s footstool for the above shot.
Amazing how cats can fit themselves comfortably into just about anything, but this is a natural.
Here’s another view. I couldn’t decide which view I liked best—I love the above view because of the composition, but I also like to see the expression on Cookie’s face.
I didn’t move her, but as soon as I started mixing the tomatoes with the pasta curiosity got the better of her and naptime was over.
This was the first photo I posted in a series I named “In the Kitchen With Cookie”. Cookie had always been intent on exploring everything in her world and curling up in anything that would fit her, even at age 17 as she was here and even with her lifelong disabilities in climbing and jumping and anything requiring strength and agility in her hind legs. She got herself anywhere she wanted to go and was very proud of herself for the outcome. With this photo I began documenting her interactions with my pots and pans and bowls in her last two years.
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More about my wood-mounted artwork and photography
I love matting and framing my artwork, and even visualize a piece in mat and frame while I’m working, yet I’ve been finding ways to break free from the complications of mat, frame and glass for wall and display art for years—and I’m really happy with the way these wood blocks turned out!
The blocks, originally intended for painting, are 1/8″ birch wood panels “cradled” with wood bars added to the back for strength and stability and, incidentally, ease of hanging. The depth of these wood bars “cradling” the back is either 3/4″ or 1-1/2″ depending on the style of the block, and because they have wide sides the smaller ones can even stand up on a tabletop or shelf. I’ve painted the sides either black or natural white and mounted a print edge to edge on the top surface, then covered it with acrylic finish. I love the clean lines and modern look, and have been experimenting with other colors and sizes.
I began with several images from which I had plenty of feedback and which would also work in this medium. Because my daily sketches are often 5″ x 7″ or smaller, these blocks are ideal especially the smaller square format.
Above, most of the blocks are 4″ x 4″, in front you see “The Eye Model” and behind two small ink sketches, “Looking Out the Window” and “Three After Dinner Baths”. I’ve also included “Everyone’s On My Desk” and “Spooked on Halloween” in the small blocks.
They range in price from $12.00 to $25.00 and come in a variety of sizes that will accommodate many photographs and sketches—including a 6″ x 8″ panel that will perfectly fit my cartoon “Being Used as a Fort”. See them all on Etsy. I regularly add new ones as I get more feedback, so when you visit my Etsy shop again, use the keyword search “wood mount” to see all that are available. I only make one of each unless they are very popular, so some of the pieces you see pictured here may not be available.
Take a look at other new merchandise and featured artwork.
Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”, whether that’s here on The Creative Cat, in my Etsy shop, on my main website or even at one of the bricks and mortar shops that carry my work.
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Find out more about creating custom items for your own home using the images you see here. Visit the “Ordering Custom Art” page to see samples and read bout how to order.
It’s all done under the close and careful supervision of my studio cats!
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All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop or Fine Art America profile to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.