Daily Photo: Where is Bella?

Where is Bella?
Where is Bella?

Is she inside something? Is she outside something? Is she real, or is she reflected? Bella is a mysterious kitty sometimes! She is actually reflected in the bathroom mirror as she sits on the windowsill looking up at, probably, a stink bug who ran for safety seeing her arrive.

I have finally taken down the baby gate from the bathroom window that keeps curious kitties from escaping through the screen. Up until a few days ago I opened the window for a while, but now I figure those days will be few, and in this winter season I want as much light in the room as possible. Bella agrees. This is her favorite windowsill, and she was up and enjoying it within minutes of the baby gate coming down.

One of the very first photos I took of Bella when she joined us was on that same windowsill.

black cat on windowsill
Hello, my name is Bella.

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What other photos have I shared on or around this date?

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Enough Sun for Everyone, 2012
Enough sun to share with everyone.
Enough sun to share with everyone.

I was too busy to get a good photo this morning—and too excited. It was like spring! I put a few screens back in the windows and opened the doors so we could get a good taste of it. But I took this photo three years ago on just about this date and sometimes it’s nice just to see the Five all together.

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Just enough sun streams in the back door for all Five to share on this absurdly warm December morning. I’d almost wished I still had the screen in the door, it would have made breakfast the best, but just the sunpuddle was enough to cause quite the feline celebration.

From the front it’s Mimi the Sun Goddess who is actually waiting to go outside with me for a bit. Next to her is Giuseppe, just letting the sun soak into his face and back. Behind them Mewsette is giving herself quite the bath, always more successful when solar-powered. Mr. Sunshine is being a good boy but was alternating between breakdancing and being a pest with everyone else, poking and swatting and wrestling. Jelly Bean takes up the rear, though he’s happy to stand in his little spot at the end with his tail in the air. Sometimes I grab that tail like a handle. He likes that and purrs louder.

Oh, my goodness, how I love the ambient colors in this.

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Forty Five Lives

painting of five black cats
” “Forty Five Lives,” 9″ x 12″, portrait of five black kitties, done in acrylics on museum quality panel by Kimberly Kelly Santini

“When I saw the inspiration photo for this painting on Bernadette Kazmarski’s blog in early December, I couldn’t resist asking if she’d let me paint it. Even though she is an artist herself and probably wanting to paint it herself. So I held my breath and crossed my fingers and toes and hoped hoped hoped she would just say yes.

“Which she did, and it was so fast that I hadn’t even yet turned blue. I am so grateful to her for sharing the photo—and looking forward to seeing her interpretation as well!”

I love this painting! Not only the way the purples and blues and greens and pinks are worked into their black fur, but the background color as well, warm and loving. I see my Five in this for sure—Mimi in front, with Giuseppe, behind them Mewsette is giving herself quite the bath, Mr. Sunshine is being a good boy and Jelly Bean takes up the rear.

The title “Forty Five Lives” is for five cats times nine lives! I love the thought of it.

I’ve had requests from artists to paint or draw or work with my images, both felines and nature, landscape and other, and I don’t often let an image go. This is usually because, well, an inspiring image inspires me as well as others to create with it, and I reserve my right as the image author to keep whatever images I might one day want to work with in my little virtual pile of inspiration.

But I study Kim’s paintings every day for color and brush work and all the parts of visual inspiration. I’ve admired her work since I found her probably four years ago while browsing for other animal artists and finding her site “Painting A Dog A Day”, which she did for over seven years creating a new pet portrait each day, now nearly each day under “Paintings With Soul”. It was actually browsing her site and watching her paintings come to life each day that I was first inspired to return to my daily sketches, along with posting them each day. Later I saw her desktop calendars, and decided that was a great idea too! I have so much to thank her for.

In addition to painting her commissioned portraits and personal paintings in between, Kim also visits Saratoga Springs for the races and paints while she’s there and brings horses home—in photos, of course. She has also adopted shelter dogs and cats along with other pets as her children grew up, and donates a portion of sales to shelters and volunteers as well as other activities on behalf of animals. In the time I have been following she adopted two cats, first daVinci, a tabby with white paws, then Mona Lisa, a little tabby girl, and I began to see paintings of them as well.

Wouldn’t I love to see what she would do with one of my photos, especially one of all Five? What she said was very moving.

“I know that you create from your photos – and I want to respect that you might have plans to do so with anything you post and share. Many times I have caught my breath over pics you have shared – I think our eyes are inspired by much the same sort of thing. However, the picture this morning, it is unreal.

“Is there any chance you would grant me permission to paint from it? Please take some time to think about it – I don’t want to pull any rugs out from under you. This photo reminds me so much of my little soul kitty Miah who graced me with 17 years, and I see her in 5 incarnations, enjoying the sunshine, and I feel the pull at my heartstrings.”

No, I didn’t hesitate when I saw her request!

You can also see progress photos of this painting in the photos on her Facebook page.

Purchase this painting

“Forty Five Lives”, 9″ x 12″, portrait of five black kitties, done in acrylics on museum quality panel, is available to the first collector asking nicely, $540 including s&h inside the US. Inquiries may go to Kim. Prints are available in Kim’s FineArtAmerica shop.

All proceeds from the sale go to Kim and her philanthropic efforts on behalf of shelter animals. I’m posting because I want to share this wonderful collaboration and the resulting painting, and thank Kim for all the inspiration and instruction I’ve drawn from her, even when she had no idea!

Please visit her Studio Website to see more of Kim’s artwork. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do!



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