Daily Photo: The Magic Yellow Basket

Hamlet in his basket.
Hamlet in his basket.

Hamlet really has to stop this sort of thing because I have work to do and this sort of cuteness is too distracting. (I would have never thought I’d be calling Hamlet cute.) He’s been sleeping in every possible cute position in the magic yellow basket all weekend and I’m done. I hope someday I get the chance to sort through all the photos of him I took in all those cute positions.

Below, a closeup of just the toes.

Hamlet's toes.
Hamlet’s toes.

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From Facebook and Instagram

Mr. Sunshine, Studio Supervisor

Mr. Sunshine spent some long hours in the studio with me this weekend while I finished up a few paintings for my upcoming exhibit.

Mr. Sunshine, studio supervisor.
Mr. Sunshine, studio supervisor.

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From Years Past

Wordless Wednesday: We Belong to the Clean Plate Club

"We belong to the Clean Plate Club!"
“We belong to the Clean Plate Club!”

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Looks like helping me in the studio is a tradition for this date.

My Studio Assistants, Supervisors and Inspirations (2014)

two black cats with package
Brother and sister have supervised the packaging…

What would I do without the assistance, guidance and support—and inspiration—of my family of felines? We’ve been busy lately preparing for my upcoming exhibit as well as making several custom orders and packaging orders and shipping them out. So this week, instead of featuring a new product, I’m featuring the diligence and generosity of Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine on a long day in my studio.

A customer had ordered a set of Tortie Girls prints, matted only. I print a dozen or more at a time and let them dry, then hand-tint them later one at a time, either when I frame them or when someone purchases a print. Mewsette supervised the tinting process to ensure her tortie fur sisters are accurately represented. An artist herself, I value Mewsette’s aesthetic judgement.

black cat with block print
Mewsette inspect my hand-tinting of the print.

Then I trim down the mat board and my engineer Mr. Sunshine specializes in product testing to ensure proper size and color. You can see by his starfish paws that he has approved.

black cat on mat board
Mr. Sunshine approves of the mat board.

Mewsette has her own special process with each Tortie Girls print, as she patiently waits until all is ready and I tell her it’s okay to…

black cat with block pritns
Mewsette arrives to add her special touch to the Tortie Girls prints.

…impart her own special brand of joy onto the matted prints. Mewsette rolls in utter happiness on the table, rubbing her face on the mat or on the print, with each print I send.

black cat with block prints
Mewsette imparts feline joy onto the prints.

The prints are wrapped for shipping, with a little special gift from Mewsette and Sunshine, the promised “free cat hair with every order”.

black cat hair on package
…and added a little something special for the recipients.

“This package is ready to go to its forever home!”

Next, brother and sister settle down for some dull activities—package inspection. Yes, the package is sealed and labeled, and ready to be shipped.

two black cats and priority mail package
Mewsette checks the package to ensure it is finished and ready for shipping.

An order for sympathy cards required some support with the paperwork.

two black cats and package
While they supervise, they make good props for paperwork.

Brother and sister indulge in a well-deserved nap after a long afternoon of work.

Two black cats asleep
A well-deserved nap!

I couldn’t do it without my studio cats!

All the way back to the first year I lived here and even before, my family of felines, including fosters, were working with me to ensure that everything was of top quality, and gave me love and support in all I chose to create. My feline inspirations and I thank you for browsing and for purchasing handmade goods and supporting a small business!

Below, Cookie at one year old assisting me in photographing artwork—in 1993!

tortie cat with painting
Cookie as my photo and lighting assistant–at one year old!

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Helping in the Studio (2015)

Giuseppe, Mewsette and Bean completely fill the space.
Giuseppe, Mewsette and Bean completely fill the space.

My worktable keeps getting piled with things I’m making, and when I clear a spot it somehow gets filled with cats! This was the end result of several hours of clearing space which was immediately filled with cats. Above Giuseppe, Mewsette and Bean finally arrange themselves among the boxes and other items on the table.

But first, it was Bella who found my little space and after visiting with me at my drafting table stepped over to settle in the one open spot on the table, stretching herself out to cover as much of the table as possible.

Bella in the table.
Bella in the table.

When I cleared more space she wasn’t quite large enough so in came a couple of bigger cats. Giuseppe and Mewsette happily spread themselves out into the spot, with a little overflow.

Giuseppe and Mewsette work it out.
Giuseppe and Mewsette work it out.

Then Bean joined them and a big group bath ensued.

Three cats a-bathing.
Three cats a-bathing.

And finally they all settled down and manged to cover all the open space once again.

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What other photos did I feature around this date?

Wordless Wednesday: Self-reflection, 2014
 Jelly Bean indulges in a little self-reflection.
Jelly Bean indulges in a little self-reflection.

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Get a Bath, Pay It Forward, 2010
tabby cat and two tortoiseshell cats
Dickie, Kelly and Cookie share a bath.

In photos from this day in August 2010, Dickie, Kelly and Cookie have a chain reaction bath. You get a free bath, you return the favor by giving a free bath to someone else.

First, Dickie, the main bath giver of the time, stopped Kelly and gave her a bath as she was walking past him. She liked Dickie but was always a little uncertain because he was soooo big—bigger than any of the Fantastic Four—but he was very gentle and very good-humored. Still, he had to reach out and lick Kelly as she was walking past in order to convince her it was okay.

tabby cat washing tortoiseshell cat
Dickie catches Kelly with a few licks.

Then she stopped and, as you can see, thoroughly enjoyed her facial.

tabby cat bathing tortoiseshell cat with another in background
Dickie finished up Kelly’s bath.

Then Kelly needed to work out her pent up wonderful feelings on someone else, and there was Cookie.

tortoiseshell cat washing other tortoiseshell cat
Kelly turns to wash Cookie.

Cookie wasn’t really big on getting a bath from someone else, maybe a few licks were okay, but she understood Kelly, though I could tell she was waiting for it to be over.

tortoiseshell cat bathing other tortoiseshell cat
Cookie thinks her bath might be done.

Just a wonderfully sweet moment of memory.

Note the classic cat beds: a pineapple box with papers in it. They enjoyed it until it fell apart.



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