Bella and Jelly Bean cozily spoon in the yellow basket. It’s an unexpectedly cold and blustery day, a good day for an all-afternoon nap. Too bad I’m too big to climb in with them!
That basket has a lot of magic! Often they’ve lost interest in a basket or a bed or a box long before now and I have to change it out with another, like the plaid bed below from 2014. But the yellow basket goes on and on with all the wonderful things that happen in it. I could post a photo a day of just something happening in the yellow basket!
Here’s another view of a later spoon.
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What other photos have I posted on or around this date?
Four in a Bed, 2013
For Bean, this is natural!
It’s Mimi, Giuseppe, Bean and Mewsette. Everyone smile pretty for the camera…well, sort of…at least try to look at me all at the same time?
Everyone turn left and look at the birds on the feeder!
Now, everyone relax and look natural.
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Face Washing and Kelly With Squashes, 2012
One of my favorites from yesterday’s bath sequence (in 2012), Kelly vigorously washing her face having, turned one of her ears inside out which she does nearly every time she washes her face. You can see even the insides of her ears are tortoiseshell, having freckles and speckles like the rest of her.
She’s just such a little girl and a constant bather. She has never been comfortable with change or disorder (and yet she had the misfortune to live with me), and I always felt all that bathing was somehow an effort to organize all her tortie spots. Bathing is one of her comforts; along with the constant motion and careful attention to detail is the loud purring of a very happy kitty. It’s a rare opportunity to achieve a fully dark background in this house.
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Kelly was having a difficult time with life int he spring of 2012; it was what tipped me that something was happening with her, though we never figured out what it was. But each day that I posted a photo or sketch of her I hoped it would send her a burst of loving attention. She never seemed to mind this. These two photos are two of my favorites from that time of beautiful spring sunlight.
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Kelly With Squashes
Kelly steps out again today after a week or so in the bottom shelf of a cabinet. She’s been trying to figure things out, and I am just letting that happen. And she didn’t step out voluntarily—I placed her in the sun on this cabinet and gave her lots of love, just her, and she decided it was such a good idea that she is still on that cabinet, even though the sun is long gone. Just a little encouragement goes a long way with a delicate sensibility like Kelly.
She also graced me with a lovely multi-part bath session resulting in about 2GB of photos of Kelly bathing.
But they were each very much worth the time. I will have to share them in groups somehow, but for now I am exhausted by the excitement of a one-hour photo session (after a day of much photography, it was just so beautiful) and downloading and reviewing the photos, trying to choose one to share tonight.
I chose this one because of its multiple interest points, color scheme and resemblance to a classic still life though it has a certain oddness about it that I find intriguing. Those squashes are a few acorn squash I didn’t realize I still had, having faded to yellow from the rich deep forest green of autumn. The decorative dish is avacado green tempered glass and gracefully formed, the base is a brass-tone composite metal, the two colors and textures, or lack thereof, contrasting nicely.
As far as still lifes with cats go, it’s not quite Kelly With Apples for peace and contentment, though there is one similar to that in this series that I took intentionally, but it is certainly interesting to look at. Looks like another painting to me, and perhaps the other still life too.
And though Photoshop’s artistic filters don’t resemble any styles that I know of I like to play with them just to see what and image might look like. I used “dry brush” because I think it looks more like a watercolor than the watercolor filter does.
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The eyes really have it! It’s the most extraordinary thing about black cats, the way their eyes just glow against their fur, no matter what color their eyes happen to be. And Bella has those round eyes in that round face, and if that wasn’t enough she was sitting with her tail curved just so. This photo is available framed or unframed, on canvas or on paper on Portraits of Animals. You can find this photo in my gallery of Feline Photos.
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